‘Is the increasing shift to a subscription based economy the end of ownership?’ We asked 6 leading entrepreneurs.


logoBrian Bell in ‘The Wired World in 2014’ says “Younger consumers…have proven more comfortable with sharing toys, cars,movies and dresses, and are impatient with inefficient models of consumerism….instead of  purchasing physical media that may ultimately end up in a landfill,consumers can pay a subscription to Spotify and get instant access to a digital  music collection millions of songs strong…..ownership will become something more special and significant,itself a change that will provide fascinating opportunities for business..”

We asked 6 leading entrepreneurs if they agreed?

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‘Is a sustainable revenue generating business model increasingly difficult in an evolving digital age?’ We asked 7 of Europe’s hottest startups!


Justo Hidalgo
Co Founder, 24 symbols
www.24symbols.com

The global aspect of any digital business and the flexibility of digital ecommerce provide unprecedented opportunities for new ventures and business models. But these same advantages also mean first comers have the opportunity of coping entire markets by themselves if they execute well enough. Finding niches becomes increasingly difficult as the bigger companies learn to manage the digital adoption life cycle. But they exist and new ones are created as user needs and technologies evolve over time!

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‘Helsinki Tackles an Even Bigger Bird’ by Kristoffer Lawson, Co founder of Holvi (Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups,Wired Nov 13)


Finland has rightfully collected heavy buzz for its gaming industry. The disruptive effects of the ever-expanding Angry Birds machine, and the groundbreaking mobile gaming attack by Supercell has suddenly, and finally, made even the skeptics realise that, yes, gaming is a real business and that the level of talent in Finland is shockingly good. It has been ignored for much too long.

Gaming is not alone in being heavily impacted by this odd, Nordic country. Linux, another Finnish creation, powers more computers (I’m including phones here) than any other operating system kernel in the world. Nokia, before its recent downfall, defined, and largely created, the explosion of mobile.

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‘What distinguishes a good idea from a money making one?’ We asked 4 of the fastest growing private companies in the USA!


Bernadette Coleman
CEO of Advice Interactive Group
www.adviceinteractivegroup.com

Great ideas are born everyday, however, not every great idea is going to make you money. The secret to identifying a great “money-making” idea, in my opinion, is having the ability to analyze current & previous management experience to ensure the idea will utilize the lessons learned from that experience. I have found that the best and most profitable business opportunities tend to be those with a passionate owner and team. Good entrepreneurs tend to be visionaries. So, as an entrepreneur, you should devise your vision (idea) and surround yourself with the right team to bring the vision to fruition…a team of experienced entrepreneurs who can see a trend or a potential market for a product and turn a vision into a reality.

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‘3 Ways to Know Your Company is Ready To Go International’ by Neil Capel,CEO of Sailthru, one of the fastest growing private companies in the USA!


As a British chap myself, I’ve actually spent the better part of a decade building an incredible business in New York City. I felt the itch to expand internationally many times but knew that with “going global” came many unique challenges.

On top of the operational issues firmly sits the need to reach a certain scale and as an enterprise software player that’s meant helping to cultivate the SaaS ecosystem around Sailthru, carefully building and supporting each of our clients as they grow their businesses, and being a vocal advocate for the value and direction of personalized marketing communications.

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Five ways to get noticed by a Venture Capitalist!


The Ventures Team at Octopus Investments have invested in a diverse portfolio that has included Graze,Secret Escapes,YPlan,Zoopla and Gymbox.
Headed by Alex Macpherson, these are his ‘Five ways to get noticed by a Venture Capitalist!’

Relationships and introductions

Getting investment from a VC as an early stage company is all about relationships. The best way for an entrepreneur to get their business onto a VC’s radar is through an introduction from one of their successful portfolio companies. It’s compelling if somebody with whom we already have a working relationship suggests or insists we meet with a new entrepreneur. Our relationships are varied, so if possible, find a way in which you can be recommended to the VC in the first instance.

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‘How critical is independence to success? We asked six leading entrepreneurs.’


Get taxi“I would suspect that (Skype) could have achieved more if it had been an independent company” said Danny Rimer, a partner at Index Ventures” in the Financial Times 29th August (Skype’s first decade reflects a trail of missed opportunity).

We asked six leading entrepreneurs how critical was independence to success?

Shahar Waiserget taxi
Founder
www.gettaxi.co.uk

“In order to introduce a new service which makes an impact in a global market, you have to think in a different space. Once you have achieved your own USP, it is imperative that you regularly update it in order to stay well ahead of the curve, and indeed the competition. Although it is crucial to respect all of the relevant feedback which financial controllers such as stockholders advise; ultimately, without your own voice you can’t take your vision to the finish line.”

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‘What innovations will shape architecture in a decades time’ (Wired Magazine July 2013) We asked six of Silicon Roundabout’s leading architects what they thought?!


Chris Patienceedexus logo
Partner at
EllisMiller Architects

Imagine cities enclosed by a super scale mega-structures smart enough to control light and heat, collect water, generate energy, and protect its inhabitants from an increasingly volatile climate. A little Stanley Kubrick perhaps, possible in ten years for certain. Thanks to immensely sophisticated and powerful technologies, we now have access to amazing new materials, such as super strength carbon nanotubes and ‘smart’ glass. Real physical engineering holds the key to creating a zero carbon sustainable future.

 

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London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ will soon benefit from Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Ian Lindsay of Crossrail explains more!


Currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail is one of the most amazing, large and complex projects ever undertaken in the UK, delivering 118 km (73 miles) of new, modern railway linking Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Canary Wharf, Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the East.  That’s 10km longer than the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and involves 21kms of twin tunnels right under the centre of London.

Crossrail will improve the speed, regularity and comfort of your journeys across London, with 37 connections, nine of which are brand new station structures.  There will be 24 trains an hour, or a train every two and a half minutes during the rush hour and some 200 million passengers will use Crossrail every year.

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10 Tips for succeeding in a Startup Accelerator programme by Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Partner at Seedcamp


Carlos EspinalAccelerators come in all different shapes and sizes. With many new Accelerators coming into existence within the last few years, the job of selecting one to join and getting the most out of your chosen accelerator program isn’t always obvious. Some programs, like Seedcamp, cater to high ambition & high growth companies spread across various industries, whereas others focus on specific verticals such as clean energy or healthcare to name a few.

We all have different approaches, but with over 90 companies forming the Seedcamp family we’ve had a chance to see many different industries and what it takes to get those companies to the next level.

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