‘Christmas sales figures could be just the start of the bad news. A toxic cocktail of rising costs and inflation is set to hit stores and online retailers’ (Sunday Times 1 Jan 2017). Andy Berg,Co Founder of global digital agency Born, on the future of retail and his entrepreneurial journey!


I’ve always had a fascination with technology and thanks to growing up in an entrepreneurial media family, was privy to the latest innovation & technology from an early age. Take that and my curiosity to understand how everything works, it’s no surprise that when I started in what was a family print business and was asked if I wanted to take on more responsibility or try something new, I would always say yes.

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What happens when a long established brand looks to reposition itself to a millennial audience? Joanna Davies,CEO and founder of Clerkenwell based ZAK explains!


It’s official; the under 30s are the influencers, tastemakers, official critics and reviewers in society today. This consumer audience makes up a quarter of the UK population and according to a Viacom study the under 30s are set to make up 75 per cent of the UK’s workforce by 2020. Their purchasing power is huge. They also happen to be incredibly brand loyal as a collective whole. So, what happens when a long-established brand – those that are over 50 years old – looks to reposition itself to a millennial audience? This is where it gets complicated.

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Listed in Forbes ‘Cloud 100’, Santa Monica based ZipRecruiter CEO Ian Siegel discusses his entrepreneurial journey!


When Ian Siegel & his co-founders started building ZipRecruiter in 2010, they were solving a problem they faced daily in their own professional lives – hiring great employees fast, so they could get back to work. “We started out with humble ambitions, to bootstrap a lifestyle business,” says Ian Siegel, “that first year and a half, it was just us four guys, working at each other’s kitchen tables part-time while still working our full-time day jobs.” For its first four years, ZipRecruiter was only funded through the profitability of its product, “amazingly, we were able to grow our business to over 3,000 customers before hiring any other employees…but it really took off on us.”

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Following the launch of the London Evening Standard’s campaign into food poverty and waste, we caught up with Kevin Duffy, Co Founder of Winnow. One of Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups(Wired) Kevin talks waste,smart meters,funding and his entrepreneurial journey!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I co-founded Winnow in 2013 to help the hospitality industry prevent food waste by making the kitchen ‘smarter.’ With my co-founder, Marc Zornes we identified a massive opportunity to help solve the issue of commercial kitchen food waste in a way that is profit-enhancing.

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‘Is the recent Uber ruling on workers basic rights a game changer for the ‘gig economy’?’ James Storke, Partner in Lewis Silkin’s employment law department, responds!


An employment tribunal has ruled that drivers engaged by Uber are ‘workers’, not self-employed contractors, meaning they will be entitled to national minimum wage, paid annual leave and whistleblower protection.

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360 Capital Partners was recently selected as one of the best European funds investing in innovation by Decideurs Magazine (19 July 2016). Emanuele Levi, Partner at 360 Capital Partners, gives his insight into the current tech scene in Paris.


The French tech ecosystem is thriving as France has become a favorable environment for entrepreneurs to innovate in the digital economy.

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Founded in 2014 Marley Spoon is now one of Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups. Fabian Siegel, Co-founder talks funding, Martha Stewart, media for equity, food waste and his journey from Delivery Hero!


I co-founded Marley Spoon in 2014 with the mission to radically reduce food waste and fundamentally change how grocery shoppers purchase food by providing access to convenient, market-fresh and delightful meals to millions of households around the world. The food industry is the last industry to move online, and as the inevitable next step, I saw this as a huge opportunity to move into that space and cultivate a company that creates solutions to the intrinsic problems faced daily by customers when purchasing and cooking food.

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Named as one of ‘Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups’ in Wired, Grabble Co – Founder Daniel Murray talks about his entrepreneurial journey, who it’s for, and what it takes.


In my journey I’ve been through a constant and relentless mix of self improvement and consistent learning, from one iteration to the next. I can safely say I have the kind of self determination you need to have to be on this path. There are many ways into entrepreneurialism, even that much mailgned phrase ‘wantrepreneur’ – whereby people want to be company founders but don’t really have much reason why, other than it sounds cool.

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As TruRating closes a $12.6m Series A round , Co founder Georgina Nelson explains how the business came about!


I’d had an idea nagging away at me for years and I decided I was going to make it happen when I became a mother three years ago. It was as much about putting something right for consumers as it was about the future I gave my daughter and having the flexibility to be there for her.

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Cindy Minniti,JD and Managing Partner at Reed Smith in New York on ‘The Five Things London’s Leading Entrepreneurs with US Operations Should Know about Non-Compete Agreements’


Generally speaking, employees in the United States have unlimited freedom to move between jobs — that is, unless the employee signed a non-compete agreement.  These agreements – often used to protect a company’s trade secrets and client relationships — bar employees from engaging in competitive activities with their former employer for a fixed period of time post-employment.


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