Manoj Ranaweera

SaaS All Rounder & Tech Entrepreneur with special focus on strategy & commercialisation of disruptive technologies

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Ajaz Ahmed #CutTheCrap

I had the pleasure to listen to Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of £1.6 billion Freeserve today at the TiENorth event at HSBC, Spinningfield, Manchester. I’ve hosted Ajaz before, in fact twice and he was the keynote speaker at our first Northern Tech Awards in 2011. Today’s session was title #CutTheCrap and was full of great…

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Emotional Day!

Just got back home from two days of discussing strategy and commercialisation of LiveStax with the full team and facilitators. We covered an amazing amount of work, got to know the strengths and weaknesses of the team much better than ever before. It has taken over 3 years since Phil Brown of Causeway Technologies and…

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Entrepreneurship – 7 business ventures in 10 years

Over the last 10 years, I have started 7 business ventures.  Some successful and others total failures. I learnt lessons from each one of them. I discovered weaknesses and strengths of my associates. At the same time, I discovered what I am good at as well as what I am bad at. All had something…

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From industrial revolution to FinTech and how the market will evolve

This post was first published on Linkedin  One upon a time, UK’s manufacturing led the industrial revolution. And my adopted city, Manchester played a significant role during the industrial revolution thanks to the booming cotton trade at the time. As manufacturing moved to low cost labour markets, London became the centre for the financial services…

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Minimum Viable Product #MVP isn’t quite what it claims to be

  If you ever had the fortune (or misfortune, depending on your circumstances) to get involved with an early stage technology company, you would have heard no ending of the abbreviation MVP. For the unfamiliar, MVP stands for Minimum Viable Product. While we use the term liberally, do we really understand what it means? More…

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Ain’t that cool meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Who would have thought an ordinary guy from Gampaha (Sri Lanka) would one day be shaking the hand of Queen of Great Britain and the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, and be joking with Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of York. Well, that just happened to me on 9th June 2014. I was among number of…

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Great quote on failure

“I do believe, though, that those who have tried and failed to build their own dream make for the finest startup employees, the best sergeants and lieutenants, as long as you can make them feel that the enterprise they are joining can in some small way become their own. I would always choose someone who…

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Death by email? Say NO!

How often do you hear of colleagues moaning about the size of their inbox? Today, I heard a similar issue from a colleague who is having more than 300 emails in their inbox. I remember the days when I used to receive more than 300 emails a day. These days, my inbox is less than…

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Idea for a new Service? UniversalGroups!

Most applications, whether they are designed for the web, smart phone or tablet, or for consumers or businesses have the ability to create groups. Groups are an effective and universally understood way to manage lists of contacts.  But they are becoming a pain in the back side to administer, as you need to repeat the…

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Analysis of Salesforce.com’s growth – Key is marketing & sales spent

Whilst mapping out the strategy for LiveStax, I spent few hours analysing the growth of Salesforce.com, the most inspiring tech company right now. The spreadsheet can be accessed here. As you can see from the graph, Salesforce.com has achieved phenomenal growth since inception in 1999. Salesforce.com filed for IPO in 2004, and a decent summary can be found…

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