Manoj Ranaweera

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

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Idiot’s guide to setting up a business – Part 3: website and email

Once you have the url secured, next step is to setup a simple website. Decide on the hosting provider. I highly recommend NetHosted, who provides awesome customer support. Transfer DNS to new hosting provider. If the hosting provider has one click setup of WordPress, go and set it up. There are many other solutions out there, but…

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Idiot’s guide to setting up a business – Part 2: selecting a name

Selecting a business name is not as easy as you think. Brainstorm Within your team. Don’t forget to leverage your network. Read the story about how I crowdsourced UnifiedVU. You may also want to tap into some of the new services which help you generate alternative names, e.g. Naminum. Check availability of company on companies…

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Idiot’s Guide to setting up a business – Part 1: Registering your business

I’ve decided to record setting up my 8th venture with the hope that it will be useful to those who might be considering setting up their own business. One of the key aspects of setting up a new business is registering your company. Here are the steps I followed: Choose a legal structure for your business, e.g….

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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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