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Crain’s Manchester Business launching in December

Today, I had the pleasure to meet Steve Brauner, Editor of soon to be launched, Crain’s Manchester Business, a weekly tabloid aimed at business reader covering Greater Manchester. Steve is a veteran journalist, having previously edited North West Evening Mail, Barrow-in-Furness, Liverpool Daily Post and North West Business Insider. The new tabloid aims to capture a circulation of 15,000 with profitability by year 3.  According to Steve:

“The arrival of Crain city publications is the most exciting thing to happen to the UK regional media in my lifetime and I am thrilled to be part of it. Even better, it is happening in my home city of Manchester. Our goal is journalism which will enhance an already vibrant community and make Greater Manchester an even better place to do business.”

According to Publisher, Arthur Porter:

“We’re delighted to have Stephen join our team here. His knowledge of Greater Manchester and his business journalism background make him the ideal choice to lead our journalists.”

Great, but what does this means to StartUp community in Greater Manchester? I requested Steve to allocate half a page every month to cover the technology startup scene in Greater Manchester. I also requested him to compile Greater Manchester’s Top 25 Web 2.0 StartUp companies. Now this is a huge challenge, given that I can only count less than a handful. My list so far: Yuuguu, edocr, Meecard, Clipstar and now Vagueware. The problem is that only Yuuguu and Vagueware are based in Greater Manchester. In this respect, it perhaps need to be North’s Top 25 Web 2.0 Startups rather than concentrate on Greater Manchester.

I also plan to piggy back on startup news carried by the tabloid and I hope Steve will also pick up one or two stories from this blog.

Let me know any thoughts you may have of how to fill the half page on monthly basis.

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  • Hi Manoj – I think ThinkFold.com fits the bill – I’m proudly based in Prestwich, Mancs…soon to be launching our collaboration tool (so I guess that counts as startup 🙂 – love to be added to the profile.

    Also, Adaptavist.com would be a good mention – they’re firmly in the web space (wiki software + services) and would make an interesting case study because of the innovative way they operate (main contact is Guy Fraser).

    I think a half-page covering how these startups are organised, the tools they use and the way they approach work would be of interest to established and new biz people; there’s definitely a more ‘agile’ approach to working that’s being demonstrated by these companies in their execution that makes for great lessons learned.

  • Hi Manoj – I think ThinkFold.com fits the bill – I’m proudly based in Prestwich, Mancs…soon to be launching our collaboration tool (so I guess that counts as startup 🙂 – love to be added to the profile.

    Also, Adaptavist.com would be a good mention – they’re firmly in the web space (wiki software + services) and would make an interesting case study because of the innovative way they operate (main contact is Guy Fraser).

    I think a half-page covering how these startups are organised, the tools they use and the way they approach work would be of interest to established and new biz people; there’s definitely a more ‘agile’ approach to working that’s being demonstrated by these companies in their execution that makes for great lessons learned.

  • To be included, the company must have launched a product in any form – alpha, beta it does not matter. Guy, let me know when yours is live. It certainly looks interesting. Adaptavist.com does not seem to be offering a product – developing plug-ins, not quite a product based company. Perhaps I ought to clarify by stating that I am looking for single product based startups – at least a single product must dominate. This is true with respect to edocr, Yuuguu, Clipstar, meecard. Vagueware is on the border – need clarification from Paul.

  • To be included, the company must have launched a product in any form – alpha, beta it does not matter. Guy, let me know when yours is live. It certainly looks interesting. Adaptavist.com does not seem to be offering a product – developing plug-ins, not quite a product based company. Perhaps I ought to clarify by stating that I am looking for single product based startups – at least a single product must dominate. This is true with respect to edocr, Yuuguu, Clipstar, meecard. Vagueware is on the border – need clarification from Paul.

  • Pretext: I work for Adaptavist.com, although this is not a company statement.

    I guess this depends on your definition of Web 2.0 startup, which I guess would then depend on your definition of Web 2.0!

    To me a startup isn’t a company that has a single product, or a company that has just products without services. Web 2.0 (in my opinion, and I hate labeling things as Web or Enterprise ‘2.0’) is mainly about the social drive with improved experiences all round which generally encourages interaction.

    By that measure, we meet the criteria in that we provide online “Enterprise 2.0” technologies (specifically wiki’s and customisations based on Atlassian’s Confluence platform with out Theme Builder product) via the SaaS route. We enable a large amount of companies around the world to deploy and deliver wiki’s to their users.

    To cover the startup angle, we’re a small company (5 full time people), nearly 3 years old, with a turnover under £1m per year.

  • Pretext: I work for Adaptavist.com, although this is not a company statement.

    I guess this depends on your definition of Web 2.0 startup, which I guess would then depend on your definition of Web 2.0!

    To me a startup isn’t a company that has a single product, or a company that has just products without services. Web 2.0 (in my opinion, and I hate labeling things as Web or Enterprise ‘2.0’) is mainly about the social drive with improved experiences all round which generally encourages interaction.

    By that measure, we meet the criteria in that we provide online “Enterprise 2.0” technologies (specifically wiki’s and customisations based on Atlassian’s Confluence platform with out Theme Builder product) via the SaaS route. We enable a large amount of companies around the world to deploy and deliver wiki’s to their users.

    To cover the startup angle, we’re a small company (5 full time people), nearly 3 years old, with a turnover under £1m per year.

  • Adaptavist started out with a single product – Theme Builder, a plugin for Confluence wiki. That single product has yielded about 2000 clients (IBM, Sun, US Military, BBC, Amnesty International, etc) in 55+ countries in less than 3 years and led us to develop other plugins and services. Theme Builder is still the predominant driving force of our business because it glues everything we and our clients do together. The real product of our company is “Wiki Abuse” and any known Business 1.0 mentality has been discarded in favour of an almost un-business un-product un-service approach to the work we do.

    Why on earth is Crain’s looking to only get 15000 readership with profitability in 3 years? Sounds like a very Business 1.0 approach if you ask me :p Ditch the business plans, go online, find a niche, get an environment policy (that means no paper at the very least). Profitability should occur in Year 1. No excuses.

  • Adaptavist started out with a single product – Theme Builder, a plugin for Confluence wiki. That single product has yielded about 2000 clients (IBM, Sun, US Military, BBC, Amnesty International, etc) in 55+ countries in less than 3 years and led us to develop other plugins and services. Theme Builder is still the predominant driving force of our business because it glues everything we and our clients do together. The real product of our company is “Wiki Abuse” and any known Business 1.0 mentality has been discarded in favour of an almost un-business un-product un-service approach to the work we do.

    Why on earth is Crain’s looking to only get 15000 readership with profitability in 3 years? Sounds like a very Business 1.0 approach if you ask me :p Ditch the business plans, go online, find a niche, get an environment policy (that means no paper at the very least). Profitability should occur in Year 1. No excuses.

  • Guy/Dan, this clearly shows what I know about web/enterprise 2.0 – bottom line is that I need to get my head around your business proposition. Once I do that, I will add it to http://www.manojranaweera.com/startups/ provided that it meets my simple criteria.

  • Guy/Dan, this clearly shows what I know about web/enterprise 2.0 – bottom line is that I need to get my head around your business proposition. Once I do that, I will add it to http://www.manojranaweera.com/startups/ provided that it meets my simple criteria.

  • Once you get your head round our business proposition, please let us know as we have no idea 😆

  • Hi there Manoj – first of all many thanks for including us in your list of Web 2.0 companies. In response to your comments above, I can confirm that Clipstar is indeed based in the centre of Manchester

    Our website launched in beta earlier this month, and we already have a nice cross section of members and talent already signed up to our community.

    Our media launch is scheduled for the end of this month, so look out for promotional events (both online and in the real world)

  • Hi there Manoj – first of all many thanks for including us in your list of Web 2.0 companies. In response to your comments above, I can confirm that Clipstar is indeed based in the centre of Manchester

    Our website launched in beta earlier this month, and we already have a nice cross section of members and talent already signed up to our community.

    Our media launch is scheduled for the end of this month, so look out for promotional events (both online and in the real world)

  • Lawrence, good luck with your media launch.

  • Lawrence, good luck with your media launch.

  • Hi Manoj and colleagues – I just want to join Manoj’s call for an explicit regular regional business column for start-up business news and views. Half a page per month, whatever the channel, could be filled many times over given the wealth of entrepreneurial and start-up activity in the region.

    Even if we look just at our universities and science-business parks, Manchester and the wider region has a multitude of great stories, interesting news and community opinion to share, and that goes across all of the ‘knowledge’ based startup sectors. I think that Crain’s deserves to succeed, and I know that it ought not to go short on entrepreneurial and start-up news!

  • Hi Manoj and colleagues – I just want to join Manoj’s call for an explicit regular regional business column for start-up business news and views. Half a page per month, whatever the channel, could be filled many times over given the wealth of entrepreneurial and start-up activity in the region.

    Even if we look just at our universities and science-business parks, Manchester and the wider region has a multitude of great stories, interesting news and community opinion to share, and that goes across all of the ‘knowledge’ based startup sectors. I think that Crain’s deserves to succeed, and I know that it ought not to go short on entrepreneurial and start-up news!

  • Once you get your head round our business proposition, please let us know as we have no idea 😆