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Month: May 2008

EIPP StartUps – Talk to me!

Since the beginning of this year, I spoke to number of EIPP/e-invoicing StartUps in various stages of development. Most of them were in very early stages and had the wisdom to meet me before putting their plans into action. One of them has withdrawn their ambitions following the meet up. In this case, the individual was very optimistic, but clearly lacked a plan. The initiative was driven by a sales person, who saw a clear opportunity in the market place, but lacked the gravitas to pull-together the startup team, even though he has confidence of bringing large customers to the…

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Greetings Northerners!

At last, we have a functioning blog at Northern StartUp 2.0 (NS20). Recently, I have been speaking a lot about developing an ecosystem for digital product based companies in the North, and especially in the North West. I see Northern StartUp 2.0 taking a significant role in taking this initiative forward with our ever growing community and the community from Daresbury Innovation Centre where I am based at. Lot more to say about this subject later. Going forward, this NS20 will provide following functionality: 1. The event programme – ideally once a month except for the month of August, in…

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Forthcoming Northern Events

16th June 08 – NS20 DEMO: eOffice Manchester Click here to register for NS20 DEMO on 16th June 2008 at eOffice Manchester- 6 pm to 9 pm North of England’s premier event for Northern Digital Startups to present their businesses to an audience of like minded individuals made up of entrepreneurs, investors, deal makers and service providers, in an informal setting. We have the pleasure of welcoming Reshma Sohoni, CEO of Seedcamp to the North. SeedCamp is Europe’s answer to Y-Combinator of US. Here is an opportunity for you to pitch your startup. Start-ups signed up to date include Kagtum…

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Being Digital – must attend event on 10th Jun 08

Simon Grice and Tony Fish from MashupEvents are holding a cracking event on 10th June 2008 for web 2.0 enthusiasts, branded Being Digital to celebrate the success of MashupEvents, which was founded in February 2006 by Simon. Tony joined in early 2007, after a short stint by Sam Sethi during his TCUK days. Here are some of the statistics of the MashupEvent series: 1 digital industry 22 events 74 demo companies 88 speakers 2,306 attendees The programme is split into: Advertising Identity Content Location Social Retail Search On behalf of Northern StartUp 2.0 community (NS20), I have negotiated special discounts…

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Injustice to EIPP/e-invoicing – lack of coverage

Apologies for the lack of recent coverage on eipp/e-invoicing. Thought leadership cannot be provided without undertaking adequate research. Wouldn’t it be great if document/information search time can be reduced. This is one of the reasons why I founded edocr with Rhys, Mike and Chris. So please upload your press releases, white papers, case studies, product information, etc on EIPP/e-invoicing to edocr today.  Let’s have a quick look at what some of the leading e-invoicing/EIPP providers have been up to recently, starting with OB10 and Accountis: OB10 In April, OB10 reported that their clients have saved 1,123 trees in 2007, 223…

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NS20 – Speaker line up! Sign up now

Just a quick additional note to introduce the speakers and panel for the event taking place on 14th May at KPMG Manchester. I am still awaiting for potentially 2 more speakers and panel members. They would be a bonus to the exceptional people speaking on the 14th. The event has two focus areas, these being: the relevance of Silicon Valley and Investment Readiness. Philip Hemstead, co-Founder of Yuuguu, Scott Leonard-Morgan, Partner at Heller Ehrman based in San Francisco and London and I will share our thoughts and experience on the relevance of Silicon Valley. In addition to PhilipH and ScottLM,…

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NS20 – 14th May 08 – Silicon Valley and Investment Readiness @ KPMG Manchester

Next Northern StartUp 2.0 event is less than 2 weeks away. The focus is on: Session 1 – Silicon Valley – why you must build Valley into your plans? Session 2 – Investment Readiness – Is your startup ready for investment? a panel discussion with VCs, entrepreneurs and deal makers The Session 1 is setup to celebrate the success and share the experience of one our own Northern StartUp 2.0 (edocr) companies visiting the Silicon Valley as one of the 20 most promising UK digital startups last week. Is this event for you? Northern StartUp 2.0 is North of England’s…

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Effort Management and focus

This is almost a note to myself. Taking stock of what I am up to or not up to. I have three companies: edocr – well you know about this one! If not, shame on you! Are all your public facing documents available on edocr? If not, please act now… eveo – event management. Currently manages Northern StartUp 2.0 events, Digital Futures with Simon Grice in Manchester and potential e-invoicing seminar is July 08 evigon – no transactions to date. My personal management consultancy firm for servicing opportunities as they arise The future certainly is with edocr, which has a…

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NetStart – a candid chat with Lee Strafford

Last year, I attended a number of sessions organised by Lee Strafford to learn and if possible engage with his project NetStart (previously called Project Sahara). Today, I learned that after much time investment in engaging with Regional Development Agencies, Universities, Developers and other like minded individuals, Lee has come to the conclusion, that no one is willing to look at the bigger picture of creating an ecosystem and radically change. Let’s take a step back. My understanding of Project Sahara was: Create an environment where multiple startups can thrive within an ecosystem. The ecosystem will include, entrepreneurs, investors, deal…

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Webmission08 – What a cracker!

Apologies for taking so long to write about the fabulous webmission08 tour to San Francisco. Having completed, it feels like an event that occurred months ago. The premise of capturing a daily journal did not quite happen as planned except on Day 1, thanks to JimL, OliB and the team keeping all of us very active, day and night. People have asked me what I got out of the tour! Some were very critical of web mission as they thought it was waste of tax payers’ money. If you read the small print, each of us paid for our flight,…

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