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Month: October 2010

My comment to “Rapleaf and the Facebook Privacy Ruckus” by Om Malik

Hi Om, I wrote a blog post several months ago about how to find a person’s email address, verify it and then use other services to enrich it. I never published it due to not being totally comfortable with what I have written. The process involves (where the email address is not known): 1. Guessing the email address (there are number of ways) 2. Verifying this using the largest professional network (and if needed the largest social network) 3. Once verified, add to web applications that could enrich the email address by finding out social profiles of the individual and…

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SAP Business ByDesign – Extract from ZDNet’s Dennis Howlett

Since attending the Softworld, I have been wanting to know more about SAP Business ByDesign. There is an excellent post by Dennis Howlett at ZDnet you ought to read. The following is an extract from this post. “SAP’s critics ridicule its late entry into the cloud arena. If what I am seeing represents the company’s response then its critics need to re-assess their thinking. The Business ByDesign group is now starting to build momentum. SAP shared some of its marketing strategy with me and while I have reservations, it is at last moving in the right direction. Critically, BYD marketing…

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Softworld – where are the buyers?

Softworld is UK’s premier event for accounting software vendors. I was a regular attendee during the days of ebdex (my first tech startup), but have not attended the event during the last few years. Those days, the event was held in Birmingham and was seen as the annual showcase event for accountancy software. It was  at least 3 times bigger than the event I attended yesterday, and was buzzing with people. In contrast, yesterday’s event was not just small but it seems that the organisers forgot to invite buyers. Access Accounting had the largest exhibiting area, and probably worked harder…

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Check list for company name change – the legal aspects

The most time consuming element of this process is the time between decision to change and actually implementing it. In my case, I decided to rebrand Northern Startup 2.0 in Feb to Techcelerate with help from my friends through tweets. We changed the website and many other sales and marketing collateral over the months of Feb and March, but postponed the legal changes that are necessary due to lack of prioritisation (or stupidity). My legal adviser (thanks Stuart) even went to the extent of sending me a form for my signature to advice the Companies House, with a warning that…

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North West – Top Region for IPOs?

North West is host to 105 public listed companies with total revenues exceeding £52 billion, of which, £35 billion is generated by regions biggest company Unilever. 3 more companies generate over £1 billion from the rest of the 104 companies, these being Amec, United Utilities and now Lookers. 4 companies feature between £500 m and £1bn, these being PZ Cussons, JD Sports Fashion, N Brown Group and Findel. 13 companies feature in the £100m to £500m revenues range, which includes two tech companies, at No. 27 and at No. 28 Daisy Group Plc Other tech companies in the order…

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