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Month: March 2015

David Brierwood says banks would not be disrupted by tech companies

I had the rare opportunity to meet a famous MBA Alum, David Brierwood at Manchester Business School (MBA) this evening, when he delivered a speech on “Leadership and building your career for the long term”. David shared a fascinating story of how he joined Morgan Stanley and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer including meeting Nick Leeson before he joined the Bearings Bank. Afterwards I caught up with David to enquire about his thoughts on where the disruption to banks would come from. He is of the opinion that it would not come from tech companies such as Google…

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You are never too old to change your life around

I consider myself a bit of a wimp when it comes to sports, e.g. I would never dare bungee jump. Growing up, the only certificate I won was for handwriting when my friends played rugby, cricket, etc for school and clubs. Whilst working, I won a cricket award when my employer’s team (Merz and McLellan) got promoted to the next division. Whilst I scored few runs and even got few wickets, I was never that good at cricket. I’ve played Badminton and Squash for fun, but never really competed. When I turned 46 last year, I took on cycling, after taking…

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Coverage of my second exit, edocr to Accusoft

What better place to capture coverage of acquisition of edocr by Accusoft than my own blog. Here comes the list: Accusoft Acquires Document Sharing Platform edocr In All Cash Deal, Mike Butcher, Techcrunch (UK) Accusoft Acquires Edocr, Team Moves on to UnifiedVU, Readme.lk (Sri Lanka) Accusoft acquires Manchester – based edocr as Manoj Ranaweera exits after eight years, Prolific North (UK) Business document sharing platform acquired, Northwest Insider (UK) Accusoft Announces the Acquisition of edocr.com, Businesswire (USA) True Grit: A Company Struggling To Make Profit Wins, Echelon (Sri Lanka) Accusoft acquires edocr.com, LMD (Sri Lanka)

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Memorable quotes on my second exit

I’m hoping to write more about my experience of the second exit, but in the meantime, as there is no ideal place to capture some of the exceptional comments I received, thought of capturing them here… Genuine and heartfelt congratulations Manoj. You’ve done something that very, very few people manage to do and ought to be justifiably proud, Ben Hookway RESULT!!!!!! And now in the elite band of people who have actually sold tech businesses in UK and made money, Ian Gotts (exited Nimbus to TIBCO and keynote speaker, Northern Tech Awards 2013) Well done. Shows how far you can get with imagination…

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