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Tech HotSpots of Manchester

According to Claire Jolly of Deloitte, the North West is home to over 750 Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) companies. Here is a list of hotspots in Greater Manchester based on my knowledge of being part of the tech ecosystem since 2004, and having build the original tech ecosystem via Techcelerate. Barclays Rise Deansgate SpacePortX Northern Quarter including 20 Dale Street home to Manchester’s best kept secret, CapsuleCRM and one of the fastest growing companies LadBible. CANDDi is not too far. InnoSpace Spinningfields Manchester Science Park/Partnerships including Cisco Mi-Idea at Bright Building and Med Tech Centre at Greenhays MediaCity including The…

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Networks of Manchester’s Tech Ecosystem

Once upon a time (2006 to 2013), Techcelerate pioneered in building the Manchester’s Tech Ecosystem, when public sector could not care less about scalable technology businesses. Today, it’s a different story. Both public as well as the private sectors have come together to build the ecosystem from where Techcelerate had left off. Referred to as Northern Startup 2.0 in 2006, a tech gathering supported by KPMG and initiated by TechCrunch grew into a network of 2,300 tech entrepreneurs, senior managers of tech companies, investors and deal-makers over a period of 7 years. Techcelerate ran over 100+ tech entrepreneur events with…

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Growth of your startups post exit

There is nothing better than watching your attempts being nurtured under new management and ownership. In August 2013, GP Bullhound acquired Northern Tech Awards, which has become the key annual tech event of the North. Since the acquisition, it has toured Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and expect to hit Edinburgh in 2018. It’s an amazing event to celebrate best of northern tech companies. Since starting Venture 9, we have become a partner of GP Bullhound, in our efforts to help tech companies find growth capital, as well as explore mergers and acquisitions. In March 2015, Accusoft acquired edocr.com, which has grown significantly…

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Billionaires of UK

Billionaires of UK According to Sunday Times Rich list of 2017, there are 133 Billionaires in the UK. Most of them are born abroad and moved to UK later. Property still rules. I was curious to see how many of them are tech entrepreneurs. And fascinated to see some Northerners among the top, #SimonNixon of #MoneySupermarket and #MattMoulding of #TheHutGroup. These lists are always questionable – just guesstimates, e.g. Birch family has been based out of San Francisco since the initial traction of #Bebo. They certainly didn’t make money in the UK. But all makes fascinating reading including the 26…

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#Huddle is being sold

Huddle was the creme of #Webmission08 (20 hottest tech startups of UK in 2008). My #edocr was then the smallest of the 20. Their mantra was #GoBigorGoHome – they lived by it and was run by the dynamic duo of Alastair Mitchell and Andy McLoughlin. Their massive break came when they started to sell to UK Government through #GCloud. They even pulled a PR stunt in front of #Sharepoint conference, as they saw themselves as the natural player to disrupt the growth of #Sharepoint. But just like we have seen elsewhere, you sometimes do not see the competition. In this…

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My latest #GetMeOutOfHere strategy

This is how I feel… I was born to do more. Yet I don’t have all the right tools to achieve it. So I must persevere.  So how am I going to persevere? Life’s passion – building technology companies. Helping others – helping other tech entrepreneurs grow their tech businesses through strategy, partnerships, integrations and more (do read on). Get a job – permanent, contract or interim. I have accumulated 15,000 contacts since 2004 (the year I started my tech entrepreneur journey). 5,000 of those are on Linkedin. Business friends see my networking abilities as my greatest USP. “To say we go back long…

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I am selling myself to the highest daily bidder in June #ManojRanaweera

As you probably have noticed before, I have hit some difficulties. Whilst some have advised me to give up on my entrepreneurial adventures, my instincts tell me that if I stay true to my course, everything will be all right at the end. This does not however address my current predicament. Whilst “selling myself” started as a joke, I worked out how to execute it whilst cycling (it’s sunny in Manchester these days) #NoMoreWhatIf. And here I am writing about it. In case this is the first time you come across me, here is a quick bio. I have been a Tech…

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Review of #SageSummit 2017 London

I had a great time attending #SageSummit 2017 in London on 6th April 2017. Whilst it’s nothing like Salesforce.com’s annual pilgrimage to the capital city of the UK, it was nevertheless a great opportunity for the Sage’s ecosystem to come together. General Observation Whilst I have known Sage since I entered the #Fintech world with my first tech startup, ebdex (2004 to 2006), this was the second time I attended a Sage conference (almost forgot the first time, which was in Manchester). The exhibition hall was well arranged and was beaming with participants. It was held at ExCeL London where all major…

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