Skip to content

Category: Analysis

The garbage we carry!

Most of us suffer from incidents in the past. Some suffer from horrific abuses and continue to suffer from those memories today. When I review my past, the incidents I still remember and angry about are so minute, they would barely register on an incident scale, if such a scale existed. Having turned 50 recently, it’s big time I draw a line on these and move on. Obviously one needs to be stronger from the lessons learned and treat those individuals who impacted your life accordingly. But it’s time to move forward.. Just saw someone post the following and thought…

Continue reading The garbage we carry!

Life begins at 50!

It’s no secret, I turned 50 today and reached the mid point of my life. Instead of talking about under achievements and regret, I want to look forward to the future. But first I want to capture the day. If it’s not written, it did not happen My memory isn’t my greatest asset. And it’s bound to get worse. I believe strongly that if it’s not written, it would be damn hard to remember. Hence writing this post in the first place. Bite-size wisdom: If you are a tech entrepreneur, a founder or a CEO, for god’s sake, write down…

Continue reading Life begins at 50!

My Social Media Strategy for 2018

A friend of mine just posted his social media strategy for 2018 on Facebook which triggered me to consider my own. Here goes: Facebook for me is both business and personal. It will remain a mixture of the two. I don’t see any difference in terms of my posting strategy for 2018 compared to previous years. Will aspire to adhere to the Linkedin mini strategy I put together last year. Twitter effort will focus more on #techdeals to support Techcelerate Ventures. Liking posts demonstrates support for the sharer, if the sharer takes time to engage with me. Again, I don’t…

Continue reading My Social Media Strategy for 2018

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…

Continue reading Tech HotSpots of Manchester

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…

Continue reading Networks of Manchester’s Tech Ecosystem

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…

Continue reading Growth of your startups post exit

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…

Continue reading Billionaires of UK

#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…

Continue reading #Huddle is being sold

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…

Continue reading My latest #GetMeOutOfHere strategy