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Entrepreneurship sucks! Know when to get out!

There is a significant danger in promotion of “entrepreneurship” without fully understanding the ups and downs. Where ever you look nowadays, there are so many people calling themselves entrepreneurs or promoting it. It’s a trend. Very few talk about the dangers of it. Don’t get me wrong, we need entrepreneurs to move the society forward. We need them more than ever, given the volatility of the global political system and the climate change. But not everyone can become a successful entrepreneur. I don’t mean success by the number of millions or billions you make it at an exit. You can…

#GDPR – What you wish you could say?

Are you upset that you received no email from me regarding GDPR? Have you checked your spam folder? Fear not, it was never written. I hear your cry.. how dare you not join in the GDPR? It’s kind of a big deal. Well, here’s my rationale. If you land on my world, assume the worst. My world is where ever I or my companies are, online as well as offline. I do use paper and pen from time to time. I still have thousands of business cards unprocessed. Yes, I do meet a lot of folks. We trial and use…

What the heck is 70-20-10 rule?

What the heck is 70-20-10 rule you might ask. This came to my head whilst cycling in gorgeous sunny weather in Cheshire (UK) yesterday. I managed to squeeze 109 kms which was the longest ride in 2018 and was shy of 8 kms to break my all time longest. I struggled to agree with myself whether this is in fact 60-30-10 or 70-20-10. Either way, the rationale is as below: Spend 70% (60%) of your time delivering revenue generating work (Customer Delivery). Spend 20% (30%) of your time generating new revenue generating work (Business Development). Spend 10% (10%) of your…

I’m no #Linkybrains – more like #Leakybrains

When I first came across #Linkybrains by Doug Scott, I wondered what Doug was up to now? Doug is known to be a loud-mouth straight-talking prolific angel investor and a successful entrepreneur who used to kill his boredom with a red bandana. Yes, it seems you could do a lot with a scarf, at least get bit closer to be like a pirate just for a second only to realise that you missed the eye patch and forgot to shout ahoy, my hearties. When digging bit further, I also noticed that Chris Tottman of Notion Capital and Alex Dunsdon of Saatchinvest were…

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…

Taming Microsoft when you return from Google after 8 years

Thanks to Mark Deakin, we made a decision to start supporting Microsoft (credit also goes to James Akrigg who spent few hours with me early this year. Then the timing wasn’t right for us to act). But returning to Microsoft has not been plain sailing. This post is very much a place to capture how I am navigating through the various hurdles thrown at me. To start with, I seem to have multiple accounts using the same email address. One seem to be called personal, another work and who knows, there could be more. Secondly, there is no real single sign…

#GrowthHack 1 – Commenting on high influencer sites

I’m no SEO expert. I ended up on SEO Profiler by accident. Not quite true though. I check edocr.com and UnifiedVU standing on Alexa quite often. Once edocr.com reached 14,000th largest website in the world (according to Alexa), and those days, I was quite obsessed in trying to get to 10,000th and beyond. A quick review of UnifiedVU on SEO Profiler revealed the followings: Active backlinks: 553 Unique active backlinks: 22 Links to home page: 540 Link Influence Score (LIS): 4% When I started analysing the 22 unique backlinks, I found out: Creately.com – LIS 97% GrowthHackers.com – LIS 93% Pipedrive…

Thoughts from #TechNorth launch in #Leeds today

The Launch Until 8:00 am this morning, I couldn’t justify a reason to attend the launch of much hyped TechNorth in Leeds. By 8:15 am, I regretted my decision, and by 10:15 I was listening to TechCity CEO launching the event. Yes in Leeds! In 2006, except for few of us, tech entrepreneurship was not fashionable like today. Those naysayers then have become champions of the sector today. And it has been a pleasure for me to watch the transition. In early days, the effort of building the tech ecosystem rested with number of passionate individuals. In Sheffield you had Lee…

Ajaz Ahmed #CutTheCrap

I had the pleasure to listen to Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of £1.6 billion Freeserve today at the TiENorth event at HSBC, Spinningfield, Manchester. I’ve hosted Ajaz before, in fact twice and he was the keynote speaker at our first Northern Tech Awards in 2011. Today’s session was title #CutTheCrap and was full of great case studies and advice for the budding entrepreneur. What was remarkable about his speech was that every slide simply had a unique hashtag. It was optimised for tweeps. manojranaweera Say everyday #ineedmycustomers more than they need me #CutTheCrap @Ajaz_Ahmed 10/11/2014 19:20 manojranaweera Love the #uglybabysyndrome…

Minimum Viable Product #MVP isn’t quite what it claims to be

  If you ever had the fortune (or misfortune, depending on your circumstances) to get involved with an early stage technology company, you would have heard no ending of the abbreviation MVP. For the unfamiliar, MVP stands for Minimum Viable Product. While we use the term liberally, do we really understand what it means? More importantly, has your early stage product reached the status of MVP? I would like to argue that MVP is not a single state of a product. In fact, it revolves around three stages, depending on your vision and strategy. The Minimum Usable Product Many startups…