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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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Mini #SocMed Strategy for #Linkedin

Nothing scientific, just a collection of recent tweets by me on one page, and bit more added to turn the tweets into a mini strategy. Simply based on my own experiences, and not as a result of reading an award winning Social Media guru’s media. Linkedin Posts work far better than Linkedin Groups or Articles. Make sure you do not post until the last Post has gained at least 1000 Views. Do not post more than once a day. Give time for a Post to gather momentum. But rule (2) prevails. If a Post is not gaining at least 1000…

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Winners of Nesta £50k #PSD2 Grant application

Winners: Beyond Labs – Real-time, collaborative budgeting Handle by Bizfitech – SME credit assistance Bud Financial – Financial management app Coconut Banking –  The “bank” for freelancers Credit Data Research Ltd – Credit Scoring for SMEs DueDil – Due diligence for private firms Capitalise.com – Business loan comparison Fractal Labs – Automated financial assistant for businesses Fluidly – Cashflow management Funding Options – Business lender comparison Funding Xchange – Business lender comparison Growth Street – Overdrafts for businesses Investly – Cashflow help from investors Iwoca Limited – Credit for small businesses Ormsby Street – Data tips for businesses Runpath –…

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UK Challenger Banks for Personal and Business Accounts

I continue to keep an eye on the growth of UK’s challenger banks due to two reasons: For my own interest as a human and a director of multiple companies. At UnifiedVU, we want to unify your financial and payment worlds including risk and governance. So here is a quick summary of current status: 1. Tide Bank Offers a business account for one user on one device. According to CEO, George Bevis, his team is in the process of building functionality to support multiple devices and multi users. Hope this extends to supporting multiple accounts on the same device.    …

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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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3 Types of friends you have

As I fight through the mess I’ve created myself, there have been occasions where I had to ask for real help from my friends. Whilst I hold no grudge against them for their responses, I’ve come to realise that they can easily be segmented into three types, these being: Friends who can help but won’t for reasons only known to them. These are the guys who sit on the sideline and watch. Friends who are happy to provide encouraging words. Whilst positive energy is vital, sometimes this just isn’t enough. Friends who would go the extra mile. This also raises a…

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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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