As part of the work in No Straight Lines, and looking at our challenges from a systems perspective it is obvious that unless our financial systems evolve we are stuck in a bad place, as Hazel Henderson observes finance is a part of the global commons, to serve real economies not dominate them.
It's one thing to be one step ahead as an entrepreneur. Quite another to be 30 years ahead. Bill Nelson has continuously innovated in music, sometimes so far ahead of the wave that he has only been noticed through those who have been influenced by him such as The Kaiser Chiefs, Ambulance Ltd, The Darkness, Foo Fighters, Big Country et al.
The UK labour market has proved resilient through the Global Financial Crisis. In the recession of 2008/09, many companies held on to staff even though demand fell away. The last two years have seen strong growth in private sector employment against a backdrop of a weak and erratic recovery.
When I founded Entrepreneur Country, my mission was to create a platform for business owners to communicate with likeminded individuals across industries and geographical borders. This ecosystem has been built upon the ethos of 'entrepreneurs backing entrepreneurs,' which is what makes Dell a natural ally for us and our community. As a result, I am delighted to announce that Dell will be partnering with Entrepreneur Country to help us champion the efforts of entrepreneurs across the UK.
It's usually with a whimper rather than a 'big bang' that a new branch of any science is born - and even those involved usually struggle to pinpoint the precise moment.
Ask most business owners which media opportunities they consider most valuable and they'll probably say the ones that reach their potential customers.
Like many founders, Adam Twidell is very proud of the story of how he came to set up PrivateFly, an online marketplace for private jet hire. He went into business after a decade in the RAF flying military missions, followed by a stint as a pilot for NetJets.
Following on from my post about the concept of innovation as something you do, and not just something you say, I came across an example of what I would consider innovation in action, courtesy of a newly launched digital music distribution/promotion service called Music2Text.
In a recent article (“Competing in a digital world”) on the McKinsey website, authors Sarrazin and Sikes identify four lessons that they believe business in general could and should learn from the software industry. It’s an interesting perspective, and indicative of the pervasive role that software is playing in value creation across a growing range of businesses and industries.
The other day I was at a Mercedes dealership. Unfortunately my wife was hit head on in December by a woman who lost control of her car. It was time to get a new car and my wife’s requirements were the safest thing on the road and as many air bags as possible