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Founders can profit from those moments of boredom

Founders can profit from those moments of boredom

Sunday, February 12, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 12th February 2017. There are various catalysts that spur entrepreneurs into action — revenge, frustration, greed, poverty and desire among them. But boredom can be a powerful stimulus, too. Lots of entrepreneurs I’ve

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From asylum seeker to job creator: despite what populists think, refugees could “make our societies great again”

From asylum seeker to job creator: despite what populists think, refugees could “make our societies great again”

Friday, February 10, 2017

As the legal battle rages on around Donald Trump’s chaotic travel ban and moratorium on refugees – not to mention last year’s “Breaking Point” poster depicting an EU overwhelmed by a flood of asylum seekers – you could be forgiven

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The entrepreneur’s playlist: songs to say I did it my way

The entrepreneur’s playlist: songs to say I did it my way

Sunday, February 5, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 5th February 2017. Entrepreneurs need plenty of creative inspiration. I’ve written before about the novels and movies that helped fuel my ambition. This week I turn to music — which can move the

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Sharing upstarts? No, they are tax-avoiding skimmers

Sharing upstarts? No, they are tax-avoiding skimmers

Sunday, January 29, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 29th January 2017.  Capitalism can be adroit at presenting itself in a cuddly light, and technology businesses are especially good at this trick. A sector engaged in “collaborative consumption” has been branded the

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Could Whitbread’s bosses make a frothy cappuccino?

Could Whitbread’s bosses make a frothy cappuccino?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 15th January 2017. One of my core beliefs about business success is that domain knowledge really matters. What I mean by this is that directors should possess a deep understanding of their industry,

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Incubating the future: the role of university incubators in supporting student and graduate entrepreneurs

Incubating the future: the role of university incubators in supporting student and graduate entrepreneurs

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

By Maximilian Yoshioka and Michael Patrikalakis Highly educated, young (for the most part) and unburdened by families, mortgages and the opportunity costs of quitting an established career, university students and recent graduates are an ideal demographic when it comes to

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Oh Lord, make it new — just not too new

Oh Lord, make it new — just not too new

Sunday, January 8, 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 8th January 2017. I used to chair a marketing business called Loewy Group. Its original industrial-design operation was founded by a brilliant Frenchman called Raymond Loewy in 1930. Loewy died in 1986, but

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I spy a way to help companies steal a march

I spy a way to help companies steal a march

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First published in the Sunday Times on 1st January 2017. The business world generally thinks it can learn nothing from the public sector, but, of course, this is nonsense. One specialist arm of the state which could teach many companies a

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The week in entrepreneurship

The week in entrepreneurship

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Your weekly summary of entrepreneurship news, comment, and features. Sent by the Centre for Entrepreneurs (home of StartUp Britain). Sign up here. Read the original newsletter here. News Entrepreneurs remain positive as home for UK startups (CityAM on IoD 99

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We must not let the vegan bullies intimidate business

We must not let the vegan bullies intimidate business

Sunday, December 18, 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 18th December 2016. I received an email from the Humane League recently. At first I assumed it was from the 1980s band that sang about the waitress in a cocktail bar. Unfortunately it

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