Sometimes, Both Sides are Right

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Our culture is based around brands and protecting IP and patents. We firmly believe, in our culture, that patents, trademarks and IP should protect the holder, even if the practicalities behind it are less than perfect. Yet culturally, China is at complete odds to our protectionist systems. They believe in sharing IP and collaboration. Brands […]

Startup Slang

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For any readers interested in this series of blogs, I thought I would compile a list of terms used along with explanations. I try as much as possible to avoid using jargon, but just in case I have strayed to the dark side:   Bootstrap – Enough money and facilities to get started Seed – […]

#BREXIT and I

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So, hype and agenda’s aside, here’s what I’ve learned about the EU and the debate. Brussels is a massive European parliament that we are currently a member of. They pass laws that either enter directly into our statute books or indirectly through our parliament on an almost daily basis. However those laws are almost entirely related […]

Gaia, AI and Robots

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Are we approaching a singularity and if so what form will that take. {N.B. Singularity is defined as the moment when general artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence. The current median estimate from the combined academic community is the year 2040} While nobody knows any answers to these questions, general assumptions are that Artificial Intelligence […]

More BT Broadband Woes

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So my phone line and therefore broadband have gone down again. For the full hilarious history, see my previous Blog post:  http://mikehardcastle.com/wp/2015/05/01/bt-are-not-the-most-up-to-date-company/ The phone line works, but has so much noise that you cannot hear anything above the crackling, so the broadband is intermittent. If somebody phones the landline, the broadband goes off for hours at a […]

£5M is the new £3M

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I’ve dedicated a lot of articles to valuation and explained in great detail why your startup isn’t worth £1M. A few months ago I met a startup who crashed the ceiling with a self valuation of £3M. Yesterday, however, we hit the stars with a startup self valuing at £5M. Now this company does have […]

Apple vs. the FBI

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So I’ve been intrigued by this news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35594245 On the face of it, Apple “could” write a backdoor to access a known killers iPhone, however with this backdoor software they would have the capabilities to access any phone in their possession. So I don’t understand Apple’s problem. The US (and other authorities) have exceeded […]