Category Archives: Pitching

The First Week of Digital Circle …

Just after re-launching Digital Circle as part of the Raise family, we didn’t let the grass grow under our heels as we headed straight into a Roundtable with the Department of the Economy about the excessive disparity between the demand for digital skills and the supply. The consultation, being hosted by the CBI, recognises that […]

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And many, perhaps most, get screwed…

Chilling description of what can happen if you don’t have someone to come to for advice. The term-sheet mentioned (with the 5x Liquidation Preference and the double-dipping) came from the now-defunct e-Synergy – a so-called venture (vulture) capital firm engaged by Invest NI to manage their spin-out fund (NISPO!). The predatory clauses on the term […]

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Pitch Pageants

In my inbox is another invite to a Pitch Pageant. Some startups have executed some process and we have to go and clap at them. Well done, folks, you’ve managed to survive a process for a few months. I was at an event a few years ago where a startup was awarded a “Continuum Award” […]

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Who’s afraid of the …. Pre-Revenue Startup

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf…. Pre-Revenue Startup? Of course, there’s more risk investing in early stage, pre-revenue companies, is that really a surprise to anyone? With greater risk comes greater reward – if you know how to manage it – and have the cojones for it but risk taking doesn’t come easily to […]

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