Insights from the Global Sustainability Jam 2017 #GSusJam

Like in music, the idea of a Jam is to bring people together without pre-thought ideas or agenda. Simply, collaborate to create something together. Continue reading “Insights from the Global Sustainability Jam 2017 #GSusJam”

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Innovate UK’s 2016/17 delivery plan – what SMEs can expect

Innovate UK is changing. The new delivery plan covers only 2016/2017 and anticipates more alterations for the following years. Here is what you need to know if you’re a SME looking for Innovate UK funding:  Continue reading “Innovate UK’s 2016/17 delivery plan – what SMEs can expect”

Project Management Systems and SMEs – A Quick Guide

Not long ago, a small specialist-consultancy asked for my help in setting up an effective project management. They were quite busy, managing multiple projects with multiple partners at same time. They wanted to have more structure very quickly at lowest cost possible.

How did they achieve it all? Here I share this tested approach that can help you get there too. Continue reading “Project Management Systems and SMEs – A Quick Guide”

What I learned writing successful bids for grants

Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK logosGrants are very valuable for SMEs and small business. You can get the needed cash inflow to push your project or product further. You won’t have to pay back or give out part of your equity, even if the project is not successful or even achievable. The biggest challenge: they are highly competitive and making your message stand out is paramount.

Having successfully obtained grants for SMEs on the Horizon 2020 (SME Instrument) and SMART Awards (Innovate UK), I list below some tested lessons to increase your chances on these processes. Continue reading “What I learned writing successful bids for grants”

Invisible Boundaries – How to establish a health business relationship? Learn from Netflix’s #OITNB

Orange is the New Black is a rising start of Netflix with million followers and fans around the world. Nurturing the audience and being ‘liked’ by the fans is essential on their business. So how to deal with a fan trespassing the set? #OITNB’s response can shade a light on establishing business’s health boundaries.
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Disrupting Wall Street with Tech

Let’s talk about the challenges for disrupting conservative markets – such as Wall Street – with technology.

This is not about Wall Street itself (and its confusing procedures, dark pools and trading ‘gymnastics’). Here I am much more interest on the forgotten tangible aspect of technology, how developers and algorithms are exploring markets gaps, and ultimately about the challenge of disrupting establish markets with huge players and barriers.Book Insights-FlashBoys-BookCover

This is based on Flash Boys, a non-fiction book about what was happening on the backstage of Wall Street after
2009. It follows the efforts of a group of traders to understand how the technology and gaps within SEC rules were shaping the unfair advantage of high frequency traders. Their answer was to create a new model of stock exchange – dubbed as “A market that works for investors”.  Continue reading “Disrupting Wall Street with Tech”

IUB#2: ‘Nothing’

What can we learn from nothing? New Scientist’s book compile curious studies and results coming from the concept of nothing.

Nothing_BookCoverAnti-matter, anaesthesia, superconductors, advanced calculus, placebo, wisdom teeth, male nipples, absolute zero. Some of the subjects of this book. In common, the concept of nothing, or the disruption of looking into things that are not quite there.

Isn’t it the principle of innovation – coming up with concepts that do not exist just yet? The book brings and interesting view of how humanity develop the concept of zero; and the barriers it faced in Europe. In this post, I will also explore this story’s parallels with the ‘modern’ clashes with Uber and taxis around the globe.

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