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Articles | Funding | Scaleup | Startup | Tech
How Biotech Startup Funding Will Change in the Next 10 Years
December 29, 2019
Back when Y Combinator was getting started about 10 years ago, Paul Graham wrote some essays that predicted the way startup fundraising would change in the next decade – accurately, it turns out. Jared Friedman, Partner at YC, noticed that raising money for a biotech or other life science company in 2019 looks a lot like raising money for a tech company 10 years ago. Since then, fundamental forces caused fundraising for tech companies to change dramatically and he believes that they
Articles | Funding | International | Startup
Some of Europe’s most successful startup hubs are in tiny towns, not capital cities
December 28, 2019
We all know that startup hubs are buzzing in the major European capitals of London, Paris and Berlin. It’s not even surprising that the second-cities of Barcelona, Munich and Milan are also a hive of activity. But who knew that there were so many startup hubs in the small towns of Oulu, Oss, Montpellier and Sandwich? That’s the takeaway of Sifted’s data-dive this week, thanks to some data from the research company PitchBook.
Articles | Books | People & Culture | Wellbeing
The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100
December 25, 2019
Books are a portal to our personal histories. Pick up a worn copy of a childhood favourite and you might be transported to the warmth of a parent’s arms or a beanbag chair in a first-grade classroom or a library in your hometown. Avid readers could build autobiographies around their favourite books and come to the realisation that what they have read is almost as meaningful as when they read it. In light of that reality, The Washington Post took
Economy | How To | Scaleup | Startup | Sustainability
Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme
December 23, 2019
Scotland is getting ready to transform the way we recycle. Deposit return schemes are already established in many countries where they are helping to tackle climate change and reduce litter. Scotland is joining them, with a scheme designed to meet the country’s unique needs, to tackle the throwaway culture and help protect our environment for generations to come.
Articles | Economy | Purpose-Driven Business | Sustainability
Forget ticking boxes, the first step in saving the world is all about mindset change
December 22, 2019
In this final instalment of Forum for the Future’s eight-part blog series on the Future of Sustainability, chief executive Sally Uren warns against business leaders box-ticking for sustainability, and calls for a full-blown mindset shift instead.
How To | Scaleup | Startup | Sustainability | Tech
Coping with Massive Growth
December 20, 2019
Massive growth is the dream of almost every startup, but it can be a nightmare if you’re not anticipating it. Recently, Ian McDonald (CTO in Residence at Microsoft) had a CTO call him and tell him that they were about to go from 2 million users to over 200 million users with a recently signed contract. They rang him as they were worried about the potential cost. Ian asked a couple of questions, and they both quickly realised that cost
How To | People & Culture
Cognitive bias cheat sheet
December 18, 2019
Thinking is hard. Cognitive biases are just tools, useful in the right contexts, harmful in others. They’re the only tools we’ve got, and they’re even pretty good at what they’re meant to do. We might as well get familiar with them and even appreciate that we at least have some ability to process the universe with our mysterious brains.
Articles | Funding | Scaleup | Startup
I just shut down my startup. Here’s what I learned.
December 15, 2019
“Most startups fail. I’ve seen some statistics that show a 60% failure rate, others a 90% failure rate. The exact number doesn’t matter — what matters is that most startups fail, it’s the norm, the expected outcome. But surely it wouldn’t be my outcome, right? I’d beat the odds, my startup would succeed and, better yet, I’d succeed on the first startup I founded — I’d beat the odds and then beat the odds again. Two years later, it turns
Business Development | How To | Marketing | Scaleup | Startup
When to send your surveys for the best results
December 14, 2019
So much of the success of your survey depends on getting enough responses—and the right responses. Sending a survey that gets overlooked is like cooking a delicious, elaborate meal that no one is hungry enough to try. It turns out that getting enough survey responses —like dining—often comes down to catching people at the right time. So what’s the best time to send your survey so that you get the most responses?
Articles | People & Culture | Startup
Why Google’s Teams Are Insanely Creative
December 12, 2019
And it all Starts with creating the right culture: learn through experience, don’t be evil, teacher as a guide.
Diversity | How To | People & Culture | Wellbeing
How to get better at using a coworker’s nonbinary pronouns
December 10, 2019
This is a compilation of suggestions about how to get better at using a coworker’s nonbinary pronouns (they/them). While most of these suggestions are for nonbinary folks, some of them also apply to people switching from he/his/him to she/hers/her and vice versa.
Economy | How To | Purpose-Driven Business
The Sustainable Fashion Toolkit
December 8, 2019
The Sustainable Fashion Toolkit is the result of a collaboration between Fashion Takes Action and PwC, with the goal of advancing sustainable practices through easy access to resources. The online sustainable fashion Toolkit brings together hundreds of sustainable fashion resources in a centralised location. The goal is to break down barriers to sustainability by making resources that already exist accessible and easy to use.
Articles | Economy | Scaleup | Startup
It takes an ecosystem to raise a successful start-up
December 5, 2019
Michaela Hruskova and Professor Colin Mason (The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School) published this think piece on Entrepreneurial Support Organisations (ESOs) and their role in startups’ growth. They argue that it takes an ecosystem to raise a startup.
Articles | Economy | People & Culture | Wellbeing
How working less could solve all our problems.
December 3, 2019
Shorter workweeks could help reduce accidents, combat climate change, make the genders more equal, and more, contends historian and author Rutger Bregman.
Funding | How To | Scaleup | Startup
How to Attract Investment & Approach a Fundraise
December 1, 2019
Do you think you’re ready for investment – but you don’t know where to start? In his blog, Rob Halliday, Lead Fund Manager at Social Investment Scotland (SIS), reflects on what makes an excellent investment as young companies look for the funds they need to go from startup to scaleup.