Why you might be interested in this Learning Blog

The objective of this Learning Blog is to provide a brief look at a range of topics that relate to entrepreneurship. I will however be focusing primarily on high growth entrepreneurs and factors that influence new venture success. These short articles are intended to enable readers to gain a better understanding of the journey and the […]

What sort of investor are you?

An extensive study conducted by Geoff Smart in America [1] established a clear link between an investor’s approach to human capital valuation and the deal success. Yet, somewhat surprisingly, it was found that the best practices were used less frequently by VCs than the worst practices, indicating opportunities for improved IRR through more effective […]

Top Management Team functional diversity

While it appears quite clear that start-up team characteristics play a vital role in the ultimate success or failure of an entrepreneurial business venture, we still know little about the dynamics associated with entrepreneurial team composition and development. Most entrepreneurial teams consist of friends, relatives and/or associates from former employers or educational institutions, which […]

Sorting out the Heffalumps

Ask ten people to describe the characteristics of an entrepreneur and you’ll probably end up with at least ten different answers. Apart from perhaps the stereotypical response of “someone driven by money”, which is actually not true. Quite suprisingly, most of the venture capitalists and seasoned entrepreneurs that I have posed this question to […]

Investors prefer entrepreneurial ventures pitched by attractive men

A new research study conducted in the United States [1] has revealed that investors prefer fund raising pitches from male entrepreneurs over those from female entrepreneurs, even when the content of the pitches is identical. And, what’s more, attractive men are the most persuasive pitchers of all.

The research team examined video recordings of 90 […]

Living with the ‘Living Dead’

You could be forgiven for thinking that the title of this article referred to a horror movie, a 70′s rock band or an adolescent teenager recovering from a night on the town. However, in this context the phenomenon of “living dead” investments [1] represents the middle ground of venture capital investing outcomes, lying between […]

Conflict amongst top team members can be beneficial

Contrary to popular belief, conflict amongst top management team members can be beneficial, as long as it’s the correct type of conflict. Research has shown that there are two quite different forms of conflict [1] that can influence business performance.

Cognitive Conflict – focuses on substantive, issue related differences of opinion, which tend to improve […]

Entrepreneurship and the gift of Dyslexia

Professor Julie Logan from the CASS Business School carried out a study of entrepreneurs in the United States (The New York Times 06 Dec 07) which suggests that dyslexia is much more common among small-business owners than even the experts had thought, with 35% of entrepreneurs surveyed identifying themselves as dyslexic. These finding support an earlier study carried out in the […]

Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe

For the entrepreneur with a well-developed business proposition, a team which has previous experience of running a successful business and a properly researched market, where the product or service has the potential to capture a leading stake in the market or a carefully targeted segment of the market, the time has never been better […]

Branson talks about his Dyslexia

One of my earlier posts introduced a new line of research into the links between entrepreneurship and dyslexia. In the following TV interview Richard Branson talks openly about his dyslexia, which he attributes in part to his success.

Studies carried out at CASS Business School indicate that dyslexics make up 19% or 600,000 of the […]

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