Take a look under the covers at VC Funds

November 24, 2009

You can now do just that! TheFunded.com is an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. Membership, which is FREE for CEOs, will give you unparalleled access to the collective wisdom of over 11,500 entrepreneurs and other business leaders, as well as detailed profiles of over 3,900 funds and contact information for over 17,250 investment professionals. In addition, TheFunded.com allows entrepreneurs to view and share term sheets, to assist one another finding good investors, and to discuss the many facets of operating a business.

Check out the Membership Screencast at The Funded website for a guided tour, which will show you first hand how members can access candid reviews of funds by CEO members who have first hand experience of the way they operate.

It’s also worth checking out a presentation by Adeo Ressi, CEO The Funded, who has an interesting take on Venture Capital Trends.


100 Ways to Be a Better Entrepreneur

November 19, 2009

As a High-Growth Business Coach I’m often asked for those little nuggets of wizdom that come with age and personal experience as a successful entrepreneur. It was therefore pleasantly surprised when I came across the most Comprehensive Do List for Entrepreneurs looking to grow a business more efficiently and efficiently. The list has been published by Entrepreneur.com, which is a resource well worth following for nacent entrepreneurs.

Growing Interest in Growth Entrepreneurship

November 14, 2009

In early 2007 I was commissioned to write a discussion paper for SEEDA, a UK regional development agency, based on a review of the academic literature on the subject of Growth Entrepreneurship. I subsequently published the paper on Scribd last year (see panel) and to my surprise it has now been read by over 8,000 people and become a ‘Hot Favorite’!

At the same time, I started this learning blog not knowing what sort of interest there might be in my doctoral research into Growth Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Team Dynamics. And, to be fair, no real effort was made by me to actively promote the blog, collect followers or make the site SEO friendly. However, the response to my paper has now encouraged me to get serious with social media and become more active in sharing the results of my research along with my work as a high-growth business coach and mentor.

If you’re interested in aspects of high-growth entrepreneruship I will now be posting or a more regular basis and you can also  follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johncavill.

Mentoring opportunity for ICT entrepreneurs

April 25, 2009

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) entrepreneurs from start-ups or early stage ventures now have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced senior IT professionals who are members of the Information Technologists’ Company (ITC). The ITC (also known as the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists) is the 100th Livery Company of the City of London, which provides significant charitable and educational programmes useing the expertise, resources and networks of its 650 members.

The mentoring services are FREE and can happen face-to-face, over the telephone or by email. Sessions may be as frequent or as occasional as both parties feel is appropriate, and may last as long as both parties agree.

To find out more or request a mentor go to www.itcmentoring.com

Sir Jackie Stewart launches mentoring scheme for Dyslexic entrepreneurs

March 12, 2009

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has launched a mentoring scheme, in conjunction with Cass Business School, City University London, and Dyslexia Scotland, to link entrepreneurs with dyslexia with successful dyslexic people who will share the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

Sir Jackie Stewart, President of Dyslexia Scotland and Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association, was key speaker at the launch event and will be a mentor. Other keynote speakers and mentors included Zenna Atkins, Chair of Ofsted, Jonty Hearnden, TV Antiques Expert, and Louis Barnett, founder of Chokolit.

The programme is an informal mentoring scheme, which is designed to be flexible. The emphasis is on two people getting together who share something in common – dyslexia. The aim is for the mentor to share some of their coping strategies and above all instil confidence in the mentee. The scheme is based on the reality that too often the positive attributes of being dyslexic are forgotten and not even recognised by the individual themselves. The scheme is about celebrating the positive side of dyslexia and who better to do this then someone who has travelled the same road and who can act as a role model.

The BDA and Dyslexia Scotland believe if dyslexic people in the UK were provided with mentoring to increase their confidence, there could be an increase in the number of dyslexic people unlocking their potential and creating new ventures. If US rates were matched a further 560,000 UK entrepreneurs would exist [1].

1. Logan J, Hendry, C., Brown, J., Courtney, N. (2008), ‘Unlocking the potential of the UK’s hidden innovators’, Microsoft UK; sponsored by: Microsoft

Branson talks about his Dyslexia

February 22, 2009

One of my earlier blogs (24 January 2008) 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 3.5 million population of entrepreneurs in the UK whereas in America 35% of entrepreneurs are dyslexic. The fundermental difference between the two groups seems to be their level of self-confidence.

A ‘Conversation’ about Dyslexia & Entrepreneurship

February 15, 2009

Last week I was invited to Arizona by the Kauffman Foundation to attend a closed ‘conversation’  between a small group of thinkers and doers for the purpose of better understanding dyslexia and entrepreneurship, and the possible links between the two.  The group, consisting of successful dyslexic entrepreneurs, educators and leading scientific researchers, spent two and a half days exploring the possibility of introducing a new study to extend the initial findings of Professor Julie Logan in this area [1].

As a dyslexic entrepreneur and academic researcher myself, this is an area of research which is close to my heart and one which I will continue to follow closely in my blog.

[1] Logan, J. (2007) Failures in education system cause UK to produce less dyslexic entrepreneurs than the US. CASS