CxO Spotlight: Thomas Urbye, CEO @ The Look

Thomas is the CEO of high-end TV and film post production company, The Look. It is recognised as a leading player, working with Netflix, Amazon, BBC, Sky, Apple and HBO, on series such as Gangs of London, Fleabag, Top Boy, Sex Education and Landscapers. Thomas shared with us his top 3 innovation areas. “Streamers have […]


The climate impact of meat is enormous – roughly equivalent to all the driving and flying of every car, truck and plane in the world! So it’s not a surprise that the alternative meat sector is growing at a phenomenal pace. You have probably heard of Impossible Foods and maybe even tried Beyond Meat in […]

CxO Spotlight: Susan Hooper, NED @ Uber | Moonpig | Chapter Zero

Susan is a Director of Chapter Zero, an organisation dedicated to providing education, insight and support on climate change to Non-Executive Board Directors and Chairs. Susan noted: “Two years ago when we started Chapter Zero climate change was hardly on the board agenda. Now, not only is it squarely in place, but we have moved […]

Vertical farms coming to a place near you

Infarm is leading the race in Europe. It has shipped over a thousand of its “farms” to shops and chefs. They primarily grow lettuce, wasabi rocket and basil but are also starting to diversify and include tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms. Partners include Aldi, Carrefour and Marks & Spencer. Their USPs: Modular design – think of […]

The verdict is in. Now the question is…

What are leaders going to do moving forward? Are they going to put their heads in the sand like if it’s a moment, hoping it will pass? The police officer responsible for George Floyd’s death was found guilty on all counts. President Biden hails the verdict as a potential ‘giant step forward’ in the fight […]

CxO Spotlight: Mark Thomas, CEO @ Reaction Engines

Mark Thomas has been Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines, a private British technology company, since 2015. He is leading development of advanced technology to enable hypersonic flight, improve performance in motorsport, convert waste heat into renewable electricity and support more sustainable aviation. In 2019 Reaction Engines performed a breakthrough demonstration of Hypersonic (Mach 5+) […]

The Romanians are coming! – Three awesome startups

⚡ UiPath is likely to be the greatest ever European venture bet. This Romanian enterprise software company was recently valued at $35bn in its Series F funding round. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities and techs like AI, Process Mining, and Cloud to enable every […]

From rap legend to venture capitalist

Nas’s debut album “Illmatic” is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all times. I’d like to share a bit about what he’s been up to outside of the music industry though. Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz encouraged Nas to open his own VC firm. As a result, in 2014 Nas becomes […]

What I learnt from Silicon Valley (2/2)

  Put employees first! Square share their board deck before the board meeting with the employees so everyone in the company can comment. A lot of executives will be uncomfortable with that level of transparency but it certainly shows that Square cares about their people and value their input. Other companies we met send regular […]

What I learnt from Silicon Valley (1/2)

I organised a delegation to visit startups, corporate innovation hubs and venture capital investors in Silicon Valley at the end of 2018. Over three days, myself and my guests, CEOs, CIOs/CTOs and other C-level executives, visited 11 organisations including Apple, Square, Microsoft, BNY Mellon, SAP, Fidelity and Silicon Valley Bank. Here are some of the […]

5 Challenges of Corporate Innovation

For organisations to ‘do’ innovation well they have to be agile and adaptable. Large organisations are often the opposite, slow and rigid. Because of this they find real innovation challenging. But why is that the case considering they have lots of capital, resources and a track record of success? 1. A sufficient long-term horizon Having […]


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