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16-04-2021
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’ve got a lot of favourite Nas tracks over the years but I’d like to share a bit about what he’s been up to outside of the music industry. Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz encouraged Nas to open […]

31-03-2021
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+) […]

08-03-2021
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 […]

01-02-2021
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 […]

01-02-2021
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 […]

01-07-2020
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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