Startup-Exploring: Secret Ingredient to Success

The most complex and complicated concept can always be distilled into something simpler. Its just takes time to get it there. Its like the little kid that keeps on saying “why” – one of the main reasons we get frustrated so quickly with it, is because it forces...

Startup Exploring: Avoiding the dreaded File 13

I wrote this article around how to make sure your innovation doesn’t end up in File 13 for iweek (5 May 2005) Its the innovation of the decade, you’re sure of it. It’ll revolutionise the world, bringing you fame and fortune in the process. Or will it?...

Startup Exploring: Partnering Pitfalls

I wrote this article for CEO Communications, May 2010. As a venture capital company, Here be Dragons (HBD) is always searching for the next big thing, which for us means businesses with huge growth potential that we can purchase shares in these businesses and become...

Startup Exploring: Getting Customers

One of the most impactful books, I have read is Dale Carnegie’s – How to Win Friends and Influence People. What really made my catch my breath was the fact that Dale lived and wrote in a time where things were far different (born in 1888) however what he said...

I Have An Idea, Now What?

An idea is only worth the paper its written on, unless you are able to find the team, funding and enthusiastic buyers to make it a reality. Taking an idea to a fully fledged sustainable company to be reckoned with is no easy feat – but it can be done with the right...