January 4, 2017

It's safe to say there's a fair bit of uncertainty in the world right now. Look at every analyst's prediction for 2017, and they don't have a clue; not in politics (thanks Mr Trump), not in sport (thanks Leicester City), not even in business (thanks Chinese debt bubble...

November 7, 2016

In our tech world there are plenty of views on how much founders should keep hold of at each round. Striking the right balance between keeping hold of enough of your stock to keep you motivated, and giving away enough to get investors interested in the first place, is...

November 3, 2016

I've written a little about lower valuations over the last few weeks. A few people have been in touch to question this (I love a good discussion). 

Here's a report that confirms my views: valuations are indeed down. Law firm Cooley looked at deals where it was involved...

November 1, 2016

It's not been an easy Hallowe'en period for tech.

Twitter has continued its freewill, announcing it was shedding up to 9% of its workforce and shutting down the once-vaunted Vine. 

Apple's iPhone sales continue to shrink, thanks to increased competition in China and lowe...

October 25, 2016

With the recent announcements of a new $1 billion Greylock fund for start-ups, Chinese Google rival Baidu planning to spend $3 billion on internet investments, and, dwarfing them all, Softbanks’s new $100 billion fund, there’s a great deal of money talk in tech right n...

October 21, 2016

Twitter is unmatched as a social network. It’s ability to break news and give access to the thoughts of the world, famous and not so famous, is unrivalled.

But if it is so amazing why is it proving so hard to find a buyer for the fading star?

Only those men and women ins...

October 11, 2016

Twitter's share price is down again as it becomes clear that selling the ailing tech star is not going to be easy.

With the obvious purchasers - Google, Disney, and Salesforce - all having pulled out over the last week, and with the value of the company in decline, it's...

September 27, 2016

Another day, another rumour about Twitter's apparently imminent purchase. Both Disney and Salesforce are said to be teeing up bids, and there are surely others in the pipeline. 

It is not a surprise if indeed Twitter are looking to be acquired. The stock is quite clearl...

June 29, 2016

Over the last few days there have been a lot of articles about how the UK tech scene will be affected by the Brexit vote.

- Germany is apparently trying to lure companies away from London.

- 'UK start-ups mull uncertain future'

- 'Tech leaders try to paint bright Brexit f...

June 10, 2016

Given the less than courteous view of Microsoft in techie circles, he would probably wince at this, but Vitalik Buterin could well be the next Bill Gates.

I have spent the week focusing on blockchain. Tuesday night was the highlight, going to see Buterin talk about Ethe...

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