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    50 Billion Apps: Where’s Yours?

    50 Billion Apps: Where’s Yours?

    As of 2013, Apple celebrated their 50 billionth app download. That’s approximately 800 apps every second, within just 5 years of business. It’s impressive and clear that app development is big business. There is clearly money to be made but who is taking the lions share? With app being a buzzword, it makes it difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to developers. That said, choosing someone who offers the service for peanuts begs the question of whether their standards are up to scratch! “It is important to get good quality, credible independent...
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    Choose a Name For Your Start-up Business

    Choose a Name For Your Start-up Business

    Picking a suitable business name is the beginning of the branding rabbit hole.  It’s one of the most important aspects of your business as it sets you apart from other competitors. Get it right and you’ll be remembered and considered the go to guy for the products and services  that you’re selling. Get it wrong, and you could potentially cause your business a whole host of issues! “ I would say that this is one of the biggest decision you make when starting a business, and if you get it wrong, your kind of stuck with it, so give it time!”  Vinyl...
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    Tech Giants: “It’s a Struggle To Recruit UK Graduates”

    Tech Giants: “It’s a Struggle To Recruit UK Graduates”

    With the rise of the digital age, who would have thought that there would be a shortage of technical skill within the UK among young people? The UK’s technology trade association estimates that there are approximately 100,000 people needed to enter the digital sector and there is currently a shortage in skill set. With employees expressing  concern over freshly graduated applicants not being up to standard. The government have decided to change their focus on programming. It begs a question of why our current education system in not up to the standards of the major...
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    What Are You Doing This Summer? Get Networking…

    What Are You Doing This Summer? Get Networking…

    Getting out there and meeting people is one of most important things you can do to help your start-up. It’s not just about making immediate sales, you’ll meet people who can do much more for you than that. Chatting to someone can help you shape your own ideas. You might find someone who can give you advice, or introduce to other people who could help your business grow. With that in mind we’ve looked for the summer’s hottest digital events and found you some of the best conferences and socials. Take a look and sign yourself up to as many as you can!   Digital...
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    Future-Proof Your Digital Startup: Plan, Talk and Get Creative

    Future-Proof Your Digital Startup: Plan, Talk and Get Creative

    Twenty per cent of startups will fail in their first 12 months, and just half can sustain themselves for three years, according to government figures. And digital startups are no exception. It’s a stark fact, especially when you consider that every startup begins with a feeling of possibility, with a founder willing it to succeed. So what’s the difference between a startup that falls at the first hurdle and another that lasts the distance? Is it hard work and determination, access to funding or just pure luck? How can you future-proof your digital startup?   Look...
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    Start-up Psychology: Silicon Roundabout versus Silicon Valley

    Start-up Psychology: Silicon Roundabout versus Silicon Valley

    The image of sun-drenched Silicon Valley has dominated both pop culture and the business world for the past decade, but the UK’s Silicon Roundabout is catching up with its American cousin, despite a very different psychology in terms of culture and development. Although the end result—an abundance of successful tech start-ups—has been much the same, the key differences in the processes that created them and continue shape them are examined here: Origins: Academic vs. Creative Silicon Valley has its roots in Stanford University and very much grew up around academia...
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    How Much Should You Pay Yourself? A Founder’s Guide

    How Much Should You Pay Yourself? A Founder’s Guide

    We’ve all been there—no one knows what to pay themselves when they’re just starting out. There’s no rulebook for a founder, and everyone has a different view. It’s even harder to know how to react to change—how much to increase your salary when you start making profit, or if you should significantly decrease your pay when your start-up runs into difficulty? There are investors who believe that CEO pay should be the single biggest factor in investment, and there are CEOs who believe that if you want to stay motivated through difficult times, reasonable pay is...
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    Failure: Did You Give Your Startup a Fighting Chance?

    Failure: Did You Give Your Startup a Fighting Chance?

    There is a lot to learn from successful start-up entrepreneurs such as Mind Candy’s Michael Acton Smith and Huddle’s Alistair Mitchell, which is why I’m really pleased to present you more advice from them in the following article. Whether you’re building on your first startup idea or your third, learning from the experience of those who’ve done it and done it well is always a positive step. Give your start-ups a fighting chance or learn from past mistakes by asking yourself the following: Were you Realistic about Your Idea? Was it good enough? Just...
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