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Our Stanford REE Series continues with ‘Lessons from Failure’ from Heidi Roizen’s keynote speech. By guest blogger Jill Lin.

Learning from failure is not an unfamiliar theme in the context of business. Heidi Roizen, who is the founder of Skinny Songs, a former Venture Capitalist and a role model of fearlessness for entrepreneurs, provides an insightful explanation and many practical examples in her talk on ‘Lessons from Failure’.

The greatest lesson on failure is that of trying to figure out why, most of the time, the product is great but the company fails. (more…)


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Our guest blog post today comes from Rachel Lane – currently a digital planner at Blonde. Rachel and I were talking about the challenges of managing Twitter, Blogging and general social media in a personal and business capacity whilst catching up last week. Comments below please!

Perhaps it has been the level of tactical detail bolted to social strategy commissions; perhaps it’s the vacuous social networking research which gets crowd-surfed around Twitter or perhaps it’s the pressure to maintain numerous social profiles, but I am so over social media.

It’s frustrating that a territory so fundamentally about people and human behaviours gets shrink-wrapped as a web technology. We haven’t changed how we communicate; we’ve just got more flexibility in communication channels. The flow of words may increase or decrease depending whether they travel by landline, mobile, call, text, instant message, tweet, Facebook message, email, letter … but the dialogue structure is pretty consistent.


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WikiJob logo This post is part of our “Crowdsourcing: Wisdom from the Community” feature which contains guest bloggers from the local Edinburgh startup community. This post is from Chris Muktar, owner and Director of WikiJob, a wiki-style employment site that allows users to swap insight about careers, interviews and assessment days at major London employers.

Although Chris now lives in London, he’s an ex-Edinburgher who still keeps an eye trained on northern affairs.

My business, WikiJob, is a successful company that helps graduates get jobs. This year it will turn over around half a million. I’ve learnt a few things along the way, and I’d like to share them with you: work how much you want to make, invest small amounts of money, and don’t quit. (more…)

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This post is part of our “Crowdsourcing: Wisdom from the Community” feature which contains guest bloggers from the local Edinburgh startup community. This post is from Philip Roberts, developer at Float, an Edinburgh-based cashflow forecasting startup that we wrote about earlier this year.

One of my favourite lecturers from university was Dr Iain Lindsay, who taught 4th year Digital System Design.

Judged against most of the other lecturers, who droned along to a set of dry powerpoint slides, his teaching style must have seemed “eccentric” to most of his students. Instead of a projector he scrawled across the blackboard, full academic gown flowing behind him. Where others would stick to a script defined by their slides, Iain’s discussions would flow, and loop, and shoot off at seemingly irrelevant tangents, which later turned out to be deeply insightful.


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This post is part of our “Crowdsourcing: Wisdom from the Community” feature which contains guest bloggers from the local Edinburgh Startup Community. This post from Gordon Guthrie, CEO of Hypernumbers.

Lets talk about magic. In my opinion one of the most important books for software developers is Magic By Misdirection by Dariel Fitzkee.

I first came across it in this article by (The Mighty) Tog – the famous UI expert from Apple’s early days.

A magician does what he does by a combination of technical skill and psychologically controlling the spectator. He has what is known in the trade an attack. (more…)

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This week, we’re very lucky to have Alex Ogilvie – a well-known figure around the University – as a guest blogger. Having been on “best exhibition stand” judging panels, we thought Alex would be perfectly placed to offer up tips to anyone exhibiting at the upcoming EIE 10 event on 12th May. You can check out Alex’s business at Webwise Business, and the Objective Associates blog that he runs.

1995 was the first time we ever exhibited at a conference/trade show. A bit of a disaster really – completely unprepared – we must have looked like the Beverly Hillbillies. Strangely though we won a huge order on the back of the show – which just goes to show, that sometimes it’s all about turning up rather than having the best football boots.

Trade shows don’t guarantee new or indeed any business, but if you’re a virgin exhibitionist how do you get the most out of a trade show? Shows come in all shapes and sizes so do a bit of research first – nonetheless here are some things that we have done over the years to try and get a return:


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The Edge of Success

By Ryan Connolly.

It is a wondrous thing living on the edge of success. With all your skills, knowledge and experience that final hurdle it just out of reach, not for a lack of trying. Ambition can be a dangerous thing.

Oscar Wilde once said the only way to truly find and test reality is to put it on a tight rope. This is the life of an entrepreneur. The risk and the euphoria hand in hand at every stage.

This young entrepreneur has been on this ‘edge’ for a number of years now, having successfully started 5 different businesses while developing countless others within (more…)

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