Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

Andrew Scott from Rummble gave an amusing talk at a recent event aimed at entrepreneurial folk interested in mobile and tablet technologies.  He talked about the DIRTY DOZEN – the name he’s given to mistakes he has made – and offered some advice to those wanting to develop mobile apps.

Depending on your perspective, Rummble is Andrew’s 5th or 6th startup so he’s got plenty of experience to share!

Here is what he had to say:

  1. Don’t choose a cr*p name – Scott once chose Playtex, which seems ok but in the UK it’s known for bras and the USA it is known for sanitary products…!
  2. Build amazingly on one platform – then you can go to a VC and say ‘gimme £3million to do this awesome thing on everything else’ 🙂 (more…)

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Wait, so where'd these come from?This weekend, as we mentally prepare ourselves for Entrepreneurship Week (16-22 Nov), we bring to you a 3-part series on driving startup activity in Scotland. With an understanding of the Silicon Valley’s roots below the surface, Michael Clouser offers insight on what it will take in Scotland to better support high-growth companies.

The case will be delivered in 3 sections:

Today: The Rise of Venture Capital in the US: An Unintended Consequence

Saturday: Why There aren’t More Startups and Technology Companies of Size in Scotland

Sunday: Increasing the Supply of Venture Capital Through Policy

We guarantee that by Monday, we’ll have you prepared for any discussion or debate on government policy, startups, and driving Scotland forward with its existing assets. Thanks to Mike for sharing his work with us.


Americans often deny that government intervention is a good thing in the entrepreneurship and venture capital game. Most of them believe that the growth of the venture capital industry and the high growth technology start-up phenomenon was the result of some sort of pure capitalistic forces that were devoid of any sort of government intervention. That is simply not the case. (more…)

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Hidden treasures? No it's not hidden, come and get it!We are always sad to hear when people missed incredible events because they didn’t know they were happening. Do not let this be you.

High-profile speakers from the Silicon Valley have been offering extended workshops in a cozy setting – it is wonderful how spoiled we are over here. Our Valley guests work tirelessly while they’re here, offering a wonderful talk at E-Club one evening and then going into more depth for a select crowd. If you want to be one of the 15 attendees sitting around a table with the co-founder of Reddit.com or partner of Labrador Ventures, listen up.

Thanks to Informatics Ventures, these workshops are completely free, and you’ll even be treated to lunch before the hard work begins. There are two workshops on offer at the moment, one for internet startups (26th Nov) and one for social enterprises (3rd Dec). Details and info on who qualifies below: (more…)

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