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Dr Alan Rae – Entrepreneur Mentor Musician

By | April 2, 2010

If you have a good idea you want to bring to market and need someone to help you with strategy or process I may be able to help. I integrate practical experience with academic rigour and specialise in helping you integrate onine and real world activity. I’ve set up and run 4 companies in IT,… Read More »

What do I think will happen post Brexit?

By | August 7, 2017

Let’s start by being realistic about the economy. The UK economy depends on Overseas owned manufacturing who want a low regulation regime inside the EU The city of London and the attendant service industries. The M4 corridor – full of companies who want an English-speaking location with good communications to operate inside the EU. The… Read More »

Measuring the value in your business

By | July 13, 2017

One of the issues that we all face in growing our business is to be sure that we are creating the kind of value that someone would pay us some money for. Something a bit better than the standard 3 x annual earnings rule of thumb. But how do we measure what we think we… Read More »

1ManBrand now available as on demand video.

By | June 30, 2017

As a business owner it’s likely you have to do the Sales and Marketing yourself. Probably you’ve had no formal training in either. Most of what’s around is aimed at marketing consumer goods but the chances are you are selling to other businesses – not the general public. You need to be able to create… Read More »

Entrepreneurial Marketing

By | July 21, 2016

Developing a successful business means that we have to create value that our customers will be prepared to pay more for than it will cost us to provide it. In the corporate world there are resources to shape the market in the direction we want – brand, research, persuasion power. In the entrepreneur’s world we… Read More »

Premature Scaling – Part 2

By | January 6, 2012

A second Graphic which goes into the basics behind the premature scaling model in more detail. Heartily Recommended by StartupGenome via   Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this post

Why startups Fail – Premature Scaling Part 1

By | January 5, 2012

This is probably the most valuable and informative business graphic I’ve seen in a long time. I’d advise you to look at it in detail as it’s got a lot of meat in it about when to go forward and when to hold back at different stages of the business. by visually via Bookmark on… Read More »

How to do Business – 7 Guiding Principles

By | October 20, 2011

I find that many insights these days come through conversations on-line and in pubs. There’s something about conversations that crystallise your thinking. I mention this because that’s where the impetus to consolidate this came from. You can read an extended version of this in my e-book 21 Business Stories but the headlines are here. The… Read More »

Articles : Being unique – and leveraging that uniqueness

By | October 12, 2011

Success in the networked economy means being unique. Increasingly we get business because of the conjunction of two or more dissimilar capabilities – eg research ability, organic growing practice, social media fluency. The question is how best to promote that uniqueness. One way is to create and manage a stream of outbound information that can… Read More »

I’ve been looking at #Permaculture in wonder recently.

By | September 28, 2011

Here’s a remarkable video clip from Geoff Lawton – I think it speaks for itself about how powerful this approach can be in greening the desert. It looks a better bet for feeding the world than handing the future on a plate to Monsanto. This whole approach to designing a functioning ecosystem from day one… Read More »