What value do you place on your support networks?

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Introduction I gave a short presentation at GreatPreneurs’ conference (#GPConf2014) in Manchester this weekend on the subject of “What does your support network do for you?” I wasn’t talking about friends or family, but rather the startup events and meetings that occur in your city. Value I’m pretty convinced you could eat for a month without having to buy any food by attending an event in the morning, a different one in the afternoon and one or two in the evening. Every day. In Manchester, UK, there are enough events to do this. But if you were to do so, that’s all you’d manage to accomplish. Well, that plus swapping business cards and talking to people. You wouldn’t actually get any work done. When you’re pre-startup, bouncing around ideas and wondering what you’re business is going to be, these events can be […]

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The first three months of a startup at Besteno

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Time has been passing quickly at Besteno, so I thought I’d take stock and describe what can happen in the first three months of a startup, specifically my startup, Besteno. What have I done, where am I headed? Background October 26th 2013 was the first day of LeanConf 2013 (the link now relates to the 2014 conference) and I was due to present the following day about my experiences of using Lean Startup concepts in existing organisations, specifically social care in the public sector. Up to that point, I’d been talking to friends about setting up a company together. However, most had families, couldn’t commit or were in a different place to make it too awkward to co-found. During that conference I just decided to start on my own and then look for a team later on. As a web startup, that meant I […]

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Launching Besteno

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It’s been a quiet time on this site over the last few months since I’ve been working on a new startup that I’ve had in mind for a while now. Besteno aims to help you find the best of everything, whether best electric guitar from UK, best French restaurant in Manchester, best florists in San Francisco, best laptop or best road bike, Besteno will be there. It’s early days now, it’s been a fun and very challenging time. I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received and I’m trying to give some of that support back to the community through Founders’ Assembly and @mcrstartups. In founding Besteno, I’ve had to use a lot of the skills I’ve used professionally in the past. It’s been a very interesting time being on the other side of the fence and I’m happy to have had […]