What ideas have good startup founders internalised?

There’s so much information out there for startup founders these days that it’s become important to sift between the good, the bad and the just vaguely interesting. When I look at books or stories that are intended for ‘the startup crowd’ I generally ask myself a couple of quick questions: Does it have reproducible data […]

Mapping the landscape of social venture incubation

We’re well into the research for the Field Guide to Social Incubation now and finding lots of interesting things from the different ways people promote the support they offer through to clever ways of getting investors more engaged in the startups they support. We’re becoming very aware though there’s far more support out there than […]

Accountability and accelerators

Daniel Epstein of the Unreasonable Institute has a really interesting blog post up about accelerator programmes and accountability. The context is David Cohen’s guess that there’s a new accelerator programme set up every day. He might be right. The number is certainly increasing on Jed Christiansen’s Seed-DB although the number of impact accelerators (which is […]

Crocodile in the Yangtze

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FHlT3QxMqCs I went along to see a screening of a new documentary called Crocodile in the Yangtze last night and it was excellent — if you get a chance, it’s well worth a watch. The film was made by Porter Erisman who we met after the screening. It’s pieced together from ten years of footage from all […]


There’s a quote in this Wired interview with Elon Musk that got me thinking: I don’t believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that “it’s all about the process,” I see that as a bad sign. The problem is that at a lot of big companies, […]