7 Reasons to Start a Business Instead of Doing an MBA

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People sometimes ask me if I’ve found having an MBA helpful in starting businesses. So is it? If you’re thinking of starting a business, here are seven reasons why you might not want to┬ádo an MBA first: MBA Costs are Potential Startup Capital: Doing an MBA is expensive. If you’ll be putting your own money […]

85 Great Resources for London Startups

If you’re setting up a web-based business in London, there are lots of resources that can come in handy once you know about them. I thought I’d share some of my favourites here in case there a few you don’t yet know about. This is a selection of everything from interesting events to attend and […]

Getting to Critical Mass: How to Start a Marketplace Business

Are you thinking of setting up a two-sided marketplace business? It’s a tricky thing to do, so you’re going to need all the help you can get. Why not learn from how other people have managed it successfully in the past? One challenge of creating this kind of marketplace is that you’re going to have […]

So You Want to Start a Web Startup (NSFW)

Tips from Business of Software 2010

Patrick over at Micro ISV on a Shoestring has a fantastic post summarising lessons learnt at the recent Business of Software 2010 Conference. He goes through highlights of a number of talks and it’s good reading for anyone in the business of selling software. Here’s one nugget I found particularly interesting that’s potentially handy for […]

New PayPal Checkout Page

New PayPal Checkout Page

I was just making a payment via PayPal and discovered that PayPal have a new checkout page. Here it is with the payment via PayPal option showing (this is the default for people who already have a PayPal account): As before, those who don’t have a PayPal account are instead prompted for credit card details: […]

Realities of Small Business Websites

I spend a lot of time with people who know a lot about the web. They’re either building online businesses or they’re 30-something friends who live in London and who use the internet frequently in their day-to-day lives. That’s why I found it interesting recently to work with someone who’s outside of that circle, to […]

Launch48, October 2009

130 assorted programmers, designers and business folk; 6 eager teams; one crazily ambitious goal. Launch48 was back. The goal? Launch a web startup in under 48 hours. I attended the first Launch48 event back in February. It was great fun and a fantastic way to meet people with entrepreneurial flair. That time, the local voucher […]

How to Choose an E-Commerce Shopping Cart

I recently spent some time comparing current e-commerce platforms (a.k.a. shopping carts). It’s a complicated area, so I thought I’d share my findings here in case they can be useful to others. These are my opinions and analysis based on my own research and experimentation and are biased towards sites targeting a UK market. First […]

The Metric-Driven Startup

Here’s a great slide deck from Dave McClure on startup metrics. If you’re doing a web startup, these slides are a great summary of a lot of the stuff you should be thinking about (IMHO). Check out slides 9 and 12 in particular. The appendix at the end has some further details on some of […]