My business life has four main strands; consultancy, public speaking, start ups, and publication/media. Each strand feeds the others and allows me to stay in touch with the leading edge, latest developments and current problems.  It also gives me a broad perspective that supports my engagements in education and other activities.  


Rules of Engagement

In order to minimise risk and maximise my resources I employ 4 simple rules when starting any new business:

  1. I never enter a sector where there is active competition

  2. I never start anything unless I can get it to market in < 9 months

  3. I never start anything unless it has the potential to become, or become part of, something really big

  4. I only work with friends & people you can really trust

  5. And implicit in all this - it has to be fun

When I engage with any existing business or group I always look for uniqueness - I never engage with any 'me too' operations.

  Business Matrix


Before and after leaving BT I invested my own time, money and effort in building a broad range of new companies, and advising and supporting others. The grid below gives an overview of my current portfolio including my home company - ConceptLabs - which has a further 7 start-ups on 4 continents.

For an outline history of this build go to Start Up Experience

Company
Enter Exit Founder Director Non Exec Director Advisor Investor Shareholder URL
Cochrane Associates UK 2005
x x

x x ca-global.org
ConceptLabs USA 1998 2006 x x

x x conceptlabs.net
Concours USA 1999 2008


x
x concoursgroup.com
Corebridge UK 2007
2010



x

corebridge.com
Design Build Run Systems Ltd UK 2006


x


dbrukltd.co.uk
eBookers UK 1998 2003 x
x

x ebookers.com
Etenna USA 2001 2005


x
x etenna.com
EZD UK 2002 2004

x
x x www.ezdglobal.com
First Circle
2009
x x

x x www.firstcircleclub.com
iSolon UK 2000


x

x isolon.com
KnowledgeVector USA 2001 2008 x x

x x knowledgevector.com
Mind Media UK 2003 2006
x

x
www.mindmedia.tv
Last Mile UK UK 2007 2009


x x x lastmilecoms.com
Nomadix USA 1998 2007



x x nomadix.com
Pico Second Pulse Labs USA 2000 2006
x


x picosecond.com
QTech India 2006



x
x QTechinc.com
Shazam Entertainment UK 2000




x x shazamentertainment.com
Swapitshop UK 2004 2009



x x swapitshop.com
Sharedband UK 2006 2012

x
x x
sharedband.com
Technis UK 2009 2011


x
x
technis.co.uk
TrackaPhone UK 2007 2010

x
x x trackaphone.com
 
Venture Capital Funds
Portview VC Fund Israel 1999 2006


x x x portviewcommunications.com
CreateVentures UK 2000 2006


x x x createventures.com
Variable Pitch  UK  2010 2012   x       x variable-pitch.com

 

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