Experience

A finance role doesn’t make you a VC

A finance role doesn’t make you a VC

Corporate finance and M&A people generally don't get Venture Capital. It's time to kick the ignorance, optimism and ego to the curb. It's not hard to understand why a company sends in their finance or strategy person to lead a new corporate VC team. Who else is...

Racing to the bottom at Dairy-co.

Racing to the bottom at Dairy-co.

Dairy-Co was in a pricing race to the bottom and questioning the long-term viability of its beverages division in its entirety. The development of a new consumer-centric growth and diversification strategy justified a moderate amount of capital investment that brought...

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Corporates playing startup. Sigh.

Corporates playing startup. Sigh.

Corporate cosplay at its worst. You’ve heard it many times no doubt if you move in corporate circles. “We need to act more like a start-up”. Do people really believe that acquiring a foosball table and wearing a hoodie to work will fix everything? I’ve seen this a lot...

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Accelerators. The new Tamagochi.

Accelerators. The new Tamagochi.

Both Organic and Inorganic Accelerators have their place – depending on what you’re trying to achieve. Putting more than a passing thought into your objectives is absolutely imperative, otherwise, you're simply playing fad-bingo.  An organisation I was working for...

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Make stage-gate great again.

Make stage-gate great again.

Lean Start-up can work wonderfully inside large corporates, but the work is on the back-end alignment with Stage-Gate and making them hum together. My team's challenge had little to do with process implementation- that's just where we ended up. Back in 2011, I was...

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