Archives of Business Idea

BrightonDigital mail list keeps growing

Two months back Ivan and I started the Brighton Digital mail list for tech companies here in Brighton. We wanted to build a list which local companies can use to discuss their services and talk more openly about business. To join – email ‘‘ and you can find the archives here. Anyone in a small/mid-sized […]

£5 App – Great Inaugral night :-)

Great stuff! Our first £5 App night ran smoothly, we had 22 people listening to our two £5 App talks. We’ve been planning this for exactly a month now and it was great to see it run so well. It seems that the free beer was a hit and the building itself lent itself beautifully […] – new beta on-line!

We have a new release of ShowMeDo on-line! We’re receiving some amazing feedback on our market-test with offers of new videos ranging from language tuition through knitting and on to car servicing. We’d love for these new videos to compliment our current 10 videos. Our 10 videos are free to access (and always will be), […]

Making Money with On-Line Services

I’m seeing an increase in on-line services that let users earn money from their efforts. Many people like the idea of supplementing their incomes by doing something that they enjoy. Some examples: eBay – become a retailer selling whatever you choose Professional blogging – e.g. ProBlogger, write about what you enjoy and earn money through […]

Two Entrepreneurial Pieces

Two good entrepreneurial articles, first Paul Graham’s How To Make Wealth, previously only available in Hackers and Painters is now on-line. If you wanted to get rich, how would you do it? I think your best bet would be to start or join a startup. That’s been a reliable way to get rich for hundreds […]

John – Thank You!

I’d like to say a huge thank-you to John to helping ShowMeDo take a step forward, we’ve now got a daemonised TurboGears server that runs 24/7 (woot!). There’s nothing to see yet (really, there’s just a blank page) as I haven’t yet put up any content or the real server…but we’re getting there. Fingers crossed […]

An evolutionary approach to starting a company

Here’s a nice post by a VC taking a look at two ways of building a new business – either start well-funded by VCs or start as a one-man-band in a garage (or a two-man-band from sofas for Kyran and I). “We don’t have a preference for one way or the other, but I will […]

Grant for Investigating an Innovative Idea

In an earlier post I alluded to a government-awarded grant that Kyran and I had used to evaluate a business idea. I hadn’t applied for a government grant before and it was a bit daunting – perhaps explaining the experience will be of benefit to other UK entrepreneurs. Back in April I worked with the […]

Etsy Time-machine

Etsy have come up with a cool toy – more fun to play with than useful though. The timemachine plays an interactive Flash animation of the most recent additions of hand-made goods on the site by its independent sellers. The items fly past from most to least recently added, like you’re flying through a cloud […]

Two cool businesses

The Business Experiment is rather novel. Take a distributed bunch of people communicating through an internet site, assume that they’re all reasonably intelligent but not necessarily skilled in any one business disciple, assume The Wisdom of Crowds and see if anything coherent comes out. Boot-strapped and open to volunteers. I like. I wouldn’t throw any […]