The Bridge Over the Pond

A Conversation Matthew W. Barzun Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Originally published in British Airways Business Life, September 2016 We often hear policy-makers talk of the ‘special-relationship’ between the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and often dismiss this as politician-speak yet the truth is the USA and UK have a deep, complex and successful partnership which has benefitted both sides…

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Dreaming Big

A Conversation with Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, Naveen Jain I remember when I was still at school, almost 20 years ago now, when I started my first business.  At the time, it started out as me- on my own- building websites and doing graphic design and making (frankly) a lot more money than most 15 year olds should be.  Even in those early days however, I had a dream to scale the business globally.  I had…

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Fighting for the Rights of Our World’s Children

I’m a British Indian, but have never been too far away from my roots.  From a very early age, my parents took me on the long-journey to India- not just to visit our family, but also to explore the country.  They were careful to never give me a sanitised view, and as a child I bore witness to the plight of other children, like me, who faced conditions I could not even comprehend. Viewing these…

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The European Referendum

On June 23, 2016 the people of the United Kingdom will be asked the single most important political question in modern history, “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?”

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Entrepreneurship from Software to Sports

Steve Ballmer served over 20 years at Microsoft.  During his tenure, the company pioneered personal computing and democratized enterprise computing, growing from a small start-up to a company that today employs more than 110,000 people, with a market capitalisation approaching $100 billion.  After retiring from this role in 2014, he purchased the Los Angeles Clippers NBA Basketball team, I caught up with Ballmer to discuss his transition from software to sports. “There are two kinds…

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The Sleep Revolution We Need

To learn more about the ‘crisis’ of sleep our world is facing, its impact, and what we can do about it, I spoke to Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen books.

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Stop Taking So Much Advice

Before I start, let me be clear that I realise the irony of an entrepreneurship-advice column which advocates taking less-advice.  However, wrapped in that paradox is an important element of truth. The Plague of Uncertainty In the past few years, I’ve seen a disturbing trend amongst CEOs and start-up-founders that I work with.  Many very competent and very driven people who have built businesses based on their instinct are coming to me with very similar…

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It’s OK to LOVE WINNING!

I have spoken at a few conferences lately where I’ve noticed entrepreneurs focus completely on the ‘social good’ of their business, as opposed to the ‘old school’ factor of making money. Now… I’m going to start this piece with a huge caveat.  I am a huge advocate for social-enterprise, charity, philanthropy and spend around half my time on those pursuits but that simply wouldn’t have been possible without the successes I’ve had in the ‘for…

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Being Authentic Entrepreneurs

Authenticity is one of the most commonly uttered buzz-phrases at any management or leadership seminar, and while this ubiquity may banish it to the realms of ‘blue sky thinking’ (aka management-meeting-related-drivel), the truth is that authenticity is hugely important for entrepreneurs. A Philosophy Lesson In the classics, if we examine existentialist philosophy and aesthetics we see that authenticity is espoused as one of the highest virtues; it means your ‘work’ is faithful to your own…

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The Pitch

We’ve all seen the TV shows… Nervous start-ups go up against a panel of investors, giving their elevator-pitch followed- almost instantaneously- by a round of severe grilling.  The lucky few survive, with more cash, less equity and hopefully a brighter future. The phenomenon of ‘the pitch’ however, once exclusively the prevail of start-up land, is now part of business life.  Clients that I advise, ranging from early-stage companies, to research scientists looking to raise huge…

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