One thing most startup Founders have in common is having to pitch to investors. Some love it and some hate it, but it is part of the job.

On one hand, COVID has made access to investors easier than ever, a 10 min Zoom chat is far easier to arrange…


A year ago I decided to try and prototype a new SaaS product in the evenings and weekends around my day job. The classic side hustle we read so much about.

On paper I stood as good a chance as anyone. I am an entrepreneur and it was an industry…


If founding a company is hard, scaling it is definitely no easier!

As a company grows from a few people and it’s customers to 10s or 100s of employees and 1000s of customers, things will creak and eventually break.

While no department or process is immune, it is probably the…


It has never been easier to be an Entrepreneur in the UK, however, it has also never been harder either.

This was brought home to me recently by a British friend that has been living in the US for 10 years. We were discussing startups and he said to me…


Social care employs more people than the NHS. Our ageing population and headwinds impacting staffing, mean we are at the start of a workforce crisis that is only getting worse. …


I recently met an early stage first time Founder, she had a great idea that solves a problem, she had done some testing and was very driven and passionate. She needed to turn it into an MVP, get some traction before going out to raise some Angel/Seed capital to scale.


Glitz, glamour and free acai bowls. That’s the world of a startup founder right?

“Ummm, not exactly!” would be my response.

Having chatted to a few founders, here are a few things no one tells you.

1. It will dominate every moment of your life — you will think about…


Having an idea for a tech business is a great start. However, how do you work out if it is something that can become a real business? Simply put, you need to engage with users as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is build an MVP.

(There…


I have been involved with hundreds of pitches as a Founder raising myself, an investor being pitched to, watching others pitch and listening to people practice. I have raised millions but I have also had a lot of outright rejections and a few people have even laughed at me.

First…


An idea you could actually see landing as a business strikes one day. After the light-bulb moment you think about getting it off the ground.

In many cases when these things happen they are normally are left as just that, shower thoughts or ideas.

However, what do you do when…

Dan Blake

Founder — Passionate about helping startups and their Founders succeed and to avoid the silly mistakes I have made myself

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