First to Market – Good or Bad?
Back in the 1990s, when I was involved in telecoms, there was a thing called “First Mover Advantage”. The popular belief among VCs and entrepreneurs was that it was important to be first into the market with a new product or business model, so you could take the lion’s share of the market before anybody […]
Coffee Table Talk – Jane Austen and Entrepreneurship
The other day I paid a visit to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, the house where Jane Austen lived during her most productive period as a novelist. I’ve always been fascinated by Jane Austen. When I was at school she wasn’t as well-known as she is now, so being an Austin freek was a bit pretentious, […]
Business Lessons from an Unlikely Source
I’ve just got back from a trip to India with friends from my meditation group. We were staying at Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rikikesh and on the last day of our visit we were granted a private audience with the spiritual leader of the ashram, HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (aka “Swamiji”). This was […]