Traf-O-Data by Bill Gates? Ever heard of it? No? Well, me neither. But the business tycoon-cum-billionaire philanthropist is quite the serial entrepreneur, thanks to his initial venture.
Learning from his previous business when he was averse to letting staff go, Martin Campbell explains why those tough decision are often the right ones.
What do you get when you bring together 20 inspiring companies, the leaders at the helm of each, and ask them all to write candid accounts of what their journey is like each month? Welcome to Founders Diaries by Real Business.
Martin Campbell’s Ormsby Street might only be a few years old, but it’s based on years of experience – which he’ll be sharing as part of Founders Diaries.
My wife and I have attended our first Jewish wedding and we had no idea what to expect, but a week later, we can’t stop talking about the incredible experience – while I can’t help thinking about how it’s taught me a few valuable lessons about business (and pleasure).
A year after an initial interview with Real Business, Powwownow FD Andrew Johnson is back for more, unveiling the skills needed to scale a company and how to keep a firm’s culture in the decision making process.
Watching British long-distance runner Mo Farah romp to victory in Olympics 10,000m final, after falling earlier in the race, got me thinking: should we all be ready for setbacks and know how to respond accordingly?
Sitting at home watching Usain Bolt saunter into a packed stadium then sprint the 100 metres in super-human time, it’s easy to feel that life as an Olympic athlete is worlds apart from those of us who sit behind a desk running a business.
Partner and MD at BCG, Leila Hoteit, has suggested professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts and face more cultural rigidity than Western women. As such, their success can teach us about tenacity, competition, priorities and progress.
A statement of the obvious: every FD faces a huge variety of issues and have fiduciary duties that require much more than accounting skills. As such, we asked TotallyMoney.com’s head of finance, Graham Crowe, about the demands of his current role and the lessons he learned on his journey in the financial space.
As an SME, you may think your business is worlds apart from a large corporate. However, SME’s can learn from large organisations, and thinking (and acting) big can go a long way towards helping your business survive and thrive in a competitive marketplace.
Like so many people around the world, I’ve been following the Wimbledon Championships over the past ten days. I was delighted to see an all British men’s singles match and also a British women’s seed – a first in 32 years. The tournament so far has also reminded me of just how much business has in common with the tennis court.