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Starting a business during changing times: danger and opportunity
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Starting a business during changing times: danger and opportunity

Starting a business during changing times could present an opportunity. The Chinese word for ‘crisis’ is ‘wēijī’ in the latin alphabet. It’s become (after JFK used it in a speech) a cliché that it’s made up of two Chinese characters signifying ‘danger’ (wēi) and ‘opportunity’ (jī). The second character is part of the Chinese word…

Why is a diversified portfolio essential when seed investing?
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Why is a diversified portfolio essential when seed investing?

It’s important for investors to create a diversified portfolio. Many investors and professional advisers are tempted to put all their Seed EIS investments with a single investment manager who they believe has a good track record, but by doing so they are potentially increasing their risk — it’s important to have a diversified portfolio when…

Why embracing scarcity is attractive for investment
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Why embracing scarcity is attractive for investment

Entrepreneurs must demonstrate their experimental mentality and ability to embrace scarcity in order to attract investment. My favourite definition of entrepreneurialism is from Professor Howard Stevenson of Harvard Business School — “the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled”. It captures the noble struggle of an entrepreneur to create something big from little, to use their…

How risky is investing in Seed EIS investments?
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How risky is investing in Seed EIS investments?

Investors should spread their Seed EIS investments. Many investors think investing in early stage, growth companies is a high risk investment strategy, particularly when compared with the public markets where many of the businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange have decades of trading histories. But as this pandemic has shown, just because a company…