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4 Point Formula to Win funding – The Startup Pitch [Book review]

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I assist startups via training and mentoring to pitch for early stage investment to include enterprise agency supports such as New Frontiers and Competitive Start Fund in Ireland. I was delighted to find a superb book by Chris Lipp called ‘The Startup Pitch : A proven formula to win funding’. At 160 pages, it is […]

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Galway’s Startup Scene : 2017 Snapshot

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  In late 2016, Startupblink contacted me to write a ‘Startup Ecosystem article‘ on Galway to feature on their global website. I agreed and enlisted the assistance of John Breslin, NUIG, PorterShed and Startup Galway; and Barry Egan, Enterprise Ireland West Region. The brief was very specific with set questions to be answered such as: […]

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Happy Christmas & A little free Gift

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A quick blogpost to wish everyone in Galway and startup land a very Happy Christmas in 2016. A gift : 2.5 minutes of your time I love Lackagh Choir’s When a Child is Born available to listen free on Soundcloud. Pure Brilliant – well done to all involved. Their first CD was superb so presume […]

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Good strategy; the importance of proximate goals

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Goal setting is a key component of strategy development but it is not Strategy. In many cases, the key question ‘How are we going to do that’ is not answered. Strategy is not what you hope your performance is going to be. Strategy is about how you are going to get there. This is one […]

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A quick explanation and example of Cashflow (video)

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I am not an accountant but I do my own accounts. I also work with clients on financial projections. Finance is at the core of business and marketing. Cashflow is the core of finances. This is a short blogpost to explain Cashflow to business novices using a somewhat realistic scenario. The details are outlined in […]

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Ten things we probably knew and were reminded of during Startup Gathering Galway 2015

Last Friday (9th October 2015) was spent meeting new business acquaintances and talking to almost every startup promoter and supporter that I know in Galway. I attended 6 events throughout the entire day from 8AM till 9PM. Here are ten things (as recorded on Twitter) that I probably knew already but was reminded of:   […]

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[Book Review Part 2] Recommended Startup Marketing Books for Fast Growth Businesses

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This is the second part of a two part blogpost about books directly focused on Marketing for fast growth oriented startups. My most recent post reviewed the superb ‘Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers’ by Gabrial Weinberg and Justin Mares, 2014 and this post will review Startup Growth Engines: Case Studies on How Today’s […]

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[Book Review] My favourite Startup Marketing Books for Fast Growth Businesses

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  In December 2013, I wrote a blogpost selecting my four favourite Lean Startup books from the many books on the area of Lean Startup. Since then I have been on the lookout for books more directly focused on Marketing for fast growth oriented startups.  This article highly recommends two such books:   1. Traction: […]

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[Book Review] Disciplined Entrepreneurship : 24 Steps to a Successful Startup by Bill Aulet (2013)

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I have just finished reading Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Published in 2013, it is a superb book (Book available in Ireland via Easons).   This review does not seek to summarise the book – for that I suggest you read this excellent post ‘A book in […]

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The Dip By Seth Godin : A Book Review

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Being the Best in the World is seriously Underrated … Seth Godin The Dip   You might be wondering how I came to read Seth Godin’s book, ‘The Dip – The Extraordinary Benefits of Knowing When to Quit (And When to Stick)’ published in 2007 early in 2015. He mentioned the idea of The Dip […]

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Working with a Startup to Prepare a Business Plan

I am delighted to publish a Case Study of and testimonial for my work. It outlines in detail how I worked with a specific client to prepare a business plan for their business. It details the time involved and the process and methodology.     What is the Case Study about?   The document addresses […]

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Merry Christmas 2014

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2014 was a great year for my business thanks to all my wonderful customers! I want to take this opportunity to thank you for retaining my services – particularly all those repeat customers! I would also like to thank everyone who thought of me and mentioned my name when asked for assistance in areas which […]

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Crafting your Value Proposition : EI New Frontiers Blogpost

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I was delighted to be selected as one of the first contributors to new Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers blog – the post addressed ‘how to craft your value proposition‘.   New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme, delivered at a local level by Institutes of Technology and funded by Enterprise Ireland. I am delighted […]

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Please support MediStori’s Crowdfunding Campaign

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Today, I made a modest financial contribution as part of a Crowdfunding campaign to MediStori and I would ask everyone who reads this to seriously consider supporting this campaign – by making a contribution directly or telling someone else who would benefit from the product. The promoter is looking to raise €50,000 in the next […]

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Change to Charitable Donations Tax Relief

I recently noticed a change to the Tax Treatment of Charitable Donations in Ireland and I thought I would share it here as most charities seem to be still using an incorrect (or confusing) form on their websites and this blogpost includes text taken from an email that I just received from the Revenue Charity […]

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Book Review of ‘Tribes’ by Seth Godin

Thanks to Tara Dalrymple of Mission Possible for giving me a loan of Seth Godin’s ‘Tribes’ a few weeks ago. The book, published November 2008, is contemporary – it is becoming even more relevant as time passes.   It is a fascinating book, I was half way through it before I realised that it does […]

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All about Startup Digest Galway

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Startup Digest Galway is new – it aims to feature all startup related events taking place in the Greater Galway and West of Ireland region. It is firstly a Google Calendar and secondly anyone can sign up to receive a weekly email listing the networking events for entrepreneurs. I have volunteered to curate Startup Digest […]

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Seasons Greetings

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Wishing everyone that I know in business and from other walks of life a brilliant Christmas holiday and a happy new year. Hope you all like my featured image (created using Pixlr Photo editor) regards donncha (@donnchadhh)

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Lean Startup : Recommended Books to get up to speed

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I am a big advocate of Lean Startup. This post selects my four favourite Lean Startup books from the many books on the broad area of Lean Startup. To be read in this order: 1- Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development 2- The Lean Startup 3- Running Lean 4- Lean Analytics   Starting Point The book […]

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GMIT’s IiBC to host Livestream of Lean Startup Conference

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I am really looking forward to Monday 9th December when GMIT’s Innovation in Business Centres Galway and Mayo will host a Livestream of the first half of the first day of the Lean Startup Conference. I am delighted to have a small involvement in bringing this to Galway. FREE to attend – book via Eventbrite link […]

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Setting up my new HP (Windows 8) Laptop

Information Technology is very important for small business. A new laptop for a small or home office (SOHO) business can be a big investment. This blogpost will outline how I set up my new HP Pavilion g6 laptop. I was up and running within a few hours but it has taken some time to get […]

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How to build a business from your skills, domain knowledge and life experience?

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I recently wrote a blogpost for Tweak Your Biz discussing my answer to ‘What do you think of my business idea?’ To summarise, I always respond that it is your customers (and the market) that are the final arbitrator of whether you have a business. This blogpost is a follow up which asks, how do […]

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Service Moments during our recent holiday

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This is my first post since returning to work after a family holiday. It is not a post about my holidays in Blackpool, as no-one is really interested in another person’s holiday – admit it we only care about our own! It is rather some thoughts on our experiences as customers of various services providers […]

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How to ‘pimp’ your iPad 2 for business use?

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I  have had an iPad 2 for over a year. A few recent purchases, to include some hardware and business apps for iPad, have made it much more of a business tool for use in and out  the office – Noteability: an iOS app for for taking notes; a Maglus Stylus; a bluetooth wireless keyboard; […]

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Mayo Open Coffee Club : Setting Smarter Goals

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  I was delighted to be asked by Maria Staunton,of GMIT’s Innovation in Business Centre in Castlebar to speak at the first meeting of 2013 of the Mayo Open Coffee Club. I was asked to speak about ‘New Year, New You, Setting Smarter Goals for 2013’. I readily accepted as I have a keen interest […]

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Happy Christmas from Donncha Hughes

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy Christmas to all the people who I met for mentoring, training and consultancy this year. 2012 was a very busy and productive year. I thank you all for making my ‘job’ very rewarding. And thanks to all my customers for their continued business.

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Diesel versus Petrol my motor cost comparison

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I changed from a petrol to a diesel car this year. I always wondered how much money this would save me in terms of motor costs. I estimate that the change has saved me 20% or approximately €108 in reduced fuel bills when I compare my travel in September 2012 to September 2011.     […]

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The biography of Steve Jobs is a brilliant read

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This blogpost will highlight some of my favourite parts of the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaccson – which i think is a brilliant read. I will focus on the parts which epitomize the role of Steve Jobs in building Apple – a company which changed the world. I will also pick out nuggets […]

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What is Dropbox and why I recommend it?

I use Dropbox every single day. Dropbox is described as a free* service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. The key for me is that Dropbox sits on the desktop of my laptop. I save files in the normal way into folders as I work on them. […]

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Alan Sugar and the success of Sky TV

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Chapter 12 of ‘What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography’ by Alan Sugar (2010) is fascinating. It tells how Amstrad reinvented itself by helping Rupert Murdoch to launch Sky. I love stories. This particular story is fascinating as it shows superb lateral thinking by Alan Sugar and his team. Around 1988, satellite dishes and receivers were on the market for approximately £5,000. In June of that year, Alan Sugar agreed that Amstrad would develop satellite receiving equipment which would sell in the shops for £199.

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