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Build something you care about. There will be good times, but there will also be challenging times, and some very hard times too. If what you’re building is more than just a business opportunity to you, it will help motivate you to keep going through those difficult times. You’ll want to see it launch. You’ll want to...
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Ben Graetz launches Grassrootz
As founder and CEO Ben Graetz tells it, the original inspiration for his Grassrootz charity fundraising platform was his young son’s stay in hospital after a major operation, and his decision to support the work of the Starlight Foundation which made his son’s lengthy stay so much more bearable. At BlueChilli we’re hugely proud that Ben...
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Like all good startups we’ve had to learn by doing along the way. One of things we’ve managed to figure out is how to validate the heck out of any* startup idea before you start building anything. It’s crazy how many well-meaning, excited founders mistake activity for progress. The last thing you want is to be...
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  Writally- Cas McCullough Cas McCullough, founder and CEO of Writally, is on a mission to make terrible business blogs a thing of the past! While ‘publish or perish’ used to only apply to professional authors and academics, in the current digital market landscape it now applies to almost everyone. As a successful, published author with...
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CurrencyVue – Matthew Tyrrell  Matt’s strong background in financial services and business systems proved handy when he was faced with a growing problem that wasn’t going anywhere. He decided it was time to take on the challenge and help bring international payments further into the 21st century. Read on for more insight into where he’s come...
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ResponSight – Jeff Paine  With a rich history in startups, corporate life and even the creative world, Jeff set out to do the one thing he hadn’t done yet; be a solo founder in an accelerator program. He had been facing the same human-centered tech security challenges for over a decade and when the Disrupt@Scale...
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Therapair – Danielle McFarland & Sheree Evans Coming from a strong client engagement and startup experience background these two ladies are nothing short of impressive. They found themselves coming up against a variety of challenges on their mission to change how customers and wellness practitioners connect. Applying for the BlueChilli 156 accelerator program was one...
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You might think you understand that the startup world is different than the ordinary world, but there’s some parts you can learn and others you just have to experience. This time we’ll be talking about the ‘Belly of the Whale’ moment of this journey. That’s the first time you realise you’re really doing this and...
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So where do startup ideas come from? And why do some founders seem to do better than others? Startups, tech or otherwise, ultimately come from the problems that surround people every day. Entrepreneurial thinking is about always looking for a solution that the market might be ready to buy. Tech startup founders take that to...
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We live in an age when the founders of many well-known tech startups get to be household celebrities. They are invited onto news programs and late night talk shows, and heralded as role models to inspire current and future generations. Only, there’s one major issue with how tech startup founders are currently portrayed; the scary, messy ugly...
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