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Royal Society Science CEO SummitApply to attend SVC2UK and Royal Society’s Science CEO Summit We are excited to partner with the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence to expand the work we have been doing in the UK to focus on CEOs of science-based …
Lesson 12: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Taking the right kind of money at the right timeStart-up veterans advocate taking the right kind of money at the right time in order to scale-up gracefully. External investment can be the catalyst for scale Raising capital from external investors is a topic that pre-occupies many entrepreneurs who aspire to …
Lesson 11: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Testing continuously to stay close to the customerScale-up veterans advocate Testing continuously to stay close to the customer. For early stage startups, spending time with your customers and understanding what they need is almost the only thing that matters. However, as you scale, that becomes harder: you …
Renaissance Leadership CTO Roundtable SummaryLast week the executive Search and Leadership firm Renaissance Leadership held a breakfast roundtable to explore the axis between Silicon Valley and London.  Jackson Hull of Onefinestay and Tony Willis of Renaissance led the discussion on how the London tech …
Lesson 10: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Build systems that scaleKey idea: Scaling systems and processes are perhaps some of the least glamorous aspects of scaling a company, but are also among the most crucial. Systems and processes should be designed for scale from the beginning. The speakers discussed a number …
Lesson 9: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Nurture company culture and values as you growBuilding great teams that can scale goes beyond hiring the right people. It also requires the founders to nurture a great culture and great values.The bad news is that this becomes much harder as a company scales. The good news is …
Refilling the Innovator’s Prescription: The new wave of medtechIn SVC2UK 2013 big data was the headline theme with Medtech a key area of focus. It was debated whether bringing techniques of data science to health care would result in the first trillion pound company valuation. Consensus suggested that …
Refilling the Innovator’s PrescriptionWe are delighted to be partnering with Nesta to bring you a paper that explores and explains what the future is likely to look like for patients and doctors, and examines the implications for institutions currently involved in the industry. …
Lesson 8: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Embrace DiversityI think being a Canadian female living in the UK probably means that embracing diversity is pretty easy for me to grasp, but it is truly magical to observe in operation – like nothing else. My most diverse board at …
100 Club ‘Talent’ WorkshopSVC2UK and The Up Group hosted a Talent workshop on 4th March exclusively for members of the SVC2UK 100 Club, that discussed some of the key challenges that hyper growth companies face when scaling up their organisations. The SVC2UK ‘100 Club’ is …
Lesson 7: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Hire for Tomorrow, not TodayHire ahead of your needs: A startup that wants to scale has the worry not just about the who of recruiting, but also the how. It’s not enough to hire people who have scaled a business before; you also need to …
Lesson 6: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Recruit people who have done it beforeThe UK now starts up as many companies as the US, but scales up less than half as many. Given that it is scaling up rather than starting up that has the major impact on returns, jobs and growth, closing …
Lesson 5: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Embed yourself in the right networksThe UK now starts up as many companies as the US, but scales up less than half as many. Given that it is scaling up rather than starting up that has the major impact on returns, jobs and growth, closing …
Lesson 4: Reflections from Sherry Coutu on Choosing a Big Enough Problem to SolveThe UK now starts up as many companies as the US, but scales up less than half as many. Given that it is scaling up rather than starting up that has the major impact on returns, jobs and growth, closing …
Lesson 3: Reflections from Sherry Coutu on Leadership for ScaleThe UK now starts up as many companies as the US, but scales up less than half as many. Given that it is scaling up rather than starting up that has the major impact on returns, jobs and growth, closing …
Lesson 2: Reflections from Sherry Coutu on Focusing RelentlesslyThe UK now starts up as many companies as the US, but scales up less than half as many. Given that it is scaling up rather than starting up that has the major impact on returns, jobs and growth, closing …
The Future of E-Ducation ReportWe invite you to read our latest SVC2UK White Paper, “The Future of E-ducation“, written in collaboration with  Gold Mercury International, the Corporate Vision® Strategy Think Tank.  The Paper draws on many of the case studies from  SVC2UK  2013 and …
Lesson 1: Reflections from Sherry Coutu on Premature ScalingThe UK now starts up as many companies as the US, but scales up less than half as many. Given that it is scaling up rather than starting up that has the major impact on returns, jobs and growth, closing …
The Art of Scaling Gracefully Recommendation 12: Take the right kind of money at the right timeTreat taking capital as a long-term relationship. There are “just two dangers of taking venture capital – taking too much and taking too little” CEO Summit 2013 mentor  Key idea: Although many companies that wish to scale will require external capital, the …
The Art of Scaling Gracefully Recommendation 11: Test continuously to stay close to the customer“You can test all your key assumptions in a purely analogue fashion, without any tech. You can test, learn, iterate, repeat hyper-locally even if the problem is global. The key is repeatability” Julie Hanna, Kiva It is important that the …
The Art of Scaling Gracefully Recommendation 10: Build systems that scale  “Planning for scale is about anticipating where you’ll be in 12 months and building the organisation you’ll need then now. Everything needs to be systematised!” Mike Shepherd, GrowthPoint Technology Partners     Key idea: Scaling systems and processes are perhaps some …
The Art of Scaling Gracefully Recommendation 9: Nurture company culture and values as you grow“Culture is what remains in the room when the founder leaves it” SVC2UK Mentor “You shouldn’t motivate people by telling them they’re going to be rich; you should motivate them by telling them you’re going to change the world” Andrew Thompson, Proteus …
The Art of Scaling Gracefully Recommendation 8: Embrace diversity  You need a diverse team – not three MBAs, of course, but probably not three engineers either! Michael Baum (@michaelbaum), FOUNDER.org       Key idea: Homogeneous teams struggle to scale. A broad range of skill sets, mindsets and backgrounds are …
The Art of Scaling Gracefully Recommendation 7: Hire for tomorrow, not today  Having the right team is as much about letting people go as it is hiring new people. Doing a lot with a few extraordinary people creates extraordinary loyalty. Ben Nelson, Minerva Project (@minervaproject)   Key Idea: Having the right team …
The Art of Scaling Gracefully Recommendation 6: Recruit people who have done it before“You must hire people who have done it before. There is no substitute” Megan Smith, Google X (@smithmegan) “A good group of advisers can replicate many of the benefits both of a strong board and an experienced executive team”  Ash Patel, Morado …
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