By Rachel Savage Friday, 29 August 2014
The ever-inventive engineer has released a mysterious video announcing a product launch on September 4th. What could it be...?
20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the parking app talks about his 'property porn obsession' and why he offers his staff infinite holidays.
20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the women-only dating app talks about her plans to move to the US and why she wants to rename her business.
More than half of small Scottish businesses think independence would be a threat to the country's economic growth.
The serial entrepreneur wants to grab a slice of the sharing economy with peer-to-peer car rental platform EasyCar Club.
LAUNCHPAD: The 'disruptive' estate agent has raised £10m already this year, after launching in April.
LAUNCHPAD: Jordan Daykin's patented plasterboard fixings tamed the fiery dragon. And he only employees other teenagers.
Sharing economy companies in the UK currently make around £500m a year, according to PwC. But it all depends how you define it...
'Being aggressive isn't essential for business success' - Donna Baker, Here For a Day & Here For a Pound15 August 2014
20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the daily deal website and online pound store talks about becoming a midwife and why she can't work with half-hearted people.
LAUNCHPAD: The battle between the two startups to disrupt and dominate taxi markets around the world is not pretty.
LAUNCHPAD: Two thirds of business owners want advice more than money, but lots aren't getting any at all.
LAUNCHPAD: The ridiculously simple free messaging app is trying to target marketers.
20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the peer-to-peer currency exchange site talks cold-calling, double nappy duty and why Israelis make great employees.
LAUNCHPAD: It's the latest expansion of the sharing economy, as JustPark partners with BMW to embed the app into Minis.
LAUNCHPAD: An insurer claims small businesses aren't prepared for the unexpected, but most probably already have insurance...
20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the online gaming shop on the challenge of hanging onto tech expertise in London and why his beer fridge is 'magic'.
LAUNCHPAD: Facebook failed to buy Snapchat for $3bn last year. Looks like its founders were right to turn down Zuckerberg.
LAUNCHPAD: The economy may be ticking along nicely, but some small businesses are still feeling the pinch.
The confectioner says she wanted to be a lawyer, but making candy is sweeter - and explains that however ethical your product, trying to sell it from a plain cardboard box is not easy...
20 QUESTIONS: The entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er talks about employing poets and fire fighters and why she only has one app on her phone.
LAUNCHPAD: Peer-to-peer business lending is going mainstream as the crowfunding site targets US expansion.
LAUNCHPAD: GiftGaming wants to solve the problem that only 1.5% players make in-app purchases by getting brands to do it for them.
LAUNCHPAD: Not receiving or losing an invoice is the biggest excuse small businesses get from late-paying customers.
What makes a great innovator? Sometimes it's the oldest companies which know best.
Where does the word 'budget' come from?
LAUNCHPAD: Large companies are still dragging their feet over issuing contracts to small businesses.
You've got a brilliant new product waiting to be unveiled. But a successful launch could make all the difference between the product being a hit or an also-ran.
News and views from the startup community
LAUNCHPAD: The sharing economy is all well and good until someone squats in your flat...
LAUNCHPAD: The man behind Moshi Monsters quashed rumours he's leaving ('if you cut me I bleed jellybeans'), but told MT he wants a more creative role.
LAUNCHPAD: Crowdfunded supermarket Original Unverpackt promises it will do away with waste altogether.
LAUNCHPAD: Capital-dwellers take note - stuff actually happens in places where you can't use your Oyster Card.
LAUNCHPAD: Investors including Moshi Monsters' Michael Acton Smith and the founders of Skyscanner, Innocent Drinks and Moonpig are joining forces to tackle the 'equity gap'.
LAUNCHPAD: Jyrobike wants to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter next month to make its auto-balancing children's bikes.
LAUNCHPAD: Very Dogecoin. Such Nascar. Wow.
LAUNCHPAD: Former model Lona Duncan wants to monetise the dresses you're bored with wearing and save you buying ones you don't need. It's not cheap though.
LAUNCHPAD: 6.5 times as many users for 19 times the price. Facebook needs to work out how to turn its calf into a cash cow.
LAUNCHPAD: Students need experience. Start-ups need cheap coders. A match made in heaven?
LAUNCHPAD: The government has ploughed £50m into turning London into a tech hub. Now its mayor has decided he wants it to be the 'tech capital of the world'. We can all dream...
LAUNCHPAD: Transport for London has signed a deal to allow pop-up shops and restaurants in its vacant retail units.
Funding Circle, CrowdCube and Seedr have got together to launch an alternative finance website, as Zopa accuses banks of having 'no appetite' to fund small firms.
The dot com crash's best known survivor wants to build Britain's Google after raising a record $100m in seed funding.
The crowdfunding site is patting itself on the back, but doesn't mention projects that get delayed or fail to actually materialise.
The company information site has raised $22m in less than a year.
Funding Circle director (and Betfair co-founder) Ed Wray reckons the lender is 'a long way' from funding big business.
Good news for a more balanced economy: 86% of small manufacturers are planning to invest in equipment, although they aren't expecting banks to provide the funds.
London's mayor has allocated up to £9m to turn empty garages into space for small businesses.
The lefty newspaper's parent company will probably be hoping the code training start-up can finally wean them off dead trees.
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