By Amber De Smet Thursday, 17 July 2014
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.
The world's oldest working currency, the pound, is on a roll just in time for this year's holiday season.
How I Beat the Odds: Bill Westwater, CEO of Xeros, wants people to ditch traditional washing machines and use polymer beads instead.
This military acronym has been hijacked. What does it mean?
A Suit That Fits co-founder David Hathiramani gives us a tour around the central London offices of his bespoke tailoring company.
LAUNCHPAD: A third of small exporters think it's difficult to access government support. Must do better.
LAUNCHPAD: The long-distance lift-sharing platform could be valued at $1bn - and it isn't even profitable yet.
LAUNCHPAD: Despite all the pontificating about helping out small companies, politicians have shifted their focus to getting medium-sized businesses exporting.
The chief executive of Photobox, Moonpig's parent company, says the novelty card website wouldn't work anywhere other than the UK - but he has ambitions for Photobox to take over the world.
LAUNCHPAD: Instead of positioning itself as a threat to traditional banking, Funding Circle is cosying up with the high street lender. It looks like a good deal for both.
The fudge seller talks about Fleet Street misogyny, her passion for Paris and the genius of velcro.
LAUNCHPAD: The acquisition of Hong Kong-based mobile payments company MPayMe for $75m values Powa Technologies at $2.7bn, 650% more than last year.
POWER MUMS: She's famous for her ceramics, but Emma Bridgwater had never thrown a pot before she started her business. She discusses her marriage, and why British manufacturing is so important.
It's Branson's second investment in a payment start-up in as many months.
LAUNCHPAD: Fine wines can't be magicked out of thin air, so the company may need to close the door to new angel investors.
LAUNCHPAD: The lobby group wants more than 100,000 small companies to be freed from business rates. Sounds familiar...
The founder of the online store for beer talks about the importance of flexible working for fathers and the relative merits of taste-testing Pringles and selling Tampax.
The founder of the Berlin-based travel activities website talks about why having a girlfriend is unusual and thinks living at 10 Downing Street would be 'awesome'.
LAUNCHPAD: If banks can't use Bank of England cash to pump up the housing market, they would rather not use it at all.
LAUNCHPAD: Lending between people and businesses hit £1.5bn over the bank holiday, but that's still just a drop in a very large ocean.
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.
You Live & You Learn: Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House UK, on starting at the bottom, dealing with sexism and the Fifty Shades phenomenon.
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