How I streamline and “automate” giving one free mentoring session every day.

I’ve always believed in the power of mentoring, and although there is a limited amount of insight and expertise that can be transferred in a short period of time (my sessions are ~45 mins), I hope I can really add some value. I’ve been mentoring with accelerators and directly with early-stage entrepreneurs for years, but […]

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How to validate your startup idea

I’m very interested in how startups validate their ideas. I’ve mentored nearly 100 startups in one-to-one sessions in the last six months. But I’m finding that actually a huge amount of them barely validate their ideas at all. Or just do it very badly. So, how should a startup validate whether there is a market […]

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Your “good idea” isn’t necessarily a good business…

Over the last few years I’ve mentored hundreds of startups and founders, most of them in the early-stages of building their business. The single most common issue I see is that founders don’t make a distinction between a good idea and a good business. They think that because there’s a problem, then inevitably people will […]

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Community during Coronavirus – CreativeMornings/Cardiff

I’ve been a fan of Melin’s for some time. Ever since I landed back in Cardiff at the beginning of 2019, I’ve been religiously attending CreativeMornings/Cardiff, of which she is the current custodian. It’s a huge, international network of events, and Melin runs the Cardiff chapter with great energy and humour. I’ve spent many Friday […]

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Community during Coronavirus – BCT Wales

In the third of my series looking at how community builders and managers are keeping their communities vibrant during lockdown, I spoke to Chris Johnes, CEO of BCT Wales. The work that BCT do is really impressive, and it’s nice to hear about it in more detail. I’ll let Chris explain…  “The thing that we […]

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Community During Coronavirus – Platfform

I first got introduced to Candice Lloyd via Twitter, and I’m very glad that it happened. The work she does is amazing, and it’s impressive how she’s been building and maintaining a community with complex needs, even before the exceptionally difficult current circumstances. Tell me about the work you do, and the communities you work […]

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Community during Coronavirus – Welsh ICE

Introduction I’ve been building communities of one sort or another for years without really thinking too hard about it. As I’ve become more and more interested in the subject on an academic level, I’ve written thousands of words about it. Until I find a proper home for that writing I’ve decided to write a short […]

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A weekend of thinking and relaxing

About 5 or 6 years ago, I wrote about how I felt that retreats seemed to be the preserve of religion, or some kind of spirituality, and that I would love to organise something different. A space for those of us that needed space, but didn’t want it codified by faith (even though people of […]

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The Dash, and how it can help us build better communities.

This is my friend John. In 2012 he rowed across the Atlantic. As I write this he is prepping to do something similar, by rowing across the Indian Ocean. The incredible tale of his first row was so compelling that I asked him to speak about it at a couple of events I used to […]

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Neil’s guide to Tirana, Albania

Following on from my Guide to Sofia, here’s another Balkan city guide. It’s nowhere as comprehensive as my guide to Sofia, as I only spent 5 weeks in Tirana. However, hopefully it will prove useful if you’re visiting this vibrant city, in this beautiful, friendly, oft-misunderstood country. Let’s start with the most important thing – […]

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