A hot topic right now in the UK startup scene is the need for a government-backed equity fund, specifically targeted at seed stage startups. For varying reasons, many of these startups don’t qualify for some of the funding options already offered by government e.g. …

A link to Flair’s fundraiser can be found here.

This month, it started to become clear that the coronavirus pandemic was going to have a material impact on the global economy. …

Being a founder is probably the closest thing to being a parent that there is. You have a strange connection, that you can’t even properly explain, to this thing that you created. …

I always wanted to go into business, but I was afraid I wasn’t creative enough to come up with any good ideas.

So, I decided I had to train myself to get better at ideation. I felt that improving my personal creativity wouldn’t be much different to improving anything else…

2 years ago, I was in a pretty odd situation. It was like a mini mid-life crisis, except I was only 23. I basically had no idea what I was going to do next after leaving banking. All I was certain of was two things: firstly, that I wanted to…

Treating users like Football Fans

Certain football managers are truly loved by their fans. I’m thinking of the likes of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid- it’s almost as if the fans are as loyal to their manager as they are to the club.

It’s clear that these managers make an…

One common thing I’ve noticed listening to successful CEOs is that they usually say the key to their success is the team they have built around them. …

The chapter that surprised me most in Sir Alex Ferguson’s Leading is called ‘Drinking to Failure’. If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll have noticed that I keep referring to this book — it’s because I’m a huge Man Utd fan. But I didn’t know that before Sir Alex joined…

I mentioned last time how much I learned about management from reading Sir Alex Ferguson’s book Leading. I actually think there are a lot of parallels between managing a football club and being a startup CEO. I often feel like I’m the man on the sidelines trying to tweak our…

I called my cousin and co-founder Darrell last year to let him know that I was up for taking on the CEO role. At that time, we didn’t even have a company, just an idea that we were passionate about. I had a couple of years of work experience under…

Nii Cleland

CEO @ Flair

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