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A telecommunications success story, and a chance for Manchester

Neil McArthur sold potatoes door-to-door as a child in Salford. Then, with his engineering background and his own capital, he set up the business that would later become TalkTalk. In this episode of The Invested Investor, Neil revisits the deals, false starts, and market choices that led to his success in the telecommunications field. He still works for TalkTalk, but spends most of his time working to improve his home city's entrepreneurial ecosystem. In the second half of the podcast he explains how much Manchester has going on beneath the surface in technology and enterprise, and how the narrative needs to catch up to reality.

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The secret art of early-stage investment

David Gill's meandering investment journey has taken him from law, to corporate finance, to running fund operations at HSBC, to managing the highly successful tech incubator St John’s Innovation Centre, in Cambridge. Along the way he learnt some important lessons about early-stage startups. In this podcast David shares these lessons: the hard decisions early-stage entrepreneurs have to make; about his three rules for smart investment; judging an entrepreneurship ecosystem; and when investors should trust their instincts. 

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Women in investment, investing without a background in finance, and the importance of due diligence

Bridget Connell went into investing four years ago without any financial background, and has completed five deals since. In this episode she explains her hands-on style of investing. She has previously worked in technology, so supports tech startups, and she mentors female investors and entrepreneurs through the syndicate Angel Academe. Bridget is a strong believer in doing your due diligence when working on a project; she stays close to each company she works with, and supports them by drawing other investors close as well. She talks here about her desire to see more diversity in the investment world.

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Pivoting to success

William Makant and Yusuf Muhammad founded Plumis in 2008 to develop Automist, an innovative sprinkler system. A decade later Plumis has a £2 million turnover and Automist is installed in 5,000 homes - but everything about it is different, from the product itself to the people involved. The secret to their success? Being able to pivot, to change strategy by learning about a market's key drivers. In this podcast William and Yusuf describe their journey, and the how and the why of their dramatic course change. They outline the pros and cons of working with Angel Investors, and describe how raising more money at the start might have made the company less successful. 

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Collaboration, failure, and the universe of numbers

David Gammon a rare thing - an investor in technology with no technological background. Through his work as an Invested Investor and as CEO of Rockspring, he has supported entrepreneurs through some extraordinary successes. In this podcast, David describes his unconventional career path and how he sees the world. He talks about how crucial collaboration is for investors, and how he works with his family to make investment decisions. He has had his share of failures as well, and here explains how dealing with failure can make you a better entrepreneur.

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Daring, entrepreneurial, transparency advocate, and leading investor news

Modwenna Rees-Mogg is a world leading investor news provider. In this podcast, she openly portrays her diverse entrepreneurial journey, starting from the idea of delivering food from supermarkets in vans at the age of fifteen to Angel News, an online investor news platform. Unfortunately she wasn't able to gain 'funding' for her delivery idea, but she has successfully made Angel News into a world leading investor news provider. Modwenna is a prominent supporter of transparency and accountability in the early stage investment ecosystem. 

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Altruistic, enterprising, human genomic data expert, Repositive CEO

Fiona Nielsen has applied her genetic disease research expertise into two notably successful organisations. First came DNAdigest, a non-profit educator, facilitator and engagee on issues regarding access to genomic data. She then realised that to get funding she needed to create a social enterprise. In this podcast Fiona expresses her reasons for founding Repositive, why she has chosen her board so meticulously, and that if you can't take a no, then don't start a company!

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Tech transfer, supporting Cambridge University start-up spin outs

In our first themed podcast, Dr Anne Dobree, of Cambridge Enterprise, outlines the importance of mentoring start-ups that have spun out of universities and that it is paramount to back the business rather than max the investment.

Anne has worked in University technology commercialisation since 1999. Anne first joined the technology transfer team at the University of Cambridge in 2001, and has held a number of roles with Cambridge Enterprise and its predecessors including Head of Technology Transfer and Interim Director.

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First-rate tips from two decades of angel investing, transparent take-away

Simon Blakey reveals his top tips to Invested Investors and entrepreneurs in a fascinating podcast with Peter Cowley. Simon has been a full-time and hands-on business angel investor into early-stage businesses since 2000, having previously trained as a biochemist and management accountant before getting into property development. He works with his brother Michael under the Avonmore Developments umbrella (www.avonmoredevelopments.com) where he’s in charge of Avonmore’s operations, deal negotiations and ongoing support of the UK early-stage investments. Two decades of angel investing has resulted in an abundance of knowledge that Simon has built up, all of which you can listen to in his podcast. 

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