Urgency Rules with Martin Holm Mortensen on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This month’s speaker: Martin Holm Mortensen

Martin is a Business Accelerator & Investor at Accelerace Management A/S as well as a Digital Coach at Nottingham based Next Business Generation.

He has been involved in several start-ups and spin-offs in various roles; part-owner, founder and as a C-level manager. Martin’s professional career focus has been on Business Development, Sales and Marketing with many years of both strategic and operational responsibility in companies such as MondoSoft, Computer People and CapaSystems in Denmark and the US.

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This month’s talk: Urgency Rules – why a sense of urgency is the mother of all success.

What can working for the Red Cross in Bosnia during the Balkan wars possibly have in common with an IT company in Silicon Valley?

Why is winning Grill Fever 2014 (a Danish equivalent to master-chef) no different from doing a digital start up in Nottingham?

Martin will share his observations and experiences from start-ups, relief work, Silicon Valley and winning Grill fever 2014 and provide valuable, specific and practical insights for any entrepreneur or business manager. Besides his mantra of “urgency rules”, Martin will touch on areas such as timing, selling and building a winning team.

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About Nott Tuesday

Each month we have stimulating speakers giving talks on the challenges of starting and running a technology business, practical guidance on operating a business such as finding funding and exploring future technologies for new opportunities.

The ethos of our group is bring together technology people, startups and companies. Our vision is to fill the Nottingham tech scene with networking and opportunities.

Nott Tuesday 16th September: K-Factors

Following the success of our founder series of talks over the last year we are going to make this a permanent fixture in the Nott Tuesday diary with regular talks from tech entrepreneurs. For this months talk we have another highly successful local tech serial entrepreneur and startup investors, Andrew Porter, who’s been there and done it!

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Andrew Porter

Andrew’s got almost 30 years experience in IT, starting before the Internet even too root. He’s seen the computing industry change and evolve over the years. Andrew’s built and exited from two successful start-ups, driving revenue growth from a zero base to exit. He’s now a Non-executive Director at Sportingnation, a secondary school web app, where he’s helping them to drive strategy, branding and sales. Next Tuesday Andrew will share with you what he has learnt from all his experience and the key factors needed to build a successful business.

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This is the next talk in our Founder series where we get to hear form tech entrepreneurs, their stories and what they have learnt, scars and all. This should be an excellent talk hearing from the experiences of another local successful serial tech entrepreneur, who’s been there and got the t-shirt!

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 21:00 at Antenna, Nottingham 16th September

Speaker: Andrew Porter: Key (K)-Factors

Q&A: topics raised

Meetup group setup for Nott Tuesday event notifications

A quick update today – we’ve setup a group on meetup to provide an easy form of notifications on all new events. Simply sign up and get on the meetup group and you’ll hear all about future events.

This is the first step of many we’re taking to ensure the event is getting better and better. Stayed tuned for announcements over the coming month.

Nott Tuesday 19th August: Leadership

 

Our speaker for August is Adam Harris from Transmentum. Adam is a serial tech entrepreneur, public speaker, University guest lecturer and a Business Coach working with growth companies. Adam’s also been a Institute of Directors (IoD) Finalist Director of the Year several times

 

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Adam will deliver a 45 minute Workshop to help you understand of what you need to do to be a successful leader and you will take away your own personal assessment and action plan to grow your business.

Aims of the workshop:

  1. Discover the 7 core tasks that you must command in order to steer your business growth
  2. Learn how to define where your business is now and where it needs to go
  3. Take away a personal action plan on how you can achieve the 7 core tasks of a business leader determined to grow and expand a business

 

So, to summarise: Adam Harris on Leadership

 

18:30 – 20:30 at Antenna, Nottingham 19th August

 

Speaker: Adam Harris

 

Q&A: topics raised

 

 

 

 

 

Nott Tuesday 15th July: User needs copy

For our July 2014 talk we have copywriter Christine Cawthorne give a talk on user needs. 

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Christine is a copywriter with a background in journalism at the BBC. She is currently working on the GOV.UK project training government departments and agencies how to write for the web. Christine runs Crocstar, a copywriting agency based in Derby, that offers web copy, social media management, and training in both.

The talk is about how ‘user needs’ affect both your website and your business. What are user needs? How do you capture them and what do you do with this information? Taking a look at how the government has transformed its website by putting the user first, Christine will look at how you can apply the same principles to your website.

So, to summarise: Christine Cawthorne on User needs

18:30 – 20:30 at Antenna, Nottingham 15th July

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Q&A: topics raised

 

Beers from space

Catapult Venture Managers have kindly agreed to buy you your 1st beer or drink at next Tuesday’s ‘Spaced out!’ talk.

The talk is looking at new tech opportunities on satellite navigation, positioning, timing and location based technologies.

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PS>The talk will held at Antenna, Nottingham (not on the Moon!)

Catapult is an independent venture capital fund manager which specialises in the provision of equity capital.

Thanks Catapult!!

Nott Tuesday 17th June: Spaced out!

We have an exciting next Nott Tuesday with an out of space theme on the 17th of June. You may not know but we have here, in Nottingham, one of Europe’s leading geospatial research centres and they have kindly agreed to come and tell us all about new tech opportunities in space!!

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Tech entrepreneurs now have acess wealth of data and imagery coming online from new space missions to create a new, space-based industry. GRACE (GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence) is part of the NGI (Nottingham Geospatial Institute) at the University of Nottingham. GRACE is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning and navigation technologies. They are here to help businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs to take advantage of satellite navigation, positioning, timing and location based technologies.

We will have three condensed presentations on the 17th, including a tech startup who’s leveraging satellite data:

  1. Doug Watson - talking about new exciting developments in space data – and how the Catapult can support tech companies
  2. Mark Hapgood – setting up a space based business
  3. Stephen Fuller – support available for space-based tech companies at the Uni – there is a new Centre of Excellence for the East Midlands starting at The University of Nottingham focused on satellite applications and called EMBRACE.

If your are wondering where the next final frontier is for online data and where to find new business opportunities, this maybe just the ticket!

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 21:00 at Antenna, Nottingham 17th June

Speakers: Doug Watson, Mark Hapgood, Stephen Fuller

Q&A: topics raised

 

Nott Tuesday 20th May: Greed Gene

For May’s talk we welcome serial tech entrepreneur, investor and new Director of Nottingham’s Next Business Gneration programme, Aamir Butt. For over 20 years Aamir has founded numerous startups and helped many others. In this time he’s learnt a thing or two – what works and doesn’t in creating successful startups. Aamir will be sharing his experiences, learnings and obsevations on how to turn on the Greed Gene to be a successful entrepreneur.

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Aamir highlights research that on average 4 to 6 failures are needed before startup success kicks in. Of course, its not always the case but failure is more prevalent than succeses. Aamir will discuss how successful entrepenurs are made through focusing on the customers problem, solution, being exceptional and turning on the greed gene. Aamir will talk about his learnings from each of his company’s and why a greed focus can reduce startup failures to maybe only 1 or 2!! 

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Aamir Butt

This is the next talk in our Founder series where we get to hear form tech entrepreneurs, their stories and what they have learnt, scars and all. Click here to see Aamir LinkedIN profile and details all his startupsThis should be a great talk hearing from the experiences of a successful serial tech entrepreneur.

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 21:00 at Antenna, Nottingham 20th April

Speaker: Aamir Butt: Greed Gene

Q&A: topics raised

 

 

Nott Tuesday 15th April: Thinking Lean

For April’s talk we have Toby Reid, former startup founder and now Director Next Business Generation startup accelerator programme, who will be overviewing learn startup thinking, discussing how their using lean at NGB and how lean can help you.

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The aim of NBG is to  create more, better quality startups in Nottingham across the city’s three key sectors including digital. They are helping early stage startups in their formation and providing them with lots of on-going support. The programme is funded by Nottingham City Council and central government.

Toby’s not new to startups having had his own with Heath Reid, and helping other startups over many years by running Growth Investment Network East Midlands and InaFishbowl.com. Toby’s talk will:

  • Give an short outline of lean start-up thinking and evidence based entrepreneurship.
  • Common startup mistakes including his own, others and a discussion on how avoid repeating these.
  • Overviewing the business model canvass and how NBG startups are using this approach.
  • Discussion how lean can be applied in practice.

We’d like a lively interactive discussion on lean thinking and it would great if you can share your use of lean, new business ideas, or problems you’ve had with lean at the talk. Its an excellent place to bring these up with all Toby’s experience of lean in practice.

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Think lean is child’s play…

We’d had past Nott Tuesday lean talks include me (Nick Barker) in 2013 on ‘Learning to pivot with Lean’ and from Joel Gascogne in 2010 on ‘Startups keeping it lean’ on BufferApp. This talk should be really interesting because NBG are helping lots of startups use and learn from lean thinking.

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 20:30 at Antenna, Nottingham 15th April (NOTE 3rd TUESDAY NEW DATE!)

Speaker: Toby Reid: Thinking Lean

Q&A: topics raised

 

 

 

 

 

University tech talk

Later this month, on the 23rd April, The University of Nottingham are holding a technology entrepreneurship talk between 5.30pm – 6.45pm.

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Professor Simon Mosey will be sharing some of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship research and showing that technology entrepreneurs are not unique individuals that can see the future.

Rather technology entrepreneurship is where diverse teams  try out many different possibilities, most of which will be unsuccessful. Simon will be showing how these skills can be learnt.

The format for the event is as follows:

5.30pm – Registration and light refreshments
6.00pm – Introduction by Professor Martin Binks
6.05pm – Seminar commences
6.45pm – Networking and buffet

Venue: LT2, The Exchange, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB.

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