London Book Fair

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I have been very lucky, in my numerous careers over the years, to have worked with an amazing amount of interesting and talented people. Not only at director level but, equally important, skilled and dedicated ‘do-ers’. In my 20’s and 30’s the publishing industry was a rich source of facinating people and occasionally I take […]

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“These are our ’60’s. It’s about freedom, and a breakaway from the establishment to the power of the individual. No other group of companies so epitomises this ‘Time of Choice’ as Google, Ebay/SKYPE, MobileATM, ZOPA, PAOGA, Apple/itunes and Friends Reunited.” Julie Meyer, Ariadne Capital. January 2006 An increasing number of individuals, 15million in the UK, […]

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These are our 60’s

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As a teenager in the 60’s, at Art College in London it is understandable that I would be drawn to anything that promises me the opportunity to relive these days. I was delighted to be invited to the 5th Anniversary celebration of Ariadne Capital this month at which, as is her wont, Julie Meyer (she […]

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25 Years Ago

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I have been watching with interest the debate being reported by David Worlock at Electronic Publishing Systems regarding the changing nature of the ‘book’. David has been advocating the exploitation of IT in the publishing industry for 20 years (happy birthday EPS). This reminded me of a memo I sent to my boss, Jimmy Lee […]

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Risk Averse

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It was announced the other day that ‘government and the wider public sector now accounts for 25% of the working population.’ Did I hear it wrong? Were they referring to a town in mid Wales? Am I going mad? I thought the aim was smaller government. I thought public expenditure was to be cut. I […]

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Sadd

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Can you imagine how many times I have been told "but you don’t sound sad." Students of English are well aware that words are constantly changing their meaning. The adjective sad, for example, had in Old English the meaning of ‘satiated, full to repletion’. A man who has had his fill of pleasure loses his […]

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PAOGA – Where we came from In 2001 I resigned as CEO from Izodia Plc (formerly Infobank of which I was a founder back in 1992) and sat in the garden and thought. Sometimes, as the saying goes, I just sat. Former employees were approaching me to comment on their CVs as they looked to […]

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Why a Blog?

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As a recent convert to ‘blogging’ (kicking and screaming) I am trying to get my head around this ‘openess’ when I have been programmed over years to keep information to myself.As a former CEO of a Plc there were significant legal implications requiring such an attitude but, in the spirit of ‘History is a different […]

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