Getting a deal signed sealed and delivered

starting-up | PlanHQ | 0 Comments

Tom Stokell - A signed contractI just got a email and photo from my good friend Tom Stokell who’s been working hard for the last year in the UK to secure the first deal for his business, which helps get more people cycling to work by getting businesses to challenge each other in a cycling to work competition. The program his business runs creates the peer and social support that often helps people get things done and achieve outcomes, so I’m right on board with the approach.

I’ve been video chatting with Tom on skype every few nights over the last year as he’s been working on getting the business off the ground with deal number 1, and after assisting him through a couple of RFP’s to no avail, and supporting him through the usual long process of discussions with potential opportunities that never turn into dollars, its great to see his hard work pay off. Getting your first deals is what its all about when you’re starting up, if you’re on the path to this, then hang in their, work hard and get the photo of you and your contract out to your friends!

Hit it Hard and do something properly

Raising Capital, entrepreneurs, starting-up | PlanHQ | 0 Comments

Hit it Hard and do something properly

Following on from the video on Patrick saving the then dying and raising fresh money and changing the thinking to pull off the now successful, this Video is of entrepreneur James Currier (behind,, and telling his story of how he's learned to hit it...(Read more)

10 things to get from ’start-up’ to ’small global business’

starting-up | PlanHQ | 2 Comments

10 things to get from ’start-up’ to ’small global business’

Establish some thought leadership: (read others blogs, write your own posts, give feedback to others you admire) Design a concept and get your thinking and idea into something real(ish) and get it out there quickly Get some quick wins through good design, web marketing and being quick to respond Plan for get ready to handle successes - Lift your head Speak don't just attend - Target a conference/event...(Read more)

5 ways to Go Global and Go Big the smart way

Customer Experience, Going Global, build a killer team, starting-up | PlanHQ | 1 Comment

There's a business model that is emerging and proving itself through some very significant real success stories now, and its exciting because its a way of operating every small business can live by to create significant global impact and success. I've just been listening to Mark Zuckerberg here at the web 2.0 summit, the very young founder of what is emerging as the largest most used...(Read more)

Cable Car Challenger Finals

Going Global, growing, plan smarter, starting-up, success | PlanHQ | 1 Comment

Last night I went along to the finals of the Cable Car Challenge. I was blown away by some of the finalists, with everything from a uniquely New Zealand salad bar, to online startups like Medrecruit (placing doctors based on lifestyle) and Hirethings (an online hire community), to extremely technical things that I couldn't quite get my head around. The winner was Eyemagnet, who are...(Read more)

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