What is the one question you hope to answer by attending this forum?
How you build brand and scale whilst keeping focusing on engineering/core skills – How to scale an international business. – How to get huge? – To meet fast growing technology companies looking for investment – How to build and motivate an engineering team. – Crossing the chasm techniques for getting from product launch to profitability. – How do I know the right time to sell? – How do we help ensure Cambridge continues to be a vital part of UK plc’s success? – Who will fund Series A – Are there better techniques for managing change associated with growth that I can learn from? – What is the state of business growth currently in this country – Are UK businesses thinking big enough or are they still selling out too early? – I am keen top learn more on how to scale a nascent technology business in a competitive market – How can I get more value from my big name investor board that is not delivering the things I need? – Where are the best tech centres outside Silicon Valley for a US HQ? – Rapid growth of startups – Should I own my sales channels in Asia or partner with distributors? – To better understand what is needed to grow big rapidly! – How do I break through the £20m turnover ceiling profitably – Considering recent IPOs and M&A transactions, are we in yet another internet bubble? – Should I bother with anything tech-related outside the M25? – How best to grow our software business? – Should we employ local sales people in the US or transplant some of our US team? – How do I stimulate new and simple creativity into a sales team – How do you recruit and incentivise a world-class team – Who are the UK’s most promising growth companies? – Is the CEO’s vision for the business really that important when pitching for investment? – How to grow in a value maximising way, rather than just growing at the expense of the bottom line and long term shareholder value – Just interested in hearing new innovations – How can the business scale via partnerships or acquisitions? – How to grow the business – We are seeing substantial valuations for investment in social networking and similar companies – are investors’ feet still on the ground? – What new business and tech problems are keeping people awake at night? (and what are they doing to fix them) – How rural communities in Africa can benefit from innovation in technology. – What is the meaning of life? – Strategies for scaling through partnerships – Is the UK alive to Entrepreneurship or do we simply play lip service to The Media Dragon – How to help corporates work with and invest in entrepreneurs. – How to maximise sales to increase growth – In which way experienced entrepreneurs would like to interact and mentor very early stage entrepreneurs? – Best strategies for rapid growth – Are UK-based angels interested in the NI deal flow – How to grow – How can I manage potential acquirers efficiently? – What are the strategies for identifying and qualifying the most advantageous overseas partners. – Role of outsourcing in supporting growth – How to scale up in a niche market – At what stage should a Cambridge business leave the fold and expand internationally – How to find the most successful growth path for start up companies. – What implications might the European Sovereign debt crisis have for growth businesses in the UK? – Help with our scaling and consolidation activities and meeting more great execs – Which way is up? – What is the next big thing? – Are investors likely to remain so risk-adverse in respect of early stage businesses or is there likely to be a return of confidence? – Do I have to answer this? – AIM vs NASDAQ for growth tech business with c $12 million profit?