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From Dante to Decarbonisation

Having left the world of science at school, I read medieval Italian poetry at university and thought to myself “finally – something I can study with real world application!” I slightly rued my artsy background when I took an MBA which involved some mathematics: the GMAT (“how is one not a prime?”), financial accounting (“how come income statements have expenses?”), Excel modelling (“how the IF does that work?”)… at least I was not being stretched beyond my academic limits in science. And yet, this would shortly change – I am a glutton for punishment. I started at RIG knowing full…

Getting ready for the waste revolution

Waste. Rubbish. Trash. Whatever you wish to name it, it litters the everyday landscape of our lives. Its ubiquitous presence flickers on the edges of our consciousness whether strolling down London streets, picnicking on beaches, or meandering through national parks. And this is simply the waste we can see. Even ‘pristine’ areas of wilderness have not been left untouched by the ramifications of anthropogenic activities, centuries of burning fossil fuels, and widespread overconsumption. For the sake of brevity, I won’t dive into the widespread destructive environmental and social consequences of waste, but I highly recommend this evocative article to give…

Control your digital presence and harness the vitality of web-based communication

A big part of my job is to bridge the gap between our portfolio companies and the markets they serve. I speak with potential customers on a daily basis about a particular novel technology and the possible value it can unlock; I have found that a large part of successful commercialisation and deal making is in the effective presentation and communication of the product, solution, or service. If it is worth putting in days of preparation around the narrative and framing for a particular meeting that could lead to a million-pound deal, does the same principle not apply to the…

A final week at RIG

Six weeks working at RIG have flown by, which I imagine is unusual for a first experience of professional life. My introduction to the work environment has given me a new range of knowledge, from making use of excel keyboard shortcuts, through to understanding how to use the office buzzer. I also learned how to write as fast as humanly possible while making call notes verbatim. LinkedIn and CrunchBase have become loves of mine. I was eventually prompted to take the plunge and create my own LinkedIn account. The things I have learned have not just been work-related; working at RIG…

Egg-laying and milk-giving wool-pig

Idioms don’t always translate well across different languages and cultures, but I thought this particular German phrase was a visceral and compelling image as a warning to early-stage companies not to be “all things to all people.” Eierlegendes und milchgebendes Wollschwein, literally egg-laying and milk-giving wool-pig (sometimes shortened to eierlegende Wollmilchsau), was a phrase I first heard on a phone call with a German company a couple of years back; it was repeated recently, prompting me to write this short blog. While it sounds great to have a multi-functional animal which provides you with all your nutritional and clothing needs,…

Getting fit for fundraising

A recent blog by Fred Wilson resonated with me and motivated me to write my next blog. In his blog, Fred reflects on the decision by WeWork to postpone their listing and uses the term “hair on a deal” to describe when a deal has too many issues which ultimately kill the investment. The critical lesson for entrepreneurs he highlights is the importance of having your house in order before starting to raise capital. At Rapid Innovation Group, we believe that companies need to be “investor ready” and fit to raise. The analogy that I used recently with a company…

First week at my RIG internship

After reading these intern blogs singing RIG’s praises on the website myself, my first week at RIG has luckily completely lived up to expectations. It’s been full-on in the best way possible, in a blur of learning about everything from how 3D printing is used for gas turbine parts, to how to take meeting notes and research potential clients,  to how to set up a laptop and even (importantly) being taught how to use a cafetière for the first time. The team at RIG are all immensely hardworking and have a breadth of knowledge about their clients, despite being ‘generalists’…

Competition: a missed opportunity to be embraced

Who is your competition and how are you differentiated? This is a critical component of both commercialisation and fundraising, around which technology developers have significant scope to improve their current approach. Too often, companies are unwilling to tackle this topic in the depth it deserves. Whether this is due to fear, naivety, arrogance, ‘blissful ignorance’, or inexperience is not always evident. Competition is often seen as a negative. Consequently, people fail to see the learning potential that analysing the competition presents and opportunity that it provides to shape the narrative when speaking to investors and early adopters. The result is…

Borrowing economics to save the world?

It is hard to ignore the noise currently being made about climate change. Be it Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thurnberg, or Michael Bloomberg, it is certainly a topic that has made its way into the public consciousness this year and let’s hope that it stays there. The way I often engage with climate change is through the work that I do with sustainable technologies. Our decarbonisation practice is focused on helping to make potential solutions to climate change into a commercial reality. And therein lies the rub. We can shout, we can close bridges, and we can fill our TV screens…

Setting sail to decarbonisation

Shipping touches pervasively but unobtrusively on every aspect of our daily lives; from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the goods we order online. But rarely do we think about the negative environmental ramifications caused by it. These environmental impacts include air pollution, water pollution, noise, and oil pollution. Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping currently represent 2.6% of total global emissions, equivalent to those generated by South Korea. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) estimates that carbon dioxide emissions from shipping are expected to rise by between 50-250% by 2050 if no action is taken. There are…