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Share buybacks: an attack on R&D

by
Engagement Manager

23 Jun 2022

Share buybacks are one of the reasons for the inflated valuations currently in the market, meanwhile R&D spending has stagnated.
Current events
 

The Importance and Value of Creating an ICP

by
Engagement Manager

17 Jun 2022

An ‘Ideal Customer Profile’ (ICP) is a tool we often use at RIG - a set of narrowly defined hypotheses that pinpoints the type of customer most suited for utilising the technology that is being commercialised.
Product-Market Fit, Technology application and adoption
 

An engineer and a poet walk into a bar…

by
Engagement Director

14 Jun 2022

Engagement Director Jack Straker (JCS) interviews new-starter Emily Pugsley (EP) 
About RIG
 

Product-market fit in deep tech

by
Engagement Director

12 May 2022

“Build it and they will come”. Sadly, they probably won’t. So why not do the hard work up-front and secure your market before you do anything else. Investors will love you for it.
Product-Market Fit
 

The innovator’s tug of war: push and pull innovation and the Technology-Push Lead User Concept

by
Engagement Manager

05 May 2022

One of the challenges of technology innovation is the balancing act of identifying an application which responds to market needs (“pull”) and is informed by the technology’s attributes (“push”).  The Technology-Push Leader User Concept (T-PLUC) blends push and pull innovation to inform the development and application of a given technology.
Product-Market Fit
 

Feedback on your feedback

by
Engagement Manager

25 Apr 2022

Feedback should be viewed as a tool for improvement, not a weapon
Personal development
 

Dairy farming and Scope 3 emissions: Why sustainable changes must be aligned with economic benefits

by
Engagement Director

18 Apr 2022

There is huge potential for the food industry to reduce their carbon footprint whilst educating consumers on the benefits of dairy farming; however, a ‘wait and see’ approach may lead to missed opportunities
Agbio, Current events
 

In defence of gasification

by
Engagement Manager

11 Apr 2022

Assessing the sustainability of new technologies: can we ever find one perfect solution or will it always remain a grey area? 
Advanced Fuels, Circular Economy
 

MDF recycling: a safety net against volatile raw material prices

by
Engagement Manager

04 Apr 2022

Long term availability of virgin timber is becoming increasingly problematic.  MDF Recovery's technology offers security against rising virgin timber prices and fragile supply chains.
Waste to Product, Current events
 

Progress, despair, hope - the dark past and bright future of energy storage

by
Engagement Director

12 Aug 2021

You could argue that progress with batteries is good. That said, there are numerous geographic, geopolitical, and humanitarian challenges to address across the lithium-ion batteries supply chain.
Energy storage
 

Power & Portability

by
Engagement Director

20 Jul 2021

The invisible restraint of the apparent newfound freedom of battery-powered phones is that these devices need charging up– we can only stray so far from a power socket for so long.
Energy storage
 

Myth or Reality? Exploring the high flying aspirations of Vertical Farming

by
Engagement Director

08 Jun 2021

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built, it is said, around 600 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar II for his wife Amytis, because she missed the verdant landscapes of her native Media (modern-day Iran). Descriptions of these gardens also suggest that they could be considered the first example of a vertical farm, with a series of stacked terraces irrigated by manually operated water pumps.
 

[Almost] three months in

by
Engagement Director

10 May 2021

To say my RIG journey began in unusual circumstances is somewhat of an understatement. Three zoom meetings and several phone calls were the only interaction with my future colleagues the global pandemic afforded me before my first day. Actually, that’s not quite true, I did meet a masked Simon for about five minutes to pick up my laptop.
About RIG
 

A new atmosphere: reflections on holding concerts and winning clients in the time of COVID-19

03 Jul 2020

For over 5 years, I have been hosting ‘house concerts’ where touring international musicians play a private gig in my flat to an audience of friends and friends of friends. The gigs are intimate affairs -both for the physical proximity, and because there can be lots of interaction. And sometimes there’s a level of connection between artist and audience such that at the end of the even...
 

Don't try harder, iterate faster

by
Founder and Managing Director

19 Jun 2020

Trying harder while generally doing the same thing is not the recipe for finding product market fit or finding early traction. It is a recipe for running out of runway. It is also a very human reaction. 
Circular Economy, Deal Execution
 

To all AgriFood workers, thank you

15 Jun 2020

It has been a while since I wrote a blog. Too long. I feel I should write one once a month maybe even once a week. Last week I got a virtual tap on the shoulder from my colleagues who manage our marketing activities. My turn. I was up to write a blog. 
 

Sharing a watering hole with a dinosaur

by
Engagement Director

09 Apr 2020

I am drinking the same water as a T-Rex. My inner child (not buried particularly deep, I am told) is a big fan of this fact. As far as we know, since humans existed, we have not created any ‘new’ water and comparatively little has escaped to space. On the face of it, water isn’t going anywhere, and there is loads of it. It should be noted that there is a big difference between freshwa...
 

Metamorphosis

by
Engagement Director

24 Mar 2020

23 June is a date that will forever fill me with great happiness and faith in our country. Of course, I refer to the glorious day, in 2014, when the former Member of Parliament for Tatton, the first Chancellor from a northern seat since Dennis Healey in the late 1970s, delivered his vision of the “Northern Powerhouse” from Manchester. Finally, I thought, a government that is going to ...
Sustainability
 

Reflections on entry level hiring

by
Founder and Managing Director

29 Feb 2020

Since January 1st, I no longer lead the process of recruiting and selecting entry level hires. Entry-level hiring is a serious responsibility. We are who we hire. And who we hire is formative in terms of what we can become. In a knowledge firm, talent acquisition and development is the business strategy. Making this move is a generational shift that will bring those driving the proces...
About RIG
 

From Dante to Decarbonisation

by
Engagement Director

23 Oct 2019

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 (“h...
 

Egg-laying and milk-giving wool-pig

by
Practice Director

24 Sep 2019

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.”
Commercialisation
 

Borrowing economics to save the world?

20 Jun 2019

It is hard to ignore the noise currently being made about climate change. Be it Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg, 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.
 

Energy storage: generation’s forgotten twin

31 May 2018

In recent years, the conversation around renewable energy sources has grown broader and louder. Although wind, solar, and their lesser-known cousins do not (yet) represent a majority of energy generation in the vast majority of countries, they form an increasingly significant part of the grid’s energy mix. Indeed, in 2017 – and for the first time in its history – Britain generated mor...
Sustainability
 

How early is too early: knowing when to engage your customer

21 Feb 2018

“But we need to develop 3 phases of prototypes, go through accelerated life testing, and get 10 patents granted”. Or so go the usual protestations against early market engagement. The value of bringing partners and customers into the conversation at an early stage is often trumped by fear. “They’ll steal my technology”. “It isn’t advanced enough”. “They won’t understand it”.
 

Water: it’s a precious resource, let’s start treating it as such!

01 Feb 2017

I initially started writing this blog in the summer when it was so hot that I was struggling to sleep and was drinking water like it was on tap (but it is on tap Peter!)
 

How to develop a business and yourself

by
Founder and Managing Director

12 Jan 2017

Developing a business and developing yourself have a lot in common. Fundamentally they both involve learning.
About RIG
 

“I want to take a company from the lab to its first million and beyond”: An interview with James Evangelou on his 1 year RIG anniversary

by
Practice Director

18 Nov 2016

James Evangelou joined Rapid Innovation Group in September 2015 after graduating from Cambridge and spending 6 month teaching English in Colombo. He spent a lunch with RIG Engagement Manager, Ffion Rolph, talking success, challenges, and his bid to take over RIG.
About RIG
 

Want to succeed? Get used to failure.

01 Mar 2016

A few years ago, at a startup networking event, a colleague of mine asked a budding entrepreneur how he was going to grow and scale a business. His response? “Build the app. Marketing. Go viral.” 
 

A conversation with RIG’s founder

by
Founder and Managing Director

07 Oct 2015

RIG Engagement Manager, Ffion Rolph, sat down and interviewed Founder and Managing Partner, Shields Russell, over a series of face-to-face meetings. Here, Shields shares his thoughts on RIG’s history, its evolution, and its future.
About RIG
 

"I wanted to get closer to the companies themselves and have more involvement with the actual operating businesses" – an interview with Simon Jackson

09 Sep 2014

I recently caught up with Simon Jackson, Director, in order to learn a bit more about his RIG story.
About RIG