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Creative Mornings - start the day in the right way...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2012
Hardly a week goes by these days without some new conference, unconference, event or festival being promoted targeting the creatives, the entrepreneurs and the startups. All good to see! However for many of us the location, the costs and the practicalities of being away from “work” for a few days at a time is far from ideal, no matter how interesting the speakers and the workshops may ...
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The Deal with Pop up shops - the traders speak!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th September 2012
Last week we explored the philosophy of the pop up shop. The mindset, the reasoning, the political clambering for involvement, and the success of pop up shops themselves.We highlighted the Pop up Britain shop in Richmond, Surrey, and to get a flavour of their thoughts, we contacted a few of the residents, to get their views on the experience itself. And boy can some of these startups talk - so muc...
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Face to Face networking - Lets Lunch to launch in the UK...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th September 2012
Like LinkedIn, but face to face, with a mouth full of food, Lets Lunch launched in the States in 2010 - now Startacus hears its coming to the UK - hungry to find out more? A problem with LinkedIn (at least the free version) is that in terms of business networking, it is not always the people that you know and get linked-in with, that you in an ideal world would really like to network with. Lets ...
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Saving the high street? Startacus explores the Pop-up Shop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2012
Part 1 - The philosophy of the pop-up shop... Its like the chicken and the egg, the pop-up shop and the recession. Which came first? Well in the case of the pop-up shop, they can be traced back to the late 1990’s, and both offered a short term sale opportunity to both the in-vogue brands of the moment and the cheap, thrown in the back of a lorry with a suitcase companies, to sell their stuf...
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In your Face - Imagining Facebook in an offline world…

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th August 2012
11 years ago, I left University. A few years later, someone mentioned a site that they had started using called Facebook. I had, up until this point, dabbled with Friends Reunited, a site where unsurprisingly, you tried to reunite with old friends. It was okay, but once you got past the reuniting part, there was little point to the site, apart from to, I suppose, keep saying hello! My new friend,...
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Scale Front - the portfolio startup

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd August 2012
The work of incubators and accelerator programmes and their impact on startup businesses is well documented. However there is now a new player in the game - the “portfolio startup”. One such of these is Dublin’s recently launched Scale Front. Scale Front aims to be a company that builds startups from scratch. Founded by two serial entrepreneurs, Sean Blanchfield and Brian M...
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The Shopify Build-A-Business Competition

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th August 2012
If you’ve got an idea for an online retail business that you’ve been thinking about setting up, then a recently launched competition by the eCommerce platform Shopify should be right up your street. The Build-A-Business initiative is quite simply not to be missed.... What do you have to do? Basically you come up with a product to sell, open your online store through Shopify and then ...
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Music while you work

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th August 2012
One of the greatest things about having your own business is the ability to do what you want (as long as it’s productive!). And here at Startacus, we’re no different, and music is the one thing we couldn’t live without. Music can be inspirational, memorable and can get the creative juices flowing. Finding that Jeff Buckley CD from 1994 can feel like finding a £20 note in t...
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The Benefits of Blogging

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th August 2012
Bridgeen Gillespie is a freelance writer and illustrator with a passion for fabric and embroidery designs.  In short she is someone who has 'been there, done that and bought the t-shirt'.  Now she takes a few moments to share some of her blogging expeirence with us! As an independent publisher, I’ve long been an advocate of blogging. For over 10 years I’ve maintained various ...
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Unusual Inventions - The flat bottomed paper bag

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th August 2012
Perhaps at the time this was an invention not unusual because of its' design, but because this great idea was conceived, designed and tested by a Woman - the indignity! Or so it was at the time to some... The story goes that Margaret E Khight, an inventor from an early age, (we are talking the mid 19th Century by the way) was working in a Paper Bag plant in Massachusetts. Frustrated that items pl...
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The Power of Pinkspiration

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th August 2012
As part of Pinkspiration, the majority of my work is in the Construction Industry which I really enjoy. As there are only 1% of women in manual trades, it can sometimes be challenging. Having worked in the industry for many years, I really enjoy the diversity and people I meet on site working on different construction projects. At the moment we are working on a new programme called Design Factor (...
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How can you tell if your Startup will Succeed? Doug Richard, Founder of School for Creative Startups

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th August 2012
Starting a business entails a certain amount of risk. That’s something entrepreneurs take for granted, one can never be certain any undertaking will reach a successful conclusion. For most enterprising spirits, that gamble itself is part of the reward. That said, there are questions entrepreneurs can ask themselves that will give them an early understanding of how well their enterprise is l...
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