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Startup of the Week - Empty Pocket Traders

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th July 2013
As anyone who knows us in real life, or even follows us on Twitter can vouch for, we’re big fans of coffee here at Startacus. The day doesn’t really begin until we’ve had that first caffeine fix. Therefore when we hear about new startups in or around the coffee sector, we quite frankly get a tad excited. And that’s exactly what happened when we first heard about our latest ...
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Learning to Code - the why and the where

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th July 2013
By now you have probably already got the message that if you haven’t got the skills inhouse, learning to code can be really advantageous to your business success and the amount of money you have to fork out, especially if you are a technology based or digital startup. In the second of his 3 part series on building a high growth web start-up, Craig McDonald Co-Founder of StorkUp, suggest...
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Startup of the Week - citibuddies

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th July 2013
When you visit a new place, chances are you might find it a little more difficult than normal to do the things you really like. Sure, you can look at guide books and the like, you can check out the usual tourist haunts, but what if you want to find out a little more? Well, thanks to our latest Startup of the Week, you’ll be able to do just that. citibuddies is an online platform that l...
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The Arthur Guinness Projects

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th July 2013
If you’re based in Ireland and have an innovative or inspiring idea in Music, Sport, the Arts or Food, then we reckon you’ll be pretty enamoured with The Arthur Guinness Projects.The Guinness organisation aren’t just synonymous with the ‘black stuff’ you know - they’re doing a lot more besides and the recently launched Arthur Guinness Projects is a prime example...
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Diary of a Startup - "In the aftermath of disaster"

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th July 2013
Vincent Haywood from Braqes continues his epic startup journey... Missed out so far? Don't fear! Here are quick links to Diary entries  1, 2, and 3 !Vincent begins...In the aftermath of disaster. Pretty dramatic title I think.Last week’s post was panic stations, with Google reader shutting down, a large chunk of Braqes’ functionality was put on hold. Notice I’ve ...
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Three ideas for your new green business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th July 2013
Richard Boothman from Ecoskill continues his series of posts on the green economy and entrepreneurship. He started by outlining what you need to know about opportunities in the green economy, then he discussed what the green economy actually is, followed by a piece on spotting opportunities. Last time around Richard considered why the green economy is a great place to start a business an...
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Attracting Sales - The Startup Blog

by: ~ 6th July 2013
Last week Lauren shared some good news with us all (funding!) and what this funding will mean for her big idea...This week she returns and addresses the all important issue of sales, and attracting sales. Over to Lauren to explain all...I’m not a ‘natural’ sales person, so in order to address the sales aspect of my business I started by thinking about my experience with sales up ...
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Startup of the Week - TeePublic

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd July 2013
T-shirts are one of those wardrobe staples that pretty much everyone owns, so it’s more or less a given that if you’re a startup in the t-shirt world you’ll need to be doing something innovative or truly unique if you’re going to stand out. However, it’s not just about having a quirky design or an eye-catching slogan - there has to be something else. And it is that &l...
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Wildseed Studios launches

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd July 2013
Got an idea for an entertainment project that’s original and exciting and creatively brave? Well, the folks over at Wildseed Studios want to know all about it. The recently launched Wildseed Studios is a “next generation entertainment content incubator” which aims to provide up to 50 investments of up to £10,000 each over the next 3 years to self-starters with creativ...
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Real Time Information - An update

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th June 2013
Joshua Boyd from online accountants Crunch, guest writes for Startacus on the impact (so far!) of Real Time Information... Every so often a big change will come to tax law that involves a massive overhaul of the system for whatever reason. The most recent such change was Real Time Information, or RTI. It was brought in with the new tax year back in April. The change affected any business who oper...
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Diary of a Startup - Obstacles and freak-outs

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th June 2013
In part 3 of Vincent Haywood's Startup Diary Vincent Haywood talked about the tough decisions you have to make on how you continue to raise capital for your startup.In this week's Startup Diary Vincent returns after a troublesome few days of obstacles, freak-outs, pivoting, and hopeful solutions... "We hit our first major obstacle this week. Should have realised it earlier, but nop...
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Crowdfunding Concerts - we check out Songkick Detour

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th June 2013
Crowdfunding Concerts - we check out Songkick Detour... Ever bemoaned the quality of gigs and concerts you get to attend close to where you live? If you don’t live in a big city, the answer one would imagine ( if you are into music that is) is probably a resounding yes!Recently, apart from going on music forums, facebooking or tweeting the band, or rather directly emailing a band’...
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