Here is some news and insights from the ‘others’ in the 9others network.

As you know, Katie and I meet many startups on a regular basis and hear very interesting insights and stories about how they were founded, the challenges they face and how they manage to solve some of these challenges. So, we have decided to note down the best founder stories we’ve heard here. Story #1 – yReceipts Getting more clients is not always easy. In a B2B business, it can be even harder – lots of people knock on one person’s door.…

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Adam Mitcheson is the CEO and Founder of my2be, a social network for Students and Professionals that helps get them where they want to be in their career through career advice, networking, and mentoring. What was your earliest ambition? To become a Professional Football Player and play for Manchester United What did you do for money aged 16? Worked as a Kitchen Porter in a local Restaurant, also worked in a call centre. Who was or still is your mentor? Recently a family…

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I am a sucker for book offers, freebies and recommendations from friends. Someone mentions a book they like and it’s straight on my Amazon Wishlist, then I think – bugger it – and I buy it immediately. Here are some I’ve bought or been given and enjoyed in 2015: “Anything you want” by Derek Sivers. Via Sithan, I emailed Derek a couple of years ago – only just got around to buying his book and it’s excellent – very simple and…

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Sithan went to the CB Insights FinTech and Insurance Tech event in London and here are some of the things that were discussed. Insurance is Massive Not many markets are as large as the insurance market (e.g. Life Insurance Premiums ~$2.7 Trillion). So the opportunities relative to the market size are huge. So, it’s Attracting Non-traditional Players Companies like Google are both investing and partnering (here and here) with insurers and insurance tech startups. So, it’s hard to see where new innovation will…

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When the barrier and the magic wand are the same thing there’s a problem. You have to try a different approach. Generally there are three barriers-that-are-magic-wands that cause founders to stop moving forward: “I can’t do anything until I get £XXX investment. Once I get investment I can do….”. “I have to meet XYZ corporate/brand/organisation and once I do they’ll ‘get it’ and be on board”. “I really need a CTO/Co-founder before I can get to work then once I do they’ll…

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Tia is the original host of meal with 9others in Sydney. She’s over in London now and I mentioned Amy my ‘new PA’. Tia hadn’t heard of Amy so I told her all about her/it and the other two tools that have made life much easier recently, so I wanted to share them here too. 1. Amy is an AI PA. Once you’re set up you just cc her into an email and she takes care of all the back-and-forth scheduling arrangements. Once Amy agrees a time and…

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I’d hazard a guess that most Airbnb hosts and most Airbnb guests don’t know who Brian is. The startup crowd all know the story of them selling Obama O’s and Cap’n McCains and the email exchanges between PG and Fred, but it’s not important if you’re listing on Airbnb now – you just want it to work and give you the cash. Airbnb are way beyond the famous founder and that’s good – success starts at the fringes but that’s not where all…

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I have a Post-it note above my desk at home on which I wrote, “Think how Travis feels when he pisses off an entire city”. I wrote it and stuck it up there after I thought I’d screwed up a bit. I knew it would happen again. I wanted to remember that the emotion I feel – the one when things aren’t going right, when I mess up, say the wrong thing or worry about someone not liking what I’m…

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There are generally three ‘idea challenges’ people worry about, especially when challenged by potential investors. The thing about these, though, are that you still have to out-operate the others and you can’t do anything about what they do anyway. 1. No one has come up with this before This is the, “If it was such a good idea someone would have done it by now” challenge. People say they want original and creative ideas but when they hear of something…

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Above is the 15th good meal with 9others in Singapore hosted by Victor. On the same day Kathleen and Chris hosted the 7th meal in Belfast – here – and Hristo (after being an ‘other’ at the first San Francisco meal) hosted the very first in Sofia, here. We believe the challenges of business that are keeping you up at night are best solved over a good meal with others. Others who are ‘in your shoes but not in your business’.…

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