Monday, 17 December 2012

The dynamic nature of start-ups and IP strategy: When is it right to register a patent?

Are you a start-up currently contemplating on spending that cash on a patent application?  Have you recently been advised to file a patent application? Well, I hope you have had a deep thought on how that patent application would fit into the uncertain nature of your venture as well as the sector you operate in. The piece below titled, 'When Should a Start-Up Seek Patent Protection?' by Neil Wilkof, originally published on the IP Finance and reproduced here, seeks  case studies on the connection between the dynamic nature of start-ups and timing of their patent applications. Mr Wilkof writes:

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Setting Up, Running and Funding Your Business in the UK

By Dr. Alexey Buditskiy (Investment Director)
Amoo Venture Capital Advisory was invited to speak at the International Scientific Conference at Russia's Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok. The theme was “Problems and Prospects of Scientific and Technological Cooperation of Students, Postgraduates and Young Scientists of the Asia-Pacific countries”. Nzube Ufodike delivered our presentation which was a posit on the UK as Europe's Innovation Hub.

The seminar went down well with several follow-up questions from the conference's delegates. The presentation was subsequently distributed to more than 20 universities and institutions in Russia, Hong Kong, China, India and South Korea. You can view the slides here.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Technology in Sports

By Joram Sengendo (Summer Analyst)
London 2012 took this nation by storm. The latest instalment of the Olympiad was Made in Britain and was a much bigger production than its first iteration, staged in Sparta in 776 BC but its essential nature remains the same. We are compelled by sport precisely because of its ancient and timeless elements. We are awed by the commitment of athletes who will measure out four years of training in miliseconds and milimeters.

Monday, 17 September 2012

But what’s it really like to set up in China?

By: Joram Sengendo (Summer Analyst) 

In my last post, I considered why western investors and start-ups should place China at the forefront in their overseas expansion plan; now, let’s look at what it is like to set up there. There are several characteristics of the start-up scene in China that differentiate it from any other region in the world. These are summarised as follows:

       1.     There is a need for the older generation within management
Kevin Dai founded Comsenz in 2002 as a software company tasked with providing solutions to the inefficiencies introduced when blogging and community sites integrate several complex features within themselves. In speaking about his early days in the company, Kevin spoke of the importance of hiring older more experienced senior managers in order to sustain expansion of the company. This is because China is a traditional hierarchical society, and young people are expected to defer to the older generation and not to be their bosses – even in start-ups!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A Sleeping Dragon no more: why start-ups and investors should be thinking seriously about China

By: Joram Sengendo (Summer Analyst)
The Olympic Games is  not yet over. The Olympic stadium - the main venue located in the Olympic park in a once barren area of Stratford - continues to draw cheering crowds. This stadium is indeed, the place to be to witness the brilliance of elite athletes write their names in the history books. There is an analogy to be drawn between the evolution of Stratford, and the emergence of China: the latter was once a dormant under-productive nation but now an economic superpower. The paean to the Eastern giant has been sung countless times before; but is this worth repeating? Quite simply, yes. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Tech Trailblazers Awards unveil Amoo Venture Capital Advisory as emerging markets VC mentoring partner

Inaugural awards for enterprise tech startups announce BRICS specialist firm as exclusive VC mentoring partner for Emerging Markets Trailblazers 

LONDON, UK – August 31 2012 – The inaugural Tech Trailblazers Awards for enterprise tech startups today unveiled Amoo Venture Capital Advisory as the venture capital (VC) mentoring partner for the Emerging Markets Trailblazers category. The boutique advisory firm will work with the winners and runners-up in the emerging markets category.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Brasilicon Beach: Rio positions itself as the tech-hub of Latin America

By: Kingsley Egbuonu and Sandeep Ahluwalia

As the host for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expected to attract the kind of trade and foreign direct investments that have become associated with these two global sporting events. However, this doesn't just happen automatically.  To realise any returns on its investments, there would be further expenditure and effort on the part of the Brazilian government to convince investors. Such efforts have already started with Rio Negocios - the international promotion agency for the city of Rio de Janeiro. This agency hosted conferences at Somerset House, also known as Casa Brazil, where British and Brazilian business leaders converged for investment discussions.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Relationship vs Productivity

A few months ago a colleague of mine realized that his client relationship was deteriorating. Response times dropped and the work being produced slipped further and further below acceptable standards. Our firm was keen to repair the damage and while we brainstormed possible solutions it hit me that our perception of the quality of the relationship was directly correlated to the quality of their output. Imagine the two variables are plotted along two axes.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Is there potential value to be extracted from a properly developed patent portfolio?

By: Kingsley Egbuonu, IP Analyst
This is a piece by Neil Wilkof titled, "Mega-Patent Portfolio Sales: Chimera or Here to Stay?" which was first published on the IP finance blog on Friday, 27 July 2012. In this piece, Neil asks whether the recent sale of mega-patent portfolios is the most graphic example of the potential value to be extracted from a properly developed patent portfolio, or the result of a number of idiosyncratic circumstances that have created a distorted market for patents, bordering on being a full-fledged patent bubble. This is what he had to say:

Thursday, 26 July 2012

How does Venture Capital (VC) Work?

Just imagine for a second that you are that buzzing entrepreneur looking for capital to plough into your latest project; traditional lending institution’s doors are closed, but you then hear about ‘Venture Capital’ (VC) and you wonder: “what is VC and how does it work?” 

This article serves as an overview of the world of VC, from its definition, to how best to approach VCs.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Who gets to pay when an innovation-driven project fails?

By: Kingsley Egbuonu, IP Analyst 

Decided last month by Mr Justice Hamblen in the Commercial Division of the Queens Bench, England and Wales, Brown & others v Innovatorone Plc & others [2012] EWHC 1321 (Comm) is a complex but instructive case on the question of who gets to pay when an innovation-driven project fails.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Raising Venture Capital (VC) in Africa

By: Joram Sengendo and Dan Mosanu (Summer Analysts)
'There is a big gap between the people that are looking for venture capital and the people that have venture capital.' - Joe Collins 
Many of the already functioning businesses in Africa need to be taken to the next level in order to be attractive to venture capital’ - Jade Smith

Very rarely does a group of seasoned investors and entrepreneurs, all burning with the same passion for Africa share a stage to convey their unique and insightful experiences of Venture Capital investment into the continent.

Friday, 6 July 2012

City law firm partners with leading UK venture capital advisory firm to support startup events

By: Kingsley Egbuonu, IP Analyst

United Kingdom, July 5th 2012 – The Amoo Booster Series (ABS) has made its mark in the London scene as a popular tech meetup event since being launched in January 2012 by Amoo Venture Capital Advisory,

Monday, 25 June 2012

Technology Ventures Conference 2012

By: Kingsley Egbuonu, IP Analyst

Last week Friday, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory was present as a sponsor at the 2012 Technology Ventures Conference hosted by Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC) at Robinson College, Cambridge, UK. We were guided right from the station to the venue by the excellent TVC2012 app.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Can We Be Just Friends? $1,000 says yes!

By: Nzube Ufodike, CEO

Are you ready for the IPO of the decade next Thursday? During the week that Facebook (FB) began its roadshow, Groupon hit new lows of 50% of its IPO price on the NASDAQ stock exchange. In this tale of two cities, is the one-trick pony precedent by Groupon

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Amoo Booster Series, 29 March 2012

Last week's event was a blast! The panel engaged, and dare I say competed, for the attention of our audience. Lots of data, insight and helpful tips were given by our experienced panel on programmes and competitions for startups.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Competition Spawns Innovation

A quick scan of Wikipedia reveals scores of prizes and competitions for innovative breakthroughs in science and technology. Such programmes have historically stimulated innovation and is the inspiration for this month's Meetup.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Greek Technology Shall Not Default

By: Mark Alex Dimitriou, Senior Executive, Marfin Investment Group,

The beaches, the sun, the islands, the mousaka, the souvlaki, the joy! Debt, austerity, tax evasion, political instability, protests, misery… however, if you want to look beyond the headlines, please indulge me as I give you a straight-to-the point qualitative snapshot of the new hype in Greece.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Overview of ICT Landscape in Brazil

By: Enock Koola, Analyst

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and the world's fifth largest country in terms of population as well as size. Brazil recently moved one place above UK to become the world's sixth largest economy with a GDP of 2.52T USD as reported by CEBR. The Brazilian economy experienced growth in 2010 and 2011 as the rest of the world was being affected by the global financial meltdown and the Euro debt crisis; it grew by 7% and 3.5% in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The CEBR predicts that by the end of this decade, the new world in GDP will comprise of China, USA, India, Japan, Brazil and Russia (CEBR, 2011).

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Amoo at Davos

Many techies have no idea of "The Forum's" existence, however, this gentle giant is worth putting on one's calendar for a variety of reasons - mainly because it attracts a plethora of global leaders, decision-makers, visionaries and captains in industry. We were fortunate to receive an invitation to this year's annual meeting in the otherwise sleepy Swiss village of Davos.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Digital Bricks And Mortar

Having a website is akin to setting up a market stall - it is just the beginning of the trading process. One still has to stock one's stall, make sure what is being sold is visible (and obvious) to passerbys, promote the stall, and then sell! The internet parallel is putting up enough information and calls to action on one's website, optimising one's website to be 'visible' to search engines (SEO), making it user-friendly to visitors, and following up on your visitors' response to your calls to action.