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.