Category Archives: Commentary

Jason Bell Data and Startups

Startups and Data with Jason Bell.

Last week Raise Ventures were delighted to of host Jason Bell: ‘An Artificial Intelligence and High Volume Streaming Data Specialist’ who has spent over thirty years in software, data mining, customer loyalty and thinking about how startups and data can ultimately make better founders and more efficient startups here in Northern Ireland.

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Angel Investing 101

Angel Investing 101

Angel Investing 101: Entrepreneurs and aspiring angels will love this free online course. You’ll learn about angel investing, deal flow and we will bring a community of future investors together to network via our live online course. You’ll learn how to successfully make your first angel investment. The brand new Angel Investing 101 series will…

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It’s all about the Data. Convincing an investor to write a cheque isn’t as complicated as it seems.

Your job as CEO and founder of a growth startup is to convince investors that you can deliver a significant return on investment. Then once they are convinced get their money into your account. How to convince investors to invest isn’t as complicated as many think.  The best way is to have a steady stream…

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50 Top NI Tech Companies

50 Top NI Tech companies that you need to know about from Digital DNA/Upstart 2020.

Digital DNA / Upstart have released this magazine to Showcase 50 top Northern Irish tech companies that you need to know about. The insights include an intro from Simon Bailey CEO of Digital DNA, an interview with Jenny Irvine, our CEO at Raise Ventures. Jenny’s piece is titled ‘A rising tide lifts all boats. The magazine then includes an interview with Gary Davidson from Tech Nation and he talks about Northern Irish startups ‘Thriving in an uncertain world’. There is an interview with Andrew Kirk of Tughans related to technology contracts and Brexit, another interview with Simon Bailey of the CEO and it ends with an interview with Alastair Cameron of Staracus on ‘Why a recession in 2021 could create an NI tech unicorn’

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Fintech should see the Covid Crisis as a Dangerous time with Opportunity.

In 2011 I wrote a blog for Sapphire Capital Partners (https://info.sapphirecapitalpartners.co.uk/blog/bid/200229/crowdfunding-sees-the-banking-crisis-as-an-opportunity-with-danger) discussing the continuing fallout of the 2008 banking crisis and the opportunities for the then revolutionary idea of Equity Crowd funding and P2P lending. The title of the Blog was “Crowdfunding sees the banking crisis as an Opportunity with Danger”.  In hindsight, it should…

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