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    Centaurs, Unicorns, Decacorns and Rabbits!

    With around $12 billion invested by VC’s across nearly 1,000 businesses in Q1 2016 (Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP & National Venture Capital Association) alone there doesn’t appear to be any shortage of funds in the market! It is slightly lower (around 11%) than in 2015 but it’s also the ninth consecutive quarter with more than $10 billion in venture capital invested! IT, with software in particular, takes the lions share with just over $5 billion and with 50% of deals valued at $100M or more. Within that value $2.4 billion was focused entirely on Internet-Specific businesses. In second place came Life sciences and Biotech which totaled just over $3 billion in…

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    Korolit’s forecast ‘Hot Technologies’ for 2016

    Introduction Each year we present Korolit’s strategic trends for the year ahead and this year is no exception. These are the technologies that we believe will be central to many businesses in the year ahead. Computing Everywhere Despite some initial reservations the rate of adoption for wearable devices such as smart watches and connected devices such as consumer electronics and screens will continue to accelerate. It is estimated that employee-owned smartphones and tablets used as part of bring your own device (BYOD) policies will increase to over one billion devices globally by 2018. This predicted figure, which accounts for 35% of all consumer mobile devices, is the result of increased…

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    Chief of Unicorn Division

    Introduction Executive titles and organisational structures are always hugely topical, and also hugely challenging! Get them right and you have the foundations for a highly motivated and focused team that can achieve greatness. Get them wrong and your business can become distracted, lose focus and possibly fail! Titles In recent years we have seen some bizarre executive titles. Google’s Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt assigned Vint Cerf as their ‘Chief Internet Evangelist’. The title caused a bit of confusion for Cerf on a trip to Russia when his hosts asked if he believed in God as they understood the term “evangelist” to be a religious preacher! Buffer Co-founders…