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James Olden


I am an ideas man; I manage my own, I invest in others. I have in the marketing and advertising industry for over 20 years. During this time I have provided creative direction, services and solutions for many well-known brands. I have also been actively involved in the launch, promotion, and on occasion funding, of both pre-revenue startups and early stage ventures. In this blog I will share insights from my experience as a problem solver working alongside business minds in a both creative and commercial capacity, and the inside story of some of my start-up investments.

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The thing is with... product launches

Getting to grips with disruption, technology, startups and marketing.


The thing is with ... other people

Human interaction has been in a steady decline for decades but like everything today it’s now accelerating - so what to do? Make sure your communication method works for you


The thing is with ... legislation

Tarrif barriers, restictions and laws are all thrown up to stifle innovation and preserve the status quo. They don't work...


The thing is with ... an automated life

How long before this is your daily reality?


The thing is with .... flying

Why make an incremental and unsustainable gain now when you can create something that’s fundamentally better in the future?


Hiring the Team

Why do employment agencies exist anymore?


What is the saying? If you can't do...consult?

The theory goes that consultants add value to businesses and spot things that you are just too close to see. But is really down to skill or the fact that they bring a pair of fresh eyes?


Bet Big. Lose Big. Win Big.

I'm no Zuckerberg. But I believe in my reasons for investing...


Everyone's an Entrepreneur

Having an awesome goal is not the same as having a decent plan, however...


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