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James Olden

Biography

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 ... other people

“We’re off to the Cinema…” my then teenage girlfriend at the time shouted to her Father. “…which way are you going?” boomed the dreaded reply from the living room. As a professional driver, his only...

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The thing is with ... legislation

‘Those travelling along country roads at night should send up a rocket every mile and then wait 10 minutes for the road to clear.’ That was the decree when cars were first introduced to Pennsylvania. The Farmer’s Anti Automobile...

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The thing is with ... an automated life

06:30am: iwake, and at the right point in my sleep cycle. I put on my glasses. 06:31am: My prioritised notifications flick up and are read out in my ear, good, I can hardly open my eyes. It tells me my agenda, bank balances and a notification...

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The thing is with .... flying

I don’t care what class you travel in. It’s all the same; slow. LHR-JFK takes 7 hours and 40 mins. 38 years ago; it took just 3 hours and 20 mins. While I appreciate nowadays we have a phone without a cord and vacuum cleaner without a...

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Hiring the Team

It’s beyond me why, like Estate Agents, Recruitment Agencies still exist. In this ultra-interconnected world why do people still insist on using an intermediary? Big data /algorithm should simply match your perfect candidate by...

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

Contentious? Perhaps. Business consultants, management consultants, change consultants, whichever flavour of consultant will be in next, all have value to add in the right situation and a role to play. It’s no picnic starting a business and...

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Bet Big. Lose Big. Win Big.

I bet big. Big bets mean they are more risky. They mean that you will lose more often than you win. But when you win; you win big. Alright, so we’re talking relatively, I’m no Zuckerberg. But I believe in my reasons for investing in...

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Everyone's an Entrepreneur

I always wanted to create an automatic cat food dispenser. One that would release the food at a predetermined time if you were late or away for the night. Perhaps it could even play a recording of your voice - “Here, Kitty Kitty”,...

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