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Report shows North East business creation, confidence & regional pride boosted by Newcastle Startup Week
May 3, 2019 Newcastle Startup Week @lordlancaster

A new ‘Impact Report’ commissioned by the Newcastle Startup Week team has highlighted that events such as theirs play a key role in growing the North East economy by facilitating business growth, boosting entrepreneurial wellbeing & increasing regional pride. As part of Newcastle University’s ‘Arrow project’, academics from the Centre for Urban & Regional Development

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Getting started with Zoho Books
April 23, 2019 News @lordlancaster

Indian tech giant Zoho Corporation has been sponsoring our monthly Founders’ Friday events since November 2018. They’ve been doing this as a way to help raise awareness of their excellent, low-cost cloud accounting software Zoho Books in the UK which has been specifically created for micro, small & medium enterprise businesses. Varun Singh (Head of

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Creative Fuse: Project Report 2019
February 20, 2019 News @lordlancaster

Drawing on the combined expertise of all five universities in the North East of England, Creative Fuse North East set out firstly to map the Creative, Digital & IT (CDIT) sector in the North East and then to catalyse new ways of working between businesses, freelancers & academics. The core of the project has been

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#MicroBizMatters Day 2019
January 13, 2019 News @lordlancaster

Established in 2015, the 5th annual #MicroBizMatters Day event was broadcast live from the the majestic Guildhall building in Hull on Friday 11th January 2019. Taking the form of a live, continuous Google Hangout On Air which was broadcast live through YouTube between 7am-3pm, it also featured workshops, panel discussions & live performances featuring over

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Searching for the ‘Right Direction’?
December 21, 2018 News @lordlancaster

If you’re searching for the right direction in life or in business, listen to this song & read the lyrics below carefully too: ‘Right Direction’ by Sway, DJ Turkish, Youngman & @lordlancaster Whenever you’re trying to move too quick on the way to the topIts only “Right” that you’re gonna get lostTryna “keep” up so

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Demand for flexible office space set to dramatically increase, research reveals
December 17, 2018 Co-working @lordlancaster

The demand for flexible workspace is set to accelerate as over two thirds of global corporates plan to increase their use of flexible co-working and collaborative space over the next three years, according to new research from Knight Frank. Knight Frank’s (Y)OUR SPACE report surveyed senior executives at 120 global companies which collectively employ over

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Indian tech giant comes to Newcastle
November 14, 2018 Founders' Friday, Zoho @lordlancaster

Zoho, a privately owned Indian tech company with over 40 million users globally including Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, HP, KPMG and Renault has come onboard as headline sponsors of our monthly Founders’ Friday events which take place at the Tuspark Eagle Lab co-working space in Newcastle. With dozens of cloud-based products for new and growing businesses,

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Startup Heatmap 2018 – Rise of the Interconnected Startup
October 23, 2018 News @lordlancaster

63% of all founders from London participating in the Startup Heatmap surveys from 2016- 2018 were born abroad. In Berlin the number is 53%. 60% of startups in the 2018 survey state they have employees, investors or entities abroad. European founders have bred a completely new form of entrepreneurship: The interconnected or distributed startup company.

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Live Q&A with Peter Davison (PayPal / Fishburners) on 16th October 2018
October 11, 2018 Newcastle Startup Week, News @lordlancaster

Peter Davison, first seed investor in PayPal, key adviser to Peter Thiel & founder of Australia’s largest co-working space ‘Fishburners’ (also now in Shanghai) did a Fireside Chat and live Q&A with us at the Tuspark Eagle Lab co-working space in Newcastle on Tuesday 16th October. Peter’s ancestors emanate from the Newcastle area so his

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Is Local Tribalism holding the North East back?
July 23, 2018 Newcastle Startup Week @lordlancaster

In May we ran another successful 5-day Newcastle Startup Week festival for over 600 people for the 2nd year in a row. This year, I was delighted to see we attracted more people from outside the region including Scotland, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Wales, London and the South Coast plus a handful from Germany,

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Creative Fuse Conference 2018: Thinking Nationally – Learnings, Insights & Challenges in Innovation
July 11, 2018 Creative Fuse @lordlancaster

Thanks to the Creative Fuse team for inviting me to take part in a panel discussion on ‘Thinking Nationally: Learnings, Insights and Challenges in Innovation’ with Solomon Nwabueze (Chief Content Officer, Creative England) and Professor Eric Cross (Principal Investigator, Creative Fuse North East) at the Creative Fuse Conference on 11th July 2018. A lack of

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Northern Powerhouse Railcard?
June 29, 2018 News @lordlancaster

As someone who previously worked as ‘Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager’ for Tech North (part of Tech City UK & recently rebranded as Tech Nation) I recognise the value of encouraging entrepreneurs, startups & SMEs to travel between the major Northern cities of Newcastle, Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield & Hull plus of course London

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Community Work
March 12, 2018 News @lordlancaster

One of my favourite business / economic development books is ‘Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City‘ by Brad Feld (Co-Founder of TechStars, VC & Managing Director of Foundry Group based in Boulder, Colorado). In it, he compares the old, industrial era way of working under a hierarchy to the modern, information age

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#MicroBizMatters Day 2018 (12th January)
January 9, 2018 #MicroBizMattersDay @lordlancaster

The 4th #MicroBizMatters Day event took place on Friday 12th January and this year not only did we help run it as usual, we sponsored the breakfast for our fellow ‘Head Roadies’ and guests! The annual event is all about ‘micro businesses’ (0-9 employees) coming together with their friends and supporters to celebrate the unique

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‘The Experience Bank’ helps SMEs connect with Non–Executive Directors
November 30, 2017 News @lordlancaster

‘The Experience Bank‘ has launched in the North East to forge better connections between Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and entrepreneurs. The not-for-profit, business-led initiative will help facilitate introductions between small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to reap the benefits of working with an experienced NED. The benefits of bringing a NED into a business include a

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Are we influencing (and helping) you?
October 26, 2017 Dynamo North East @lordlancaster

Our whole business is based around using our online and offline influence to help and support people and businesses in our network with particular focus on growing the North East tech/digital economy. In addition to our Inbound Marketing and Business Development consultancy or our Newcastle Startup Week and Newcastle Scaleup Summit events, we also do

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#MicroBizMattersDay 2017
January 9, 2017 #MicroBizMattersDay @lordlancaster

On 13 January 2017 I helped ‘The Enterprise Rockers’ (aka Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE) run the 3rd annual #MicroBizMattersDay event in the form of an 8hr continuous broadcast of live Google Hangouts On Air interviews between 7am-3pm GMT. The first time we did this in 2015 I was an employee of Sage (who

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Dynamo North East ‘Collaborator of the Year 2016’ award (sponsored by Accenture)
December 19, 2016 Dynamo North East @lordlancaster

As someone whose whole business (Plan Digital UK) is about connecting people and businesses to encourage more collaboration, I was absolutely delighted to win ‘Collaborator of the Year’ (sponsored by Accenture) at Dynamo North East’s Dynamites16 Awards in recognition of all the work I have been doing to support and grow the North East digital/tech

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Pitch@Palace in Sunderland (18th January 2017)
December 13, 2016 Events @lordlancaster

Thanks to the good guys at Sunderland Software City, ‘Pitch@Palace On Tour’ will have its first event of the year at their Sunderland Software Centre headquarters on the 18th January 2017. Pitch@Palace gives founders the chance to get their tech business or idea in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the

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Consume Less, Create More
October 27, 2016 #ThisIsMINE @lordlancaster

The Old Odeon Cinema on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle upon Tyne has stood empty and unloved by its’ owners, The Reuben Brothers / Motcomb Estates (billionaire property tycoons who topped the Sunday Times Rich List 2016) since closing to the public in 2002. Despite long-running campaigns by various groups in the city to restore the former

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CyberSecurity in the North East of England (#CyberSecurityNE)
October 10, 2016 CyberSecurity, Events @lordlancaster

Way back in January this year I was asked by my Tech City UK colleagues to organise a cybersecurity roundtable in the North of England to discuss the proposed ‘Investigatory Powers Bill‘ which would be hosted by Baroness Joanna Shields OBE (ex-Bebo, Google and Facebook and now UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security). Paul Lancaster

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Uncovering hidden opportunities in the North East digital economy
September 9, 2016 Uncategorized @lordlancaster

I was saddened to read in The Journal recently that teenagers in the North East are the least confident in the country about their future prospects (see here). Apparently just 45% think they’ll be in a career of their choice by 2026, they have much lower salary expectations than teenagers in other parts of the country

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The Cost of Craftsmanship
September 5, 2016 DJing @lordlancaster

As a kid growing up who developed an intense love of dance music and DJing, it was my dream to one day own a pair of Technics turntables. Eventually I saved up enough money to buy a pair of Technics 1210s as I progressed from bedroom DJ to semi-professional DJ/producer and can honestly say that

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The importance of Internal Champions & External Advisers when adopting new technology
August 16, 2016 Uncategorized @lordlancaster

Technology means the nature of work is changing rapidly for some with others at risk of being left behind in terms of efficiency and productivity. I’ve already blogged about how the ‘Paperless Office’ is finally here as cloud-based tools enable people to collaborate, share and update information online from anywhere but how do you know

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Innovation Districts (or Clusters)
August 12, 2016 Co-working @lordlancaster

The geography of innovation is shifting. To find the innovative economy twenty years ago, a worker needed to drive to a secluded research park, work in isolation and keep ideas secret. Today, proximity is everything. Workers want to be in urban places that are walkable, bikeable and hyper-caffeinated where they can bump into other workers

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The pen is mightier than the sword
June 2, 2016 Inbound Marketing, Uncategorized @lordlancaster

With a background in content marketing, blogging, social media and PR, I’ve seen firsthand just how valuable the media can be when trying to promote your business, a campaign or a particular viewpoint. Posting regular news and updates on own website or blog is the best way to ensure your message is heard in the

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#NorthernPowerhouse
June 2, 2016 Northern Powerhouse @lordlancaster

George Osborne first used the phrase ‘Northern Powerhouse’ during a speech at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 23rd June 2014 (read it here). Regardless of your political persuasion, it’s really rather good and as a Northerner, I was very pleased and excited to read that the Chancellor of the Exchequer was

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Mancunian Swagger
April 13, 2016 Business Rocks, Tech North @lordlancaster

9 months ago I took on the role of ‘Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager’ for Tech North, a new Government-backed organisation aiming to galvanise and accelerate digital entrepreneurship in the North of England. United in our mission to help re-balance the UK economy by shining a light on the amazing tech businesses that already existed

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The Next Episode
April 12, 2016 Campus North @lordlancaster

When I announced I was leaving my role as ‘Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager’ for Tech North last month, I wasn’t 100% certain what I’d be doing other than ‘starting a business’ on 1st April that would continue the work I’d been doing across the North of England since August 2015 but with more focus

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#TechNorth – Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
April 1, 2016 Tech North @lordlancaster

For the past 8 months (since August 2015) I’ve been on the most incredible journey with my Tech North colleagues but it’s now time for me to move on. As ‘Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager’, I’ve had the enormous privilege of meeting and working with literally hundreds of amazingly talented people across the North of

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#FloodHack16 @ODILeeds (sponsored by #TechNorth)
March 16, 2016 Tech North @lordlancaster

On Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March around 70 developers, data scientists, academics, flood risk management consultants, local authority experts and geographers came together for our #FloodHack16 event at the Open Data Institute (ODI) in Leeds. After being hugely impressed by the facilities and work being done by Paul Connell and his team at ODI Leeds when I first visited in

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Social Media & Inbound Marketing through the years
November 16, 2015 Inbound Marketing, Presentations, Social Media @lordlancaster

When Neil Richardson (Senior Lecturer at Leeds Business School) asked me to give a talk for Leeds Beckett University’s Marketing Society last week, I was more than happy to do this. Although I have great respect for the field of ‘marketing’, I also believe that Social Media and Inbound Marketing is such a fast-moving area

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7 questions every startup should answer
July 10, 2015 Innovation, Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

Taken from Peter Thiel’s brilliant book ‘Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future‘, here are the 7 questions every new business should answer: 1. The Engineering Question Can you create breakthrough technology instead of incremental improvements? 2. The Timing Question Is now the right time to start your particular

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Sage extends Campus North / Ignite sponsorship for 2nd year!
July 5, 2015 Campus North, Co-working, ignite100 @lordlancaster

One of the things I’m most proud of from my time at Sage is securing sponsorship for the Campus North co-working and event space for startups in Newcastle. Thank you Geoff Phillips (Head of Marketing) and Paul Cairney (Head of Brand) for agreeing to pay for this for the 2nd year in a row! “Leading business software

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#NoEmailDay 5/5/15
May 13, 2015 No Email Day @lordlancaster

The 5th annual global No Email Day was on 5/5/15 this year and as usual attracted lots of interest and support through social media. For the past 12 months or so the ongoing ‘No Email‘ movement has also been gaining considerable momentum so I was delighted to join Luis Suarez and Claire Burge in a live

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Should we have a ‘Minister for Micro Business’ in the UK Government?
March 2, 2015 IoD @lordlancaster

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is the UK’s biggest membership organisation for business leaders and therefore one of the most influential. The Government listens to what they and their members say and so when my pal Alex Mitchell invited me to join ‘The IoD 99‘, a new group of ‘young and innovative entrepreneurs’ in December, the answer

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“It’s not about indie vs. major”
January 20, 2015 Music @lordlancaster

Following his #MicroBizMattersDay Hangout for us @ Google on 9th Jan, my buddy Sway gave this brilliant interview with Real Business about entrepreneurship, his own label and why it’s not about indie vs. major. (Skip to 18mins 48secs in the video below to see Sway’s awesome #MicroBizMattersDay interview too).

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No Email Day: Why Sending Email Is Anti-Social
April 21, 2014 Uncategorized @lordlancaster

Sending lots of emails to your colleagues is one of the worst things you could do to them this week. It gives them extra ‘busy work’ to do (reading, replying or deleting all sucks up valuable time), can lead to stress and reduce the amount of time they can devote to the ‘real work’ that adds value

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Digital Leaders North East ‘Salon’ #1 (13th February 2014)
February 26, 2014 Digital Leaders, ignite100, Sage, Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

This blog originally appeared on the Digital Leaders website on Wednesday 19th February 2014, provoking some strong support from a wide range of people on Twitter but also some negative reactions from people on the ‘North East Startups’ Facebook Group. Comments were closed on the original blog (not my decision) but they’re open on here so

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Hangout with Sway
September 10, 2013 Music @lordlancaster

In my exclusive Google+ Hangout with leading UK rapper Sway, we chat about his forthcoming ’Wake Up EP’, how he’s using his success as a platform for other emerging artists and his use of social media tools like Twitter and Soundcloud to collaborate and share his music. Listen again to the world’s first radio broadcast of

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Co-working comes to Newcastle
October 10, 2012 Co-working, Events, ignite100, Mind Candy, Moshi Monsters, PostOffice, Silicon Roundabout, Tech Start-Ups, TechHub @lordlancaster

I’ve been championing the idea of co-working in Newcastle since April 2011 when a tour of the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area of London reinforced my belief that ‘clustering’ (close georgraphical proximity to other businesses and entrepreneurs) was an important ingredient in the success of a startup (see ‘Start-Ups: Know Your Place’). This trip, which included visits to TechHub,

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You’re Strong, You’re Fast, You’re Beautiful!
September 12, 2012 Adverts, Video @lordlancaster

It’s not often that someone produces a TV advert that stops me in my tracks, makes me feel genuinely excited and brings a tear to my eye but Samsung have done it with their ‘Sport doesn’t care who you are‘ spot for the Paralympics 2012. They’ve somehow managed to distill all the emotion and passion

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Welcome to Sunderland, Software City
September 6, 2012 Co-working, Innovation, Sunderland Software City, Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

Sunderland Software City, the organisation that exists to generate and promote a sustainable, world class software industry in the North East of England, is moving to a brand new, state-of-the-art building next to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens called ‘Software City’. Just a few minutes walk from Sunderland Metro station and the main shopping streets, Software City is a stunning new building

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Give empty high street retail units to new businesses for free!
September 5, 2012 Retail @lordlancaster

New research from The Local Data Company shows that the number of empty shops on Britain’s high street are continuing to rise (with Nottingham being the worst performing city centre with more than 30% of its sites empty). Apparently the vacancy problems were caused by consumer spending falling back to 2002 levels and by retailers expanding into

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A-Level Results – What next for young people in Britain?
September 5, 2012 Confidence, Inspiration @lordlancaster

As A-Level students across Britain contemplate their future, I wonder whether they are being given the best advice by parents, teachers and the media about what to do next? With a current shortage of university places and jobs for graduates, high dropout rates from students that probably weren’t cut out for academia in the first

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Why entrepreneurs will get us out of the recession
September 5, 2012 Events @lordlancaster

Way back on 27th November 2009, I attended the PNE Group annual lecture with Charles Bean, Deputy Governor of The Bank of England titled ‘Is the great recession over?’ and here’s a summary of what I write about it at the time. Firstly, he started by giving a bit of background about the causes of the recession. Much

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Unholy Island
August 30, 2012 Film, Ideas @lordlancaster

Looking through my old files and documents I stumbled across a brief synopsis for a British horror film I wrote way back on 18th May 2007 called ‘Unholy Island’. UNHOLY ISLAND (18th May 2007) Unholy Island is a British horror movie in the style of American Werewolf In London, Dog Soldiers and The Wicker Man. A

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PostOffice venue launches weekly co-working days in Newcastle
July 12, 2012 Co-working, Events, PostOffice, Tech Start-Ups, TechHub @lordlancaster

After talking about bringing co-working days to Newcastle since April 2011, I’m pleased to announce that we are finally going to start doing them at our PostOffice venue in Newcastle every Friday, starting with a FREE launch event on 3rd August (9am-5pm). The PostOffice also has a new Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PostOfficeNE1 to go with the pre-existing Twitter

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What Does Success Look Like?
June 13, 2012 Inspiration, Productivity, Upmarket @lordlancaster

Before you embark on any new project or business venture, you need to ask yourself the question ‘What does success look like?’ Without an end goal in mind (and preferably written down somewhere), how will you know you’ve achieved what you set out to do? Having a goal (or many) will help you focus on

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Open letter to Newcastle City Council
May 4, 2012 Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

My ideas below were originally sent to Newcastle City Council in response to their ‘Newcastle – a working city’ Green Paper on 14th February 2012. Dear Newcastle City Council, After reading your Green Paper ‘Newcastle – a working city’ I’d like to put forward a few ideas/suggestions for consideration. Monument Mall shopping centre Walking around Newcastle city centre

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Why Mentoring Matters
May 2, 2012 Innovation, Inspiration, Mentoring, Motivation, Productivity, Tech Start-Ups, Upmarket @lordlancaster

This article was originally written for and published on Upmarket – the US-based online business magazine at http://upmarket.squidoo.com/2012/05/02/why-mentoring-matters/ There’s a big drive to increase the number of business mentors in the UK today through Government-backed initiatives like Get Mentoring and Mentorsme.co.uk. This is because along with finance, mentoring is regularly cited by start-ups as one of

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foursquare ‘Specials’
April 22, 2012 Foursquare, Smartphones, SoLoMo @lordlancaster

In late 2011 I started taking a much closer look at foursquare, the location-based app that encourages users to ‘check-in’ at places to unlock, points, badges, deals and discounts. I’d read lots about it, but up until that point hadn’t really seen its relevance to me in my life. However, the figures up to April 2012 (on their website) were

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Confidence – The Stuff Entrepreneurs Are Made Of
April 4, 2012 Confidence, Inspiration, LinkedIn, Motivation, Productivity, The Domino Project, Upmarket @lordlancaster

This article was originally written for and published on Upmarket – the US-based online business magazine at http://upmarket.squidoo.com/2012/04/03/confidence-the-stuff-entrepreneurs-are-made-of/ Over the past three years I’ve worked with thousands of start-ups across the UK, and have come to the conclusion that confidence is the number one ingredient that entrepreneurs need if they are to succeed in business. Although funding

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CIM Northern Conference, Manchester (22 May 2012)
April 2, 2012 CIM, Marketing @lordlancaster

As ‘Technology Ambassador’ for the CIM North East of England Regional Board I’ll be attending the 2nd annual CIM Northern Conference in Manchester on Tuesday 22 May. Even if I didn’t have this role, I’d still attend as the CIM events and training I’ve been to in the past have always been extremely well run with the

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Emotional Technology
March 10, 2012 CIM, Innovation, Inspiration, No Email Day, Presentations, Tech Start-Ups, The Domino Project @lordlancaster

Below are the slides from my Techmesh / CIM presentation at The Rose Bowl, Leeds Met University on Thursday 8th March 2012. The theme was ‘Emotional Technology + How Ideas Spread‘ as I was trying to convey the fact that no matter how amazing the technology is, it’s only when it taps into real life human emotion,

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Welcome to ‘Permanent Beta’ – The Start-Up IS YOU!
March 6, 2012 Inspiration, LinkedIn, Productivity, Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

I’ve just finished reading ‘The Start-Up Of You‘ by LinkedIn Founder/Chairman Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha and am feeling pretty inspired. If you’re stuck in a rut, wanting to advance your career, find a new job or start a business (i.e. everyone) I’d strongly urge you to buy and read this book! If Reid’s career credentials weren’t

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CIM Technology Market Interest Group (TMIG) Videos (Jan 2012)
February 28, 2012 CIM, Marketing, Presentations, YouTube @lordlancaster

Three videos (below) from the excellent CIM Technology Market Interest Group (TMIG) event I attended in London on 18th January. This was my first TMIG event and I was impressed by the quality of speakers and topics discussed. I’m actually speaking at the next ‘Shoestrings and Straight Lines‘ event in Leeds on Thursday 8th March if you’d like to

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Stop Tweeting and Start Making!
February 18, 2012 Facebook, Productivity, Twitter @lordlancaster

Anyone who knows me well will vouch that I’m a huge advocate of Social Media as a tool for encouraging greater collaboration and sharing and have been using both for business for just over 3yrs with great success. However, I’m also aware that Twitter and Facebook can be a massive time suck which can actually make

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Develop for the customer, not for yourself
February 6, 2012 Lean, Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

I’ve recently taken on the role of ‘Technology Ambassador’ for the CIM North East of England Regional Board – a voluntary role to represent the interests of the tech community at a regional and national level whilst helping to increase membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. The CIM celebrated its 100th anniversary last year which

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We need more Leaders not Followers
January 31, 2012 Facebook, Inspiration, Motivation, Productivity, Twitter @lordlancaster

In the past few years we’ve become a little obsessed with getting more ‘Followers’ on Twitter and ‘Fans’ on Facebook. This is back to front thinking. If we’re completely honest with ourselves and each other, it’s unlikely that every little thing that we do is really that remarkable and worthy of a ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’.

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How influential are you?
January 21, 2012 Facebook, Foursquare, Klout, LinkedIn, Twitter @lordlancaster

Influence is a powerful currency in society, but it’s always been difficult to quantify and measure in a meaningful way. However, sites like Klout and PeerIndex are doing their very best to provide us with scores that demonstrate how influential we are online through our personal social networks. My Klout Score increased to 50 for the first time today;

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Normal rules no longer apply
January 17, 2012 Facebook, Productivity, Smartphones, Twitter @lordlancaster

If you run a customer-focused website, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that you need to be posting updates to Twitter and Facebook during off-peak times, i.e.  first thing in the morning (before 9am) evenings (after 5pm) weekends See this infographic from Dan Zarrella for a handy summary http://danzarrella.com/infographic-how-to-use-contra-competitive-timing-for-more-retweets-likes-comments-and-clicks.html I’ve been doing this

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Plan Digital Street Team
January 16, 2012 The Domino Project @lordlancaster

Since January 2011 I’ve been a member of Seth Godin’s ‘Domino Project Street Team’, a global group of around 70 people helping to raise awareness of all the great work and books published through The Domino Project. This has been such a fantastic experience for me that I’m now looking to build my own ‘Street Team’ of people interested

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Riverside: Essential reading for music lovers everywhere!
January 16, 2012 Music @lordlancaster

‘Riverside: Newcastle’s Legendary Alternative Music Venue‘ is a must-read for anyone who has ever been to a gig, been in a band (or dreamt of being in one) or has any interest, love or passion for the music industry. Lovingly compiled by former employee Hazel Plater and fanzine writer/avid gig-goer Carl Taylor, the book takes

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First mover advantage (& disadvantage)
January 12, 2012 Inspiration, Music, Nokia, Windows Phone @lordlancaster

Most businesses are obsessed with being the first to do something or release a product. However, it’s been proven time and again throughout history that coming second or even later in the list can be an advantage as you improve on what came before you. As Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang remind us in Wired magazine (Feb 2012), it

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My music on SoundCloud
January 4, 2012 DJing, Music @lordlancaster

Something I’ve been meaning to do for ages is to upload some of my old music productions and remixes from my former life as a DJ/producer (2003-2006) to SoundCloud and here they are! Paul Lancaster – ‘Don’t Stop Burning’ (Sabotage Systems 2003) Thrill Kill Kult – ‘Leathersex’ (Paul Lancaster’s Wipeclean Mix) (Red Ant 2004) Paul Lancaster

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6 Tech Predictions for 2012
January 2, 2012 Bambuser, Foursquare, Music, Nokia, SoLoMo, Windows Phone @lordlancaster

Some tech / digital predictions for 2012 from me: SoLoMo (Social Local Mobile) apps like Foursquare will really start to take off as more businesses start to see the benefit (and necessity) in offering useful and relevant deals and discounts to loyal customers. Foursquare has been around for a while now but heavy investment in the company, sharp

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12/12/12 = No Email Day #2
January 2, 2012 Email, No Email Day @lordlancaster

After all the great PR and positive feedback the ‘No Email Day’ 11/11/11 campaign received, a number of people have asked me to organise another in 2012. So, I’ve decided to declare 12/12/12 as the official date of the 2nd global ‘No Email Day’! If you’d like to take part or help spread the word, please Follow us on Twitter @NoEmailDayHQ and/or ‘Like’

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Recommended Reading
December 31, 2011 Inspiration @lordlancaster

Here’s a list of some of the most useful and inspiring books I’ve read in recent years. Poke the Box by Seth Godin “Seth Godin is on a mission to change the face of publishing with ‘The Domino Project’ and I think he’s onto a winner with this book that encourages you to Go Go Go! Instead

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Google Map of UK North East Tech Scene
December 23, 2011 Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

The North East of England is really buzzing right now with tonnes of exciting tech start-ups, established digital, media & creative businesses, support organisations, weekly meet-ups, investors and a supportive local press and media. As such, I thought it would be handy to kickstart a crowdsourced ‘Google Map of the UK North East Tech Scene‘

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‘No Email Day’ featured in The Sunday Times
December 20, 2011 Email, No Email Day, Productivity @lordlancaster

The Sunday Times (prestigious British newspaper) contacted me recently about my ‘No Email Day‘ campaign, after news broke that Atos would be banning internal email within 18 months. After explaining more about the campaign and telling them about Luis Suarez (IBM’er who has gone almost 4yrs without email) and Mark Hurst (author of the excellent ‘Bit Literacy’), I

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The Domino Project: Start. Now!
September 30, 2011 Codeworks, Email, Ignite, Inspiration, Motivation, No Email Day, Presentations, Productivity, The Domino Project, Time Management @lordlancaster

The Domino Project: Start. Now! by Paul Lancaster Slides from my 5min Ignite presentation first delivered at the Codeworks Connect ‘Think and a Drink’ event at the Vermont Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 29th September 2011. ‘Barriers’ stopping people from producing ‘Great Work’ and achieving their dreams in Newcastle. (I got people to write them

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The NO EMAIL DAY Manifesto
August 11, 2011 Email, No Email Day, Productivity, Time Management @lordlancaster

I wrote my very first ‘manifesto’ for my NO EMAIL DAY campaign for 11th November. It’s only short so please read and share with at least one other person for me. .PDF version http://plandigital.files.wordp​ress.com/2011/08/no-email-day-​by-paul-lancaster.pdf or Slideshare version NO EMAIL DAY by Paul Lancaster View more documents from Paul Lancaster Any comments, feedback or suggestions for the campaign

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