Category Archives: Reflections

Stories From The Shift

In these unprecedented times of (using the word unprecedented) economic uncertainty and an aging workforce threatened by remote/younger workforce options, entrepreneurship could be explored as a promising career path, particularly for older adults with 15+ years of experience in the corporate world. However, we have often seen that corporate professionals are more plagued by indecisiveness […]

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Here comes Summer…

Apart from the prospect of sunshine and blue skies, for me, summer means welcoming our new students into the London Business School ‘family’. With so many having entrepreneurial aspirations, it’s always great to see their energy for endless ideas for new ventures as well as having an equal number being excited about the idea of […]

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Make your pitch – but avoid a horror show

Cringe-making, toe-curling, awkward, confusing, arrogant, shabby, disorganised, unbelievable, deluded … all words that could be used to describe the worst business pitches. And most of us have been there, at one side of the table or another. If you want to avoid pitfalls with pitches, then read on. First up, I don’t consider myself to […]

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Fireside Chat with Akriti Dokania (Octopus Ventures) and Gary Dushnitsky (LBS)

Gary Dushnitsky, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, talks to his former MBA student Akriti Dokania, Investor at Octopus Ventures. Have you always dreamt about finding and funding innovative startups? Does the venture capital sector interest you? Are you a technology person who wants to play an active role in supporting […]

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To grow or not to grow: that is the question – isn’t it?

When teaching entrepreneurship, we focus attention on the trials and tribulations attendant on starting a business. But starting a business is only the start of the trial. For London Business School entrepreneurs who have been able to satisfactorily answer Hamlet’s more famous existential question regarding their new businesses, the more difficult questions come afterwards and […]

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Private equity and Venture Capital in a changing world

Evgenia Sopochkina MBA2021 shares her reflections after attending a recent fireside chat between Michael Moore, Director General of British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (BVCA) and Luisa Alemany, Associate Professor of Management Practice and Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. The event was jointly hosted by the […]

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Interim Financing and Convertible Instruments for Startups

Eliran Ben-David MBA2020 describes one of the most common fundraising instruments for startups, and its advantages and disadvantages, to help entrepreneurs make an informed decision. As a corporate lawyer in Israel, I advised venture capital funds and early-stage ventures on establishing their business, commercial affairs and negotiations, and of course, M&A transactions and financing rounds. […]

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