Practices can change, business models are disrupted, technology evolves, but principles do not change. They are the soul of strategy design and delivery.
Essential reading to keep you informed
In the library you will find news, information and guides from Spectrum. Also our Board Chair Report, based on Spectrum’s research of the views and experiences of board chairs, investors and CEOs in fast growth, privately held businesses.
We have also included published information from other organisations which we found to be particularly interesting and relevant, and that we hope you enjoy reading.
As technology becomes ever more the vital linchpin of business strategy and operations, many boards still do not have the know-how to oversee critical technology-driven initiatives, opportunities, and threats.
Much has been written about the role of the Board chair within publicly listed (PLC) organisations, but much less so in the context in which we primarily work: i.e. with fast growth, privately held businesses.
Spectrum’s report: ‘The role of the Board Chair within privately held growth businesses’ is research based.
Its purpose is to facilitate a greater understanding of the role and contribution of the Board Chair amongst key stakeholders, and to optimise the contribution of the Chair to the private, growth company.
ECI’s 2018 Growth Survey, the only annual survey in the UK focused solely on high growth companies, polls business sentiment and analyses productivity gains.
Traditional media segments – music, newspapers, magazines, and radio – have faced major disruption as a result of new digital pathways, formats, devices, and changes in consumer behaviour. All media segments, that is, except for television.
As change in the business environment accelerates, companies and their boards of directors must follow suit. Given the greater variety of business environments and the growing importance of non-competitive forces, corporate strategy is becoming more complex — and an increasingly important driver of performance. Furthermore, directors are facing calls from other stakeholders, including management and investors, to be more deeply involved in setting strategy.
GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, has published its latest market report on the Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) space, examining the public company landscape, M&A, private placement and IPO trends in Q2 of 2018.
For most CEOs, real success remains elusive. But by deftly exploiting a five-part algorithm, they can boost their chances of a truly successful tenure.
It’s currently a sellers’ market for founders and management teams of growth companies in the Technology sector. With the number of private equity funds in the UK at an all-time high, the opportunity for a sale and roll-over to create a PE-backed platform company has never been better.
A data-driven look at global financial technology investment trends, top deals, active investors, and corporate activity.
As the England football team progress to the World Cup quarter-finals this Saturday, fans will be dreading the threat of another penalty shoot-out.
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Employees who take vacations show higher levels of productivity, increased morale, and improved job satisfaction.
Companies can determine whether they should invest in blockchain by focusing on specific use cases and their market position.
Spectrum are currently researching the role of the Non-Executive Chair in fast-growth, privately-held tech businesses – and would really appreciate your perspective as an investor.
We are currently drafting a guide for Non-Executive Chairmen of growing, privately-held technology ventures and canvassing valued opinions from those with relevant experience.
Anand Sanwal, CEO/Co-founder/Customer Service at CB Insights, shares his informative list: 54 mistakes of a Startup CEO.
“Hire a chief innovation officer.” “Change the culture.” “Look outside your industry.” There’s no shortage of advice about how companies can become more innovative. The catch is that most of that advice is based on anecdotal evidence. But there’s one step companies can take that does have some data behind it.
The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence concludes that the UK is in a strong position to be among the world leaders in the development of artificial intelligence during the 21st Century.
Getting the best people into the most important roles does not happen by chance; it requires a disciplined look at where the organization really creates value and how top talent contributes.