Maximising value and managing risk on a Tech Buy-out deal

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.

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Spectrum Quarterly Update – Summer 2018

Welcome to the Summer 2018 issue of the Spectrum Quarterly. Stay up-to-date with Spectrum’s latest news and views here: Quarterly Update. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive future Quarterly…

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Non-Executive Chairman Survey

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.

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How Diverse Leadership Teams Boost Innovation

“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. 

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AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?

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.

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Linking talent to value

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.

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Intelligent London: inside the AI revolution taking over the city

Every few decades a new technology emerges that really does have the potential to reshape the world around us — like the combustion engine, the computer or the internet. 

When it looks like one of those paradigm shifts is on the verge of happening, it’s definitely worth taking a closer look — because the real-world consequences could affect all of us. Today, we do seem to be on the verge of a paradigm shift — and it’s all to do with a branch of computer science known as artificial intelligence.

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The journey to an agile organisation at Zalando

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform. It is one of the platforms around which the online fashion sector has coalesced. Part of the Zalando strategy is to digitize fashion, moving the organization from a digital store to an online platform. 

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Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age.

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The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.

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