What I learned writing successful bids for grants

Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK logos

Grants are very valuable for SMEs and small business. You can get the needed cash inflow to push your project or product further. You won’t have to pay back or give out part of your equity, even if the project is not successful or even achievable. The biggest challenge: they are highly competitive and making your message stand out is paramount.

Having successfully obtained grants for SMEs on the Horizon 2020 (SME Instrument) and SMART Awards (Innovate UK), I list below some tested lessons to increase your chances on these processes. (more…)

Disrupting Wall Street with Tech

Let’s talk about the challenges for disrupting conservative markets – such as Wall Street – with technology.

This is not about Wall Street itself (and its confusing procedures, dark pools and trading ‘gymnastics’). Here I am much more interest on the forgotten tangible aspect of technology, how developers and algorithms are exploring markets gaps, and ultimately about the challenge of disrupting establish markets with huge players and barriers.Book Insights-FlashBoys-BookCover

This is based on Flash Boys, a non-fiction book about what was happening on the backstage of Wall Street after
2009. It follows the efforts of a group of traders to understand how the technology and gaps within SEC rules were shaping the unfair advantage of high frequency traders. Their answer was to create a new model of stock exchange – dubbed as “A market that works for investors”.  (more…)

IUB#2: ‘Nothing’

What can we learn from nothing? New Scientist’s book compile curious studies and results coming from the concept of nothing.

Nothing_BookCoverAnti-matter, anaesthesia, superconductors, advanced calculus, placebo, wisdom teeth, male nipples, absolute zero. Some of the subjects of this book. In common, the concept of nothing, or the disruption of looking into things that are not quite there.

Isn’t it the principle of innovation – coming up with concepts that do not exist just yet? The book brings and interesting view of how humanity develop the concept of zero; and the barriers it faced in Europe. In this post, I will also explore this story’s parallels with the ‘modern’ clashes with Uber and taxis around the globe. (more…)