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How to justify working with a charity partner

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With Yahoo in the news this month for banning home-working and charity fund-raising under pressure, Ben Heald sets out the business case for working with a charity partner

When my CFO gets stressed, he accuses me of having hippy commune tendencies.  I accuse him of wanting to run a penitentiary!

Day in the Life of Sift - Thursday 29th November 2012

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Ben Heald gives an insight into what Sift people are doing on a busy autumn Thursday

Thought I’d take a snapshot of Sift on a busy autumn day.

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Charity road trip to Timisoara

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Last month I headed off to Romania in a van full of medical equipment bound for a hospital in Timisoara

Last month I headed off to Romania in a van full of medical equipment bound for a hospital in Timisoara, which although relatively well fitted-out, struggles to get day to day supplies (defibrillat

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Updated Sift history

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I thought it was about time to fully update the Sift history - it's quite long but there's a nice photo at the bottom of the blog!

Launch

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Why detail matters

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Punch above your weight by following these tips on how to use attention to detail to best effect

When I was training as an accountant with KPMG in London, the discipline of auditing a company and subsequently producing a perfect set of financial statements, was a fantastic learning in attentio

Lessons from the dotcom boom (and bust) for Facebook pricing

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Is Facebook’s impact on our lives still so unquantifiable that it should continue to receive hype pricing? Or should it be valued on the profits its generating? Some thoughts from the dotcom days

Let’s be clear social media (and in particular Facebook) is here to stay, and it’s a crucial and huge part of the web ecosystem.  The question is whether Facebook’s impact on our lives is stil

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Love can fade – an entrepreneurs’ perspective on a 12 year VC relationship

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Following the completion of a mini-MBO in February 2012, Ben Heald looks back on a 12 year VC relationship

This is the story of a 12 year relationship that started in 1999 when Elderstreet Capital Partners (ECP), a London based venture capital (VC) business, invested £1.25m in Sift as part of a £2.5m fu

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Paywalls & gateways

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Ben Heald argues that a consensus is beginning to emerge that the best B2B models include free and paid-for elements; and that a gateway is the new paradigm.

Gateway

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What can publishers learn from altruism in baboons? A call for more honesty, openness and sharing

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When studying psychology at Bristol University 30 years ago, one of my favourite topics was the study of animal social behaviour. Just what can us publishers learn from their altruistic behaviour.

Gelada baboons in Ethiopia

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10 year publishing deal between CCH and ICAEW unwinds

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Erstwhile commercial partners CCH and ICAEW are set to go head to head from February 2012 - some predictions on how things might play out.

The latest developments in the accountancy publishing industry are rather intriguing.

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