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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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The events that have shaped Sift’s (first) 15 years

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Obviously any company that’s lived through a 15 year period has some stories to tell. So, as we celebrate Sift’s 15 year anniversary with events in London and Bristol, this post looks back at what were the events that have served to shape the Sift of 2011?

Obviously any company that’s lived through a 15 year period has some stories to tell.

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Twitter Love isn't a marketing strategy - CEO lessons from a year in social media

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They say that CEOs and social media is like watching your parents dance! So it was with some trepidation that I renewed my career as a blogger a year ago. I thought I’d report back a year on.

They say that CEOs and social media is like watching your parents dance!  So it was with some trepidation that I renewed my career as a blogger a year ago.  I thought I’d report back a ye

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Ethos & culture at Sift

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Sift is a strong believer in parties, with its summer sports events, out of work teams and drinks at the end of the week; but the Sift ethos is much more. At the latest quarterly company meeting, I presented my thoughts on the Sift ethos, which I’m giving a wider airing here.

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Four years of Drupal at Sift

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I've been meaning to write something about Sift and Drupal for a while, but James Skinner, MD of SiftGroups got there first, so this is 95% his piece, with just a few tweaks from me.

I've been meaning to write something about Sift and Drupal for a while, but James Skinner, MD of SiftGroups got there first, so this is 95

The Apprentice – a business remake!

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The Apprentice is the closest thing we’ve got to engaging business TV, but it could be so much better. Here’s how it could be more relevant, more interesting, more educational and more engaging.

The Apprentice is the closest thing we’ve got to engaging business TV, but it could be so much better.  Here’s how it could be more relevant, more interesting, more educational and more engagi

The challenge of building AccountingWEB into a global digital publishing brand

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Whilst preparing my slides for the Specialist Media Conference last month, I reflected on the differing fortunes of the three AccountingWEB country brands that we created over ten years ago, which started from the same premise, but now look, feel and behave very differently.

Whilst preparing my slides for the Specialist Media Conference last month (where I presented a case study on Accoun

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