Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Up and Coming Artist of the Week: Matt Small

If you’ve read about me in my past interviews you will know that one of my passions and hobbies is collecting art, as well as vintage cars and wine. Every chance I get I make time to attend art shows, with the intention of increasing my art collection. Although over the years I have collected art from the world’s famous artists, I’ve also looked for undiscovered artists with world-class talent.
One artist who is not yet popular in the mainstream but that I predict soon will be, is the artist known as Matt Small. Immediately I saw his work for the first time I collected a few for my apartment. I appreciate anything great, so please
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Interview With Eventual Millionaire: Need an Investor for Your Startup?

Freddie is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He goes into exactly where you need to be to find funding and gives tips on scaling a business. Plus he wants to invest in 20 businesses by 2016 – so he gives you the opportunity to pitch him!
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Featured Interview With Guest List Network:

We sat down with serial investment tech entrepreneur and investor Freddie Achom for an exclusive interview.  Mr. Achom is known to be private but in this chat with him he opens up on what it takes to run a diverse range of businesses in the luxury market sector from Wine, consumer goods to also owning the prestigious clubs and restaurants.
Within this interview we get a chance to find out what it takes to build a successful business empire from scratch, his challenge to invest in 20 start-up companies by 2016 and at the same time find out what it is like to be recognised as one of the nation’s most influential individuals. Freddie has graced the “Power List” of Britain’s most influential Black people multiple times and Evening Standard’s London most influential people.
You proposed to work on investing is 20 businesses by 2016 do you think that’s possible?
Yes I do, I believe its possible being that now the entry barrier to starting a business has gone now due to technology, that’s why more entrepreneurs are emerging.
Currently we have invested in a wide range of businesses from tech, media platforms to solar power projects.
When starting or investing in a business, what are the key factors you look for?
It depends on the type of business sector, each sector is different, but generally the key factors I look for are good leadership skills, a vision for the company and clear sight to revenue / value creation.
What would you say to a budding entrepreneur with a good idea but without the connections or network?
To be honest there are no excuses anymore, the Internet has made possible for anyone to research potential investors and to participate networking events.
Would you recommend aspiring entrepreneur to ditch the employment route and jump straight into business?
No not necessarily, because the mistakes you make as a budding entrepreneur can be avoided by learning through employment, that’s how I got my start, I worked for a commission sales based company before I started in business. Also there’s nothing wrong with working on your business part time.
Do you think the United Kingdom has made it easier for young people to go into business?
The assistance you get in the UK is great for the fact that you have the ability to have access to resources through government agencies and government initiatives.
Would you say the Internet has made becoming an entrepreneur easier or harder because of the competition?
It has made it easier for entrepreneurs and those with great ideas to come together and to achieve their goals and their success.
The great thing about having access to the Internet is that you can start a tech company from your bedroom with little resources.
What advise would you give to budding entrepreneurs that are afraid to go out of their comfort zone?
I always say go into places you shouldn’t be in, that’s what I love most, I love being in a room that I shouldn’t be in.
How important is networking in becoming successful?
I would say networking is 60 to 70% of most businesses but of it also depends on what sector your in. Access to a good network can assist a business to expand or gain traction more rapidly.
How does it feel to make the 2015 Power List Britain’s most black influential people?
It’s always humbling to be recognised for my work in business even though I believe I still have far to go. The most important thing I’m proud of is how they acknowledged my giving back to society, even though I plan to give back more in the future it’s always good to help effect change.
How can anyone send a business idea?
You can send it via the
Freddie Achom gives his top 10 secrets to business success;
  1. Choose a business that you are passionate about and is scalable
  2. Make an effort to network regularly
  3. Surround yourself with a smart team
  4. Always remain humble no matter how successful you become
  5. Cultivate your will power
  6. Pursue your goals with boldness
  7. Think long-term
  8. Never take “No” for an answer
  9. Live life as an optimist
  10. Follow your plan of actions
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Can business leadership and acumen be taught in business school?

In a 2011 interview with the ‘Euro Cheddar’ publication, I was asked to share my thoughts on whether I believe entrepreneurs are born, or can entrepreneurship be taught in business school.
Can business leadership and acumen be taught in business school? Is it more intuitive and creative than people think?
Schooling can teach you the formalities of business and help you to ask questions that otherwise wouldn’t have been asked, but I feel acumen is a close relative of nous. This is something I feel is born outside of the classroom, and has its roots in general life experience and the way an individual navigates that experience and learns from it.
In the recent economic downturn, fine wines, art collecting and gold have all weathered the storm. I believe these are more than just ‘investments’ but something tangible and real. How do you feel about the wine world and its ability to excite people, even in tough times?
Its well documented that in times of economic crisis people gravitate towards tangible assets, generally because it is not as transient and abstract as other more traditional investments. In uncertain times people like things they can touch and feel, it provides a reality check, a psychological anchor and a fixed reference point when all else around you is in a constant state of flux. All that is solid doesn’t always melt into the air and some tangible assets are testament to that. The top end of the fine wine market is doing very well at the moment and presents a very exciting future. Unlike other tangible asset classes, fine wine is not only limited but dwindles in numbers over a period of time. That is the main rub of its bankability, in addition to this, one has increasing demand, developing mostly from emerging economies. The future for fine wine looks amazingly bright and shows no signs of slowing down for years to come.
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Definition of Growth Mindset – Keys to investing

In this user-generated video, Freddie Achom reveals key principles to investing and the definition of ‘growth mindset’.
Find practical ways to build a sustainable financial future for you and your family.
“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” – Proverbs 13:22
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9 essential start-up tips for entrepreneurs

Here are nine practical start-up tips to get you started on your entrepreneurial journal towards success.
1. Choose a business that you are passionate about. Without passion, it’s impossible to work hard in tough times.
2. Do your research. Learn everything about the industry you are in, this will drastically increase your chances of success. (Examples – Attend seminars, subscribe to trade magazines, meet up with like-minded individuals etc)
3. Choose a business model with huge scalability potential, avoid starting businesses in declining and obsolete markets.
4. Think long-term. Those who live for instant gratification sabotage achieving lasting and sustainable success.
5. Work with a sense of urgency.
6. Regularly analyse the results you get. Focus on what works and eliminate what is not working.
7. Surround yourself with people smarter than you. Behind every successful company is a smart team.
8. Be persistent. Learn to never take “No” for an answer.
9. Remain humble at all times.
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Meet the man who learned to read and trade stocks in prison – Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll

A negative can be turned into a positive with optimism, here’s proof. 
Curtis “Wall Street” Carrol reveals how he learned to successful trade stocks in prison.
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