Why founders need good networks


Barely a week passes without a conference to celebrate entrepreneurs – and quite right too. This week I popped along to Toucan’s The Nest 2016, which counted Brian McBride (chairman, Asos.com), Fanny Moizant (co-founder, Vestiaire Collective) and Alexander Woollcombe (Gates Foundation) among its diverse range of speakers.

I was there for the “Wonderwomen in Business” event, featuring Kathy Harvey of Said Business School and Carolina Bucci, whose eponymous jewellery brand is currently stocked by Harrods and Net-A-Porter – and I wrote up my thoughts for the Huffington Post.

“Some important points were raised. Harvey addressed what the MBA can offer future entrepreneurs. Other panellists discussed the scale-up puzzle: why so few women led businesses reach the same economic scale as their male counterparts. And Harvey mentioned an interesting Insead study, which found women exploit networks differently to men.”

Read my piece in full here.