Phones v real world: a techie’s quandary

Jess Butcher

Balancing a love of the digital and the natural can be tricky, writes Jessica Butcher

Ryan Kohn and Cassandra Stavrou from Propercorn Photograph: Rosie Hallam Byline: David Cheal Photograph: Rosie Hallam
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Propercorn: founders’ healthy munch hunch

Stavrou and Kohn spotted a market niche in popcorn


Shuddle, HopSkipDrive: kids’ ride-hailing

Drivers have childcare experience and parents can track the journey

D8KYAT Exeter, UK, seen from the top of the cathedral
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Exeter: work-life balance for founders

The university has an ambitious spinout programme

Bart van der Roost , Founder of neoScores at the Flagey concert hall in Brussels, Belgium on 16.03.2015 by Wiktor Dabkowski
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Sheet music scores its own digital cadence

Classical trombonist takes playing to another octave

Tech entrepreneurs need business acumen

Commercial skills are key to running and developing start-ups

Illustration by Martin O’Neill for Boldness in Business 2015 special report
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How ‘disruption’ has become a feature of our times

Being bold is not necessarily about being novel but about exploiting underlying strengths

Portrait of Travis Kalanick, CEO and founder of Uber car services
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Person of the Year: Travis Kalanick

Uber’s founder wants transport to be as reliable as running water, whatever the obstacles to that goal

King & McGaw of Newhaven.King & McGaw of Newhaven. Gyr King, founder
©Charlie Bibby

A poster boy for dogged resilience

Gyr King rebuilt his art prints business after a fire but advances in technology require constant vigilance

Budget rules could ease way for bitcoin in UK

New package of regulation for digital currencies