If we think we can help you, we’ll outline what we would do for you. If you’re interested, we’ll insist on signing a robust Non Disclosure Agreement – yours or ours (we don’t mind so long as it protects your ideas and our work). We’ll then produce a detailed agreement with specific deliverables and milestones, typically including business profiling and presentation to potential investors.
Some clients want us for a particular assignment at a fixed fee, others want our engagement based on results, such as funding, in which case we take a small percentage. The choice is yours.
Afterwards, if you wish, we’re happy to continue our work with you. As you grow, you’ll want access to larger funding options and we can manage the apparently never ending process of preparing profiles, seeking introductions and pitching for investment. By providing a complete funding pathway we can work alongside you throughout your journey.
We also provide delivery resources, as investors often want investment tied to specific deliverables or milestones. We don’t seek any exclusivity in our work. If you want us to work with others alongside us, that’s fine with us.
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Artificial intelligence is a current hot topic for investors but much of what is hyped as AI may not be all that it seems. Hype is a term often seen around disruptive innovations and Gartner penned the hype cycle a couple of decades or so ago in order to describe the different stages (“peak of inflated expectations”, trough of disillusionment”, “slope of enlightenment”, “plateau of productivity”). More recently, analyst Davey Jose at sombre bank HSBC modernised the picture, using terms like “hype mania”, “backlash” and “real application”.
A few weeks ago Google announced that it was close to achieving “quantum supremacy”. Maybe the machines are about to take over. Actually, Google has just made the next stage quantum computing chip (called Bristlecone) that has 72 bits. John Martinis, who heads Google’s effort, says it’s “pretty likely” that the new chip can achieve “quantum supremacy.” But what does this mean?
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