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Subject: UKNM: Upstart
From: Steve Johnston
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 10:16:25 +0100

It is pleasantly surprising to see such humility in face of what must have
been a great professional disappointment. I know from my own personal
experience of business failure that the experience sets you up hungrier
and, crucially, more able for the next time. Sadly however the Englishman's
attitude to 'failed' businessmen, is not what it should be and nothing
compared to the attitude in the US where failure is almost a pre-requisite
to success.
Good luck in the future Jon, but don't hold your breath waiting for people
to want to do business with you.

Steve Johnston
Director of Development
IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group)


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On 27/04/98, at 14:26, Jonathan Beverley wrote:

>As a 'demisee' this week (and a vocal forecaster of the fastest
>shake-out in history) I find myself having to add my two penneth.
>Ben Thompson wrote:
>> Actually, bar Indexfinger (which I know nothing about, so cannot
>> most of the recent companies that have gone, have gone for pretty
>> reasons (i.e. spending more than they were earning). The reasons why
>> companies do this are numerous but for every firm that is successful
>> this technique at least one will not be.
>Quite. I'm being big enough to admit that it was a managerial balls-up
>on my part that Upstart effectively went belly-up. I think the story is
>the same behind most of the others, too, but there is an awful lot of
>pride & ego at play, so you won't find it being shouted from the
>rooftops. I'm happy to, because as far as I'm concerned that was stage 3
>of my career, I failed, learned tons and should I ever have the chance
>to do it again, will know some of what not to do.
>In the meantime, I am keeping hold of Upstart in bank account name only,
>and am now available for freelance work in the analysis/authoring field!
>Jon Beverley
> tel:0171 925 0177

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