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About Vantage

Vantage AP is a technology based think tank. Vantage Advisory Partners was founded based on the need to drive meaning into technology innovation and not just money. Vantage Advisory Partners take part in a number of events, create our own view of the future and help startups shape the strategy and innovation to grow. Our focus is some key main sectors.In addition to the above, we also publish, share and promote some of the best work around the web through our innovations library and the advice and tips sections for people, business and organisation. Vantage AP offer :We Don't... 

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How it works

  In short you send us an email, whilst we have a general outline for services supporting a board range of activities, its not a full time job for us. We may reject stuff as it conflicts with our day jobs but if your looking for an opinion, speaker, adviser or just someone to talk an idea through. We are the guys to call.General Guidance

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The Founders

Simon and Pete founded Vantageap.com in 2009, both are passionate entrepreneurs having spent 20 years in technology companies founding various business from retail to mobile applications. They are always looking for people who are keen to explore the world of technology, innovation and strategy. You just need to have an opinion about the future...

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Our Technology Sectors

We believe there are some key areas in which innovation and technology will have a significant impact. Health, Education,Energy and the overall connect world are already seeing huge transformations. Wearables and the evolution of focus on health is already apparent with the current generation of 18-25 more health aware than ever before. The utilities markets have seen a growth of new niche players increasing there market share from 2% to 7% in the last 3 years against the larger global player. The connected world is enabling a level of transparency and the lowing of traditional barriers to entry requiring an ...

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Google in the News

Sundar Piachai and the world of Indian CEOIt is not every day that one of the world's largest technology companies announces a new CEO.So when Google announced that Sundar Pichai was taking the reins on Monday, his promotion gained thousands of column inches worldwide - not least of all in his native India.The Hindu newspaper called the news "a bonus for people of Indian-origin world over". The Times of India hailed the "quiet yet thoughtful" man from Chennai (Madras).But his ascent is far from unique. In fact, it is becoming ever more common for major international companies to have an ...

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Simplicity needs to be an Obsession

Steve Jobs was the godfather of simplicity. But why is simplicity so hard to achieve and why is it best?. Simplicity doesn't come from within a business but from external pressures.So what influences simplicity?The world is more volatileMarket dynamics are driven through speed of communication. "If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to see it, does it make a noise" the same effect happens in markets. Negative impacts in stock markets still happened before the internet, the stock market crash in 2008 had more impact than the US crash in 1930, we have had 47 stock market crashes since  1623 their have been 47 stock market ...

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We live in a disposable digital age

Every month, although seems more daily now, I get a notification from iTunes with the list of crap I have purchased from them recently. This includes but is not limited too, movies, apps, hardware and TV shows. Along with Apple, of which I am a massive fan, Netflix also gets a cut of my digital wallet. Add to this my unlimited mega capacity broadband goliath from British Telecom to enable me to stream, buy, post, like and tweet my way through the day and night.I have no idea how much I spend and I shudder to think what the total ...

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Banks are about to be disrupted, Go Africa...

After reading Ericsson prediction at the GSMA MWC that 90% of all subscriptions will be Mobile Broadband by 2020 I started to worry about the future state of modern communication.Will no one speak to each another anymore? Instead of asking how you are should I just check your social media status.The digital world is shiny but can be so contrived that it will be hard to break through to friends, colleagues and clients who are obscured by online content and don’t have an attention span past the 140 characters in a Tweet.There is opportunity in the new reality. The growth ...

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Hot in the press and online

Hot in the pressElizabeth Lauten is still an idiotHer Facebook rant at the Presidents daughters shows no sign of slowing, for those that missed it, during the President's traditional pardon of the thanksgiving Turkey, and no Im not referring to Elizabeth Lauten, the aforementioned  Lauten decided to provide feedback to the presidents daughters via Facebook.."Dear Sasha and Malia, I get your both in those awful teen years but you're a part of the First Family. Try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don't respect their positions very much, or the ...

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Build the perfect team

Build the perfect team

We all know that teams achieve more than individuals, here I provide my views on how this can be best achieved. Its not a definitive list and following will not guarantee success, team work involves a sprinkling of fairy dust which only you know if you can muster, there is a simple reason not all teams perform, not all people are compatible, but you can give your team the best chance to succeed.Clear Goals and Objectives No team succeeds without an objective, its the one consistent, teams achieve success when each individual can maximise there own potential in achieving the ...

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Talented people don’t grow on trees

Talented people don't grow on trees

Lets start with a general framework around the definition. We are talking cross industry/sectors the basic assumption is someone who excels in a given environment, this could be as a salesman, designer or handyman but also able to respond to any given strategic direction the business goes in. I appreciate this is very broad definition and also that someone could be talented in one environment and not so talented in others, the move of Henrique de Castro from Google to Yahoo raises this question.One constant is that every great company is built on great people who are driven, passionate and ...

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Advice for Life

Advice for Life

Life doesn’t come with a map, instructions or short cuts. To get ahead of the other guy (or girl) you need to have some pretty solid foundations. I grew up with the three-legged stool; it was my father’s answer to preparing me for life, and anything it threw at me.I’ve read and been give lots of great advice over the years but this has always been my foundation, it can be applied to anything; work and play, it seems obvious, but the next time your questioning your career, performance or next step give yourself the three-legged stool treatment, preferably over ...

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Don’t screw up the interview

Don't screw up the interview

Recently, I’ve read a number of blog posts about how to conduct an interview or how to ace one. Having sat on both sides of the table, I find it amazing how many candidates struggle with confidence. Whether I’m the candidate or the hiring manager, I like to challenge people, but in a friendly way. Usually, I’m hiring salespeople, and, because customers are often unpredictable, it’s important to see how candidates respond under a bit of pressure. Some of the people I have hired were a little shaky during the interview, but later proved to be awesome with customers. Interviews ...

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Is LinkedIn in killing quality content

Like many LinkedIn business professionals I have recently taken it upon myself to share my inner most genius gained through extensive work/life experience via the additional feature that is the LinkedIn post feature.Personally I have been responsible for over 10,000 words of cutting insight and advice into the world of sales, motivation and strategy to name but a few.Having started as a blogger the LinkedIn posting feature allowed me to continue in my writing quest without the need for any sort of blogging platform or website. However, there are only so many top lists, advice, recommendations any one person can ...

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Creating an Innovation Strategy

The buzz word in times of downward spend and tough economic conditions is innovation, an organisation capable of innovation can create a signifigant competitive advantage.This is nothing new, innovation focusing on products or efficiency, but what about creating an innovation strategy, this requires a broader consideration because it can results in either future success or failure.Understanding what innovation strategy should achieve is the most important step in guiding both targets and  goals. Begin at the endPicture where you want to be in 5-10 years time and work back as the innovation strategy will start the journey. Future objectives should be realistic ...

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Simplify the big company

Complexity is often the easiest way to describe the difference between a Startup and global organisation. Unless you have the checks and balances to manage this, a complex working environment will be inevitable. Constant need to evaluate direct v matrix structures, changes in the macro/micro environment all mixed with an excessive amount of job titles results in complexity keeping everyone busy, and that’s not efficient. Getting things done in big companies is a dark art but I hope to provide some method to the madness.Challenge the objectiveNever assume the objective asked is the right one, look at the objective through your eyes,  it should be where ...

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Which CRM system works for you?

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is benefiting from innovations in cloud solutions being fuelled through the growth in smart phones and mobile devices.  Fast paced growth of new systems integrating with web-based analytics has enabled a new level of CRM solution.  CRM is one of the corner stones of any successful organisation.  Earlier segregated systems were limited in comparative analysis resulting in limited use of the data collected to make meaningful decisions.Firstly what is CRM?CRM is a broad area, and its getting broader, managing the customer relationship and how sales teams interact with customers through collecting information remains the primary objective.

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Talented people don't grow on trees

Lets start with a general framework around the definition. We are talking cross industry/sectors the basic assumption is someone who excels in a given environment, this could be as a salesman, designer or handyman but also able to respond to any given strategic direction the business goes in. I appreciate this is very broad definition and also that someone could be talented in one environment and not so talented in others, the recent move of Henrique de Castro from Google to Yahoo has raised such questions.One constant is that every great company is built on great people who are driven, ...

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Motivation in two simple videos

 How to turn around a sales team, whilst the method is somewhat a return to the 70's, you cant help but appreciate the methods. How much would you like to give this speech to some teams ...its all about the A - B - C ( Always Be Closing). Motivation is key to any successful team and how you achieve this comes in many shapes and sizes. The morale boosting speech is just one of them, and very few can get away with it. The simple engagement with teams is often enough to break away from the daily grind to talk about ...

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The problem with 4G isn't 4G

Let the party begin, 4th Generation mobile technology has finally arrived in the UK.  4G enables a user experience comparable or even better, depending on the hype and coverage, with fixed broadband providers. Its opens up streaming, video downloads, gaming and other types of service you would normally not attempt over your mobile phone. So why is the world not rushing to deploy it, its been available for a few years (in some countries), although the growth in mobile devices is always slightly behind the network technology,  a clear cautionary approach compared to that of the last great technology upgrade, ...

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Google in the News

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Simplicity needs to be an ...

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We live in a disposable ...

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Banks are about to be ...

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Hot in the press and ...

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Build the perfect team

Build the perfect team

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Talented people don’t grow on trees

Talented people don't grow on ...

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Advice for Life

Advice for Life

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Don’t screw up the interview

Don't screw up the interview

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Is LinkedIn in killing quality ...

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Creating an Innovation Strategy

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Simplify the big company

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Which CRM system works for ...

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Talented people don't grow on ...

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Motivation in two simple videos

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The problem with 4G isn't ...

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