The Story of Yves Klein

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“For thousands of years and across civilizations, color has been used in art to convey meaning and emotion. While each instance of the use of color in history is significant, one man re-imagined the meaning of a single color in the 20th century. 

Yves Klein, born in Nice, France in 1928, is known around the world for his revolutionary use of the color blue in his work. The founder of the Nouveau Réalisme movement (considered to be the European counterpart to the famous American Pop Art movement), Klein is renowned for his style of conceptual art, which incorporated painting, sculpture, and performance. 

For Klein, blue held special significance. It represented spirituality and religion, the beauty of nature, and the infinite expanse of the universe. As a result of his fascination with blue, Klein went as far as to create his own personal shade. Working with a chemist, Klein invented a vivid shade of ultramarine blue known as International Klein Blue (IKB). While the exact formula was exclusive to Klein, today it inspires the work of interior designers, artists, and other creatives. It also continues to be produced through the Yves Klein estate in Paris, France. 

Because of Klein’s fascination with blue, his name and the color are closely linked in the art world. He created a name for himself in the art community of the time with his unconventional style of painting. Today, that name lives on in the legacy Klein created for himself. 

There is much we can learn from Klein, but perhaps most importantly: how to establish your personal brand. For advice on branding based on Klein’s work and life, check out this infographic from Invaluable

How Does The UK Angel Investing Market Look Like?

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With the aim of better understanding the profile and activity of Business Angels in the UK, the independent market research company  PwC Research is carrying out a survey on behalf of the British Business Bank (BBB) and the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA), the representative trade body for UK Business Angels.

So, if you are a business angel who has made one or more equity investments in a small unquoted business in the past three years, they want to hear from you.

The findings of the survey will be used to produce a published report covering the UK Business Angels market in the UK.

For reference, some of the survey questions will cover topics such as the number of investments you have made, where these investments are based by location, investment performance, gender details of investments/syndicate/networks/clubs, along with other areas covering your angel investments.

To take part in the project please register here and complete the survey by Thursday 31st October 2019.

UK Start-Ups: How Can You Deal With No-Deal?

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Personally, I am sick of it. After three years in such a nightmare, I am sick about Brexit. I am sick about the anxiety it has brought to the table, sick about the impossibility of planning my future (disclaimer: I chose to put on hold my startup project and a couple of earned backers because of it), sick of such a political game. I think the time to take back control of our business projects has eventually come. But first, let me put one of my favourite songs on to turn the volume down and think.

Indeed, whether or not Brexit negotiations will lead to a deal – thing which appears to be very unlikely right now – the moment is pivotal for all the players in the business arena, spanning from the big names firing due to Brexit to newborn startups worried about their future.

For them, I have found around a guide developed by Coadec, the coalition for the digital economy founded by Mich Butcher, editor-at-large of TechCrunch, and equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs‘ co-founder and executive chairman Jeff Lynn, which could be of help.

From data protection to visas passing from taxation and R&D funding, the document offers a complete overview of the issues which would have an impact in case of No-Deal Brexit.

“In it, we flag the top ten issues facing tech startups in the case of a no deal exit and plot the immediate steps startups should take to mitigate them as best they can.”

However, “We want to be super clear that this is no substitute for legal advice – and this guidance certainly isn’t a definitive list of everything your startup will have to deal with to prep for no deal, but it’s an important starting point,” the authors state in a post.