Thanks to our friends at This Is Money, the online arm of the Mail newspapers, for this article on the wit and wisdom (well, we would say that wouldn't we?) of our CEO, Nicola Horlick.
"In the first of our Start-Up Secrets series, multi-talented entrepreneur and investment veteran Nicola Horlick reveals who inspired her the most and what she looks for in a potential business partner," writes This Is Money.
"Nicola, who famously raised six children while working in finance and was dubbed the City Superwoman, also tells us the one word answer you need to utter to stand any chance of winning her over.
Nicola's Key Advice For Entrepreneurs
"'Do not be afraid to take risks - you won't make money unless you take risks. Women are probably less inclined to take risks than men from a confidence and a home point of view.
"'Often they will be on maternity leave and set up a business because they do not want to commute rather than because they are entrepreneurial as they do not like to take as much risk.
"'I have learnt in my later years that you need to take risks if you want to build a successful businesses. You can't be afraid to fail - lots of entrepreneurs have. I know because I have failed. You have to dust yourself down and start again.'"
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