Neil Petch

Neil Petch

Chairman, Virtugroup

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Startups

Business Takeaways From Four UAE Startups That Raised Serious Venture Capital

While venture capitalists may have deep pockets, they only got that way through calculated, shrewd, and precise investments.
Public Speaking

The Top Rules Of Public Speaking

Jerry Seinfeld once quipped: "People's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."
Growth Strategies

How To Get The Most Out Of These Five Employee Types

Just because you have a wide variety of personalities in your team, it doesn't necessarily mean they won't function well together. But what you do need to know is how to manage these various character types.
Business Skills

Five Skills Every Dubai Entrepreneur Needs To Develop

There is a price when you set up shop in a place full of opportunities– you can be sure there will be some competition for those golden deals. So you need to be savvy in your dealings to get a march on business rivals and shove your foot in the proverbial door.
Business Ideas

Five Ways To Kill A Great Startup Idea

Once armed with a preliminary idea, entrepreneurs must be mindful to avoid what Steve Jobs referred to as "the disease of thinking that an idea is 90% of the work."
Clean Energy

The UAE's Clean Energy Sector: Opportunities Aplenty For Entrepreneurs

While the UAE is a country that initially built its fortune largely on oil, it has notably recognized the importance of renewables for the future of energy and has acted by making massive investments into a whole range of clean energy initiatives.
Productivity

Seven Traits Of Incredibly Unsuccessful People

In terms of recruitment, there is a saying that goes "If you think hiring the right person is expensive, wait until you hire the wrong person."
Growth Strategies

Gaining The Upper Hand: Three Psychological Tricks To Watch Out For In The Business World

Here's a look at some of the rather devious tactics that the psychologically-savvy businessperson might employ as he or she aims to get the upper hand.
Growth Strategies

Five Things You Should Never Assume When It Comes To Your Business

There are certain areas when it comes to running a business that you never want to get too comfortable around– and in turn, certain assumptions that you should never make.
Entrepreneur Ecosystems

The Proposed UAE Bankruptcy Law Is Yet Another Boost For Entrepreneurs In The Country

The goal is to create bankruptcy laws that are amongst the best in the world, and that ultimately give rise to a greater entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Learning From Mistakes

Five Things You Must Avoid If You Want To Succeed In Business

Starting and then running a business can often feel like navigating a minefield.
Growth Strategies

A Bucket List For Entrepreneurs To Follow

We create a sample bucket list that should serve as a definitive list of achievements to tick off as you climb the ladder of success.
Managing Employees

Three Tricky Employee Types You May Find In Your Organization (And How To Deal With Them)

Working with others is always a challenge in some form or another, and you will come across a good number of different personality types and working styles that will require varying management approaches.
Growth Strategies

What Real Discipline Looks Like

If we look at the greats across all fields, be it our sporting heroes, our favorite musicians, or the business titans that we admire so much, one thing that is often not considered when we are doling out our admiration is just how much effort went into achieving what was achieved.
Starting a Business

The Do's And Don't's Of Doing Business In Dubai

Everyone has an opinion on Dubai, but the key is to get the right business advice, directly from those who spend every single day helping businesses make that leap.