This week we launched a new report, Migrant Entrepreneurs: building our businesses, creating our jobs, with the Centre for Entrepreneurs. For the first time, we’ve brought hard evidence into the debate around immigration in the UK. You can read the report online here and tweet your reactions with the hashtag #migrEnts Enjoy!
We’re so excited to let you know about DueDil’s Series B funding round, which is announced today. This is the official announcement:
Several of DueDil’s founding team are, as you may know, American. Over at the awesome BrightSun (“Turning data into rocket fuel for investors”), founders Stephen Piron, Joel Leslie and Tom French all bear a more Canadian hue.
So when last week, the two countries faced off in the semi-finals of the Olympic ice hockey (British readers, it’s like football but with skates, and padding, and lots more crashes), the competitive instincts kicked in. This, folks, is the biggest rivalry in ice hockey; the US and Canadian presidents even had a crate of beer on the outcome. Pride was on the line.
We know, it was a bit of a gamble, a competition advertisement with no competition details has a pretty good chance of going unnoticed.
Happily though, our faith in the curiosity of the internet
was well placed, and we got loads of reaction. And with the help of our friends in the Twitter-sphere, we unearthed some beautiful, smart and ambitious little businesses.
So a few of you might be wondering how doge made it into your nespaper this morning. Well… we admit it, it was us. But why, you may ask. Did we want to kill the meme by making it mainstream? Do we hate the internet? No. We actually thought we’d do something nice.
We’ll be honest. We were having a hard time deciding which advert to run with our free advertising space the Guardian so kindly offered us for winning their Small Business Networks competition. We tried a traditional advert, which was nice, but then we remembered we’re not a traditional kind of company.
At DueDil we love seeing how small businesses use us to get the kind of information that’s usually only available as an expensive subscription for larger companies, and that got us thinking. What if we could level the playing field a bit more by giving a small business exposure in a well respected national newspaper?
So that’s what we’re going to do. Enter your company in the draw by sending an email to email@example.com with a brief explanation of what you would do with an advert in the Guardian, and the winner will get an ad running for 2 days in the business section (right in place of doge).
And of course we just wanted to print doge in the guardian, y’know, for the lulz.
Hope we brightened your morning,
The DueDil Team