Updated June 2022.
This form that has been used by everyone from CEOs, to 16 year old interns, to people whose companies I invested in.
It is real. I 'm working with some of the people who fill it in.
One works for me and is leading her own project directly as a result. The other is now CEO of a company I was an angel investor in. (even though I was the first to say he would have been very successful without me, and indeed still is), the third is researching two important projects.
The form takes account of the projects mentioned in my Christmas Day Blog post, in which I list all the projects I am working on, where I need help. The blog post is here http://www.richardlucas.com/2020/12/que-sera-sera-plans-for-2021
If you feel that filling in a form is not the right "first" step, that's fine. shoot me an email, or find me some other way of getting your idea across.
If you want an internship I don't want to waste your time/raise your hopes. I'm not sure if I need anyone at the moment, so if you are not sure it is worth filling this in send me a Linkedin/Facebook request and check with me first.
Richard Lucas was PMR’s Managing Director for 3 years 2004-2007 ran SKK – Poland’s largest auto-ID company- during the 1990s and 2014-2016. He was Curator of TEDxKazimierz from 2014-2021. He continues to start new businesses, and leads and/or supports a number of non-profit activities, such as CAMentrepreneurs, Village in the City, Krakow Enterprise Mondays, Open Coffee Kraków, #OMGKRK, startup community activities. He always has other projects and new business ideas that need investigation, research and initiation. To help support existing, and research and plan new initiatives Richard welcomes approaches from people of all ages and experience.
It might be that you want to
- Help on one of the projects listed in his blog post here
- buy from, sell to one of my companies
- buy one of my companies, or sell your company to one of my companies
- you might be looking for a job.
- you might be a volunteering looking to gain some experience
- you might have a startup idea, or a project that you want to get going. if that's the case and you want money, make sure you read this first http://www.richardlucas.com/2013/09/questions-from-a-potential-investor
. If you send me your pitch or teaser, which doesn't include information about clients, valuation, business model, team, current shareholders, cost and revenue forecasts, saying: "it answers your questions", it means you haven't read my questions carefully.
Historically I invest earlier than the average seed fund, and provide more support. (businesses I am involved in have on occasion invested larger sums (largest ever was over $20 million) acquiring other companies, but I am not the CEO so it is not my decision on these larger projects)) I'm not a charity, I like being involved in lean companies run by smart people who want to solve real problems, with happy clients, and staff, while making a lot of money. I don't want to do anything I would be ashamed of.
The sorts of things you might do for with me, if we start working together include:
Brainstorming and researching new business ideas
developing business plans
support and development promotion of existing projects
Identifying suppliers, clients, partners for new and existing projects, approaching them, and persuading them to join or work with the project
setting up and conducting meetings
preparing and making presentations
Writing articles, web posts, blog entries, e-mails
I always want:
high levels of motivation and energy
excellent interpersonal skills,
self confidence, flexibility, tolerance, open mindedness
willingness to "get your hands dirty" to do work needed rather than just describe it.
fluency in English, other languages
willingness to work on a very diverse range of projects
A willingness to try and take on new challenges.
The ability to learn fast and think is more important than previous experience, but candidates should expect to demonstrate motivation and commitment.
There is no certainty of a job at the end, but there might be opportunities for on-going work. If you are or want to be an entrepreneur, you might find that I am ready to invest something later.Richardlucas@richardlucas.com