Doug Richard is an entrepreneur and investor who specialises in technology transfer, commercialisation and business incubation. Richard appeared as an investor on the first two series of Dragons' Den. He is the Founder and Vice-Chairman of the Cambridge Angels and Chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force. Between 1996 and 2000 Doug was President and CEO of Micrografx, a US publicly quoted software company. Prior to that he also founded and subsequently sold two other companies: Visual Software and ITAL Computers. He now runs The School for Start Ups, an enterprise dedicated to helping people start better, more profitable, businesses.
In this video Doug Richard outlines his ideas behind his The Entrepreneurs' Manifesto which is a statement of principles highlighting the challenges that the UK must overcome to truly harness the potential of its entrepreneurs. The high profile entrepreneur draws from the ideas of Carl Marx, the fear of capitalism and emphasises the invaluable role of the entrepreneur in society. Hear his thoughts on the complexity of the tax system for small businesses and how making your voice heard is the only way to solve a problem. Doug believes that entrepreneurs should be embraced by government and the public a like, as a solution to problems created by the recession and provides inspiration for anyone considering taking the risk and turning a business idea into a reality.
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