About

We help entrepreneurs and founders discover their startups, achieve lift-off and magnify their growth.

Events, Workshops, Board Meetings, Coaching and Online

Our purpose is to democratise startup and scaleup knowledge and advice, by making support affordable at all points of an organisation’s journey.

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Who are we?

Our focus is Sustainable Growth which comes by creating something unique and exceptional, rather than seeking growth by competing to be bigger, faster or more furious.

We are customer positive and funding agnostic, believing that great businesses attract good funding partners, weak businesses chase finance at the cost of delivering great customer experience.

Led by Neil Lewis >> Ex Economist >> First Digital product in 1991 >> Built 2 multi-million pound business (with partners) one which went spectacularly bust >> Published Author (100 Rules for Entrepreneurs) >> Speaker / Trainer / Coach >> Ran first startup accelerator in Manchester in 2011 >> Developed early stage team assessment model with Manchester Business School >> Rebuilt the standard Business Model Canvas as follows:

How did we get our Media Modo name?

I was on a train from Alicante to Valencia, in Spain, talking to my friend Kevin about the name I wanted to choose for my new company.

“What are you going to do?”, he asked

“I don’t know exactly, but it’s about communication – because that’s what marketing and publishing is all about. Well, at least that’s why ‘my kind of publishing’ is all about.”

I had spent 20 years in information publishing; that is, creating and publishing lists of recorded music, annuity tables, directories of conference venues, tourism resources, economic and political analysis and most recently analysis of global property investment opportunities.

Always, the purpose of publishing was to create high value knowledge that enabled better decisions and choices.

So that’s where the Media came from; but, what about Modo?

As the RENFE train sped through the stunning white mountain and red earth landscape of Spain’s east coast, I knew the name had to reflect our European heritage too.

In Italian Modo means ‘the way’ or method. In Spanish, Moda means fashion, so Modo is a play on these two ideas – fashion (and changing fashion) and method.

So why Media Modo?

It sounds cool, fun, a bit different, European not just English, but it also speaks of our purpose..

to be the (constantly changing) way to communicate high value ideas and knowledge so that people take decisive action…set in an international context.

That’s how Media Modo was created.

Over the years, I have combined this with my love of startup and scaleup entrepreneurship so that we publish and deliver tools and coaching sessions to enable entrepreneurs and organisational leaders to start and scale.

And that’s how we got our Media Modo name.

How we help

Our publishing, coaching and training activities go beyond sharing knowledge and instead are all focused on facilitating breakthroughs – ahha! moments we call them. These are the points where a leader’s personal insight leads them to take action or to change behaviours.

If you’d like to talk to me about how I can help you grow your business or realise your entrepreneurial ambition, then please contact me

Neil Lewis, @neil_lewis
Publisher, Coach, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

Or you can explore a few of my books and articles

Books on leadership and entrepreneurship

100 Rules for Entrepreneurs, published by Harriman House

Neil Lewis on Medium

Resilience – how to move from Survive to Thrive in the Startup world

To Quit or Not to Quit – that is the question

Why Purpose Fuels Your Startup – and How you Can Use it to Grow Your Organisation

How to Overcome Co-Founder Fights and Get Your Startup Scaling Again…

How to Gain Customers who Love Your Startup and Scaleup – 10 Ideas!

Who Do You Turn to at Critical Moments for Your Startup or Scaleup? A Coach or a Mentor?

The Secret Sauce that gives your Startup the Stamina and Vision to Succeed

Harriman House Intelligence

Why leaders need to be who they say they are

The future is digital

Speaking assignments

Lessons from building a business – at Chester Business School