About Richard

My name is Richard, I’m a business and social entrepreneur with over 750 employees in technology companies in Europe and the USA. More about the businesses later.

My non-profit activities are primarily to do with entrepreneurship, the promotion of entrepreneurship, TED.com and TEDx, alumni activation, event hosting, public speaking and leadership.

I teach entrepreneurship and run business courses in universities, business schools, schools and at community events.

Some projects I lead or support include CAMentrepreneurs, Village in the City, Open Coffee Krakow, Krakow Enterprise Mondays and the Wojtek the Soldier Bear project, which I have written about here (and got a medal for), I’m particularly interested in changing the way that schools and universities interact with their alumni with respect to the support of entrepreneurship. My formal commitment to TED and TEDx ended in 2021, but I remain in close contact and continue to support TEDxKazimierz, which I founded and led until January 2021. Reading my TED.com profile gives a sense of my engagement. I continue to host TED Circles. I have been a Couchsurfer and still occasionally host and stay with people.

The New Books Network has grown to be almost certainly the largest non-fiction author interview podcast in the world, with over 140,000 downloads a day (data from December 2021). The The NBN Entrepreneurship and Leadership podcast which I founded with my business partner and friend Kimon Fountoukidis is a small part of much bigger picture.

If you want to contact me try richardlucas (at) richardlucas.com or Linkedin.

My businesses are listed on my Linkedin profile – They are real businesses in the sense of having clients, staff, management, revenue and sometimes profits. I’ve done nothing as successful as Google or Facebook. but some – like Argos Multilingual – are among the best companies in the world in their sector, others like Zalamo and ISL are market leaders in Poland, others like Unicard and SKK Global are very strong in some of the markets they are active in. PMR has a powerful brand in Poland as a source of unbiased forecasts and analysis, sectoral events and business services especially in the Construction, Life Sciences, IT and FMCG/retail sectors.

I have been in the management board of some of these businesses, CEO of two of them, and am on the Supervisory Board of three. If you want to do business with them and the idea makes sense I can help make introductions but I am not the ultimate decision maker, so don’t think that persuading me will be enough.

Some of my more recent angel investments are regarded as successful like Crowdcube Cambridge Mask, Estimote, Love Krakow, Syndicate Room, They have never paid me a dividend, salary or consulting fee. This does not mean that they are failures as businesses. However, no matter what the “paper” value of a business, and how much positive PR it has, as an investor, until you have more money afterwards than before you have not succeeded. I exited Everuptive (formerly Notatek.pl), Untitled Kingdom, Racing Life and Vantage Power.  I made many investments that never made it. I do not regard myself as particularly good at investing, and will not write a “how to do it” book. I can and do share what I’ve learned, and what not to do!  If you want to get good at investment, and business and don’t know what to do, watch my TEDxTarnow talk here.

            My talk at TEDxTarnow 2019 on Opportunity Readiness

If you want me to invest in your business idea, please read this first.

Public speaking, hosting and event improvement consulting. If you want me to help with, host or speak at your event, take a look at this. I wrote it in a bad mood when the event I was speaking at started late. The ten thousand hours I have spent preparing speakers for the TEDxKazimierz stage, hosting, and organising events has had a noticeable impact on me. I don’t accept badly organised events. I offer to help make them better if the organisers are interested. My own speaking and hosting skills have improved in recent years. I’m quite good now, and aim to get better.