Question Time – Earn Karma, Give Help, Offer Support.

Editor’s Note: This is our last blog post before the Easter break. See you next week… comment at the bottom if you’ve got a specific subject you’d like us to write about. Have a good one. Rob Escape the City is full of passionate professionals...

Crunch the numbers behind your escape plan

Below is an extract from Chapter 4 (The Money Question) in our new book – The Escape Manifesto (a revolutionary handbook for the frustrated professionals of the world). The book is being published by Wiley shortly after Easter – watch this space for your...

Guest Post: Looking Back At Cycling Around The World

Editor’s Note: Al needs little introduction as we’ve written about him plenty of times here over the years. He has also spoken – to great acclaim – at each of our big, annual shandangos. He kindly gave us permission to share his thoughts here...

There Are Always Two Stories

One of the first things you do when you start planning to do something dramatically different with your life is you read about people who have successfully done what you aspire to do. If you’re building an online startup you’ll read all about the overnight...

Question Time – Earn Karma, Give Help, Offer Support.

Escape the City is full of passionate people planning their next move. One of the best ways people can make big transitions is by getting help from like-minded folk who are prepared to lend a hand and some advice. Browse the questions below – click...
Fancy doing something mad next month?

Fancy doing something mad next month?

Our first ever Esc Adventure is starting in a dusty little town in northern Botswana called Maun in just over 30 days. A small group of hardy escapees is going to spend a week walking and camping (glamping!) their way through the Okavango Delta – just as it...

Guest Post: Why Bother Being Good?

Stephen Ridley escaped Investment Banking to be a musician. 24 hours after quitting his job, he rolled an upright piano into the middle of one of London’s busiest streets and started playing. After 1 month he had been offered 9 management deals, and started...
Keep Startup Ideas Simple. Ridiculously Simple.

Keep Startup Ideas Simple. Ridiculously Simple.

“It’s all about coming up with crazily simple business ideas.” This is what I sent to a friend last week after reading about a startup called YourGrind. My friend is in that exciting and terrifying phase before escaping his job and before knowing...
Rethink Fear In Your Career

Rethink Fear In Your Career

[This is the talk that I gave at TEDX LSE on Saturday. I was one of 15 speakers. The theme of the conference was ‘Rethink Your Definition’] I’m going to tell you a story. It’s a story that explains why I’m standing on this stage in front of you. It’s a...
ReNewed Beginnings

ReNewed Beginnings

This blog has been through quite a few incarnations since our first post on 20th August 2009. To start with, since we didn’t have a website, the blog was Escape the City. We used it to explore the ideas that were driving our concept, to share uncorporate...

Startup 101 Warmup: Pick Your Market Focus

David Gates is a consultant at Rapid Innovation Group, where he specialises in supporting early stage technology companies through their go to market challenges. He is also a mentor to young entrepreneurs, a charity trustee and road runner. David runs the Entrepreneur...
Stories of Personal Business Failure

Stories of Personal Business Failure

Pat Larsen is a former Navy helicopter pilot and investment banker.  Now a freelancer (www.getintoivy.com) and writer (www.patricklarsen.com) that travels with his growing family. 2009.  I wanted to build a service for VC/Angel investors and Startups.  I wanted it to...