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Mike Southon is a serially successful entrepreneur. He co-founded The Instruction Set, an open systems consultancy in 1984, and sold the company five years later to what is now Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Mike has since been involved in seven start-up ventures, responsible for sales and marketing as well as helping to secure funding from venture capitalists. Mike is very active as an independent consultant, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences all over the world for Microsoft, IBM, Novell, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and many others. He has been a visiting lecturer at City Univeristy Business School since 1992. Chris West is a writer and journalist. His China Quartet of mysteries is published in Asia, the USA, the UK and Europe. He also works in PR and marketing, and is currently involved in his own start-up enterprise.