In my 20s, when I was clawing my way up the corporate ladder, there was a definite sense that I needed to have found a safe niche (rut?) by age 40. Certainly losing a job beyond that milestone meant the end.

Twenty (plus) years on, one might imagine that the gulf between "old" and "young" would be wider than ever, thanks to the raging pace of technological change.

But in the world of SME start-up and growth, I think technology offers opportunity - for people of any age. Young guns with bright ideas need wise heads on older shoulders to help steer them to success - I see examples every day.

People like The Guardian readers in the attached article are capable and experienced. What can we all do to make sure their skills and knowledge don't go to waste?