Category: Startup

  • No one is unstoppable forever.

    No one is unstoppable forever.

    Looking at the current landscape of tech giants, from Facebook to Google, from Stripe to Intel, it is almost impossible to imagine they can ever be out-spent or out-competed.- Whilst they might seem unstoppable – with the sheer brain power they employ and the almost bottomless stash of cash they command, it is reassuring that every […]

  • My 15 Year List of Ideas is a Ready Made Company Selector

    My 15 Year List of Ideas is a Ready Made Company Selector

    For the last 15 years I’ve maintained a list of ideas to build – things that both excite me and improve the world. I’ve kept it pruned, adding new ideas, removing those that no longer seem viable and adding more details of the idea over time to those that still do. It turns out this […]

  • Yes, learning is hard. But do it anyway.

    Yes, learning is hard. But do it anyway.

    It seems popular, these days, for coaches and consultants to talk about ‘continuous learning’ or the ‘learning organisation’. Learning is like sex – everyone nods knowingly when it is being talked about, but few are actually doing it well or at all. For me, learning a new skill is hard – especially if you are […]

  • I am tired.

    I am tired.

    I’m tired, very very tired of trying to build startups. So very tired of starting from scratch with every idea. Of the hustling and the hacking.  I’m tired of hearing people saying ‘No’ and the ‘Oh it’s a great idea but..’. I’m tired of the apathy – of sending 10,000 emails and having only 10% […]

  • Make a donation and I'll speak with, coach, train or mentor your team for 1 day.

    Make a donation and I'll speak with, coach, train or mentor your team for 1 day.

    A gift for your company or team. If your company/team needs a spark to improve it’s delivery capabilites, perspectives, focus, vision, value system and (no tomatoes please) culture. Then I have a gift for you. I’ll trade you a spark for £500 before 5pm BST,  Thursday, May 12th 2016. If you or your company donate […]

  • Downtime in the Age of Cloud Computing

    Downtime in the Age of Cloud Computing

    We are working on an experimental mobile based social photography app called Snaptime and we have an ambitious plan to have it on the various app stores by the 1st of February so that people can start to play with it and help us learn what it does [and should do]  for them. 8 hours […]

  • A week of amazing things.

    A week of amazing things.

    3 amazing things happened this week First – the fundraising target for my Long Walk on Camino de Norte was reached in less than 24 hours. Then I hired a developer to work on an ongoing experiment – SnaptimeApp – and this was the fastest hire on Upwork in 8 years of using the service. […]

  • My Web Summit 2015 Experience – the really short version.

    My Web Summit 2015 Experience – the really short version.

    TL;DR Web Summit was a major experience.  There were a lot of people – the organisers claim 42,000 people were in attendance – and it felt it. If you aren’t a people person don’t go. If you are exhibiting, go to a busy vegetable market or car boot sale a few weeks in advance and […]

  • Why every business is a startup or soon will be.

    Why every business is a startup or soon will be.

    Every business – however large and however profitable – is a startup. Or is about to be. The big WTF is that they just don’t realise it yet. This epiphany struck me recently and life hasn’t been the same since. I am eternally grateful to Massimo Lucchina for stating the simple truth behind this and […]

  • Take Back Sharing: Why #Uber , #Lyft and #AirBnB are not part of the sharing economy

    Take Back Sharing: Why #Uber , #Lyft and #AirBnB are not part of the sharing economy

    Sharing is… a babysitting circle When my wife was growing up, her parents  – like many young parents of the day – needed to organize childcare. They were far away from extended family and only had other young families around them. So they organised around shared needs – all the young families needed to have […]