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 giant has its weaknesses.

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.

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.

3 Things #Agile Teams Can Do Today To Improve #Estimates and #Estimating

Over and over again I find teams and organisations that have a chronic problem with ‘estimation’. It is one of the biggest causes of disharmony and mistrust in organisations I have worked with.

What happens on #Twitter when someone like #Mandela dies

I was going to title this post – ‘What billions of silent voices screaming at the same time look like’ – but it seemed too dramatic.

As I was about to release the pre-beta of my new app Hashies, the news came on the wire that Nelson Mandela had died. I wasn’t particularly shocked – more relieved actually. I do feel like I have lost a beloved grandfather – I think most of the world feels the same. But in the last few months, the situation around him and the media frenzy was grotesque to say the least. I wished nothing more than a peaceful passing on for Mr Mandela and when it came I felt only relief and gratitude for a beautiful brave life.

Hashies tracks what people are saying on a hashtag in near real time. Given the news, ‘#Mandela’ seemed the way to go. Before I heard the news – it was going to be ‘#JustinBeiber’ – glad it wasn’t!

Enough said, here is what it looked like.

And just to be sure – there is no one quite like Mr Mandela. And there is unlikely to ever be. RIP Madiba.

Why I am Cancelling My 10+ year Skype Account

TL;DR This is a notice to my Skype contacts:  Skype (and others) have been spying on their users on behalf of the United States security apparatus for a long time.

Moore’s Law Requires Species Maturity.


No, You’re not imagining things. That is a 64gb micro sd card. It’s smaller than the smallest coin in British currency (5 pence coin).

Technology holds the key to our collective future, perhaps even our survival as a species.  But only if we are mature enough to use it.

I still don’t have enough stuff to put on the card.