Startup Tribe Weekend 2

Relaxing Sunday session. Talked about the legals and the processes we could use to startup a business, RF has a great page on Equity Basics on Vesting, Cliffs, Exits etc have a read!

If your using blog to create value these are the 3 ways are:

  1. Lead with Value,
  2. Request Permission,
  3. Keep giving Value to customers.

Overall less focussed session in a different group. We have things which we need to do for next week. Mine is a UX card prototype ūüôā

On the other hand worrying news from the rental prices in London. Spiralling Rental Cost are hampering startup growth from Tech City, have a read and if your affected by this I would be interested in your opinion.

The other interesting article is “Visa scheme struggles to attract overseas tech specialists to UK” by Techworld. Exceptional Talent is important to keep the economy going and overseas tech specialists help innovation and create new projects but I also feel companies in the UK do not take enough risk to create those exceptional talents with people who are already working in the country. This is from looking at my fellow graduates from Imperial, and seeing friends from¬†Oxbridge and other Russell Group Institutions not being given enough chance or training to prove their talent.

Startup Tribe Weekend

Day 1 of the startup tribe weekend.

There was an idea which was similar to mine in regards to property at the startup tribe. Should I be worried? From my point of view, not really as the UX, the algorithm solutions, and specifications are going to be different to mine.

It was a fun day with RF giving the talk and lots of group sessions to help each other generate ideas not specifically into our own projects.

Cheekily using the wifi whilst everyone is drinking cause my wifi at home is unreliable.

Breakfast, Asking, Helping friends, Borough Market

This morning I went to meet SW at her flat in Chelsea. SW is leaving on an adventure to Central America on Monday. Really excited for her! I pretty much went to help her finish her food in the fridge.

An omelette with crumpets was served for breakfast, with Earl Grey tea. During breakfast I asked her for a UK plug adapter for my Mac Book Pro as I was using an US/Japanese plug adapter and using a massive Skross adapter to change it to for the UK socket. She had a spare and it made me save roughly 5.99 gbp. She was talking about getting a plumber in to improve her bathroom tap when she was back in London. To this I asked her if I could use her flat as a space to work as the internet speed is pretty good and in exchange I offered to be around when a plumber was going to come to the flat, meaning the taps could be fixed she was back in London. To this she agreed meaning I have a lovely quiet working space for myself. The power of asking is really amazing and how people can create a win-win situation when the timing and the opportunity is right.

After breakfast SW had to dash off to meet a friend for Lunch but I stuck around til 4pm to update my site for the accommodations I stayed in Ecuador and Bolivia. Whilst writing I remember in South America a lot is to do with Asking, Supply and Demand, timing and opportunity. For example the hostels where I got the best prices/were able to lower the prices were due to the receptionist/owner agreeing on the price which I was able to offer for the bed/room.

As I left the flat, i took the rubbish SW had in her flat in the bins in the basement and headed towards Borough market to get my grocery in preparation for the busy weekend with the Startup Tribe.

At Borough Market, got my veggies at Paul Wheeler’s as usual, the chaps at the stall are really nice to me and i feel like a royal customer nowadays. If Im treating myself I usually get the¬†Cannele de Bordeaux from Comptoir Gourmand but as I have had to recently cut my budget I’ve not been able to enjoy the treats for a few weeks, but I was desperate to get some to go with my coffee from Monmouth, I asked them if it was possible to get a good offer for 5. As it was near the end of the day the girl at the stall kindly gave them at a good discount for me to enjoy over this weekend.

The lesson for today was ask and you might be unexpectedly surprised by the positive answer which you get. Overall a great day of surprises and people willing to help me.

Yoga, Running the Sahara, Book Review, WordPress, New Flat

I hadn’t done Yoga for around 10 days and felt my body tightening up, so this morning decided to do up to the seated sequence of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. I felt the blood starting to flow and felt so much more relaxed. Fantastic start to the morning.

After a quick chat with ST from and realising it was a day off from helping out the Hotel, talked to UM who had recently run the Marathon Des Sables, a gruelling 250km run in the middle of the Sahara Desert! It was very inspiring chatting to her and watching the video clips on her blog.

I personally want to compete in the MDS in the next 2 years. The longest I have done is the Royal Parks Ultra, so I have a bit more training to do.

A friend of mine is currently writing a book about a really exciting topic. I’ve been giving her my opinion on where I would change the wording and on where to describe a bit more on the subject or objects which is being written, so its easier to imagine the scene¬†when its being read. Im really looking forward to the book being published and¬†when its released, I will write the title of the book¬†on the blog,¬†so everyone can have a read and give their opinions¬†ūüėČ

This afternoon I hit Google Campus with the writers of claudiadelpero and designblg to bainstorm how our sites could be improved. Im not going to give anything away BUT you will see the changes on the sites in the near future!

I met up with the new landlords of the property I will be staying in from the start of May at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. Prior to meeting the landlords I spent an hour in the reception/cafe area where you can use the wi-fi and churn out some good ideas whilst being served by a waiter. If your about in Shoreditch and want to relax and brainstorm ideas, I can recommend the spot.

Off to sleep now as Im meeting a friend tomorrow morning for breakfast. She’s off on a long adventure to Central America. Really jealous but I can’t wait to hear her¬†stories when I meet up with her next!

Canada Water Cafe, Ebay, Startup Tribe

Slow start to the day. Quick chat on Facebook with SM and ST at around 9am.

A accredited assessor of Energy Performance Certificate popped by the flat for the check at 9.30 am as the landlord is selling the flat.

After the assessment was done headed over to Canada Water Cafe to work on my site whilst waiting to hand over the Golf Putter I sold on ebay.

Stayed at the cafe for about 3 hours and handed over the Golf Putter and decided it was a good time to do some shopping before heading back to the flat for lunch. Popped by Sainsbury’s and the veggie/fruit stand outside the Canada Water Library. Chatted to one of the guys at the veggie/fruit stand and found he was an Afghan. As I had been to the talk the previous¬†night by Tommy from Turqouise Mountain started to talk to him about the cause but probably due to his hard time in the past, he¬†wasn’t ready to open up.

Had a late lunch at home and due to the fact I wasnt feeling well went for a nap.

Headed over to the Startup tribe at Escape for an interesting night of ideas and getting to know the team.

Overall a slow day but I still feel like I achieved a few things.

HEV, Hep B, Roomap, WordPress, Architect, Afghanistan

Morning catch up with my biz partner at HEV. Things are very exciting and Im looking forward to whats to come!

No more Hep B jabs for another year after getting my 3rd Jab!  Had a good talk with my nurse SA about Nepal and information on which BBC programs to watch next.

An hour and half skype chat with ST of Roomap about future ideas.

Went back to playing around with¬†this WordPress site and trying out a simple HTML & CSS layout on a Trial page (try and look for the index.html page ūüėČ

Met up with JK an Architect friend at Leong’s Legend for dinner. Talked about future projects or collaboration we could work on.

Went to a talk by TW from Turqouise Mountain about Culture and Conflict in Afghanistan at the Imperial War Museum. Very well presented talk by someone who I knew when they were 13.

Overall a productive day, wish I could do a bit more on the UX side as Im not happy with it. Think I need to change around the CSS and the PHP code on the theme.

Redundancy, Google Campus, Ballet Dancer to WordPress expert.

This morning caught up with MD @ Shutterburg in Shoreditch for Breakfast. The layout of Shutterburg is like a bar with a 90s feel. Shutterburg served good blueberry pancakes at an affordable price, their coffee was ok, I prefer Monmouth coffee from Central America which tend to be nutty. Had a good chat with MD on my projects and about redundancy packages.

UK Redundancy packages:

  1. Company/HR to tell the employee of what people normally get and if the package is above that offer.
  2. 1 Year work = 1 month payout is whats mostly offered in Financial companies.
  3. Some companies provide support like courses at Penna.

After Breakfast went over to Google Campus to make use of the wi-fi and work on this blog/ site. Around 12.30 whilst at Campus got peckish and had my packed lunch sandwich (after leaving banking, I have been really economising, taking less public transport and making my own food).

At 2pm, headed over to Urban Tea Room on¬†Kingly¬†Street near Carnaby Street to meet up with a¬†professional Ballet Dancer friend SK. We talked about how she could gain more presence online with her own website and she’s going to start learning WordPress soon! Hope she can enjoy learning the CMS as much as I have.