Quick Update

Birthday week…

Hyde Park
Goose, Maverick and Ice Man
  • Monday, death by mentoring, we learnt about the “the bell curve of truth”, pitch practice session, loooong day, walked home and had pulled pork tacos along the way at Chilango, watched more True Detective – it grows on you.
  • Maybe a bit late, but this is a pretty cool fathers day video from Techstars.
  • Tuesday, moar Techstars mentoring, first meeting with the Barclaycard Contactless/NFC team, signed up for a bPayband, inbox zero (!, for the first time this year), left the office at around 22:00 (just before it got dark), True Detective.
  • I bit late, but I added a post to the Gust Pay blog about an Adidas event last year.
  • I’ve come to conclusion that Naulene is a simply bad person. I can’t work out any other reason for her not letting me communicate with Mia while I’m in London. It’s been three weeks and she can’t get her iMessage working or install Telegram. Mia has an iPad with 3G data and headphones. She has Skype and Telegram and she knows how to use these. Naulene just does not want to make any effort to let us communicate and keeps the iPad from Mia.
  • One more Gust Pay blog post, with photos of the Barclays / Techstars office.
  • Wednesday, a non-mentoring day, less of a blur – sketched a few new NFC related ideas on the white board, managed to get an intro to some Mastercard people, got some VIP invites to an event in Hyde Park, Barclaycard social event after work… pulled pork mini burgers and French Chardonnay, we left the office early (20:00ish), watched the end of True Detective.
  • Thursday, mentor day, made my first iZettle payment, finally managed to have a Skype chat with Mia – she found and took the iPad, Techstars KPI review and (hack)associate meeting.
  • Seems Techstars “mentor madness” is a actually a thing. A washing machine of ideas. 80 x 20min sessions over three weeks.
  • Friday, my birthday, mentor day, Tony gave us a tour of the rest of the Central Working space, some market research: watched Soundgarden and Black Sabbath at British Summer Time in Hyde Park with Werner and Jordan, took a tour of the festival and looked at all the bpayband infrastructure, bought some strawberries and cream with my wristband, spent 15min strapped to the #betterview bar, hanging from a crane, 30m above the concert… nice views, we met a few guys doing payments in Asia at the Rosewood hotel, fun day.
  • Going to a rock concert as a VIP guest is a fairly different experience to the usual mayhem of a concert.
  • “Global economies are on the cusp of a ‘third-wave industrial revolution’ in which enterprising, young innovators will play a central role. The rise of ‘micro-multinationals’ – start-ups which operate across high- and low-cost locations, delivering to an international customer base exemplifies the opportunities wrought by globalisation, digital communications and the internet.” — The Economist

  • Saturday, Jacques left for Rome, breakfast at the hipster restaurant just below our office, some photo processing at the office with the CoderDojo kids running around, walked home (about 40min), made my first wristband payment outside of a festival (at Tesco), kinda watched Doom on Netflix… meh.
  • Sunday, Covent Garden, Green Park, watched the Wimbledon finals with some Pimm’s and Lemonade around Kings Road with Ashley, we took the train to Richmond, fish and chips at The White Cross pub, beautiful area, nice walk along the Thames until we encountered some heavy rain, train ride and a walk along Regents canal home, great day.
  • Pro tip: don’t arrange to meet people in the underground without GSM/wifi signal. Also, have a look at the “Citimapper” app.
  • I think I’m starting to like living in London.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.