Quick Update

I may have a weakness for fresh cherries…

The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum
  • It’s not really doing so well with the “less detail, more gonzo” plan, sorry Jacques.
  • Monday, day at the office, master class about share options, KS video meeting, pitch practice afternoon, got out of the office at 22:00ish, not proud of it, but it was time for our first London Burger King visit.
  • Latency from my desk to my personal (mail/web) server: 5ms – not bad.
  • Tuesday, Datacash meeting with Brian, teleconference about a project in Spain, we walked home, hipster food truck burritos at The Shoreditch Food Village, watched some House of Cards… getting pretty boring.
  • Mia went to visit her great gran in Somerset on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Pro tip: you generally want to avoid the Central Line (tube) – very congested.
  • “if that’s your geek?” — if that’s your interest/passion

  • Wednesday, Techstars master class about KYC regulation, interesting meeting with Susan from the Barclays Group Design Office, meeting with the ClickVid guys, deep dive session with Greg, Jess and Mark, walked home, (kinda meh) pizza around Shoreditch High Street, watched parts of Dexter while processing photos… can’t say I like it.
  • Watch this: Alice Phoebe Lou – Bigleap Sessions – I remember taking a few photos of Alice at a party in 2009.
  • Thursday, had lunch with Mia and Naulene at Blueprint Cafe (above the Design Museum), Mia and Naulene visited the Design Museum, Barclaycard meeting at One Churchill Place in Canary Wharf with Werner and Greg… impressive building, KPI (read: beer) evening at Techstars, Greg’s founders story… great story, Werner introduced me to Breaking Bad.
  • “One absolute rule: no assholes in my company.” — from Greg’s founder story

  • I suspect the general lack of exercise (other than walking) over the last six weeks is starting to get me down.
  • Friday, Mastercard Labs meeting, train ride to Hampstead Heath to meet Mia, Naulene and Olwyn – minor sense of humour failure with Naulene, finished a bag of fresh cherries with Mia, two hours of travelling to get back home, get our tickets, get dressed and arrive at Matilda The Musical just in time… brilliant show, Mia loved it – we had 2 of only 4 box seats in the theatre (last minute booking luck), we took a stroll through a lively and brightly lit Leicester Square and China Town with a late night snack – nice to get a little bit of rain after probably the hottest summers day so far.
  • Hampstead Heath was nice to see, but after taking the afternoon off to spend with Mia I was far from impressed with Naulene and her sister spending almost two hours with Mia in the woman’s only swimming area – and not answering her phone.
  • Three weeks later, still waiting for the bank to open an account for Gust Pay to get access to our Techstars funding. Yes, the fun does not stop at getting a visa, kids…
  • Good read: My startup failed, and this is what it feels like.
  • Nice read about “Fintech”.
  • “We’re not always open, but we’re always doing business.” — The line I use when Jacques complains that I seem to never work.

  • “Praat kak met die diere.”– about conversations close to the edges of the bell curve of truth.

  • Saturday, some morning cartoons, fresh blueberry and blackberry breakfast, Portobello Road Market with Mia, some vegetarian food for lunch, a bag of fresh cherries and crepes, frogurt in Notting Hill, the Victoria and Alfred Museum… impressive, Sensational Butterflies exhibit, National History Museum… the express tour till closing time (it was very busy earlier in the day), we shared a pizza around South Kensington, taught Mia the months of the year on the train ride home, some packing for her trip home.
  • We skipped Lego Land and we never took a boat ride on the Thames, but I think our tourism adventures were pretty successful over the last two weekends. One iPhone charge is not enough for a touristy day out navigating London… compass and a willing accomplice.
  • “A pound in money or a pound in weight?” — o/h at the Portobello Market

  • “TV is old fashioned.” — Mia, about TV vs. computers

  • Sunday, up early, a few sad goodbyes and some tears, Mia and Naulene took a mini-cab to the airport (Mia’s first ride in an electric car) and took the day-flight to Cape Town via Amsterdam, a day at the office, got some supper from Tesco without any humans behind the check-out counter, read through my RSS feeds for the first time in a while, watched some Top Gear – Polar special.
  • Self checkout is actually pretty cool – even better with tap & go / contactless payments – the future is here…
Big Juicy British Cherries
Big Juicy British Cherries

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

2 thoughts on “Quick Update

  1. You recently posted a thing on facebook about micro-enterprises spanning countries, dynamically combining resources to come up with new ways of building value. I liked that!

    Now I see that you’re also having a spot of complexity with the banks over there… In trying to build a small bridge between ZA and NL I’ve been running into similar issues. Getting bank accounts setup (“Hey, what do you mean you’re going to be dealing with companies in AFRICA?! THAT HAS TO BE RISKY!”) and just being able to transfer self-developed software out of the country (no, that recent Reserve Bank IP blurb doesn’t really mean much for the SME) has been giving me and a whole team of experts headaches.

    Would be cool to chat about this over beer when you’re back in this neck of the woods again. We’re (as in the world) cleary not globalized enough yet. :)

    1. Yeah, “micro-multinationals… which operate across high- and low-cost locations, delivering to an international customer base”

      I feel your pain.

      I think the trick is to start with a company outside SA.

      At least I now have a personal current account in the UK.

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