This is still a true story…
- And so begins my 16×9 canal photo phase.
- Week of 11-17 August, Techstars week 9.
- For the record, we are the first South African startup in Techstars at the first Barclays Accelerator – took us a while to confirm this.
- I think it’s safe to say that at this point we lost pretty much all forward momentum and started thinking Techstars might end before we have a UK bank account open.
- Monday, walked to work (takes about 50min along the scenic route), we finally managed to get a bank account number, Skype chat with Mia, pitch practice afternoon, walked home, sunset run along Regent’s Canal.
- It’s starting to get a bit colder in London again.
- This weekly Monday pitch routine really does not suit my way of working… when writing a weekly blog post keeps me sane.
- Tuesday, walked to work – starting to enjoy this (good pitch practice time), opened a Barclays personal bank account, video planning meeting, free lunch, workshop about using Gust in Spain, rainy walk home, worked on KPI4.
- Not sure if this is an email you want to receive from the school shrink: “In her emotional literacy exercise Mia indicates that she feels angry, rebellious, disappointed, disbelieving in others, curious, frustrated, happy, restless, lonely, sad, suspicious and rejected. It is not unusual or negative to have so many emotions, it is positive that she can identify with so many. My main concern is that she is bottling her harder feelings and this manifests in feeling frustrated or cut-off from others. In her colour my life exercise her dominant emotion is happy with small quantities of loved, jealous, excited and sad. Mia is a kind girl and shows a maturity above those of her peers.”
- About public speaking – you really need to get excited about your pitch and you need some forward momentum for that. It’s safe to say I like product design and complexity and creativity and writing more than drama.
- Minimum Viable Inspiration
- What is your why? Find it. Keep it safe.
- About doing epic shit and being awesome: It’s hard doing epic shit day by day. I think the trick is to feel that you are doing epic shit at least every three months. Take photos, write blog posts. Get perspective.
- Wednesday, walked to work in 40min (the optimal route), very cool ideation session with the Barclays design office guys – they seem to like the ideas behind TrustFabric, free lunch again, finally signed the Techstars investment docs, kinda missed the go karting team building thing (had the wrong shoes), nice walk home.
- “In retail – all that’s left after eEommerce is relationships and experiences.”
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” — HST
- Thursday, walked to work via the Regent’s canal (not the shortest route, but very pretty), finally got our Techstars money, mentorship call, very cool (teleconference) investment workshop by David Cohen, KPI evening.
“50k USD for a 6 minute pitch. Not a bad hourly rate.” — Jacques
- 2004 was awesome, I have a good feeling about 2014.
- Friday, mostly struggled to get online banking working, Werner flew to Cape Town.
- Techstars is a pilgrimage to meaning. Find the fundamentals. First principles. Do you really want to build this? Do people really want what you are building? The trick is to find inspiration from this. Causality, kids.
- Maybe Techstars is not supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be an adventure.
“This is not checkers; this is mutherfucking chess.” Technology businesses tend to be extremely complex. The underlying technology moves, the competition moves, the market moves, the people move. As a result, like playing three-dimensional chess on Star Trek, there is always a move.” — from The Struggle
- Saturday, installed Hive Wallet for Jacques and sent him his first Bitcoin using Waggle (geofence) – somebody that reads that much Zero Hedge needs to own some Bitcoin, watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in Angel, 3D + 4k… pretty boring, missed the rugby. I made gourmet burgers, watched 2 Guns… entertaining.
- Sunday, I made breakfast (Jacques figures I’ll do well at being a house husband since I can cook and I like photography), gym, very hipster pulled pork, beef and pork ribs and beer at Duke’s Brew with Jacques, watched Spark on Netflix – a Burning Man story… watch it, booked a flight to SA.
- Joined the gym, VA in Angel. Nice pool.
“Go big, or go home.” — Jacques
“Hipsters: metrosexuals with cave man ambitions.” — Jacques
- It’s not about the money, it’s about the experience.
Have a fun week, crazy kids.