"I'm stuck, it's dark. I'm overwhelmed." "It's ok. I know what its like down here. And you're not alone." "Rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is connection." The power of empathy - explained in a 3 min video:
3 lines that describe what a startup is
From 90 things I've learned from Founding 4 Technology Companies: Find your company’s One Thing. Your One Thing falls at the intersection of 3 truths: The one thing you and your team are most passionate about. The one thing you and your team have a realistic shot at being the best in the world at. … Continue reading 3 lines that describe what a startup is
StartupCafe turning 2!
Last night, StartupCafe celebrated its second birthday. Never one to shy away from partying, we threw an amazing birthday party. It was pretty epic. There are photos. And better photos. I've talked about how delighted we have been to get such a reception from the community and how happy we have been to be part … Continue reading StartupCafe turning 2!
Why Google > Microsoft: Working around the Pre-release Issue
Just now, I was looking up some old Microsoft Word files that I had written a while back. After taking a little while to find the right ones, I double clicked and got this incredibly helpful message: "This file was created in a pre-release version of Word 2007 and cannot be opened in this version." … Continue reading Why Google > Microsoft: Working around the Pre-release Issue
Great tools for teaching programming
In Oct this year (2010), the Edinburgh University Hoppers Group which Maxim Cramer and I help to run, decided to run a female developers conference. We ran this conference for a variety of reasons which warrants a blog post all by itself, but the important thing here is that I've been spending an increasing amount … Continue reading Great tools for teaching programming
“We make lists because we don’t want to die”
Lifehacker recently highlighted an interview with the renowned author Umberto Eco, who is currently curating an exhibition about the place that lists holds in our culture. In the interview, he notes: "The list is the origin of culture. It's part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also … Continue reading “We make lists because we don’t want to die”
MyPolice and Positivity
As some of you know already, I've been working on mypolice.org - a website allowing the public to give feedback to the Police. We were pretty excited when the Times decided to write a piece on us for this sunday's paper. What resulted was this: "Police leaders have warned that a new website allowing the … Continue reading MyPolice and Positivity