I tried not to write this blog over 1,000 times in my mind during my Vipassana retreat. Maybe even 10,000. Such is the urge of the mind to describe and analyse, rather than experience the present moment. It is said that all of man’s problems come down to not being able to sit still alone. After … More What 10 days of Silent Meditation (Vipassana) did to My Brain and Heart
Most of us entrepreneurial types start the year on a high. Limitless opportunities stretched out in front of us, only to face a few setbacks and let fear into our everyday life’s and work practices. Here are 7 mini habits I do everyday to stay present, focused, happy and achieve great things in business. 1. Wake up and say … More 8 actions to take everyday to make 2015 your best year yet
We all know we aren’t getting out of life alive but when your young, death enters in the form of your Nan’s funeral, not your own. It seems far away, like having your own children when your still a kid. You just can’t imagine it in a way that makes it real. So when it … More Facing Death at 28 and What It Taught Me
I am honoured to announce I am a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year, Social Enterprise (International) Category. Keep your fingers crossed. It will be a great platform to raise the profile of Give What You’re Good At – imagine a world whereEntrepreneur gave their skills!
Let’s Change The World When Larry and Sergey set out to build Google they saw their mission as helping people. Googles famous moto ‘do no harm’ embodied their hippie rollover rhetoric and unified them in the struggle against ‘the man’. Take a look at any of the big companies today and you will see a similar theme. All … More How Entrepreneurs Use Altruism to Create Radically Successful Businesses
I’ve dedicated my working life to increasing the capacity of charities. I worked in fundraising from the age of 18; raising millions for good causes. It was the constant behest from donors that little or no money be used for infrastructure that lead me to create Give What You’re Good At (a for-profit match.com for … More Are Charities the Best Vehicle to Solve Social Problems?
Getting a job is a very human and very delicate interaction. It’s not surprising that 41% of Brits get a job through someone they know. I founded a start-up called The Crowd Works which uses technology (from my first business) to bring job referrals online; effortlessly greasing the wheels of referrals. The idea emerged from … More Getting a Job will Always be a Human Process
I’ve spent this week in Berlin being humbled by the history of systematic violence and terror perpetrated by the Nazi regime. Berlin was decimated by World War II. It’s lengthy crawl back is a classic example of how emotions are innately linked to economic and social good. The Nazi party gained power at a time … More What Berlin Taught Me
As my first business grew , I did what every entrepreneurial book and advisor, tells you to do – I went out looking for angel investment. Unlike Starbucks founder, Howard Shultz, who famously made 240 pitches before getting funded, I found several interested investors. I spent countless hours meeting them, discussing the value they could bring and the long term … More Crowd Money is Smart Money
I read this week that 31% of people in Wales never use the internet. As a digital entreprenuer, I couldn’t imagine my life without it – its my work, money, maps, books, entertainment and how I stay in touch with my team, friends and family. My virtual world makes my physical more streamlined and enables my business to … More Five Things I Hate about the Internet (by a Tech Entrepreneur)