I was invited to join John Darvall on his BBC Radio Bristol show to discuss if this was a good time to start a new business? Of course it is, but then I’m an optimist like most entrepreneurs! After a bit of banter about starting up a new business, he asked me for 3 Top Tips,… Continue reading 3 Top tips for Start-ups
Innovation is generally held to be a “good thing”. Companies that are innovative or that produce innovative products are lauded with praise, awards, not to mention investment funding. Innovative individuals are highly sought after and richly rewarded. So how can we be more innovative, in our personal and corporate lives? Find new ideas Most of… Continue reading How to be more innovative
I normally don’t get too excited about photos of me, but when you’re thinking of changing your online image it’s quite a big deal. I really like the image I’ve been using for the last 3 and a bit years, it was taken on holiday so is a bit relaxed but sufficiently smart to be… Continue reading New profile photo
A number of years ago, when I was the Business Manager for Futurelab Education, we looked at a couple of projects around technology in social housing and how internet access could transform lives. I began talking to George Grant (Founder, Housing Technology) about several projects across Bristol that were refurbishing PCs and providing them to… Continue reading How smart are your houses?
Ok, minor confession; I haven’t pulled this list together. Iain Gray (CEO, Technology Strategy Board) is a passionate champion of all UK technology & innovation, and he recently tweeted a list of technology and innovation examples from Bath & Bristol. Enjoy! [Update 1: Iain’s just dm’d me to say there are plenty more to follow,… Continue reading What’s great about Bristol? Let me count the ways…
After the excellent Ignite Bristol #2, I wanted to have a go myself. I decided not to present anything connected to the ‘day job’ and thought that Octopush would make a great topic. Ignite is a beautifully simple concept; “Enlighten us, but make it quick” Specifically 5 minutes quick. And you have 20 slides, that automatically… Continue reading Ignite Bristol 3
Quite a lot as it turns out. Both of Monday’s talks as part of the Festival of Ideas (@festivalofideas) Autumn Programme looked at how much of the technology that we all rely upon started out with military funding. (Disclosure: I was invited to attend both talks in return for writing this short review) Whilst both… Continue reading War, what is it good for?
Every now and again we are fortunate enough to have an opportunity to under take a piece of research in an area that we are passionate about. For a number of years, I’ve been interested in how the treatment of head and neck cancer (HNC) affects a patient’s perceptions about their appearance. As part of… Continue reading An exploratory study into HNC patients’ perceptions of their appearance
(Disclosure: I was invited by Andrew Kelly to attend this talk & receive a complementary copy of James’ book and encouraged to blog about it afterwards, I did so I am.) James Hamilton-Paterson’s new book “Empire of the Skies” has the official sub-title “When Britain’s Aircraft Ruled the World“, but from the interview with Andrew Kelly (Director,… Continue reading Empire of the Skies
In these straightened times, its a great opportunity to review your business processes & establish the foundations for the future. Never let a crisis go to waste. Rahm Emmanuel (via WSJ) Lean means taking a fundamental look at your business & driving out waste. Some of these wastes will be obvious (work in progress, re-work,… Continue reading How do you ‘lean’ a business?