Ariadne's portfolio company, Everyclick, has gone live with theirwww.givewithbing.com site today, and it is on the front of www.bing.com!
Well done Polly
On the train home to London from Manchester where we filmed the latest Dragon's Den Online show today ... overall the quality of pitches and entrepreneurs has gone up, and I was pleasantly surprised by just how terrific the batch today were.
There were several who I was seriously tempted to invest in, and I think I backed an excellent one. Details to come later/soon on the BBC's Dragon's Den site.
A couple of the entrepreneurs introduced the EIS tax compliance point as if it were big news. In reality, this is a standard thing to do if you are a small private company to get this clearance. It gives additional tax benefits, and should always be bottomed out whether it works for a private company. Almost any accounting firm can help see if it applies.
What a week! Need to turn off the lights, and have Julie time tomorrow
Great working session with Ecademy today ... we have a cunning plan indeed
More conversations at the Int'l Global HQ of Ariadne on the Googlisation of our lives....
Dinner with David tonight ... when I met David vying for the same taxi in front of the Ritz, who would have ever thought it would end up with us working so well together... I had a hunch that he was this spectacular guy at our first lunch, and he is this fascinating blend of very open and very attuned to human behaviour and thinking ... one of the most emotionally intelligent men I've ever known/worked with .... has brought some of our best companies to Ariadne...
Today, Intamac- announced their funding of £2 million. Ariadne discovered Intamac in 2003 and started advising them in December 2003. We introduced and helped to close their deal with Linksys, their first in Europe after their acquisition by Cisco.
Tonight, I went to the 100 Club to hear Warren Cole sing. Warren's music I discovered in the Den in 2009. He's a blend of Lyle Lovett, Eric Clapton and Cat Stevens. Paul King, a successful music manager, is helping to develop Warren's music and following online.
What fun - great dinner with Francois tonight - talking about France where I lived from 1988 to 1993 and 1997 to entrepreneurship to what makes a great onion soup to what it would ever take to get me to commit to someone!
He knows everyone, and can really help fast-growing companies work with the larger companies that they need to in order to scale.
Met with the Head of Developer Relations at Palm today. Developers face a huge challenge in terms of which platforms they develop for - fragmentation in the market. Their view is that it's best to use web technologies. Palm's Web OS is a "structured open" [my words] environment between the closed marketplace of iPhone and the open one of Android which is already leading to unhelpful fragmentation.
Snow through the window of Home House today ...
Took Jack Kaye out for drinks tonight - founder of Technis - a new model of helping to grow businesses by acquiring them with a Plus/AIM market vehicle... ex CEO of Tadpole, acquired by General Dynamics, Bernard Hume, as Chairman.
First round of drinks with Glenn Woodcock of Andromeda Capital - one of the most astute investors in London today. Invests in financial services, green energy, and media tools - like his style
Green Tea, Bath, Bed....
As Penny Power says - "Friendship is the Killer Ap" - Thomas, Penny and Glenn have created a small business network with 280,000 active members who help each other grow their businesses.
12 Years is a big accomplishment, and I know how much went into getting here today.
That's what the play, Rope, by Patrick Hamilton was about tonight at the Almeida Theatre. Spurred on by Nietzsche's nihilism, the protagonists murder as an act of vanity, but are discovered by a wily old Ruper Cadell played by Bertie Carvel - who stole the show. He was a stand-out performance.
I couldn't help but think about the influences that we allow to persuade us to do things which are cruel to our fellow man. Today's its violence incited by video games and media; then it was the philosopher of your choice.
What Kierkegaard called the anxiety of freedom still haunts
The Almeida so reminds me of the Geary in San Francisco, and plays with my stepmother while my father slept in the chair next to us
I must find more time to go to the theatre. Some of my best memories are of Stratford in 1986 when I saw Jeremy Irons as Richard 2, and Sinead Cusack as Lady MacBeth, and I believe a young Imogen Stubbs in As You Like it.