This week we got a lot done at the global international headquarters of Ariadne Capital :)
We finalized our decisions about where to invest £2 million into high-growth ‘digital enablers’. We are backing the enabling tech and tools which are transforming the big piece of the iceberg (normal industry) which needs to be remade with software, digital business models, and organized around consumer data. James McClurg doing an awesome job on the Ariadne fund.
I went up to Gateshead (Newcastle) on Monday as one of the legs on my book tour for WELCOME
TO ENTREPRENEUR COUNTRY. After signing 100 books, and talking for an hour to local entrepreneurs came home on the train into King’s Cross. The Today Programme asked me to comment on Barclays’ results the next morning which I did, and the reaction was phenomenal
on twitter, email, etc…..
Here the interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qhqrq with Evan Davies and myself about 2h30 minutes in….
My point wasn’t to bash bankers (I know a lot of good ones and ones who care about society) although the couple hundred people who tweeted by comment: “If life were a video game, being a white male banker would be the lowest level of difficulty’ – may have thought I was,
my point was to focus on being a productive member of society, and measuring one’s success based on the overall outcome for society.
Great lunch with Fintan Donohue of the Gazelle Group at the new Savoy Hotel restaurant
(which I hadn’t been inside yet) on Tuesday …. This is a country-wide movement
to get colleges shaped around enterprise education.
We’re taking on more space at our new Trafalgar Square offices – turning the fourth floor
into a Start-up Village for all of our portfolio companies. I’m also starting to work on a bigger plan for Start-up Village too …
I heard Mervyn King, out-going Governor of the Bank of England, speak at the Hurlingham
Club on Wednesday night. He said in response to the Queen’s famous comment early on in the financial crisis – ‘Why did no one see it coming?’ – that everyone had.
I found myself deep in conversation with an entrepreneur over dinner, and then escaped into the night in SW6
Also met with Nick D'Alisio of Summly, backed by Horizon Ventures. They make a summarisation engine which is helping new organisations monetise content. There's something very good about the state of UK PLC if a 17 year old can have this effect.
Clickslide Board mtg on Thursday … Gabriel Ortiz will be speaking at Entrepreneur Country
on the 27th of February. The beta of Abacus is looking good, and like all early stage companies
we back, lots to do, but lots of fun…. The start-up addiction rocks on.
Out to dinner for Valentines Day … have to interrupt life every once in a while for a
Hallmark moment, but then back into the jet the next day
Brainstorming session with my friends Michael Hayman and Nick Giles at the Seven Hills Office
in Wandsworth late Friday … these guys are not only fantastic campaigners, but
pretty amazing strategists as well …
And then nothing could be better than settling down on a Friday night at Amaya with your
confidant, and just exhaling ….