The Future of The Coal Exchange

Anyone who’s spent any time in Cardiff Bay over the last decade or so will be well aware of the ongoing saga of the Coal Exchange. My history in the city is inextricably entangled with it, from working in there, playing in there, and trying to avoid parking wardens around there. Recently the owners of […]

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How to spot a Facebook spam account

I run the Facebook group for Cardiff Start. We now have 900+ group members, which means we attract quite a few spammers looking to use our, erm, “social reach” for their own dirty needs. I’ve got pretty good at spotting the spam accounts now, and quickly dispatch them into the Ignore pile. Although, in fairness, […]

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Secular Retreat

A while back I wrote on a different blog about my belief that there should be more secular retreats. The entrepreneur in me almost said there was a gap in the market for them. What I’m talking about is a weekend, or maybe longer, where people could come together for relaxation, reflection, and decompression. The […]

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A life of simplicity

I’m always thinking about ways to simplify my life (although seldom achieving it). I’m sure if you went back through this blog you’d find more than a few posts on the topic. Anyway, today I stumbled across this quote from one of my favourite books, Three Men In A Boat, by Jerome K Jerome. It […]

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Mapping happiness in Cardiff

*Update – there’s a rough map prototype running here, or click on “Happiness Map” at the top* Update 2 – listen in from 50 mins here to hear me talk about the map on BBC Radio Wales, and read about it and watch a short video on WalesOnline.co.uk I’ve recently thinking about which areas of Cardiff […]

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Seedcamp, Tech City, and why Cardiff isn’t so far behind

I’m sat on a train, steaming through the dark, wet English countryside back to Cardiff. We’ve just left the outskirts of London, where I’ve spent the day mentoring at the accelerator, Seedcamp. About 20 startup teams had been subjected to a week of intense development, criticism, coding, praise, and very little sleep. The 4th day […]

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The coolest small businesses in Wales

Earlier this week Dylan Jones Evans tweeted an article that listed The Coolest Small Businesses in America. Without wanting to get into a big semantic ramble about the definition of “cool” (do they have to be creative and consumer-focused to get the required cool-factor?), it’s clear that some of the businesses listed in that article […]

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A Raspberry Pi for every schoolchild in Wales?

At the Do Lectures a few years ago I was lucky enough to be in the audience as Tony Davidson spoke. His talk introduced me to the acronym BHAG – “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”. He spoke of his BHAG – to build a massive 2 mile long building/sundial in the desert. It’s a wonderful, inspiring […]

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Cardiff Life article, spring 2013 (feat. PayZip)

My Cardiff Life column from April or May of 2013. Full PDF here. April and May have been the month of “making tough decisions”. To be honest I’d known that I needed to make changes for at least a few months, but it had taken weeks and weeks for the circumstances to align themselves to […]

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Cardiff Life article, spring 2013 (feat. CustomBooster)

Cardiff Life column  – April or May 2013. Full PDF here. As I write, I’m on the train back from a meeting in 10 Downing Street. I feel a mixture of privilege, amusement and excitement. It was a great honour to be invited, but I was also surprised at what I found inside. Being there […]

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