December 10, 2023

A further (probably not final) thought on coworking spaces

In my last article about coworking I said that coworking spaces enable freelancers to work together based around projects rather than combining into one company which is continually under pressure to find projects to "feed the machine". I referred to...


November 8, 2023

Bye bye WeWork, hello coworking

So it finally happened. Like the baddy’s car tumbling interminably down a cliff in a crime drama, WeWork finally hit the bottom of the ravine and exploded. There’s no need to cover Adam Newman’s epic failure here as it has been serialised in...


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July 4, 2023

Letter From America

It’s the 4th o July an it’s dinging doon ootside. Ootside being New York. It’s their big day, but it looks like the traditional barbecues will be a wash out. It’s sair dingin doon, but that hasn’t quelled the 30C temperatures at all. Impossible humidity will follow a break in the thunder and rain. The neighbour’s garden has a freshly fallen tree branch in it ‘resting’ on a skew-whiff trellis. The rain has been accompanied by thunder and lightning and I can’t tell if the branch was cut from the tree as a preventative measure or if it was caused by a lightning strike.


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October 5, 2020

TechBrew podcast 10 years on. Who survived?

I used to record a podcast with my partner in crime, Andrew Matheson. We both lived in Brussels at the time and kept a close eye on the Belgian tech startup scene. We liked what we saw and wanted to showcase some of the startups we encountered to the wider English-speaking world. That's how we became amateur podcasters and friends. That was nearly 10 years ago and I thought now would be good time to look back and see which companies had survived, which had thrived and which had fallen by the wayside. For 3 years we interviewed founders and created 37 episodes, most of which are available in my Dropbox. We gave the website, the Apple podcast listing and the domain name a digital funeral last year, but you'll find the link to the recordings at the end of this article.


January 8, 2019

How to be A Better Software Developer

"Better". It's such a subjective term. Let me define the term as I see it. To me, "better", in modern parlance means impactful. Someone who scores a point or two for humanity before slipping off this mortal coil. I offer theses tips as a developer...


August 4, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coworking Spaces

Well, 5 spaces actually, but why ruin a good title. So this week is global Coworking Week 2014 and I’m spending my day back at my coworking alma mater, Betacowork. These days, I’m not...

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June 21, 2014

Creating Value Is Not So Difficult

Tech startups have often been accused of creating products that nobody wants or needs. It’s a consequence of product focussed teams in love with their technology and product. But we see less...

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November 25, 2013

Startup Events: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I don’t really go to startup events any more and neither should you, probably. Here’s why. My customers and partners aren’t startups. And neither are yours probably. Always have a...

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December 18, 2012

Looking for Problems

As startup founders you’re always reminded that the road to success is to solve a real problem. If a never ending stream of ideas aren’t the thing that keeps you awake at night, but...

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August 27, 2012

The Magic of Coworking

I’ve been wanting to write an article about the “magic of coworking” for a while now. I feel it every day, I really do, but whenever I go to write something about coworking it just...

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March 5, 2012

Are you a five dimensional designer?

Web design can be a complex business that requires a team of skilled designers, engineers and content creators at the helm if it’s going to be done well. You need to assemble at team that can cover what I call the five dimensions. Budgets don’t always allow for that, so if you have to cut corners, at least make sure your thinking like a five dimensional designer. So what are the five dimensions?

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