Thoughts, experiences, ideas and reflections

A blog documenting the trials and tribulations of starting and running a tech startup, of living in these exciting but challenging times, and of learning and becoming – bit by bit – the best one can be.

30Apr, 2019

The beliefs that have held me back

April 30th, 2019|Lessons & Advice|

I’ve had a lot of time to think lately. Being on the road for weeks at a time, driving long distances with no one but my beloved but possibly autistic puppy, and with a mission to observe, understand and ultimately correct my own bad habits, has given me the space

24Mar, 2019

Lancelot’s demise

March 24th, 2019|Puppy adventures, Random musings|

It is very hard to shake off the reputation I have of being unlucky, when one hour after buying a new car, a truck crashes into you. Yes. Sigh. I was all giddy with excitement on Thursday when I caught the train to the dealership in Fareham from where I

9Mar, 2019

Adopting Lumi

March 9th, 2019|Puppy adventures|

I adopted little Lumi on 19th January, 2019. She was born on 1st November, 2018, so she was 11 weeks when I picked her up. I decided to call her Lumi, because I always loved the name Lumen, a measure of luminescence. And Lumi just fit her better. She was

9Mar, 2019

Deciding to buy a dog

March 9th, 2019|Puppy adventures|

I've been meaning to get a puppy for a while. I am not alone in feeling immense joy in the presence of a dog's simple adoring love. While I never had a dog growing up, I lived with a gracious Labrador called Hunter when I lived in a house-share as

23May, 2018

Why I love the sea

May 23rd, 2018|Random musings, Ruminations, Sabbatical|

This post was written in my journal, while sitting on a bench overlooking the Pacific, during a week-long workshop on Offering to the Divine at Esalen (I wrote about the overall experience here). This rumination on the sea is quite beautiful, and probably the only piece of writing I'll share

19Apr, 2018

Busy doing not much

April 19th, 2018|Birth of a Startup, Ruminations|

I'm a few days into my London-based post-CEOship. I've been phenomenally lucky that these days have coincided with a totally unseasonal heatwave, and I'm currently sitting on my sun-drenched balcony in short shorts and a big hat, listening to the sound of a duck frolicking in the canal water below

29Nov, 2010

Fire in the eyes

November 29th, 2010|Birth of a Startup, Ruminations|

This is my guide to hiring: look for the ‘fire in the eyes’. I look for someone who’s eyes twinkle when they talk about their hopes and ambitions, and when they talk about your company. Someone that has that sparkle of brightness, coupled with a personality that you warm to

24Nov, 2010

Coming to America!

November 24th, 2010|Birth of a Startup, Ruminations|

My team and I recently made one of the hardest decisions we have ever made. Despite being proud of being a UK-based company achieving success internationally, it was becoming obvious that to take ourselves to the level we wanted to, we needed to set up a physical base in the