More valuable than my opinion of myself is others' opinions of me based upon my actions. Listed are my four most highly voted attributes and their weightings according to an anonymised survey sent to people who know me.
I would describe myself as having imagination with follow through. I enjoy projects where a combination of out of the box thinking, expert knowledge and teamwork are required and believe that people should strive to improve technologies and methodologies. My startup FreeUP, embodies this philosophy and is focused on saving people time and effort during their working day, freeing them up to do more productive and enjoyable activities.
For background of my experience please follow the links under ‘Professional Information’ (top right).
I have always had a soft spot for Google’s end of year videos. I know they air on the side of optimism, so aren’t factually representative, etc. but still, they are based in some level of fact, and that makes them far more moving. I once read that ‘a start-up is the smallest group of Read more about Inspirational messaging[…]
How to fire a country For most of history, your nationality and the country you were born in were pretty much fixed. The majority of people migrated to avoid hardships or for the promise of a new land. With these people then generally feeling affiliated to that new country. Even today with transport able to Read more about Digital nomads[…]
How and why to structure it As with most interpersonal skills, if you ‘get it’, ‘are good at it’ or ‘it just works for you’, then you are probably doing the following points or something analogous already. There’s more than one, equally valid way, to skin a cat. If it isn’t currently a strong point Read more about Meeting debrief[…]
When you start a startup, you know that there will be many unexpected tasks, but still, you have an expectation around what they will be. There is a whole framework around unknown unknows and various tools that can help you to navigate around them, (these will be in a future (more serious) post). For the Read more about Unexpected tasks[…]
The role of diminishing returns It’s not a rule, but instead, something that is quite commonly observed; the law of diminishing returns. Often this is talked about from an economics viewpoint where you try to optimise the profits made from the inputs committed. If you put nothing in you’ll get nothing out, but if you Read more about Science to startup[…]
The Voyager probes have been in the news recently as the first Voyager launched has now left the bubble of weather in space that the sun forms around itself, meaning that both Voyagers 1 and 2 are now in interstellar space. The background for these two probes is fascinating The year picked allowed the probes Read more about The voyagers[…]
Commoditising yourself Einstein was once quoted as saying “If I were given an hour in which to do a problem upon which my life depended, I would spend 40 minutes studying it, 15 minutes reviewing it and 5 minutes solving it”. Actually he was quoted on several occasions quoting similar things, but the sentiment of Read more about Personal brand[…]
It’s there for all to see When you are trying to progress an idea to a product it is often difficult to step back and see what progress you’ve made, the subtlety of progress is often hard to see. There are so many tasks that need to be completed that making progress can be hard Read more about The Subtlety of Progress[…]
Believe me, it’s important I’ve spent a large amount of this week thinking about our first pitch deck and I don’t mean what colours or typeset, (that was decided long ago) but instead, how to best convey our proposal on the first slide. Once that slide has been presented, it will frame everything else that Read more about Presenting Belief[…]
Publication One of the key focuses of my PhD has now been published in Analyst and has also made it onto their ‘hot original research articles in Analyst 2016‘ list. This publication describes the development of the total parameter matrix sensitivity (TPM-sensitivity) and demonstrates its use with experimentally obtained data. This metric calculates the most Read more about TPM-sensitivity[…]