Day 199: When it’s a good idea to change direction

"Do more of what works and less of what doesn't." - Anon Sometimes in life, it pays to be receptive to feedback and be willing to change direction, even if it means swallowing your pride. That's exactly what I decided to do with Tinkerdash. It all started about a month ago... Upon receiving a free copy... Continue Reading →

Day 195: Stop trying to scale too soon!

“In order to scale you have to do things that don’t scale.” - Brian Chesky Like many new founders, I found myself a few months into my venture, Tinkerdash. I had a clunky, manual service and had completed some testing with users. It was now time to build something that could scale and take over the world,... Continue Reading →

Best coworking spaces in London? Try these five gems

"Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together." - Paul Ryan So, you've just started a new venture but can't yet afford to rent a funky new office. Or maybe you're a freelancer sick of working from home, longing for human interaction. Fortunately, there's an answer:... Continue Reading →

Day 170: Rejection shouldn’t mean dejection: the benefits of being knocked back

"We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success." - Henry Rollins Whether it's in a bar or at the business table, rejection sucks. It's a tough pill to swallow, though it's one that we're often encouraged to eat up... Continue Reading →

Here’s why a young, beach-bound retirement isn’t the answer

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” - Pablo Picasso How does the idea of amassing a fortune to retire aged 30 and sit on a beach for the rest of your years sound? This is an idea Chris Guillebeau poses in his book The... Continue Reading →

Day 161: I built my first chatbot in just 48 hours, here’s how it looked…

"If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late" - Reid Hoffman True to my word, today marked the day that Tinkerdash's first chatbot was released. And true to Reid Hoffman, it was basic. Very basic in fact. I'll first explain what the chatbot does and why, and conclude... Continue Reading →

Day 157: Never send an app to do Messenger’s job

"Besides black art, there is only automation and mechanization." - Federico Garcia Lorca Last week I attended TechHub's monthly demo event for the first time, hosted at Campus London. With just two demos left I was starting to think my experience would materialise to nothing more than a "nice time", which would have been fine, however,... Continue Reading →

Day 155: The Tinkerdash reviews are in, I didn’t quite expect this

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realise, the less I know.” – Michel Legrand Sadly, the one-month Tinkerdash blogger review was now over. The good news, however, was that four of the reviews had been published and we were delighted by how much we were able to help people and... Continue Reading →

Day 153: I decided not to wing it (for once), here’s why and what I did instead

"It seems that bad advice that's fun will always be better known than good advice that's dull no matter how useless that fun advice is." - Scott Berkun As brought to light in a recent BBC documentary titled "Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets", there's an unprecedented amount of nutritional advice available online nowadays. And worryingly, not all of... Continue Reading →

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