Sepp Blatter Business Lessons

I don’t watch football. I’ve just never got the appeal of 20 men covered in mud chasing a bit of leather around a field. But you can’t avoid the whole FIFA stuff that’s all over the news at the moment.

Sepp Blatter has said he “can’t monitor everyone all of the time”. Of course he can’t. And as your business grows you’ll have the same problem – you can’t monitor what everyone is doing, nor should you have to.

This is where ‘culture’ comes in.

The culture you create is omnipresent and makes sure everyone knows what is and isn’t acceptable. It’s everywhere, all of the time.

Once your business get’s past 10 people you better make damn sure that culture is something you’re actively paying attention to ensure you have the culture you want. It’s not something you can forget about as the company grows either. As more people join the organisation, the culture can change – especially with bigger personalities.

So culture is something you need to pay regular attention to. As the founder or CEO the “actions of individuals” working in your company are your responsibility.

If you neglect it then a culture will develop regardless and it might not be the culture you want.

Four Thousand Days – My Autobiography

Since I sold KashFlow I’ve been intermittently working on my biography. Going from drug trafficking to prison to starting and then selling a business is quite a journey and I wanted to write it all down so I didn’t forget it. I also wanted to make sure that my daughters had the full version of what happened for when they’re older – better they get the truth from me than half-truths elsewhere.
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31 Things I Learned About Building a SaaS Business

Over the last few months I’ve sent a lot of emails (mostly solicited!) giving advice to various SaaS startups. I thought it might make sense to try and gather some of it together here.

Some of this will be obvious for you. But I hope at least one point here gets you to think about something you might be able to do better. Read more »

How To Control LightwaveRF Devices from Fibaro HC2

I’ve written before about Vera and Fibaro. I’ve moved from the Vera system to Fibaro Home Center 2. One of the features missing is the ability to control LightwaveRF devices.

I’ve now figured out how to do this with just the addition of a LightwaveRF Wifi Link.

Here’s how. Read more »

Does that make sense?

If you’re a developer you’ll probably regularly find yourself using phrases like “Does that make sense?” Or show that you understand someone by saying “That makes sense”. You’re hard wired for logic. Read more »

Aim for Boring

When you start a business there are lots of peaks of excitement.

There are spikes of traffic and surges of signups.

It’s addictive, and you look forward to the next adrenalin rush.
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SaaS: Choose depth OR breadth, but not both

Last night I read “The Next Wave of SMB SaaS: True Solutions. Priced as Such.“.
I encourage you to read the full article, but I’ll attempt to summarise it with two snippets Read more »

Practical Financial Education for Kids

I like to think I have a decent track record for spotting super UK Startups early on. I pointed at and shouted about DueDil and GoCardless long before they were as well known as they are now.
OK, so I missed Buffer, but everyone missed Buffer! (seriously? scheduled tweets??) Read more »

IoT Gateways – Vera vs Fibaro

A few weeks ago I wrote about Home automation and The Internet of Things (IoT).

TL;DR version: The Internet of Things is already here – and in a big way, but it’s in disguise as “Home Automation”. Not every device needs to be connected directly to the internet. Being connected to a gateway to the internet – a controller – is more than sufficient. In fact, it’s better because the controller can automate all kinds of scenes without being dependent on your internet connection. The dominant protocol for in-house communications is z-wave. The gateway presents z-wave devices as IP-based devices.

I ended that post saying there are two companies that I think can potentially dominate the market for controllers. So without further ado:

The two companies that have the potential to emerge as the victor in the controller market are Fibaro, with its Home Center range. And Vera with its, er, Vera products.
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Techstars Demo Day – Two to Watch

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time around TechStars London – from the interview process to find the 11 teams to doing a ‘founders story’ talk Read more »

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