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Picking up where we left off

24 Oct

Hey guys!

It’s 4am and the sleep just isn’t coming, and suddenly I thought it’s time to get back to my wordpress peeps!

First off a big apology for not posting in recent weeks! I think it’s just a matter that I’ve been incredibly busy now that I’m on the Cambridge Accellerator Program, but it’s no excuse.

This blog is important to me and the ultimate message I’m trying to communicate with everyone is similarly something I feel passionately about — that opportunity awaits everyone just round the corner- whether in the business world or other; how can you take the first steps.

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So my work has now boiled down to three projects. I work on average, each week about 40 hours for LifePets – my game on mental well-being – I’m spending my time  developing the storyline of the game and the concepts involved – whilst carrying out businessy things like marketing, value propositions, building a network, etc. Beginning of next month I’ll be paying my game team to develop the prototype.

With BlueSkies – my wildlife conservation organisation I spend 5 – 10 hours a week – simply because I don’t have any extra time – it’s still going really well though. We’re currently forming partnerships with conservation organisations and vital networks in order to boost and diversify our membership base, we’ve been invited to conservation symposiums to give talks and focused workshops, and generally spreading out well – my team is doing really well also which is brilliant.

My third project, music, is also going well. I’m progressing really well in my abilities, and thoroughly enjoying the creative process – even though it does take up a great deal of my spare time!

So all in all things are going well – I barely have any down time, which I’m sure will have to change as time goes on – I’m working hard and progressing, and I’ll keep going with a bit of encouragement from my wordpress community 🙂

Alright back to bed Blueskies!! Thanks for listening all. I’ll be getting back into posting once each week so keep your eyes peeled here!

Happy progessing

Momentumising once more

13 Sep

Hey guys,

 

Sorry it’s been a while. I just got back from my final holiday in Shcotland – lots of walking, playing music, and letting my work brain rest for a while.

This post will be again tracking and describing the progression of my projects, and probably a little bit of whining on the fact that I am yet to be making enough to buy an aqua jet pack.

I will start on the most recent of my attempts for success. It’s a bit random but stay with me okay?
Have you ever heard of nap pods? They’re basically relaxation chair/pods that are being installed in some workplaces to let employees take naps, or people waiting in airports, etc. I recently watched a film called the internship, based on two guys trying to get internships on the google campus. These nap pods were featured on this film .. and I thought to myself ‘these are going to soon be in pretty high demand’ .. so I dropped an email to the company who retails them, telling them I’d be interested in selling these in the UK for commission. Following a very brief talk with the Managing Director he sent along a commission agreement that details if I sell one of their products I’ll get commission on this. They sell for $8000 a piece, so you can imagine the share I get is pretty good.

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Unfortunately they didn’t send any extra info – no promotional material, and are yet to answer my questions on if there’s any of their products already in the UK I can use for potential customers to ‘try before they buy’. I’ve been waiting two weeks so far and no reply. So although it does seem like a great opportunity I’ll have to just wait to see if they can provide anything to help me sell these.

Aside from this the other projects are coming along very slowly indeed. However, with BlueSkies I now have an intern – an Administration and Strategy Assistant – who’s based in London and is really helpful in managing the social media, outreach to conservation organisations, and is very willing to become Branch Manager if I ever expand to London – which I will be doing in the new year.

The game is going extremely slow. Now that I have a team of four – programmer, designer, therapist – it’s really hard getting everyone to meet up, and because there is no momentum trying to get the initial work done is really hard because we’re yet to come to a consensus on what actually should be done first! I guess this is something I need to decide as the leader  –  consolidate the vision for the first ‘draft’ and delegate for this to happen .. just I’m not used to this so I guess it’ll take time.

The music is going quite well. My acoustic music I’m getting a gig at least once a fortnight. My biggest aim at the moment, along with developing my songs and skills, is to try something I’ve never had the confidence to do before – create a following. So if you have the time please do ‘like’ my music page – https://www.facebook.com/jhmusica?ref=hl – and encourage others to do the same.

The book is also a toughy (reminder – I’m writing a book called ‘Cambridge Success Stories’…I’m running out of success stories that I know of in Cambridge so I’m trying to do some research on businesses that are not only successful but also have an interesting or inspiring story. I’m thinking what I’ll have to start doing is going to networking sessions for entrepreneurs/managers to find more stories.

Anyway that’s about it to bring you all up to speed. This is my second day back to work and it’s a little hard getting the momentum back but it’s really not so bad. It really does feel like I’m having to give a big old boulder a push after allowing its momentum to stop, and I’ve just got to keep pushing for a few days before the work mindset flows again.

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As is kind of obvious I’m yet to be making more money than can just about pay rent and food (holiday came out of my dwindling savings!). It’s frustrating – I imagined by the time I was 25 I’d already be quite set and doing well for myself. When you’ve got friends doing well around you it can be tough sometimes to wonder why I’ve taken this path. But I know there is a reason for it, and I’m getting to develop and progress and explore the way I want to. I guess it’s just a little tough this way sometimes, and a bit of a gamble. Who knows guys, maybe one day it’ll pay off!

Happy pushing

Return from holidays, recent achievements

12 Aug

Hey guys,

 

Just got back from very nice, well-deserved (if I do say so myself) holiday away from phones, meetings, and computers for a bit of R & R.

While I was away it gave me a chance to look back over the last few months of work, and I’ve realised that although day by day it feels like I’ve accomplished very little, using my holiday as a point to measure the distance between where I started and where I am now I’m able to see that I have achieved a number of things.

With BlueSkies we’ve now successfully held three collaborative events – producing reports for the conservation organisations asking for help, and creating partnerships with them each time. We’ve now worked with organisations in the UK, Nepal, India, and Iran in wildlife conservation. After my first three events I said to myself I’d start branching out to the big local conservation organisations in Cambridge and see if they can help me to develop, so I’ve arranged a meeting with one of the best for this goal – Cambridge Conservation Initiative, to discuss BlueSkies and how it can better achieve its aims.

As for the game I’m working on I now have a very talented team of designers, programmers, and mental health professionals who are happy to work for shares to create this game because they, like me have an optimistic outlook for the success of this project. Not only this but the Cambridge Accellerator program (http://www.accelerate.jbs.cam.ac.uk/accelerator/timetables-dates/) heard about my work from the Enterprise Alchemy event I attended (see previous post) and have asked me to pitch this project and my team for potentially being a part of the accellerator program in September.

What does this mean? It means three months of mentorship from already-successful entrepreneurs associated with Cambridge University, free office space, potential investment capital, and a 10k open salary to continue the project if they believe the game has potential to make it in the market.

Unfortunately I’ve received no reply from the app guy after I told him I wouldn’t pay in money for his programmer’s license, and wanted us to secure our agreements in a contract, so potentially this project won’t be carried forward..no worries plenty more ideas up my sleeve that I have more space to do now! ..

so now that I’m not working on that app it means that I’ll be starting a new project, which I’ll be unveiling in the next post so make sure you tune in!

 

Finally my music. This isn’t going too fast at the moment. The blues band is going slowly since we lost our bass player and we’re trying to get the band regrouped so we can’t focus on getting gigs. The new band I’ve started is really fun, with two very talented people, learning and composing a lot of great songs. So although that’s going well in terms of enjoyment I have to be very patient as we probably won’t be giging for a while. I’ve set up our first gig for Sept (non-paid) at a pub just to get us some experience, so we’ll see where it goes from there.

In terms of the acoustic music I have one or two gigs a month but nothing really special. I’m not sure how to take this to the next level now. I’ve contacted all of the pubs, bars, and a lot of restaurants and already gotten a clear yes or no, so I’ve run out of venues to ‘sell’ to.
Although thinking now, I guess once that’s been done I can try and re-sell to those I’ve already played at, and offer lower price packages to those who rejected me. There we go! There’s always something more that can be done.

So here we are – through the months of hard work I haven’t made any eye opening developments but I’m developing in confidence and skills, and my projects are now showing potential to be sustainable and strong in their applications!

Where there’s a will there’s a way!!

Happy progressing.