Minimum viable event

A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers and to provide feedback for future product development. It is something that is just good enough to test on the market without breaking the bank. But does the product always have to be something tangible? Of course not. The … Continue reading Minimum viable event


There are two types of people in this world. Those who can tell what a pothole looks like and those that can’t. I know this because strange yellow circles have appeared on the streets around Morpeth highlighting the holes in the road surface caused by the unusually protracted winter weather conditions this year. Until they … Continue reading Potholes

Newcastle Scaleup Summit

I am not a scaleup. I am a startup as I have only been going a few months. I’m certain that I really don’t want to scale my business, I am wanting it to stay very much as what is known as a lifestyle business instead. I am clear about that. Why then was I … Continue reading Newcastle Scaleup Summit

Right in front of me

I think it was Warren Berger who said that ‘When people fail to see what's right in front of them, it's often because they stopped looking too soon.’  How true and I think I have been caught out by his words.  In case you are interested Warren Berger is an American journalist and author of … Continue reading Right in front of me

Even a Guerrilla Worker

Poor Su.  I didn’t mean to burden her with my troubles but sometimes even a Guerrilla Worker needs a shoulder to cry on.  The thing is that I have felt a bit flat over the last few days.  I don’t know whether I have just run out of steam or a late night in the … Continue reading Even a Guerrilla Worker

Opening data

I think I’m finally beginning to win the argument over open data.  It has been a long haul and there are many sceptics.  They are quite right to be so, as it’s very hard to prove the benefits of opening up data for all to see.  Some projects have done it very well and are … Continue reading Opening data

Judging the competition

You would think that judging a competition is easy, well let me tell you that you would be wrong.  When I was asked to chair the panel for this year’s Dynamites 16, the North East Technology Awards event, I thought that it would be a piece of cake.  I mean how hard can it be?  … Continue reading Judging the competition

Creative and artistic work

I have come to admire artists, those who can see things that others can’t, those who can create beauty from oil on canvas, clay or marble and those who can challenge our perceptions and help us to see life in a different way. I don’t know much about the art world however, yet I finally … Continue reading Creative and artistic work

Awards again

It is the awards season again and I'm in two minds. I never know if award events are good things.  I am not alone. A quick straw poll of my Leadership Team would suggest that we are all of the same view.  We are all slightly uncomfortable with them yet recognise that they have some … Continue reading Awards again