Interesting Startups

I am lucky enough to meet some amazing founders, some have gone on to do build awesome businesses others are work in progress. From time to time I meet startups that I think look really interesting, startups I would invest in or want to join or just think the founders have that something that tells me they will be successful.

Each month I send out my “Interesting Startups” email featuring a few startups I have met and think are Interesting. If you want to get this email then just subscribe below:

Security

I have a background in Information Security and these are some of the security projects I am involved in.

SecureJar

– WordPress security, the latest vulnerabilities. Featuring Marvin the wordpress security plugin.

CoffeeCopter

I came up for this idea a while back but did little with it mainly because of the cost of a quadrocopter. I noticed that a Dutch entrepreneur has done a little more and also coined the phrase CoffeeCopter, they have built a prototype and performed a test flight.

Starbucks has also recently announced they are to use drones for delivery, but at the moment it looks like jumping on the bandwagon rather than a credible option.

Twettle

Twettle (tweeting kettle) is not a new concept in fact Ben Perman came up with the idea back in 2010 and had some concept designs completed, see the story. However despite amazing media coverage the project never got off the ground.

I had the same idea in 2011 and began research only to come across Ben’s twettle and thought I had been beaten to it, but on further digging it looked like the project had been abandoned. So in 2012 I picked the project up and began research, I had the very simple graphic produced to give people an idea of how it would work. I purchased twettle.com & twettle.co.uk and started to talk to Warwick University about helping with the development, unfortunately that offer of support faded away.

After a gap of a few months the project is back on. Here is the plan:

– Designs completed

– Electronics designed

– Proof of concept device built

– Kickstarter project launched

Independent Coffee

Independent Coffee is a collection of business notes from my Urban Coffee adventure. It captures the lessons I learn from running a coffee business and industry related information. The hope is that these notes prove useful for other independent coffee shop owners and it makes the indy scene stronger and more competitive.

I may also use these notes to create a book at some point in the future.

I also run a how to start a coffee shop course from time to time

Birmingham Entrepreneurs

I created Birmingham Entrepreneurs as a meetup group in 2008 because Birmingham had nothing like it. As the 2nd city I expected something like this would have existed but after some checking it didn’t. So now on a monthly basis a group of potential and current entrepreneurs get together to swap notes.  This group is now the 5th biggest meetup.com group in Birmingham (1000 members). Join us here

Territorial Army.org

After serving for 15 years with the Reserves (Territorial Army) I saw it go from a big boys drinking club into a professional outfit capable of supporting its regular counterparts on operations. Over the last 10 years the Reserves have provided 1000’s of troops to the operations in Iraq and Afganistan. The officers and soldiers of the Reserves have stood along side their regular counterparts despite having day jobs, limited experience and limited training.

What struck me as we saw the death toll rise in Afganistan is the lack of differentiation between a Regular death and a Reserve death, some would say this is the One Army concept working but I think this hides the contribution the Reserves are making. The real trigger for this was the loss of a colleague Pte Joe Whittaker in 2008, if you look at the Play section on this site and the “40 miles with 40lbs” photo you will see Joe & I stood at the back. I spent 6-months training with Joe for the competition so got to know him well.

So I created this blog to chronicle the TA’s contribution in lives to Army operations.

www.territorialarmy.org

TwoSpanners

One of my passions is cars and a couple of years ago a friend and I embarked upon the Crumball Rally, you buy a car for less than £150 then drive around Europe with a whole bunch of other mad people. Well that gave us the bug and since then every year we embark on a mad car adventure, we have driven across the Sahara Desert to Mauritania in Africa, Azerbaijan and now have plans for an Arctic Circle trip.

Visit twospanners.com