NHS Startup Part VII – Don’t Make Me Think

So I met with my software developers today and I think they've pretty much nailed it.  It was actually really incredible, because I hardly gave them any direction in what I wanted the app to look like.  I just told them what functionality I wanted in detail and told them to be as creative as they… Continue reading NHS Startup Part VII – Don’t Make Me Think

NHS Innovation Expo & Updates!

Sorry it's been a bit quiet around here guys!  It's been really busy for the last couple of weeks! Essentially, I've got a lot of frogs in my bowl at the moment and I'm trying to make sure that nothing jumps out! I've been studying for an exam I will be doing in October.  If… Continue reading NHS Innovation Expo & Updates!

NHS Startup Part VI – Screw It, Let’s Do It

I've just given the green light to my developers to go ahead and start building our product. It was a bank holiday weekend the last three days and each night I've been tossing and turning.  So many thoughts go through your head when you're about to sink most of your savings into a project. But… Continue reading NHS Startup Part VI – Screw It, Let’s Do It

NHS Startup Part V – Gateway

So, a lot seems to have happened in the last week or so. I am continually astonished how doors seem to keep opening if you come from a place of genuinely trying to help others. As many of you know, I've been trying to get my hands on APIs which would allow my software to… Continue reading NHS Startup Part V – Gateway

NHS Health Startup Part III – The Dinosaurs

It's the age old saga. Seth Godin often talks about the music industry.  It used to be perfect.  In the 1960s you could buy a record and if you used it too much you'd have to buy another one to replace it.  If you lent it to a friend, you wouldn't have a copy anymore… Continue reading NHS Health Startup Part III – The Dinosaurs

NHS Health Startup – Part Two

A late installment written in retrospect.  I fear that this blog will be more of a rant at the NHS than anything else. I am struck by the kindness and openness of people who work in the healthcare system in England.  The people who toil every day and are doing the important work - taking… Continue reading NHS Health Startup – Part Two

The Why, The What & The How

What's your Why? It doesn't matter what it is.  It could be that you want to help others, be the richest person in town, be the most knowledgeable, most caring, most outrageous... If you don't have a good Why, one that you are attached to deeply, you will use the What and the How as an excuse… Continue reading The Why, The What & The How

Innovation Vs Entrepreneurship

Innovation = doing something new James Wright reacted boric acid with silicone oil in 1943.  This resulted in a rubbery substance which bounced when dropped, but was also stretchy and gooey.  Unfortunately, the substance would not hold it's shape.  As hard as Mr Wright tried to stabilise the substance to replace traditional rubber he couldn't.… Continue reading Innovation Vs Entrepreneurship

Decoding the DNA of the Entrepreneur

I don't know about you, but I always envisioned entrepreneurs to be these kind of lone warriors - total outlaws who have carved their own path with their innate genius and sheer force of will. Richard Branson's first successful business was his magazine business at age 18. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook at age 20. Bill Gates dropped out… Continue reading Decoding the DNA of the Entrepreneur

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Are you a linchpin?  Or are you listening to you lizard brain and are part of the crowd? This is an excellent book which I highly recommend - especially for people who are stuck in a rut and not satisfied with their life/career and where it is going.   Not only is it for those people, but it's… Continue reading Linchpin by Seth Godin