The videos from the Startup School 2012 talks are now live. They include interviews with Mark Zuckerberg, Hiroshi Mititani (Rakuten) and I really liked Patrick Collison’s talk on Stripe.


An interesting Ted presentation from Ryan Markley on the Mozilla’s Popcorn project which allows video producers to create a more layered playback experience. It will be interesting to see how people evolve this toolset for commerce.

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I just discovered a really nice tool for converting images into pure css. I am not quite sure what I would use it for just yet but the results are very nice indeed.

October 21, 2012 Computing, Design, Photography, Software

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I attended a London Hacker News talk from the creators of which is a really simple avatar creation tool where users can create a characterised version of themselves (or friend) and then have it delivered. The end product actually reminds me of the Danbo dolls but I was impressed that it came out of a Mint Digital hackathon and then sought funding via Kickstarter

October 19, 2012 Business, Computing, Design, Software

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I like this Kidle application called KindleGraph which allows authors to personally inscribe readers digital books on request. I found about about it from Brad Feld’s blog as he was constantly being asked to sign kindles!

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A nice version for mappingĀ sentiment of the presidential election, really clean and simple. It appears the process has not removed the reverse meanings yet (such as “XXX is the shit”) which currently count as a negative, but it is still a nice idea.

October 14, 2012 Computing, Design, Processing, Software

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Im wondering if anyone is interested in pulling together a team (or teams) for AngelHack London on the 10th and 11th of November. No big idea yet so I was thinking on they day we could just pick a problem to solve from the Internet Wishlist and try to solve it within the 24 hours. Any takers or other suggestions?

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A really cool JavaScript games development competition called JS13KGames have announced the winners. Its a games competition where the developers need to keep the code under 13 kilobytes. I really like number 4 called SimLand which is a version of the classic SimCity running in the browser. Check it out here

October 12, 2012 Computing, Design, Games, Software, Technology

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Its concerning to read that Mozilla’s FireFox latest update has to be pulled due to security/privacy issues as reported on the BBC. It seems the browser allowed sites to see the users entire browser history. I believe people are too quick to deploy new product without extensive testing on something as important as a browser which is the transport system of the internet. Also the users who have upgraded should start thinking twice about adopting so quickly.

This is a really powerful tool presented by John Maeda at a recent Ted Talk – I would love to know about it but it is a area of real potential. You could possibly create this with interesting detail by scraping email, public blogs, Twitter, Facebook of public information and privately exchanged information from the parties involved.

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