Best City, Best Business Awards, the Missing Links
Last week I attended the Best City, Best Business awards evening, held at Liverpool Central Library. They'd asked me (along with Cllr Nick Small, and Christine Bulmer-Goodwin of Empower Funding) to give a brief talk before the awards, as a local entrepreneur (the second time in as many weeks that I was speaking at the library).
It was an informal talk, with no slides. Rather than talk about what I've done, I related some of my journey back to the city, mixed in with a call to give before you get and to look for ways to help each other rather than just compete. Building a business is a hard job, after all. I also related the story of Silicon Valley's open culture beating Boston's more insular approach, and finished with some pointers to the community and events we have at DoES Liverpool (particularly Liverpool Startup Club.
I fear it was as dis-jointed and scatter-gun as that sounds, but everyone was very polite about it...
Anyway, what was more interesting were the winning businesses. There were two categories: Best Business Start-Up and Best Women’s Start-Up; each with three prizes: second runner-up, runner-up and winner. There are some impressive businesses among them, making a real difference to people's lives. I had a real case of imposter-syndrome by the end of the evening.
The council website has published an article about the awards today, but it fails to link to any of the businesses. In this Internet-age, that's a disappointing oversight, but also in this Internet-age, I can publish things myself, and so wanted to fix that.
Best Business Start-Up
- Emlyn Jones of Family Court Help
- Second Skin Events
- English Rose Vapours
Best Women's Start-Up
- Kathy Lawrence of The Boudoir Book
- Impropriety Theatre
- The Original Cupcake Company (who I can't find online - not the most original name sadly...)
Interesting Things on the Internet: Mar 10th 2014 Edition
Another dose of interesting things I've encountered of late...
Interesting Things on the Internet: Mar 2nd 2014 Edition
Some really good things in this edition (not that they aren't all good, but, you know...):
- Our Comrade the Electron. A fantastic talk from Maciej Ceglowski, including a right on the money rant about how we've built the surveillance state by accident.
- Escape from the 'sink' estate "Either you believe that people who are born into Britain's disaffected underclass are born with criminal proclivities - a belief which I hope you find bigoted and ridiculous - or you accept that the criminal behaviour of the underclass is the direct consequence of environmental factors."
- Google lobbying for unsafe driving - A good point about how, in lobbying for their tech to be allowed when driving, Google should then be held partly responsible for any subsequent accidents caused by that change.
- Another less-than-glowing article about Google, Georgina Voss talking about arts patronage, following the launch of the Google DevArt programme. I know Georgina, some of the artists initially announced with the DevArt programme, and also one of the Google developer advocates who helped pull it together. I think, as ever, there's an element of clumsy manoeuvring from the big corporation rather than any real malice, but the article raises good points.
- Continuing the somewhat anti-corporate-tech slant: a long, but interesting look at the growth of Amazon, particularly from the book-world viewpoint.
- Privacy Icons. It's good to see projects like this which try to help non-techies understand what's happening behind the scenes with the digital services that they use, and give all of us ways to make better decisions about which ones we trust.
- Urban data: From fetish object to social object looks like an interesting one-day conference, organised by the excellent Adam Greenfield. Annoyingly I'm already busy on the 14th, otherwise I'd be heading along.