Start-up business

Cool or weird

Logo I just came across some new technology: Pinger. The premise seemed far fetched but in the 48 hours I have known about it, it actually comes in quite useful. Basically if I want to send you a message but I don’t want to bug you ( I know you are in a meeting, getting kids to nap, having dinner) you call the pinger number (a local call) on your cell. The first thing you hear is “who do you want to ping?”. You say the name of the person, Pinger repeats and offers to add any other names (so you can say the same mesage to multiple parties) and then you are on…no lengthy prompts or “Dial star to exit the system, pound to send your number” (who ever does that?). The recipient gets a text message that prompts them to dial the local number and hey presto they get your voice message. I have had to get messages to people at odd hours and so have used it and it really is quite handy.
The only down side is that they use voice recognition technology. So an accent of any sort really buggars the system. I tried on six different Amercian accents to say one person’s name…my deep south is a personal favourite but I still couldn’t get no satisfaction….!

Start-up business, Stories from the trenches, Sustainable Business

Dream Father’s day

Images_4 Does it get any better?

(1) Father’s day and I have started a grand tradition for the day. Buy something I want, wrap it, give it to Fynn and Harper who turn around and give it back to me. I am blown away that they knew exactly what I wanted (they’re only 4 & 2) and life is good and free of unwanted pressies…

(2) Aaron Baddeley is leading the US Open on the final day with some chump named Woods. If he wins that will be Aussies winning the US Open two years running and justification for renaming it the “Australian Open in America”. All I need to do now is engineer a 5 hour nap for the boys and I am home and hosed…

Start-up business, Stories from the trenches, Sustainable Business

Death by Kinko’s

Images_2 And while in New York we needed to do something pretty straight forward…make 40 copies of a document. How hard can that be? A google search shows more Kinko’s in any given square mile than Starbucks – that’s saying something…

I just read about the messy marriage of Fedex and Kinko’s and I was about to experience it first hand. Off we go to do said photocopying when we discover not one but every single black and white copier inoperable. They each needed ink, lens cleaning a group hug, I dunno. The staff tried their darndest but despite being literally surrounded by photocpiers, were unable to reproduce our document streak free. So off we trooped to another Kinko’s to find the same issue. Streaky copies…we eventually (at around 11pm) had the Kinko’s folks do the copies for us and we picked them up the next day.

The icing on the cake was that they had no way of binding the documents…just paperclips…no bull clips, nothing. They didn’t even sell them! So off to a paper supply store to get clips. Blood pressure at a million over one by this point!! And then we collate, collate, collate and just make it to our meeting!

Everybody breath….

Eco-entrepreneur, Entrepreneur, Green Business, Start-up business, Stories from the trenches

The face of Interface

Images One of my true heroes is Ray Anderson – the CEO of Interface carpets. Carpet making is a messy business. Ray has been in the business for 50 years. 14 years ago at the age of 60, he was asked what his view on sustainability was. He drew a complete blank. Since then he has transformed his company into a business at the cutting edge of sustainability. Drawing on Bill McDonough’s Cradle to Cradle principles and bio mimicry, his carpet design and facilities are the gold standard in sustainability.

I was lucky enough to meet hiim at a marketing conference last week. It was such a thrill to meet someone I have read so much about. He was the keynote speaker and his words made all of us really sit up and think. Needless to say he received a standing ovation. He is truly inspirational.

Eco-entrepreneur, Entrepreneur, Start-up business, Sustainable Business

One big omission…

Ext1thumb I failed to report on a terrific afternoon Kim and I had in Santa Monica, at an event to launch the new brand and name of CHEC – the non profit we support. Their new name is Healthy Child and they do great things to help keep homes safe for kids.
The event was held at the fabulous home of Steve Glenn. His home is the very first Platinum Leeds standard home in America. And his business – Living Homes – is in the business of making these homes for everybody. As he says, they are “nature made, factory built”. They are prefabricated offsite and then the team arrives onsite and puts it together – just like lego, kinda. His home took 8 hours to erect and you just have to watch the tour here. It is beautiful!