Join me in blogging every day of March

As many of you would be aware, I’ve been trying to build a habit of posting to this blog once every day since mid December. In that time, I’ve learned a lot about writing on the internet and also about the topics I’ve written about. I really admire and respect people like Fred Wilson, who has been posting something every day to his blog for years. I wanted to try blogging every day until the end of January to see what keeping that kind of pace up would mean.

I’ve also, however, learnt a lot about forming a new habit and how that works. It’s been a lot of fun. So in March, I’d like to invite you to join me on a little experiment. I’d like to try posting something every day in March with you. Xavier gave something similar to this a bash last year and Ross suggested it would be fun to try that with blogging. Xavier ran a program called Mindful March, where a group of people got together and committed to meditating every day through March. This March, let’s try blogging every day.

Quite a few of you have got in touch with me, privately or on twitter, about how easy it can be to post something when you just have the intent of putting something up online. When we all do this together, it’s quite a unique experience and fun as well. We’ll share in each others posts and see what each other is doing. I’m looking forward to it, whether 1 person joins me or 100.

So, this is going to be quite simple. Here’s the rules for you this March, if you would like to participate

1) Let me (and everyone else) know you are participating by posting a comment on this post below.

2) You need to post something to the internet every day. However, a tweet will not count. It needs to be something more than that. It could be a photo of something every day (Like Buster). It could be a blog post every day (Like Fred). It could be a video every day. Something.

3) Design does not matter. I often hear people say they’d love to get in to blogging but they need to get a website designed first. That doesn’t matter this March. For this month, just post something to the internet wherever you can find a space. Luckily, there is a lot of space. Post something every day and in April we can chat about design and how to go about getting a site set up.

That’s it! See you in March!

Sherpaa: An interesting medical company

There’s a new service, Sherpaa, that someone forwarded to me during the week. My apologies but I forget where I saw it. Anyways, either way it’s an interesting business. It’s essentially a digital medical service for people that don’t, or can’t, visit a doctor but who have something they want to get checked.

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It seems a brilliant first iteration of a simple business model. They have a few doctors of note that have signed up to support the service, and the profile them on the site. They then help people make sense of how they can use them by offering a few examples. It’s a one page website. Brilliant.

Finally, they sell direct to companies rather than appealing directly consumer. This was the final point that made me really respect what the guys at Sherpaa are doing. Running this kind of business model direct to consumer would be tough going in the first instance. Having companies foot the bill and thus provide a great perk to their staff members is genius.

I’m looking forward to seeing where they go with it.

Announcing the Awesome Foundation Sydney partnership with Pozible

The Awesome Foundation is going to be partnering with Australian Crowd Funding website Pozible from now on. This evening I attended the excellent event Let’s Talk Crowd Funding, put on by the guys from Pozible Rick and Alan to announce the new partnership here in Sydney.

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Our awesome brothers and sisters in Melbourne have already announced a partnership with Pozible, and we thought that was pretty awesome. So we did it too!

The way it works is like this:

Have your Pozible Campaign considered for an Awesome Foundation Sydney grant

1) When you run a campaign through Pozible, as you are creating your brief you’ll be given the option to tick a box that says “I would like to be considered for the next available Awesome Foundation grant.” You can see a screenshot, which I’ve edited a little bit, below. 🙂

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2) Simply tick that box and your Pozible campaign will then be in the mix to receive the Awesome Foundation grant for that month!

If you’re an Awesome Foundation grant recipient, why not raise more money on Pozible?

Many of the applications we get, including those that are successful, are the beginning of something very awesome. So to further encourage this, Awesome Foundation grant recipients can create a campaign on Pozible to further raise awareness and money for their awesome project.

We’ll help you work through this if (when!) you’ve received an Awesome Foundation Sydney grant.

And that’s it! Thanks to Rick and Alan at Pozible for helping to make it all happen so easily and our awesome friends in Melbourne for the sweet hookup!

Being open, more creative and courageous

There’s a great FastCompany article out at the moment all about Jack Dorsey and Square. It’s a fantastic read because it goes into a bit more depth than normal about Dorsey and how he came to set up Square. It also touches on the different things that happen at Square to help keep the culture brimming with remarkable things. Andy Hedges shared it with me earlier today and I thought it was so good I’d share it here for everyone.

My favourite quotes:

“Everything we do is about getting people to be more open, more creative, more courageous,”

“Money is something that touches every single human on this planet, and at some point, every single human feels bad about it.”

“All my days are themed. Monday is management. At Square we have a directional meeting, at Twitter we have our opcomm [operating committee] meeting. Tuesday is product, engineering, and design. Wednesday is marketing, growth, and communications. Thursday is partnership and developers. Friday is company and culture. It works in 24-hour blocks. On days beginning with T, I start at Twitter in the morning, then go to Square in the afternoon. Sundays are for strategy, and I do a lot of job interviews. Saturday is a day off.” He is not kidding about any of this, and I’m pretty sure he also works on Saturdays; he does offer a wry smile to allow that he knows this might be a little nuts. “Actually,” he says, “the word I’d use is disciplined.”

Another teen job found him working for engineer Jim McKelvey, who is also a talented glass artist. McKelvey once “lost a $2,000 sale because he couldn’t take credit cards,” Dorsey says. McKelvey became Dorsey’s cofounder at Square, and “we made the solution he needed.”

Rose is swimming to Rottnest Island!

Today, as you probably are aware, is valentines day. And so I thought it was a relevant day to share with you all what my amazing partner Rose is about to attempt.

Next week, on Saturday the 25th of February, Rose will be swimming from Cottesloe Beach (in Perth) to Rottnest Island. That’s a pretty incredible 19.7km swim. She’ll be swimming through jellyfish, surf and ocean conditions to get across the channel. I’m very proud of her. I think it’s an incredible, incredible challenge and whilst I’m nervous for her I know she’s done all the training and preparation needed to be ready for what the swim throws her way. She’s also been blogging about it all!

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As if that wasn’t enough, Rose has also decided to raise money through Team World Vision, with funds going to World Visions Multiplying Gift Appeal. She’s only $175 from reaching her target. Please consider donating. Here’s Rose in her own words describing it all:

I would like you to join me on this challenge by showing your support through a donation to World Vision Australia. For every dollar I raise, $10 worth of FOOD AID and relief essentials can be delivered to children and families around the world who are living on the extreme edge of poverty. This is my way to help make a difference and if I can save the life of just one child in doing this, I will be a VERY proud swimmer.

It’s been an amazing thing seeing her train and sacrifice so much to get her body ready for this challenge. The 6am squad swims and weekend ocean swims have been tough but she’s always managed to stay positive and energetic about the task in front of her.

I’ll be on the boat with Rose’s parents, who are meeting us in Perth, as she swims across. It’s also the first time our parents will meet each other, so there’s extra reasons to be looking forward to the event. We’ll be heading across this coming Wednesday and are very much looking forward to the experience. You can read more about the whole crew involved in her post about it.

Thank you Rose for always inspiring me and demonstrating through your own strong will just what is possible in this life. I’m forever grateful.