Here’s a roundup of great initiatives, ideas and businesses that have caught my eye over the last few weeks.
We Will Gather – From the folk who brought us #riotcleanup, #wewillgather is a fantastic initiative that is building momentum, for people who want to make the places they live in better for everybody. So get your ideas, meetings up there and make good things happen!
Ripple – this is definitely one to watch out for – touting themselves as the world’s first open payment network, this is a new peer-to-peer payment system that looks to follow in the vein of Droplet, with virtually no fees, but for transactions in multiple currencies including the much promoted bitcoin to anyone globally!
betahaus – as a huge proponent of co-working, this is described as “a coworkingspace for creative minds” and functions as part coffee house, pop-up space, library and office. The flagship betahaus is in Berlin and there are other betahaus locations across Europe including Hamburg, Sofia and Barcelona.
The Gmail Cheat Sheet: This handy and well designed infographic is a cheat sheet and must for gmail users everywhere.
Free eBook ‘Dear Entrepreneur’: Business lessons from Innocent Drinks founder and others: the first of two pieces courtesy of Enterprise Nation, here’s a handy collection of stories in letter format entrepreneurs, such as Birmingham’s Urban Coffee Company, who’ve been there, done that, and are building successful businesses right now.
Bootstrapping businesses: YOUR 10 top money-saving tips: a blog containing 10 tips on how we could all save money in the financial year – how many do you do already?
Walking the line everyday: the first of two blog pieces from Kindred HQ, here’s some great tips from the folks at about what you can do to keep productive when you have some downtime in your freelance or small business existence.
18 blogs to kickstart your brain: another useful piece from Kindred HQ, here are some links to brilliant guides on productivity, inspiration and marketing.
Wanting to engage online? Put people first. Some home truths from Dave Briggs of Kind of Digital about knowing your audience and, whilst this piece has a local government engagement focus, we can all learn from the obvious customer service lessions here. As Dave says “people aren’t a homogenous group, they’re all different and they want different things and do different things too.”