Personal Newsletter: July 2019

July 2019

Welcome to my personal newsletter, if you are interested, this is where I publish a bunch of things that happened during the month. Its really for me, so I can look back and see what we achieved (or didn’t) as life is very busy. I also don’t want to use Facebook and Instagram as a diary.

Well that was a busy month!

Startup Life

Running a startup is always 1000mph, while on fire, all of the time. I guess its not very different to any other business in that regard, however startup life is volatile. Building product into a new market, with never enough resource is hard.

Our stand at the Vaillant roadshow

Our stand at the Vaillant roadshow

This month we made some changes in the business and I’m running the whole commercial outfit now. Good because I like to know what’s happening everywhere, bad because I am already busy. However moaning about how busy you are is a bit 2018 really, I might get a book deal with Gary V and pretend to be a productivity expert when I retire.

Powered Now was in attendance at the Vaillant roadshows again this month. Its a great opportunity to meet lots of potential customers and the support Vaillant are giving us is excellent.

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim'rous beastie,  O, what a panic's in thy breastie!  Thou need na start awa sae hasty,  Wi' bickering brattle!  I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,  Wi' murd'ring pattle!

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

Mid month I headed over to the Hungarian office, it was the first time I have been there since May which is quite incredible considering I used to be there every four weeks.

A good trip with some plans for Powered Now coming into play, we have some good features on the way and hope to have a new release out within August. The new version has a great new diary and the location tracking is getting an overhaul, both are long overdue.

While in Budapest I visited my favourite bar, Good Spirit and sampled some excellent Whiskeys. If you are into that sort of thing I suggest giving the Timorous Beastie a chance. Its a nice blend but has quite a high alcohol content which gives it a bit of a nose!

New Toys

I turned 41 in June and had some good presents including some fun golf tech, EJ got together with some family members and purchased me the Arccos golf tracker.

Arcos smart tracker, gives you a good breakdown of the course so there are no arguments post round!

Arcos smart tracker, gives you a good breakdown of the course so there are no arguments post round!

I’ve played around with a few of these before but they have never really worked for me, they have either been passive systems (you have to tag each shot) and I forget, or based on my mobile.

Arccos is a bit different, each club has a tag and it detects the club in your hand. This connects to your mobile phone and Apple Watch and gives you a blow by blow of your attack of the course.

The other advantage is course intelligence (something I lack a lot of), it knows your distances and clubs so can make a choice for you.

I’ve played a few rounds with the system now and I like it. The shot detection system on your Apple Watch however sucks, it uses the microphone and drained my series 4 watch within two hours!

The phone experience is much better, however it does miss a few shots and the putting detection isn’t really working for me. All in all Arccos is giving me a good overview of what’s happening on the course, it also means there are no disputes in the bar after.

Sticking with Golf, some good, some bad news. I had a few good rounds and managed to get the Handicap to 21, this very quickly went to 22 a week later after the Osborne club championships, which I did terribly in.

Golf is a funny game, how you can go from hitting everything perfectly one week to slicing your driver is beyond me. While the club championships was a baptism by fire, it was a good weekend, nice to meet some new people and I’ve learnt a few lessons about course management for next year!

The one drive that did go my way at the Osborne Club Championships.

The one drive that did go my way at the Osborne Club Championships.

Heading on holiday

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At the end of the month we headed to our favourite spot in the universe, Bonita Springs. We absolutely love the Gulf Coast of Florida and have made a lot of good friends there. I’ll post more about the trip, the restaurants we eat at the beaches we visit in next months newsletter.

The flight was interesting though with a diversion to Orlando (we were flying into Fort Lauderdale) with storms closing FL and Miami airports. We were not expecting to visit two cities on the first day.

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