I can’t believe it’s already the end of April, 2017 is moving so quickly!
This month has been lovely, not only because the weather is picking up (finally)! Since the last time I wrote, I went to an interesting talk in Old Street by Sam Altman from YCombinator. I found the talk itself alright, although it didn’t really break much new ground. I can’t help but think of Peter Thiel when I think of YC and the way Sam answered political questions didn’t really leave me satisfied. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the talk, it was interesting to hear him speak and the turn out was amazing. What I really enjoyed was meeting and speaking with people at the event – there is a brilliant network of individuals forming around communities like FWRD and YSYS, and I was glad to get chance to catch up with a few at the event!
This month I’ve finally had a proper chance to start working with NodeJS and specifically Socket.IO. This has consumed a fair amount of my time so far. WebSockets have honestly blown my mind. Clicking a button on one page and seeing it update a mobile app instantly sets off my geek alarms majorly! You’ll have to wait a little long before you see how TRIM-IT will be utilising sockets…
April marks a year since we won StartupSussex, so Darren and I were invited back to this years awards to say a few words about our experience. First of all it was lovely to see all of the ideas from the competitors, I love to see people so passionate about what they’re trying to do. It felt kind of strange, going back to the place where I remember feeling so much anticipation last year. I enjoyed reminiscing about our time in the competition – sometimes it can feel so long ago already. Congratulations to the winners, The Trademark Brothers, and also to everyone else who was a part of the competition this year!
Somewhere among everything else, me and Kirsty took a week out to visit Spain. Those close to me know that I’ve been learning Spanish for quite sometime, a veces no estoy muy bueno. It was fun to try my hand at speaking a bit and, not to pat myself on the back too much, I think I actually did okay! Honestly I haven’t put in as much effort as I should be with learning Spanish recently due to time constraints – I used to practice every day with Duolingo (which I recommend so much).
The weather in Spain wasn’t the best, but we did have a few days of sun. While we were out there we visited some sort of park, and I don’t even know how to portray this, but there were so many different birds there it was crazy: peacocks, chickens, pigeons, ducks, geese, etc. In natural form, me and Kirsty ended up spending at least an hour making up funny stories about what all these birds were up to, it was nice to just laugh and not have to think about uni and everything else for a while.
Finally, just to mention, TRIM-IT won the Big Idea competition this month too! This means over the summer we’ll be able to utilise office space in Shoreditch, which is very exciting!
Looking ahead to May, there’s a lot going on. I’m about to enter my exam season and after that I’ll be gearing up for a lot of work with TRIM-IT, as we start looking for investment, releasing a new product and doubling down on what we have built so far.