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iPhone and iTouch plus YouTube turn back the clock

A view of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England t...Image via WikipediaTowards the end of Christmas Day, I realised that the oldest person in the room was rather left out.  Kay is a special person who has watched her daughter die of cancer and lost one of her late daughter’s children in a hit and run accident.

I crossed the room to sit next to her and learnt that she was not from Cornwall but from Barnsley in Yorkshire and the child of an Irish couple who had come to Yorkshire to seek work.  Kay had worked in the Singer Sewing Machine factory and met the love of her life, her late husband.

Then she talked and said how she loved to sing.  I asked her who she enjoyed and she mentioned John McCormick, the Irish tenor.  Interestingly he had also been a favourite of my Father-in-law.  Would he be on YouTube?

So late on Christmas Day, very late, I watched a lovely smile come over Kay’s face, her cares forgotten, as she sung along to her favourite singers and thought of times long ago.

It was wonderful to see her use the iPhone and iTouch helped by the wonders of Wi-Fi – so good to see technology used to bring happiness and then so sad to learn about the events in the Middle East.

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94,988,523 downloads on YouTube for Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend

Avril Lavigne having a concert in GenevaImage via WikipediaThe rest of us struggle to get a few hundred page viewings and yet Avril Lavigne heads the field on YouTube with nearly 100million viewings of her video Girlfriend.  Sadly the message “Embedding disabled by request” is on the site so you will have to click on search to watch the show.  A catchy tune but I must be a little over the hill to miss the signs of video greatness.  Now to produce another video for Equity Fingerprint, the business plan resource, with less content and more fun to attract the punters.   The three Equity Fingerprint videos on YouTube have attracted nearly 800 viewings.  The business market is a lot smaller than the pop market but I need to find a “John Cleese” effect to bring in the punters.

Another profile on the start-up of YouTube bySteve Chen and Chad Hurley showing how they produced a site to allow them to put up videos on the web after a geek party.  It also mentions that Chen and Hurley had met working at PayPal so another example of people in a cluster leaving with cash and expertise to start the next generation of companies.  There is no mention of Chad Hurley’s Father-in-law who I think is very successful serial entrepreneur.  But never forget the words of Reid “Glug” Hoffman that successful sites reflect brilliant design.

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NESTA making new waves

The arch pattern.Image via WikipediaNESTA is making a break from the past and there is an excellent video at the FT Enterprise site. The FT site is “old fashioned” and just provides a URL and not an embedded video link as you would find on YouTube. There are other interviews by leading entrepreneurs, none from the Cambridge Cluster but all with a good story to tell.

Jonathen Kestenbaum was recruited as CEO of NESTA to shake it all up and get away from funding small start-ups which were not innovative. Now it is about funding larger deals where the NESTA funds make a difference. Kestenbaum sold the family silver (well, the family firm) so he has experience in building and selling a business and the inclination to make a difference.

NESTA are funding a research project with Equity Fingerprint to see if equity funding does make a difference.

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