The future CIO

“Tell me the future!” It’s a common request. We seem almost hard-wired to seek out prophets and sages, oracles and seers. No wonder then that so many iterations of software product have laid claim to the names of the fortune tellers of the past. Data-driven decision making is an exercise in charting trendlines. The experience … Continue reading The future CIO

A corporate guide to distributed ledgers

I had a fascinating chat last night with the CEO of a fairly large financial services organisation. He is in the process of assessing a few startups who are taking part in an accelerator programme. One of the startups is pushing "Blockchain", but it wasn't entirely clear for what end. There were a couple of … Continue reading A corporate guide to distributed ledgers

Weeknote 368: new year

This week I have learned: I really ought to have paid more attention to my DNS settings. Oh well, lesson learned. 525GB of SSD costs just £125. Laptop duly upgraded. I always feel happier with hardware I can take the lid off and, more importantly, successfully put back on, I guess in a similar way … Continue reading Weeknote 368: new year

Weeknote 367: Yearnote 2017

So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody's having fun. We'll look to the future previously. 2017 has been an interesting year. It started with a trio of departures that by the end of it left me on the brink of a Mid Life Crisis (TM). Sitting in Aviation House, then home of GDS, on January 12 … Continue reading Weeknote 367: Yearnote 2017

2018 Futureballs

It's that time of year when people predict the year ahead. Strap in... 2018 will be pretty much the same as 2017. Some things will be different. Most of the things that are different will just be following a trend. A handful will be dramatically different. The things that are following trends are the ones … Continue reading 2018 Futureballs


On Thursday my friend and podcasting co-host Chris went for a walk. Since knowing about the 90 Waypoint Walk from seeing Marcus Brown present at Silicon Beach in 2016, it's been singing I've been itching to try. Christmas rambles seemed to be the ideal opportunity. The 90 Waypoint Walk is a route that can be followed anywhere. … Continue reading Walking