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Facebook: Please Don’t F*ck with Instagram

I have an intense affinity with Instagram. As far as social networks go, the mobile UX i̶s̶ was exceptional, and it’s an app I use regularly throughout the day. Scrolling through my carefully curated feed is a joy: with only one photo occupying the screen at a time,…

Family Dinner Volume 2: Review + Interview with Michael League & Bill Laurance

Being at the UK premiere of Family Dinner 2 felt a lot like being at the midnight screening of the latest Star Wars, only with fewer toy lightsabers and far more thick-rimmed glasses. The Prince Charles Cinema in London There’s something incredibly exciting about being sat in front of…

If you use Gmail, you should be using Streak

I’ve talked to a surprising number of people who have never used or even heard of Streak, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on why it’s awesome. Having Streak is sort of like having Gmail on steroids. It’s actually taken me about a year to…

How to prepare for a startup at university

University is a wonderful, intense and chaotic period of your life. For that reason, it’s also a fantastic time to prepare for life at a startup, which is often wonderful, intense and chaotic all at once. I built my first startup halfway through university, and now I’m the…

Startups, Burnout and Running

Almost exactly a year ago, I joined Entrepreneur First with three intentions: Create a startup Avoid a boring job at all costs Change the music world, somehow The last year has been exhilarating, euphoric, and anything but boring, and I'm so proud of everything we've achieved with Encore so far.…

Demo Day

Entrepreneur First demo day has been and gone! Just like that, six months of blood, sweat and tears were bundled up into a four-minute presentation, and luckily, everything came together on the day. The EF team are presentation Gods, and really helped me raise my game during the final few…

My first foray into the Open Source world

Encore's in an exciting place right now, and we're gearing up to launch at Oxford next week. Part of our preparations today involved adjusting our signup flow for Oxford students, and seeing as each student's email address contains an indication of their College, I set about writing some code to…