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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…

2015

2014 was a fantastic year. I met some great people, graduated from Cambridge with a decent degree, visited Ireland, San Francisco and Holland, moved to London, and, along with my co-founder James, dedicated the last four months of my life to building Encore from a mere idea into a thriving…