Bird Stream

Entrepreneurship, development and (sometimes) cycling, often simultaneously, mainly in Nottingham

Tommy Godwin Was a Lunatic

Adrian, a good friend and fellow cyclist, wanted to embark on a challenge to mark a significant birthday. He hit upon this:

Tommy Godwin 205 Mile Challenge

Tommy still holds the record he set in 1939 for distance cycled in a year. 75,065 miles. A daily average of 205 miles. So if he could do it back in the thirties on a 4 geared steel bike and rudimentary clothing how hard could it be to match just one day.

We found out.

Excellent 3 Minute Pitch

I’ve been researching 3 minute pitches recently as we’re starting to share the One Diary vision with investors and other interested parties.

Came across this from Ryan Spraetz of Keen.io. It must be up there as a great example of the a 3 minute story pitch.

How to Specify a Software Project

There are three variables in software projects Time, Scope, Quality. You can only choose to control two of them. The approach I would take to project specification is

5 Unusual Ways to Internet Superstardom

As many of you know I have a new venture called One Diary. We’ve been lucky enough to be considered one of the best 10% of entries into the Start Up competition at this year’s The Summit conference. As I’m sure you can imagine, being selected to be represented at such a prestigious and high-profile conference would be a massive boost for us.

I need your help getting through to the next round.

‘Coding Is Easy’ Is a Dangerous Message

So a predictable furore gripped my twitter feed as footage of Lottie Dexter, head of the UK’s Year of Code initiative, appearance on Newsnight emerged.

My concern is not that she doesn’t know how to code but that she was able to so comprehensively belittle the very skillset she was trying to apparently promote.

New Project New Team

Having exited Esendex this summer, it’s time to start all over again and have another go at changing the world.

The new startup is called One Diary and is delivering a flexible and collaborative diary. The antithesis of the current rigid silos we find ourselves cursed with at the moment.

To change the calendars that everyone uses right now (Exchange, Google, etc) is a big, hairy audacious ambition but it really, really needs doing. It’s just going to require a lot of small steps.

My focus now is on two things

Hautacam

There is a strong correlation between having Hautacam on your TdF palmares and performance enhancement through drugs. I took the opposite approach and rode it with a mild hangover.

I got chatting to a local cyclist at one of the campsite dinners who told me how beautiful this climb was. Also, the start of the climb was only about 8km from where we are staying so I couldn’t not do.

However, it turned out to be lot harder than I was anticipating.

Col Du Tourmalet

Today I was Jérémy Roy

The plan today was to take in both ascents of the Col du Tormalet. We’re staying close (20km) to the start of the west ascent so and out, up and over, and back seemed like a ‘sensible’ plan.

Pre Cycle Commute UK Weather Forecast Tweet

I’ve been playing around (see here) and have set up a simple service that tweets me every morning at 7:30am with a simple weather forecast. Importantly it has the information I want as a cycle commuter.

  • Wind speed & direction
  • Likelihood of rain
  • Temperature