Gregory Porter makes beautiful music.

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‘Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)’ by Wu-Tang ClanBanging

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‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’ by QueenClassic Queen.

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‘Dirty Gold’ by Angel HazeDope track.

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‘Home By Now’ by Bombay Bicycle Club@vinayg this is dope.

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This is the first track in a while that has just truly moved me. Flawless production. Some ethereal shit.

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First song in a while that reminded of what I felt when I first heard hip hop. It’s like a revelation when you hear something so mind blowing.

Kendrick’s flow is so unique, then the production, unlike anything I’ve heard recently. Wow.

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Things I Learnt in 2013

  1. Culture matters in a startup, don’t work in a startup if you hate the culture. It will only lead to misery.
  2. Networks are important, ignore nurturing your network at your own peril.
  3. Mentors make a massive difference. Go find yourself a mentor and try to mentor others.
  4. Figure out which compromises are worth making and which ones aren’t. 

Return of the Mack

Can’t believe I’m referencing a song by Mark Morrison in my blog title……

I promised myself I’d blog and then before I know it, it’s January 13th and we’re almost half way through the first month of 2014.

2013 was a trying year. Yep, it’s a cliche, many people will write about the trials they faced, but what else can I say?

I began 2013 on an incredibly low ebb. I’d just been dinged for a job on New Year’s Day having been unemployed for a while and continued the unemployment until I was offered a job by Rocket Internet.

I took a job with Rocket Internet in their venture Jumia in Lagos, Nigeria. What followed was an incredibly miserable 3 months of the worst company culture I’ve had the misfortune of working in, alongside living away from my wife and daughter.

I then quit, with no job to go to and returned to the UK and the stars aligned, resulting in my landing a job in under 48 hrs.

I joined Tizaro, an e-commerce startup that I truly believe has the ability to become part of the unicorn club, a club of Billion Dollar startups. 

Right now I can honestly say this, I want to end 2014 in a fairly similar way to how I ended 2013. I want to still be working at Tizaro.

Rangespan, Rocket Internet/Jumia, and now Rangespan. I have confirmed some things. I love working in internet startups, e-commerce seems to be my sweet spot and within that, I have done well in operations based roles with a dash of business development thrown in for good measure.

I’ve had a challenging and fulfilling time at Tizaro for the first 7 months. Let’s see what 2014 brings.

‘Born in the Cold’ by WileyThe production is incredible. Such unique sounds and great lyrics and delivery by Wiley.

‘Born in the Cold’ by Wiley
The production is incredible. Such unique sounds and great lyrics and delivery by Wiley.

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