VRFocus Diversity Initiative July 2018

VRFocus Diversity Initiative  July 2018 Event

VRFocus Diversity Initiative (VRDI) has the aim to make emerging XR technologies such as AR and VR more inclusive. This is done by offering participants from under-represented groups the opportunity to get hands on with high-end VR headsets, 360 cameras and VR ready laptops to create either a 360 film or VR experience.

The 2018 Events are held every 2 months and I was accepted to attend Event held Tuesday, 31st July 2018. This was hosted by Plexal: Technology Innovation Centre London. It was organised and facilitated by Nina Salomons, VRDI Lead & Media Content Producer.

Overview:
The workshop unleashed my creativity, because Course content and instruction was very well tailored. Most importantly Nina Salomons, the VRDI Lead & Facilitator, ensured good attendee interaction and focus on outcomes. The VR (immersion) demos on the day influenced me as well as my discussion with instructors and attendees to understand the opportunities in emerging XR technologies.  Having taken part in the this Initiative, I am now prepared to take on role of project manager/producer in the Media & Entertainment sector.
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Alexandre Mars Epic event with TLA

Alexandre Mars Epic event with TLA

Russ Shaw (TLA) with Alexandre Mars (Epic)

This was a call for drastic and systemic action. Epic is leading a call for large corporates to “pledge 1% of their profit”.  Alexandre also advocated for a 2% pledge from founders of tech companies! He is leading Epic on a worldwide movement and reaching out to the “15 cities of money hubs”. Continue reading

The World is your Oyster

World MapAs new technologies bring the world closer together, companies are tempted to go global. The bright lights of international markets are attractive both to Startups and the established brands.

It is alluring as it offers plenty of opportunities; however this venture can also be unsuccessful. Therefore, the ability to skilfully navigate in a global environment is essential. In order to minimise the risk of failure or falling into too many pitfalls on the way, ask yourself some questions before preparing your strategy.

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How to find your Tribe

How to find your TribeHow to find your Tribe (or musings of a divergent)

I should simply say …Go where you are wanted!
Maslow’s law has fulfillment as the apex once we have food, shelter, material belongings satisfied. Fulfillment then would be about satisfying your ego and then you need to find followers which then equates to finding your tribe. So definitely who wouldn’t want to be Leader of the Tribe (pack)? Continue reading

The Fallacy of Entrepreneurship

accountantEntrepreneurship is often portrayed as a cavalier lunge through to success and depicted as the ONE person/individual overcoming the odds! So what are the real chances of success?  There is a dismal record of business failure within the first three years in the Small Business sector and in my professional practice I have also seen first-hand, a similar track record for project management in Large Corporates.

So what to do?

It is about building and thriving in a network and collaboration, which could be informal. How to thrive is building key partnerships and using knowledge share.  Continue reading

We make eCommerce business both practical and profitable

We make eCommerce business both practical and profitable

Setting up and management of an eCommerce platform can be a full time occupation which hinders you from running your core business. Also the attempt to actually outsource and manage this platform can equally be costly.

If you are the sole business owner, without a team, you will incur man-hours, which cannot be billed to the customer and, can also impact the quality time spent running your business. It would be essential to understand the basis on which you work out a budget. What outcomes do you want?

We can provide a the best solution, which would be to take a project-centric approach which should start with a business case, outlined here. We will help you surmount the hurdles and obstacles to business growth.

Customer Focus
If you are running a going concern, you will need to put in place a robust “Customer Development” process to avoid changing direction and endless reiterations to arrive at your end goal. This can result in missing time deadlines, cost overruns and an inferior product.

Project Focus
A lot of emphasis is put on finding the “right” web developer and what is often missed is the step process that takes the user requirements to identify the right eCommerce platform.

We can help on producing the initial draft and iterations for your eCommerce site. This will help establish a realistic deadline and disclose your budget upfront. It’s very important to have a good job specification and follow the recruitment process and communicate diligently to the platform development team.

Main Benefit
Our rigorous approach will ensure you have a solid proposal should you want to engage with a Digital creative agency. Best applicable where the need for branding and strategy with product design, is imperative. Preferable where you are at high-end of the market or with specific niche.

Delivery
As a small business owner, an eCommerce platform can be a cost-effective and efficient channel to deliver your products. Let us help you meet your business objectives!!

Why I need to Coach

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There is a Coach living (deep) within every-one of us, affirming our purpose though often-times, the voice is strained, drained and muffled by the daily struggles we encounter. We often strive to overcome obstacles, and in my case this was done through achievements in qualifications, certifications and trainings.

I have stumbled and fumbled to find myself, being stiff necked and proud, refused to bend my knees and became a prisoner to logic.  A wise man said “And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this is also is grasping for the wind.” Continue reading