Your Startup Technical Advisor

Every month, I offer a limited number of free 30-minute consultations to startup founders and business owners. If you’d like to benefit from this, please get in touch. Ideally come with a specific problem you want advice on and I’ll see how I can help. My background is technical, so non-tech founders might particularly find […]

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What is Blended Learning and how can Tech help?

EdTech + Blended Learning In 2020, I ran an online workshop for academic colleagues on innovative ways to use Tech to aid teaching and learning. During the session, I asked what everyone thought “blended learning” meant. Here are a selection of the answers: Variety of delivery, can be employer, study based, online, in person etc […]

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Gamification and EdTech: Here be Monsters

How gamification motivates people to do extraordinary things (sometimes) One of my recent reads has been Gamify: How Gamification Motivates People to Do Extraordinary Things by Brian Burke. The concept of Gamification has been around for a long time, it’s nothing new. But, how can Gamification be used for good? In the realm of education […]

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Does your EdTech Startup need an Advisor?

Avoiding the pitfalls of working in a vacuum As humans, we know we need oxygen to survive, and the same goes for ideas. Stifle an idea in a vacuum and it’s probably going to die. How do we avoid this? In a word: collaboration. Collaborative learning I am a great advocate of collaborative learning. As […]

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Embed, Partner, Validate

Advice for Early Stage Startup Founders If you can, embed yourself in the market well before you launch. It’s much easier to sell as an insider than it is as an outsider. You can partner with prospective customers to help them understand their problems better and therefore find solutions to those problems more easily. Make […]

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The Journey to Chartered IT Professional (CITP)

From teenage coder to Tech Advisor with CITP status I’ve been in tech since I was a teenager. Of course, back then, things were very different to today. The web was still evolving. Social media platforms were still up and coming. Facebook? Twitter? Nope… none of that. My adventures in web development began with with […]

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The Influence of Venture Capital on the Future of Education

EdTech VC investors are in a position of power and are able to influence the education agenda I recently attended a fascinating Digital Education session on the current trends in EdTech investment, and particularly Venture Capital. Essentially, VCs are investing in the future of education and therefore having a direct impact on what the future […]

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Does analysis of EdTech focus on funding over revenue?

“Why does all analysis of EdTech always focus on funding over revenue?” I was recently asked this question. Firstly, I wouldn’t say “all” and I wouldn’t say “always” but I believe I understand where the question was coming from. I think the EdTech space is inherently different to the B2C market, for example, because it […]

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Why you’re getting shown creepy ads after chatting with your friends

The tech giants don’t need to listen to your conversations. They have so much other data to work with. When I stumbled across the Twitter thread above, it reminded me of all those anecdotes I have heard over the years about adverts being targeted at people after they have (seemingly) related conversations. Essentially, the big […]

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The problem with EdTech…

I am generally positive about the post-COVID readjustment of (higher) education to be more inclusive/flexible/accessible, enabled by tech. Future spend on EdTech is expected to grow significantly, as shown in the graph produced by HolonIQ below. I do, however, worry that there will be a LOT of spend on systems by executive teams that don’t […]

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