Quick Update

It’s been a while since I blogged and given the dramatic nature of my last post I thought I’d check back in and let you know that I’m doing fine.

It’s been an interesting few months. I’ve been back at work and I’ve been having many, many interesting conversations which are all helping me process what I’ve been through and sort out my next now.

My next post will be more substantive.

 

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Waiheke Makes WeBlogTheWorld

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Photos from my trip last month have made it onto WeBlogTheWorld.

I spent a few days in Wellington, (yes made it out a few hours before the latest big shake) and Auckland and then spent a relaxing weekend on Waiheke Island with my brother. Waiheke is about 30 minutes by ferry from Auckland and has a more temperate climate, similar in fact to the south of France. Which explains why it is covered in vineyards with some excellent wines being produced.

The island is also a haven for artists as it has spectacular views and incredible light.

Every time I go there my creative side is truly inspired and it was a pleasure taking these pictures. They were all shot on an iPhone 4S. Enjoy

 

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Firing up the pizza oven!

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Seasons Greetings from Metarand

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Designing for Data-Driven Health and Wellness

Earlier this week John Doerr, Bing Gordon and Mark Pincus took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco to talk about Internet treasures [an Internet-related company that makes us all proud to be alive now, a company that should be nourished and curated and that brings to life products that we can't imagine life without].

In the course of the discussion Mark revealed an interesting insight into his social gaming company, Zynga. In essence they are data junkies–they’ve taken a different approach to games and are very data-driven rather than hit-based.  For example, they monitor in real-time each user’s net promoter score–a measure of value that the companies bring to their users, based on a standardized survey of the user base measuring whether each user will promote or detract from one of their games at any given moment.

You might be wondering at this stage what this has to do with health and wellness? As the conversation progressed between the two Kleiner Perkins partners and the CEO of one of their portfolio companies, a really interesting point emerged:

Health is waiting for someone to turn it into a product that’s useful.

This comment, together with the emphasis that Mark’s business places on data really got me thinking. We are so data-driven in so many areas of our lives, but when it comes to US, as Individuals, we know next to zero about our bodies, our health and wellness, how we are tracking, how what we do or don’t do impacts on how our body operates and how our minds feel–this is a major issue.

It is good to see, however, that activity is starting to emerge where the meaning [from a design point of view] within health and wellness is taking the individual more into account. Take for example the video below, in which Worrell brings together a doctor and a patient to discuss the future for health.

[Via Fastcodesign]

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Atlassian Accels: Raising a $60m First Round

Sydney-based enterprise software developer Atlassian has closed a $60 million first round of funding from tier one Silicon Valley VC firm, Accel Partners.

This is really great news firstly for the Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem as it shows the calibre of the folks we are spawning and secondly for one of the most savvy young entrepreneurs I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with – Mike Cannon-Brookes. He has a bright future ahead!

I first wrote about Atlassian back in 2006, at which point they were doing about $15m in annual revenue. For the last financial year this had increase to $59 million.

You can listen to a talk Mike did in 2008 at Innovation Bay here.

More coverage: TechCrunch, Sydney Morning Herald

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