Announcing AngelLoft, the new angel + executive network

I’m very excited to be announcing AngelLoft, the new angel + executive network. It’s for serious investors and executives and it’s seriously Sydney.

The premise behind AngelLoft [website coming soon] is to provide a premium invite-only forum within which to bring together a group of angels, aspirant angels and top business executives.

The first AngelLoft dinner will take place on Wednesday, 15th December in a private loft at a top Sydney restaurant. The speaker will be Yammer’s newly appointed head of the Asia Pacific region. He’ll be speaking hot off the plane from Silicon Valley and will have some incredible insights to share with you.

In addition, one quality venture will be doing a pitch. In fact that is our mantra at AngelLoft: its about quality – of company, of speakers, of pitches and, of course, of dining.

As readers of Metarand, I am extending an invite to you to join AngelLoft and we’d love to see you at the first dinner. Can you please let me know asap whether you would like to attend on the 15th December. Places are limited and we’ll let you know if you’ve reserved a seat within the next few days. Cost for the dinner will be $250 a head, payable on the night by cash or via Paypal bump.

Let me know by emailing me at randal at seggr dot com.

Stand Up Paddling: Upper Reaches, Lane Cove River

A relaxing Autumn paddle on the upper reaches of the Lane Cove River, which runs through the north shore of Sydney.

Early Morning Stand Up Paddlesurfing

Map of my SUP session this morning – hit the water at first light around 5h30am and cruised back onto the beach at Winnererremy Bay on Pittwater around 7h20.

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Sydney’s Dust Storm Fail Whale

Red Dust Over Sydney

What a weird and wonderful morning. I was working away early this morning as the usual glow started appearing on the skyline, but it seemed more intense than normal.

It was only when my wireless uncharacteristically died that I stuck my head up long enough to really take notice. Going out onto the deck I saw what looked like a beautiful mist hanging in the forest around me.

But as the morning materialized, it became evident that this was truly an extraordinary morning. We’ve been enveloped by a monster dust storm, dramatically reducing visibility and casting an eery glow over the city.

Yi Ying Lu, who created the now infamous Twitter fail whale, has produced one just for Sydney’s dust storm. If you’d like to see a stream of photos capturing this phenomenon check out Flickr.

UPDATE: I couldn’t go past adding this picture by @jamesielliott (thanks to @paulmckeon for bringing it to my attention):


The New Deconomy: Advertising Under Siege?

Yesterday I mosied around the Sydney ad:tech conference. Being in that wonderfully liberating point of time of seeking my next windmill to tilt at I figured it to be a worthy destination.

My first impression, after factoring in the change of venue from last year, was that it was much subdued. Bearing in mind how photographers see things in capture frames, I spoke with one of the photogs doing the rounds and she had the most wonderful comment which totally summed up the atmosphere.

Her takeout was that she was reticent to take pictures of speakers whilst their slides painted doom and gloom backdrops. She kept finding herself hesitating and waiting for more upbeat slides – which didn’t often materialise.

Last year there was almost a feeling of whimsical discovery – ad execs and marketers in a discovery comfort zone: “tell me again how social media works?”. This year – a totally different picture: “we’ve gotta figure a way to make money from this social media stuff”.

I was also somewhat bemused by the rise of Twitter across the conference consciousness. It was definitely the tech word of the day – much like Google was on everyone’s lips a few years back. Expect a Twitter consultant or two to pop up near you soon. It’s the new SEO in the new Deconomy.

Seriously though, the new epiphany for an industry that is increasingly under pressure, will soon be around engagement and I suspect there to be a panel or more at next year’s event on this topic.