All posts by Richard

The Creativity Delusion…

You make your own luck…

I’m surrounded constantly by people that want a licence to create, to be given a special tag that will allow them to ‘go off and be creative’. However, I believe deeply that to create you need to excel at the basics, know the rules and put in the graft.

Getting it right, doesn’t arrive on a schedule or to plan, it’s after never ending effort. If I’m right in this belief, what we need more than ever is a culture of learning, linked to an environment that promotes constant effort and that gives people the time to succeed.

Expecting and appointed person to deliver genius to a schedule is a recipe for failure.

HK vs China…

“Hong Kong’s economy relative to China’s gross domestic product (GDP) has fallen from a peak of 27 percent in 1993 to less than 3 percent in 2017. In 1997, when Britain handed the city back to Chinese sovereignty, Hong Kong’s GDP was still around 20 percent the size of the mainland economy, as the territory…”

HK vs China GDP: A sobering reality

Instapaper and GPDR…

You’ve read the emails and seen the TV reports. After two years of preparations and discussion and GPDR is here!

By now the email warnings have subsided and life moves on, however with companies having a better understanding of how to treat users correctly.

However, there are still a few left. Instapaper is the biggest one on my horizon.

Instapaper Temporarily Unavailable for users in Europe


How bad must their internal architecture and procedures be for this to occur? This has to be the most worrying thing I’ve seen from a small company on the Internet.

It reminds me of an old saying by a wise man.

“After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.”