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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.”



Do three, and then change…

This week saw the third VivaTech and for the first time I didn’t go. Things are busy at the moment and I couldn’t see what I’d learn that was new this time. The organisers have spent three years working on the model “if it ain’t broke, do the same but bigger”.

They now have a massive international success on their hands but they’ve salso started to bang up against the events rule of three.

  • Do something once and it’s new, original, interesting and feels like a breath of fresh air.
  • Second time is comfortable, it’s less awkward and you get a ton of value from it. You are less surprised by the rules and you know what you’re doing.
  • You get to the third event and you realise that people are bending the rules and gaming the system. It’s time to do something radically different.

I’ve seen this many times professionally and privately. VivaTech needs a second act and to move away from it’s corporate roots.

Where did I spend Saturday? At Startup for Kids, it was the first year; it’s tiny and they’ve a load to learn but were did get the pirate robot to work in the end!