A watershed day today

by oneafrikan on January 22, 2007

OK, so in the last few weeks I’ve managed to fight the sleep battle and get about 10 days of 8 hours of sleep a night, and boy what a difference it makes. Yet here I am at 22:36 and I should be in bed by now – old habits are really hard to kick in the ass, but it is doable – so I’m going to keep this short and sweet like.

Today was probably one of the more significant days in my life over the last 5 years in London. Last week on the 18th of Jan it was my 5 year anniversary in the big smog – zoology graduate bushman leaves the relative safety of academia to fend for himself in the zoo that is London – and I hardly noticed it at all, is how busy we are.

Today I saw some serviced offices in Putney, and we as a team agreed to kick things into 3rd gear and take the leap. I was sold on the offices after “one month deposit and one month notice”, and “you can do whatever you want for telecoms” as well as “I don’t care what you do in here, just pay your rent”. Sounds like a dodgy place one wouldn’t want to find himself in, but it isn’t really – bright sun-lit office with a view of the Thames and Putney Bridge, space for more desks than we have people right now, and at a price we can afford. As in the words of Starsky’s alter ego – “do it!”.

Anyways, so that’s not the big deal really. So what, you’re getting office space? Well, yea, kinda, but the whole mental leap from the safe idea of the “slightl”y cramped home office with 4 of us working there, to the idea of having to pay rent as well as salaries, and then make enough money every month so we don’t crash and burn (yea, that’s business I hear) is a massive one.

I’ve been in 5 startups at varying stages of their growth, and let me say categorically that this is the most pressure I’ve felt in about 2 years. Bring it on.

So that’s the watershed – we’re doing some shit hot stuff here, and we’ve got at least two clients projects cooking that are going to break new moulds for web 2.0 and client / service agility and speed, so moving into the office is going to facilitate that immensely. It’s the gravity of the whole thing I think – we’ve actually reached one of the more important steps in the business plan.

Now, when we start giving demos of our WYSIWE CMS / web app platform, we can do it in a large meeting room on a projector; we can actually sleep under our desks if we want to; we’ll have a view other than the old and tired paintings my landlord really likes; there are HOT women in the business next door (means we’ll have to give up the hottie at the French coffee shop though… ;-(; and finally I’ll be able to hit a gym to work on the guns properly.

Stay tuned ;-)


PS – WYSIWE = “what you see is what you edit” Ajax driven content management that kicks Microsoft CMS in the proverbials; makes Red Dot look like a bloated beast; and most importantly makes the user feel like software developers understand what they need.

PPSS – we’re now looking for web 2.0 people that want desk space in South-West London – if you’re it, then contact me so we can get the ball rolling.

by Gareth Knight on January 23, 2007 at 12:02 am. Reply #

Fantastic mate!

As the saying goes in South Africa now, is, 2000 and 7benza (Sebenza as in meaning work).

Do it, just do it.

This is going to be a good, year, no doubt, no digity.

by lebogang nkoane on January 23, 2007 at 6:22 am. Reply #

That’s great news! I wish you all the best of luck.

by Eden Ridgway on January 23, 2007 at 8:44 am. Reply #

Nice work Ga!!

Keep going.

Your little bro (yes, little, because I’m smaller than you – but have bigger guns – hahahaha!!)

by M J K on January 23, 2007 at 10:24 am. Reply #

@Lebogang: you know, my Dad used to work in a suburb in Edenvale called “Sebenza” ;-) Do diggity!

@Eden: thanks man! ;-)

by Gareth Knight on January 23, 2007 at 10:28 am. Reply #

@MJK: Thanks Morgs.. and yep, you do have bigger guns… for now…

by Gareth Knight on January 23, 2007 at 10:47 am. Reply #

Nice one Gareth! Good luck.

by Ian Kershaw on January 23, 2007 at 11:46 am. Reply #

Thanks Ian ;-)

by Gareth Knight on January 23, 2007 at 12:13 pm. Reply #

Woohoo, go Gareth! Best of Luck!

by Norman on January 23, 2007 at 1:16 pm. Reply #

Thanks Normam ;-) Thanks also for all your help – really appreciate it!

by Gareth Knight on January 23, 2007 at 1:37 pm. Reply #

“There are HOT women in the business next door (means we’ll have to give up the hottie at the French coffee shop though… ;-(; and finally I’ll be able to hit a gym to work on the guns properly.”

That comment just made me laugh out loud :-D

Very exciting stuff ahead Gareth! And, I’m not talking about the “hotties” or the work you are going to do on your “guns”

by Ryan on January 23, 2007 at 7:10 pm. Reply #

Hey Gareth,

Congrats on the move and all.
Is this by any chance “Erico House”?


by Dave on January 24, 2007 at 3:32 pm. Reply #

@Dave: Nope, it’s “Riverbank House, 1 Putney Bridge Approach”…

by Gareth Knight on January 29, 2007 at 2:31 pm. Reply #

Ah ok, it just sounded very similar to my our old offices :-)

by Dave on January 29, 2007 at 2:36 pm. Reply #

@Ryan: Thanks man, yea, some good stuff in the pipeline ;-) Will keep you posted re: the hotties…

by Gareth Knight on January 30, 2007 at 12:04 pm. Reply #

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