Present for Xmas 2015

So now that Xmas is over it’s time to take stock and plan for 2015.

For those training for big sporting events, it’s now time to plan the training schedule and think forward to the rewards (rather than thinking about how cold it will be when you get up before the rest of the house). If you’re in business then you are probably planning your goals for 2015 and how you will achieve them.

You might even have got some presents from Santa to help you with this.

If you didn’t, you could buy yourself a present for Xmas 2015* that would help with both sporting and business targets, planning and successes. The book I’m writing will help you with all of this and you can pre-order your copy here: http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

Go on, treat yourself.

*At this stage I can’t guarantee publication by Xmas 2015.

Sponsor – Mobile Industry Review

As I’ve mentioned, I’m crowdfunding for my book about business and swimming. Crowdfunding means that you offer ‘rewards’ in return for funds. What this means for individuals is that they can pre-order a copy of the book and at the same time help to fund the research and writing stages of it.

However, one of the rewards on offer is to become a sponsor and be mentioned here (and also in the published book if you like).

So a MASSIVE thank you to Ewan of Mobile Industry Review for signing up as a sponsor. There are more details about the site below, or here on the Sponsors page, but please do check out the website on http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/

And if you want to be a sponsor, please check out the crowdfunding page – http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

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Mobile Industry Review

Mobile Industry Review

Mobile Industry Review is a daily service providing news and opinion to over 250,000 mobile industry executives and fanatics around the world. We provide a mix of news, original content and opinion across the mobile and wireless industries.

The site, started on the 26th of January 2006, is the brainchild of mobile fanatic, Ewan MacLeod. Originally called SMS Text News because the focus was on text messaging. However, the site now covers a wide range of mobile spheres relevant to the executive and mobile fan, mostly with an eye on the end consumer — and so is called Mobile Industry Review.

http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/

 

50 shades of…

… crowdfunding.

There are 50 (fifty) days left on my crowdfunding project.

That seemed like a significant milestone – one worth writing a blog post about. The project is timed to close on New Year’s Day 2015, which gives people time to realise that the one thing that was missing from their Xmas stocking was a great business book that drew on lessons from open water swimming, and that they should fund one so they could have it by next Xmas.

However, although there are 50 days left I’d love it if you could back me before the turkey and presents take over. If you are thinking about it then please do sign up now, as momentum can help to bring even more people in.

Thank you.

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Visit the crowdfunding page here – http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

Sponsor – BillMobile

As I’ve mentioned, I’m crowdfunding for my book about business and swimming. Crowdfunding means that you offer ‘rewards’ in return for funds. What this means for individuals is that they can pre-order a copy of the book and at the same time help to fund the research and writing stages of it.

However, one of the rewards on offer is to become a sponsor and be mentioned here (and also in the published book if you like).

So a MASSIVE thank you to BillMobile for signing up as a sponsor. There are more details about them below, or here on the Sponsors page, but please do check out the website on http://billmobile.com/.

And if you want to be a sponsor, please check out the crowdfunding page – http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

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billmobile_logo

BillMobile

BillMobile is a new service bringing the benefits of mobile billing to a new audience of online merchants, owned and operated by mobile payment pioneers ImpulsePay.

With direct connections to all the UK’s mobile network operators (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) ImpulsePay process tens of thousands of transactions each month. Virgin Trains, CrossCountry Trains, SecureTrust Bank and 192.com are just some of the companies using ImpulsePay to increase their revenues.

http://billmobile.com/

Striking a chord

It would appear from the stats on my crowdfunding page that I am striking a chord with people. I only set up the page eight days ago and already I have had nearly 1,200 views on the page – that’s nearly 150 per day!

I have to admit that I’m very pleased with that.

Correct as at 5:45pm on Friday 7th November

Correct as at 5:45pm on Friday 7th November

Obviously I’m doing my best to promote the page far and wide, but I’m not sure I know 1,200 people, so people must be passing it on their friends, or finding it organically – or coming back and viewing it many times. Whatever the reason it shows that it is worth reading and considering.

Unfortunately that hasn’t yet converted into lots of backers for the project – to date I’ve had seven backers (and I’m grateful to you all). But I suspect that like lots of things like this, people are viewing it, [hopefully] liking what they see and then planning to back it later (whenever later may be).

Either way, thank you all for checking out the page.

Early Crowdfunding Success

Launching anything new is always scary. No matter how much you believe in it, to send it out there for public consumption and comment is always a vulnerable feeling.

So it was a great feeling when the first few backers came in to support the project. Thank you.

Not only did I get a couple of personal backers who used the crowdfunding project as a way of pre-ordering the book, but I also got a couple of people signing up to the Online Sponsorship package. So that means that there will be a couple of additions to the Sponsors page next week as I say a big thank you to them.

If you want to pre-order the book, or become a corporate sponsor, please sign up here – https://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

Crowdfunding goes live

I wrote the text, shot the video and submitted the forms. And now my crowdfunding site is live. Please check it out here:

As you can see I’ve chosen Sponsume as the platform I use, hopefully you’ll like it, find it easy to navigate and back the project.

The reason behind the crowdfunding is to fund additional research for the book, additional swimming (as part of the research) and allow me to spend some time dedicated to actually writing it.

For you, what it means is that you you’ll be able to pre-order the book, or if you represent a business be a sponsor with your company details included online and / or in the book itself.

Please do have a look at the project here – https://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business – and if it’s not for you, please do forward it to any friends or colleagues that might be interested.

Thanks