I tried to open a business bank account but it was surprisingly hard.
1996, on giving away content for free.
@infovore No sorry required! I'm pleased to realise it's starting again.
@infovore Ooh good. Hadn't even realised S02 was around. Starts on More 4 next week!
@tedmills Well jel.
@george08 I’m sure there are plenty of worse countries!
@mattsheret That one recurs daily.
@denisewilton No I can’t! (OK, think that one’s done.)
@mattsheret I have no excuses. Shall I start the day again?
@denisewilton It’s only 5pm! Admittedly, considering past mistakes is going to take a fair old while…
@inthecompanyof I support the specific campaign but Save Tech City’s tone feels like part of the area’s problem not it’s solution. Good luck
@inthecompanyof It appears to take a very short-term self-involved view of the area. “We changed it but we like it now so no more change ta”
@genmon Yeah, should have had a better pay-off. “And so I will now only barter my services.”
@inthecompanyof …the kinds of people who have stopped Shoreditch being weird. We are the reason rent has gone up and developers moved in.
@inthecompanyof Because it comes across as “Keep Shoreditch Weird!” when it looks like all the people on that page are, like me, exactly…
@inthecompanyof It’s nothing to do with using “Tech City”! (Not that I like the name.)
I wrote more about my frustrating attempts to open a business bank account last week: gyford.com/phil/writing/2… Yes, that sounds really dull.
@inthecompanyof Again, the specific campaign is worthwhile, but the initial messaging of Save Tech City makes me roll my eyes.
@inthecompanyof Because it comes across as “Don’t change Tech City now that we’re here and have changed it just enough so that we like it.”
If you don’t know, Midtown is west of Tech City, east of Theatreland and north of Northbank.
Londoners, join my campaign to KEEP MIDTOWN WEIRD!
@jonty I keep looking at it. I can’t quite believe it’s real or that those people so lack in self-awareness.
@holgate We can only Save Tech City by scrapping all mobile phones and going back to 14.4 modems.
@flaneur KEEP TECH CITY AMERICAN!
@agentGav Yes, the Huguenots, then Jews.
Anyway, a blog post from 2012 about Shoreditch / Tech City: gyford.com/phil/writing/2…
@flaneur Year 2042: Save Tech City by returning it to the traditional VC-funded start-ups, American corporations and luxury hotels!
Sorry, I’m being sarcastic. We should Save Tech City by returning it to the musicians and artists of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Sorry, that was silly. We should Save Tech City by returning it to the printers, furniture makers and tailors of the 19th century.
We should Save Tech City by returning it to fields. It’s been downhill since the 18th century. motco.com/map/81002/Seri…
@tomstuart Save Shoreditch from people with responsive faces. Or FOR people with responsive faces. I’m confused.
@weareicoEx “we will continue to support Sifteo Cubes and Sifteo users”
@KushalP Just swim. I would do more (with a few more pauses to get my breath back) but it gets boring!
@KushalP Not every. Three mornings a week, all being well.
@minor9th Yeah, lightweight.
Swam the usual 1000m this morning. Met a woman in the lift who finished swimming the Channel at 4am.
@agpublic Er, yes. Not entirely sure what being hit up for a quote means, but why not.
@spaceboy Someone is subtweeting.
idk, you say “startup culture is entitled man-children building mostly bullshit to make rich white guys richer” and people get all offended
@philgyford SENSITIVELY RESTORE THE ORIGINAL GOOGLE CAMPUS FACADE
It’s weird that I use Twitter to drive tons of signups, and as a critical support channel, but they don’t have any way for me to pay them