1) FuzeFund from FuzeBox is providing free HD video conferencing to 500 start up companies around the world. With a total fund available of $1.2 million the company will no doubt get plenty of applications from some thrusting young enterprises. Some will fall by the wayside, no doubt, but many will go on to be larger enterprises who will, in the fullness of time, need to extend their VC operations and who better to use than the company that helped get off the ground. Nice marketing move, FuzeBox!
2) Normally what you see in the pages of TP&VC Insight is simply about business. I hope you don’t mind if I make a small exception just now, and make it personal. On Friday October 5th I will be sleeping “rough”, in the open, in London, in aid of charity and I hope that you will be generous enough to support my efforts.
Go to any city at night and you’ll see young people sleeping rough, with no protection from the elements or from exploitation. Many of these children who need help will end up in the worst kind of trouble you can imagine. In the UK the charity Action for Children works with the IT sector through “ByteNight” to try to help. This one-night open-air sleeping rough experience raises money through sponsorship, enabling people from the IT sector to do something to help these youngsters. If you would like to find out more about this charity, please go to www.actionforchildren.org.uk
If you would like to support me in my efforts to help a little, and I do hope you will, then please feel free to do so at www.virginmoneygiving.com/KeithWarburton1
I’ll be doing this voluntarily, the kids who we are helping didn’t volunteer and didn’t have the luxury of choice. I’ll be going home on the Saturday morning, looking forward to breakfast, a hot shower and my own bed. Their futures are far less certain.
I’ll give you a report on ByteNight afterwards, and that will be the end of the personal appeals, for this year at least. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for your support.