Generation Y, Lives not Knives, Take Heart India and people that will change the world

One of the things I really love about London is that I meet tons of people that are really changing the world. People like Eliza Robeiro, who started Lives not Knives when she was 13 (she’s 17 now, I feel old), Lucian Tarnowski, who took over his father’s charity, Take Heart India, when he was 18 or 19, or the guy that I see daily on my way to the office, standing on a busy sidewalk in Covent Garden saying “Anybody lost or needs information?”, helping tourists get around London.

Big thumbs up to Albion London, Jason Goodman & co, Mike Butcher and Robin Klein for helping people like Eliza speak about what they believe in, through events like Albion Society.

Seedcamp turns 3 and fabulous

This week, 23 startups coming from all across Europe and most of the London tech scene attended, mentored, helped, or partied at Seedcamp Week. As expected, I am going to need a couple of days to recover, even if this time I wasn’t competing, I was just trying to give a helping hand.

Today, Seedcamp also announced that Carlos Espinal from Doughty Hanson has joined Seedcamp as a Partner, and that they’ve increased the number of companies they will invest in to 10 / yr. Twelve, actually – in good Seedcamp spirit. I am incredibly happy for Reshma, Saul & co for getting Carlos on board, and I think he will bring tremendous value to the team.

On a slightly different note but on the same subject, I strongly believe Reshma & co are building THE European tech ecosystem, something we very much need if we want to see European companies become successful. And in order to build this ecosystem, Reshma, Saul, Carlos & Philipp need all support they can get. Plus – I find it very rewarding to give back to the community and help others succeed. Do you?

Seedcamp 2010

For those of you who didn’t find out, Seedcamp announced the dates for the Mini Seedcamps in 2010.

If you’re not sure if Seedcamp is for you, go ahead and read about the seedcamp experience or find out how to put your startup on steroids.

Without further ado, here are the dates for the Mini Seedcamps in 2010. >> Zagreb – 11th February>> Prague – 2nd March>> Barcelona – 23rd March>> Paris – 15th April>> Tel Aviv – 6th May>> Copenhagen – 27th May>> Berlin – 16th June>> London – 20th July

Good luck.

Time

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.”

Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life.

The Fun Theory

I strongly believe that fun can change people’s behavior. The guys at Volkswagen apparently think the same, so they’ve put together The Theory Awards, a competition for those of you who want to change the world for the better through fun stuff.

Here’s a glimpse of what they’re trying to achieve:

For more videos, check out The Fun Theory.