Will James Spithill miss the America’s Cup because he is on the naughty step? @americascup
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Will James Spithill miss the America’s Cup because he is on the naughty step? @americascup

What is shaping up to be the biggest scandal in sailing history, James Spithill is looking a worried man as a new report from the America’s Cup measurers has revealed new evidence of illegal modifications to the Oracle Team USA AC45s used in the America’s Cup World Series. The protests center around illegally modified kingposts. … Continue reading

Americas Cup Review recommendations…  but you can’t make a potential death trap safe
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Americas Cup Review recommendations… but you can’t make a potential death trap safe

Summary The show must go on (which was what was expected). These things are are potentially death traps, so let’s see what we can do to make the recovery after accidents better; improve structural integrity of the boats, provide better protection, bouyancy & breathing apparatus for crews, and have more support boats with divers and … Continue reading

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Step by Step Guide (yacht racing)

Sometimes it is easier to be led by the hand, rather than make it up. So we have a worked example of using LessAdmin.com to manage a yacht (or any boat) with documents and reminders attached to the yacht. And then a couple of projects/campaigns such as Cowes week which have jobs.  Click here if … Continue reading

Is America’s Cup at risk after death in Artemis Racing accident?
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Is America’s Cup at risk after death in Artemis Racing accident?

Devastating news The sailing world is coming to terms with the news that Artemis Racing crewman, Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed today in a training accident when their 72 catamaran capsized and broke up.  Simpson was trapped underneath the boat, for almost 10 minutes according to some reports. Despite attempts to revive him, by doctors … Continue reading

A desperately sad day for America’s Cup racing as Artemis crew member dies in training accident
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A desperately sad day for America’s Cup racing as Artemis crew member dies in training accident

It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew “Bart” Simpson today in San Francisco. Simpson, a British double Olympic gold medalist, was one of the 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing’s AC72 catamaran which capsized during training on San Francisco Bay ahead of this summer’s America’s Cup. All other … Continue reading

ETNZ reveal their secret weapon
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ETNZ reveal their secret weapon

In this fantastic video it shows the Emirates Team New Zealand team understand how to maximise the power of social media. But they also understand that these videos need to be done properly. It is not hacked together on an iPhone after a few beers. They also showed that some of the top sailors are … Continue reading

LessAdmin launches Beta.
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LessAdmin launches Beta.

Money and patience As an investor in a startup, apart form having money the other critical asset is patience. It takes time to get a software application to market. And as an investor, rather than working in the business, all you can do is cheer and encourage from the sidelines. In some ways, my involvement … Continue reading

“I can use LessAdmin for that” is a phrase I keep hearing
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“I can use LessAdmin for that” is a phrase I keep hearing

Asset rich As we get ready to launch LessAdmin, we are starting to talk to more people about it. Most people get the concept and its value instantly. But what is interesting is how many people come back a day or so later with a string of things that they would use LessAdmin for. The … Continue reading

Dusty relic or valuable hierloom? – How2 : Antiques, art and furniture
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Dusty relic or valuable hierloom? – How2 : Antiques, art and furniture

The value of an asset like a piece of art, an antique or expensive furniture depends on a full and accurate audit trail of valuation, ownership, changes, renovations and insurance. That requires a pile of documentation. Any missing information sheds doubt over the value of the item. Even worse could be an “Antiques Roadshow” moment. … Continue reading

Web design FAIL
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Web design FAIL

I bumped into this fantastic video by Google who shows the online checkout experience in real life. How many websites have you visited buying Christmas presents that are this bad. Your answer is probably “most”. Web designers seem to forget 2 things: Their job is to remove as much friction from the process as possible … Continue reading

Insurance companies hate paying out. Fight back with LessAdmin – How2 : insurance claims
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Insurance companies hate paying out. Fight back with LessAdmin – How2 : insurance claims

Over insured, under paid We all have insurance; cars, property, contents boats, health and travel. We all focus on the best price for our insurance premium. But this is a rounding error when it comes to a claim if the insurer manages to wriggle out of paying the full amount. Which they normally do. On … Continue reading

Making boat ownership fun…  or at least manageable –  How2 : boats
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Making boat ownership fun… or at least manageable – How2 : boats

It is said that the two happiest days of a boat owners life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it.  But in between buying and selling it there can be great times; that perfect sunset whilst moored with a chilled glass of Chablis; judging the tide on the last leg to snatch 1st place; when the teamwork finally comes together on a … Continue reading

Collaboration is a big, sexy business
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Collaboration is a big, sexy business

We knew that collaboration had a huge untapped potential. Microsoft Sharepoint is a multi-billion dollar business for enterprise collaboration. But consumer collaboration comes in many forms. Facebook is a sort of collaboration. File sharing and document sharing is collaboration. Forum and groups functionality is collaboration. It is interesting to see the level of investment being … Continue reading

The toughest of tests
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The toughest of tests

Better practice = better performance To really excel and beat the competition requires more than a spark of inspiration and talent. It requires focused effort.  The sporting world has shown that, brought in to sharp relief when you hear the personal stories of the medallists over the last 2 weeks of the Olympics. The coaching … Continue reading

Running a Triathlon event is harder than competing in it – How2 : running an event
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Running a Triathlon event is harder than competing in it – How2 : running an event

On your marks The first Petersfeld Triathlon will be held later on this year and currently the organization of the event is underway. Little did we know just how much organising it would take! In reality it is three different events that have to be managed with the additional complexity that they have to be … Continue reading

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Building your future. “Have a plan, because you are not part of someone else’s plan”.

More and more people entering the world of self employment. Some out of choice – can’t stand the world of corporate b0110cks – and others enforced due to layoffs and redundancies. Self employment and small business increasing In a recent post about Charles Handy and Government red tape I quoted some recent Government released employment … Continue reading

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Avoid Wonga.com’s APR of 4,214% if we ALL paid our billls on time (that includes you – BIG business)

Wonga.com announced this week that they will lend up to £10,000 to businesses. The firm has been heavily criticised for lending to individuals at an APR of 4,214%, but claims business loans will be at rates starting at 17% APR. The shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, criticised the government for failing to get banks to … Continue reading

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Latest Govt figures show Charles Handy, British philosopher, was right all along, but small businesses still wrapped up in Govt red tape

Charles Handy, a latter day British philospopher wrote in his book The Age of Unreason in the 1989 that we were turning into a “cloverleaf organisations” Recent UK Government statistics out this week show that every day his predictions are becoming more and more true. The “cloverleaf organisation” – later called the shamrock organisation – … Continue reading