New Potential Website

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

We now have a new website to reflect what we’re up to these days www.potential.co.uk

Am particlualy pleased with the photo of Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens from Potential UK

Sexy

 

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More madness and Springboard Mobile

Monday, September 24th, 2012

After meeting so many odd and interesting people at TechCrunch Disrupt, I’ve taken a few weeks to see as much of California as i can.

When i get back I’ll be busy with potential.co.uk, and mentoring at Springboard. Maybe i’ll make an appearance  in the next Springboard Mobile video – Bandanna or no bandanna?

 

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Messing about more

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Boys seem to have been busy and launched this stuff recently under the Potential world:

www.asap.co.uk

www.electric.co.uk

www.iq.co.uk

www.whatdoesmynamemean.co.uk

www.package-holidays.com

And first investment happened in the guy from the apprentice:

www.whisk.co.uk

Another one happened:

www.greenpreferenceservice.com

Whats next UKgimp?

 

Doug

 

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Facebook Value Makes No Sense

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Facebook ad sales worldwide  grew 104% in 2011 but are expected to climb just 52% to $5.8 billion this year and only 21% to $7 billion next year, according to eMarket.

Current profits less than $1 billion

Current Revenues $3.7 billion – $500 million directly from Zynga who runs some games that can be ported to any other platform ( estimates are that the numbers are more due to ads round the games)

Current Valuation $100 billion

Google Plus now a strategic product for Google and growing massively

So a business that is slowing it’s growth and now has a big competitor is valued on a 100/1 ratio

Looks like herd mentallity for investing will be back

 

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First Daily Deals Summit Europe

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

If you wish to know what is happening in Europe then this is the first event

http://ddsummiteurope.co.uk/agenda/

There are a pile of “Industry Experts” including:

Peter Briffett – MD, LivingSocial UK
Saurav Chopra – CEO, HuddleBuy
Stefan Glaenzer – Investor in numerous online ventures
Gerard Doyle – CEO DiscountVouchers.co.uk
Fabian Heilemann – CEO of Dailydeal.de which sold recently to Google for 115$ Mill.
Kevin Wray – Nimble Commerce
David Hirschman – StreetFight

Regards

 

Doug

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Off again

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Not posted for ages, but in case any still reads it:):) And even cares:):)

I’m off to play else where again,so just an update of what has happened:

  1. The carrentals.co.uk business has not had me involved for almost 3 years now and the guys and girls keep growing it, over 150,000 rentals this year and they are slowly launching round the globe. Well done to everyone.
  2. Comparecarrentals.com.au which is simply a Australian car hire comparator is still growing…was a slow start but looks like the guys have cracked it. Over the past 6 months I have stepped back and they are off on their own.
  3. DiscountVouchers.co.uk is still growing at a stupid pace, just under 6 million members, 150,000 visitors per day on a good day. Not a lot I could do any more as I am rubbish with a business when it gets real. Well done to all involved and I will see you now and then when I pop into London and we go for lunch. Good luck with the “interesting” things ahead. I’d love to be involved but as you all know I would just be a pain as the business moves to being “real”.

So what next?

Well I am setting up Potential.co.uk, a sort of online incubator as I believe the UK just does not seem keen on startups…not in comparison to California anyway. So I have bought some domains/sites that I thought were interesting to play with and talked to some of my ex staff who were good people and slowly the wheels are coming into motion. The initial idea being to play with ideas for these domains and also invest in some more interesting concepts. As normal just to have some fun and also to feel like I am helping the people I like.

So initial domains thrown in the pot are:

Also looking at stuff that is more disruptive in concepts, so not really web sites but things related to fb/mobile/toolbars/tools. Some we have started the builds, stuff that we think maybe useful and really have no means of making any cash but look interesting.

Just having a laugh Josh:):)

Doug

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Quotes by Steve Jobs

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy – 1982

The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people––as remarkable as the telephone. – 1985

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011 RIP

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Dodgy Bloody Hip

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Looks like I need to sort my hip out after years of doing silly things on it, seems like I have an issue and need a nasty op,,,,ugh

This guy invented the op is doing it in September:

http://www.mcminncentre.co.uk/

Don’t watch if squeamish:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9XOWoZCnBk&noredirect=1

Thanks to Vicky for helping me understand what my options were:

http://www.hipresurfacingsite.com

Don’t let your GP tell you that you should live with the pain for 10 years and then have a total hip replacement.

Doug

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Another bloody post…Panda and Google

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Looks like the boys and girls at Searchmetrics have messed up:

This post that has gone everywhere on the web

http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2011/04/12/googles-panda-update-rolls-out-to-uk/

States that www.discountvouchers.co.uk has been wiped out by google, well its just not true and here is an image of our organic traffic from Google Analytics to show otherwise:

Discountvouchers.co.uk traffic



Seems like Searchmetrics, in a rush to get link love have made a PR disaster…..great links guys, but was it worth it? Makes me wonder what value there is in this data when it has so little effect on a sites traffic.

Anyway here are some independent ranking reports for the voucher sector:

And also the hitwise report

Seems like the guys ate TechWatch are a bit miffed too

http://www.techwatch.co.uk/2011/04/15/searchmetrics-com-are-they-just-making-it-up/comment-page-1/

Doug

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Here is Santa

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Santa

 

I do like to eat but my staff morphed a fatter body onto my head…..

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