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Our Journey

Chapter 32: We didn't make it!

It's been a rollercoaster 18 months but we didn't make our fundraising by the end of this year. All is not lost though, it's time for a new chapter.

Our Journey

Dec 16, 2019

Chapter 31: All in the same boat

All of us startups are in the same boat. This week I want to mention a few of the founders I met last week. They are an inspiration to us all.

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Dec 4, 2019

Chapter 30: It's getting longer and longer

Not all things are created equal. Some can be larger than others. Have you got one? I have, it's huge and part of my everyday life... My task list.

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Nov 21, 2019

Chapter 29: It's all remote to me

Technology allows us to work remotely. To our surprise it has been one of the best decisions we made in our business. You do have to be careful though.

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Nov 5, 2019

Chapter 28: Everyone's chasing the unicorn

I get it, if you invest you have to win big, but come on this is getting silly now. There are other companies out there not just $1B unicorns and some of them have some great teams.

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Oct 22, 2019

Chapter 27: You can even get injured building a startup!

A real world comparison between startups and weightlifting. Along with the highs of getting stronger you can also get injured. We had a minor injury in our startup this week.

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Oct 11, 2019

Chapter 26: Why make it harder?

Building an app in-house is fairly hard but Apple and Google do not make the process any easier. It's amazing given how many apps exist they have not perfected the process and made it simple for developers.

Our Journey

Oct 1, 2019

Chapter 25: Is transparent clear enough for you?

Bring transparent is at the heart of what we do. It's applied to everything. It's a refreshing way to run a startup and I recommend all businesses to adopt the same strategy.

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Sep 18, 2019

Chapter 24: What's your position?

Do you know where your product or service is positioned? I didn't realise just how important positioning is until I read a great book about it and implemented the advice. We looked at everything and made a few changes too.

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Sep 11, 2019

Chapter 23: What I've learnt writing a Blog for 6 months

It's been 6 months since I started this blog. It's gone so fast and it has had some advantages. I urge anyone to take up blog writing and you will see why.

Our Journey

Sep 3, 2019

Chapter 22: YOU run a startup for 12 months — I dare you!

Everyone should run a startup for 12 months. The lessons learnt are priceless and I think it would be a huge benefit to all startups if this happened.

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Aug 28, 2019

Chapter 21: Organic growth is gruelling

The organic growth that comes when starting out is key to understanding your startup before you start to scale.

Our Journey

Aug 1, 2019

Chapter 20: Fail, change then repeat

Constantly reviewing and then changing things is a key part of being a startup. Whatever the direction you have to change otherwise you're doomed!

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Jul 24, 2019

Chapter 19: A real test of belief

Do your team, investors and advisors really believe in you and your startup? Well if you want to find out there is a test for it, invented in 1859 by the Great Blondin.

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Jul 16, 2019

Chapter 18: What we'll do next

A recent interview highlighted what we'll do next. We're going to help other startups but not the way advisors and consultants currently help by charging a small fortune!

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Jul 9, 2019

Chapter 17: The art of switching off

There's a real art to switching off and I'm not afraid to say I am bloody useless at it. My attempt at this recently shows just how bad I really am!

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Jun 27, 2019

Chapter 16: A glimmer of hope

When all is said and done, a bit of good news is rocket fuel for our passionate team. Find out what all the excitement is about and what is so inspirational.

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Jun 12, 2019

Chapter 15: Climbing Everest - Part 3

The last stint of an 18 Day adventure documented by me after being given Steph's travel journal for a few days. It's been a great insight of how tough climbing Everest really is.

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Jun 7, 2019

Chapter 15: Climbing Everest - Part 2

The trek to Everest Base Camp continues but it just seems to be getting harder! No end in sight just yet of the filthy conditions or cold weather. Will Steph make it?

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May 28, 2019

Chapter 15: Climbing Everest - Part 1

A break from our journey to talk about our legend Steph who recently climbed Mount Everest! With access to her travel journal here is her story in my words.

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May 23, 2019

Chapter 14: We need to evolve. And guess what… it takes time

Just as it’s taken millions of years for us humans to evolve, you don’t plant a seed today and get an oak tree tomorrow.

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May 15, 2019

Chapter 13: We're doing this all for you!

I don't want to make you feel bad but after all this really is all for you, our users.

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May 8, 2019

Chapter 12: Recruitment agents will be gone in 10 years

Recruitment Agencies will disappear just like other antiquated business models before it.

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Apr 26, 2019

Chapter 11: We're getting there, it feels SLOW, but it really isn't

I'm on a low about our slow progress but some reflection can soon change my mood. It's easy to forget how much we have done.

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Apr 17, 2019

Chapter 10: It's all happening for a reason

Is it fate, God or just luck? Who knows. But it's all happening for a reason. Every call, meeting and how we started on this fantastic journey.

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Apr 10, 2019

Chapter 9: Bye bye comfort zone!

To succeed in anything, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone as much as possible. It's tough but well worth it.

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Apr 2, 2019

Chapter 8: Daddy, how many candidates have registered?

This week we had a win. It was also a week with some difficult questions but as always we push on. Onwards and upwards!

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Mar 26, 2019

Chapter 7: The Middlemen are dying!

Middlemen are being replaced by technology. It's happened in many other industries and is now happening in the way people hire. Times are changing people.

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Mar 19, 2019

Chapter 6: It’s time to Quit!

Where is the failure line when you have to stop, have we reached that? It is a constantly changing line and if you don't see the signs in could spell disaster.

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Mar 12, 2019

Chapter 5 - So which hat will it be today?

The different roles you get involved in while building a start-up can be mind boggling. Read about the different hats we have worn recently.

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Mar 5, 2019

Chapter 4 - So you think you can help? This way please.

Cue the advisors. The help we have had so far and the help that start-ups need. A bit of news on some meetings too.

Our Journey

Feb 26, 2019

Chapter 3: You could have the best product in the world, but if nobody knows about it…

Marketing is more important than the App itself. Find out why we are excited about our marketing.

Our Journey

Feb 19, 2019

Chapter 2 - We cracked it… I can’t believe it!

Some history of the Marlin App and the beginning of our journey. Why we started the App and how it will help Employers and Job Seekers.

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Feb 11, 2019

Chapter 1 - Life in a start-up. Be gentle this is my first post!

The first blog post from our founder who will now write a weekly honest insight into the journey of a start-up.

Our Journey

Feb 5, 2019