Thanks to Simon Devonshire of Wayra for some *very* good advice

Brutally honest, actionable advice is imperative if I’m going to improve my pitching, business plan and accelerator applications, which is why I’m incredibly indebted to Director of Wayra Europe, Simon Devonshire for taking half an hour last week to talk to me about my (failed) Wayra accelerator application from a few months back. Although lots has changed since that moment, not least the site launching – we weren’t short of things to discuss. From *really* knowing your competition, the art of story telling and appropriate levels of obnoxiousness, to Jamie Oliver’s Italian, via the joys of networking; every minute was as challenging as it was informative. Thank you Simon.

I’m constantly impressed and surprised with the generosity some of the established players in the London ecosystem exhibit by sharing their insights and wisdom with the ‘little guy’. People like Milo Yiannopoulos of the Kernel and hy! Berlin, Alicia Navarro of Skimlinks, Paul Smith at Ignite100 and Simon have all shared their own time with me, and for that I’m incredibly grateful. After a less-than-great first month on Teen Events, I’m excited to continue growing my business.

If you’re looking for feedback, advice or insights – my tip is, don’t ask, don’t get. And, seek advice from people who challenge your perception of yourself and your work. Let me know how you get on.