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I saw the moon last night

The world we live in – the irony of western democracy or human nature? Brexit happened and Remainers (I was one) are still not happy. What if Remainers accepted the vote and worked with Brexiteers for the good of the country and its people? Would we be in this mess? Donald Trump got elected. The opposition never accepted and ever since trying to destroy the government instead of working together for the goodness of the country and the world. We need strong and fair oppositions to keep those in power accountable. But not the way they are behaving today. Politics…

50 Something – Make the Middle Age Relevant Again

This article originally appeared on Linkedin Noted that Nick Jaspan recently ran a Roundtable on 50 something, but from a consumer angle (sorry Nick only read the headline). I’ve been toying with a hypothesis lately and think it’s time I share it. I’m 51. Some of my batch mates (Royal College, Colombo 87 Group) are already thinking of retirement and some may have already retired. I am planning to work until my death (hopefully hit 100 like my grand father), and of course, I hope to spend fewer hours on work than now when I am older. Unlike me (and the likes),…

Linkedin Post Views Mystery

When does the Linkedin Post Views counter reset? Is this based on the age of the post or relying on some other bizarre algorithm? I just looked at my last six months. Some seem to have retained the count whereas others have reset. Once I had a post with over 200k views in 4 weeks. Never managed to find a repeat formula. The best I’ve done recently is with 6k views on a post. Here are my most viewed three posts over the last six months: 6019 – Liverpool https://www.linkedin.com/posts/manojranaweera_liverpool-tclpl-activity-6562997014462820352-m0eq5846 – Manchester tech ecosystem https://www.linkedin.com/posts/manojranaweera_who-are-the-builders-of-manchesters-tech-activity-6553989372587360256-vzFq5323 – Looking for 2 more…

Catching up with Lisa Layzell

Caught up with Lisa Layzell who seems to be getting prettier unlike me as we both age! Lisa and I both started out from Sci-Tech Daresbury in 2006 and she was one of the first female Tech Founders of old #Techcelerate and also an Alum of #Alliance Manchester Business School. We are both back at Daresbury and met to discuss Techcelerate China team. Lisa exited in 2013 from Thinspace, the same year I stopped old Techcelerate when Hugh Campbell of #GPBullhound acquired #NorthernTechAwards. Thinspace introduced Thinclient technology to UK. Working with public sector was hard those days for SMEs. I…

Waking up in a pool of sweat

Good morning All! It’s 8 am on a Saturday. I woke up in a pool of sweat. I don’t normally see dreams. But saw one last night which I do not understand. The last image I have is I entered a room (they did not invite me in – it was still being arranged). Its ceiling was at least 3 floors high and painted in white. Almost like an atrium which has become a project office. And dangling from the ceiling was two sets of big boards with words and dates written in black. One had my name in English…

Stronger Together #SriLanka #LKA

I woke up this morning to the terrible news of multiple atrocities committed in Sri Lanka. Yoshith Weerakoone has designed the following which you may use as you see fit to demonstrate your solidarity and not let few individuals ruin our beautiful country. Multiple sizes can be directly downloaded from Google Drive. For Twitter Cover For Facebook Cover

Planting Seeds Publicly

I like planting seeds publicly and see where it might take us. Today, my focus is to develop Techcelerate into helping Tech Founders grow their Tech (scalable product with recurring revenues) Companies until exit. We’ve actually achieved very little of what I set up to do, but have evolved as we engage with tech founders. I’ve now structured what we offer into Data + Network + Growth & Investment Advisory But two things happened this week which got my brain on fire. I was offered shares in a startup and I started discussions of acquiring a distressed but awesome tech…

Uniting the world through WhatsApp

The tech evolution started to accelerate at the back end of 20th century. Then we had the dot com bust. Some of those who survived, are ruling the world today. Two of the notable global giants are Salesforce for business and Amazon for consumers. Then in the mid ’00s we saw the emergence of what was known as Web 2.0 technologies. These focused on mixing tech with social. Whilst a large number of tech companies found in those times has hit the dead pool, some have emerged to be global giants. Among them are Facebook and YouTube. Flickr which inspired…

Entrepreneurship sucks! Know when to get out!

There is a significant danger in promotion of “entrepreneurship” without fully understanding the ups and downs. Where ever you look nowadays, there are so many people calling themselves entrepreneurs or promoting it. It’s a trend. Very few talk about the dangers of it. Don’t get me wrong, we need entrepreneurs to move the society forward. We need them more than ever, given the volatility of the global political system and the climate change. But not everyone can become a successful entrepreneur. I don’t mean success by the number of millions or billions you make it at an exit. You can…

The garbage we carry!

Most of us suffer from incidents in the past. Some suffer from horrific abuses and continue to suffer from those memories today. When I review my past, the incidents I still remember and angry about are so minute, they would barely register on an incident scale, if such a scale existed. Having turned 50 recently, it’s big time I draw a line on these and move on. Obviously one needs to be stronger from the lessons learned and treat those individuals who impacted your life accordingly. But it’s time to move forward.. Just saw someone post the following and thought…