The Week That Was: 2016/48

Another storming week, which peaked on Wednesday when Calum Paterson, Managing Partner at Scottish Equity Partners joined us for the penultimate CivTech fireside chat. With Gareth Williams' appearance last week the timing couldn't have been better, as we got to hear the Skyscanner story from the perspective of its first—and arguably key—investor.

Calum Paterson, Managing Partner, Scottish Equity Partners

Calum Paterson, Managing Partner, Scottish Equity Partners

He was refreshingly candid and hugely generous with the insight and advice he shared. It made me realise again how privileged we are to have such heavyweights in our midst (SEP have just announced a new £260m tech fund) and that they're so eager to help those starting out.

For me personally, this series of events has provided a great opportunity to sit down with some of the people I've worked and connected with in recent years, and ask them stuff I've never really had the chance to. Audience or not, it's something I should make more time to do. 

Linky-din

Speaking of connections, I've never been a fan of LinkedIn. Beyond offering a place for people to nosey at someone's job title or find out what they look like before a meeting, I don't see the point. I suppose it isn't dissimilar to Facebook in the sense that the connections I value are the ones I try to maintain in person.

Nonetheless—and perhaps because one or two people had expressed surprise it was out of date—I spent a couple of hours getting my profile up to date. What followed by email surprised me:

"Congrats on the new job!"
"Congrats on the new job!"
"Congrats on the new job!"
"Congrats on the new job!"
"Congrats on the new job!"

The messages from people I'd apparently agreed to connect with despite not knowing them from Adam surprised me only slightly less than the ones from the people I do know. But my supris-o-meter flew off the scale when I realised LinkedIn has a function which gives you a one-click way to congratulate someone on their new job.

Why? Why would you build that? Why would you click it?

And, while we're at it, why did LinkedIn even tell everyone I had a new job when I simply added details of several I started months ago? Desperate for interaction, much?