My last post
Imagine for yourselves the sound of a bugle, played by a lone soldier on a cliff near some old battleground - playing the last post...
Yes folks, this is is - my last post (for a while at least)
Sad but true.
Here's the skinny - on April 1st, 2005 I was contracted to perform the role of 'product manager' of LearnDog for one year. The plan was to envision ways a media company could help kids through recognition. I was also given the challenge to see how far we could push the idea with minimal resources. That we did and all went well, so well that in our first annual review we decided to keep going for one more school term. We were so close to recruiting a board, core team and setting up a legal entity that it might have been possible to transition seamlessly from plans to reality. We nearly made it!
But... even in the Not for Profit sector, money makes the world go around. Until we get some help setting up legal entities, bank accounts and lots of other administrivia, we are not really in a position to raise funds and pay the bills ourselves. So, my contract expires today - May 31st and I am already in the midst of finding / doing bits and pieces of work to keep my own bills paid and family fed.
Sadly (since I am a bloke and can't multitask) this means I won't be doing much LearnDog stuff for the forseeable future. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark and the team at Archer College for making the adventure that was the last 14months possible. There is no way I would have had the courage to step of the 'corporate merry-go-round' without the arrangement we had and the support of the Archer team and you - the community who read this blog. No matter what happens from here, I will always be grateful for that.
Sniff, sniff, woof, woof. (out but not over)
Fang - Mike Seyfang - LearnDog
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Sorry to hear about the contract. However, Learndog is a legacy to be proud of.
Look forward to when you are back blogging again.
Posted by: Jon Y | May 31, 2006 11:14:30 AM
Mike. Well done man! You've challenged and inspired many in the first paw-prints of the vision that is LearnDog. I know because I'm one of them.
I'm sure you'll continue the 'extraordinary' journey...
Dave - Lifekludger - Woof!
Posted by: Dave - Lifekludger | May 31, 2006 7:31:42 PM
Definitely down but not out, a vision like that don't go away with it's tail between its legs!
Posted by: James Farmer | Jun 1, 2006 1:16:10 PM
Down but not out I hope? And kudos to the Archer College team, awesome.
Posted by: Luke | Jun 2, 2006 8:58:45 AM
Sorry to hear that you'll not be posting for a while. On a selfish note, hope this means you'll have more time for webcasting ;-)
Looking forward to talking with you again soon, and best of luck with future endeavours.
Posted by: Doug Symington | Jun 3, 2006 7:57:13 AM
hey Mike, sorry to hear that the bold experiment has been cut short but I'm sure the creative process won't stop here. You're just getting started. These days, when hit with a seeming setback, I ask myself "how can I turn this event into a positive?" and watch the brain re-route itself. Call me, it's time for a chat.
Posted by: Cameron Reilly | Jun 11, 2006 10:13:06 AM
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