I'm off to Mumbai in India next week with my colleague Sam Ripman to meet interesting businesses we might be able to work with. If you're based in Mumbai and you'd be up for meeting please get in touch (and please pass this on to people you might know who might be).
Next Monday 4 February Sam and I will be flying into the beautiful Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai for three days of meetings. We'll be flying back to the beautiful... err.. London Gatwick Airport on Wednesday evening.
As well as new business development, we're also scouting around generally to understand better how the Indian market works - and specifically the market for digital product design, innovation and business transformation in scale businesses. So, if you can help us to understand any of those things better: whether we should do them, what and how to do it please get in touch with me on LinkedIn - I'd love to hear from you, and we're planning to host a couple of evenings in a bar or restaurant where people can just drop in and say hi.
People who know me will know that *I love India* so this is very exciting! India is in the midst of full-scale digital transformation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for Digital India accelerates the country's evolution into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. As an optimist, a Brit and a European, it's difficult not to envy the way India's digital charge is being led from the top in such an inspiring way. Of course, not everyone agrees with that, and Modi has plenty of critics - but maybe they should come to the UK and listen to our (mostly) digitally illiterate leaders talk about an issue like encryption, for example. Maybe they should download our erstwhile Secretary of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock's special smartphone app to see just how f***ed we really are.
It makes me wish, once again, that Martha Lane-Fox could stage some kind of putsch and take control. I like to imagine it might be called The Woodchipper Revolution for obvious and symbolic reasons. There is much awesome work to be done.
We're going to Mumbai (and other cities across the Asia Pacific region) precisely because our own country is so paralysed by Brexit. Luckily at Made by Many, nearly all our clients are outside the UK. Looking ahead, we need to be looking for work outside the UK and EU a lot more in the future.
Back to next week. Let us know if you are in town next Mon-Weds, we'd love to meet you - and please pass this on to anyone you know who it might be fun or useful to meet. Thanks!