Update (13 May)

Update (13 May)

Postby vanity » Sun May 13, 2012 10:19 am

I thought I would write a quick update as I recall saying I would at some stage in the not-so-distant past.

I am still completing my masters degree as well as starting a new company (with eecan actually). The company's vision is basically to facilitate development through existing technologies more efficiently than a not-for-profit or maybe even government would. Our current market is the sub-saharan countries in Africa, but if it takes off I have no intention of constraining it to there and would look at targeting 'developed' countries too - I purposefully made our vision so it would not constrain us to developing countries.

As you might guess, it is not an easy job to (a) operate in Africa and (b) make it profitable to the extent where it is worthwhile doing, but I felt that given my age, my lack of debt, etc. now is the time to take risks so why not! However, it takes up a hell of a lot of time (for which I am not currently paid for yet) and on top of this there is usual housework (garden maintenance, pets, cleaning, FWP's...) as well as maintaining a vaguely healthy lifestyle (I play soccer every week, have some vague form of balance in terms of socialising, blahdy blah.).

I am continually monitoring the forum and I really do apologise for the failed update that rendered a lot of functions useless. I will get around to fixing it up. It requires me to redo the stylesheet so I need at least a day to dedicate towards this as there are tons of bugs that will happen and I need to sort through them :( I will likely aim to do this early June as this is when my student vacation is, although by "student vacation" the university actually means "week before finals"... :|

I will have more free time soon as my mum is coming back to Sydney so I don't need to handle domestic duties quite so much anymore, but I anticipate I will still be quite stressed/busy :( After June 13 I am potentially flying to Washington and perhaps West Africa(unlikely at this stage though) and I am definitely going to the UK in late June to see family - it is around then that I will likely have a lot of free time.

Then it is back to study and potentially a few more flights around Africa. Lucky I don't mind flying :p


I will redownload the nf client and try it again soon - just need to get over this assessment block first! I do miss playing NF (let alone gaming at all...).

Cheers!
Image
User avatar
vanity
Overlord - Fleet Leader
 
Posts: 7674
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:40 am
Location: Sydney, Australia
Karma: 4

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby platapus » Sun May 13, 2012 12:25 pm

Don't worry about us, grab life by the horns, and ride that SOB.Image
User avatar
platapus
Elite Member
 
Posts: 568
Joined: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:04 am
Location: N.C.
Karma: 0

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby mako89 » Sun May 13, 2012 3:44 pm

Most of us just log in and half play while doing other stuff nowadays anyway. I mean, just last month I actually put together a half assed BB crew... After all these years lol.

Anyway, if you go to Africa - be careful. Last thing we need to find out is that you got kidnapped. Then again it could be fun ... I I would call V2, Mega, and Plat ~ tell them to get their gear together cause we need to go on a dangerous mission in Africa (Cue A-team music).
Image
Image
User avatar
mako89
Facialised - Co-Leader
 
Posts: 9122
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:45 am
Karma: 7

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby platapus » Sun May 13, 2012 8:34 pm

You ain't getting me on that plane fool..Image
Pontoons on the van sukka.
User avatar
platapus
Elite Member
 
Posts: 568
Joined: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:04 am
Location: N.C.
Karma: 0

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby mako89 » Mon May 14, 2012 2:44 am

Wonder if Quenir will take your place...
Image
Image
User avatar
mako89
Facialised - Co-Leader
 
Posts: 9122
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:45 am
Karma: 7

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby platapus » Mon May 14, 2012 2:34 pm

mako89 wrote:Wonder if Quenir will take your place...
You think he gets out of the basement?
User avatar
platapus
Elite Member
 
Posts: 568
Joined: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:04 am
Location: N.C.
Karma: 0

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby xenolionhart » Tue May 15, 2012 12:48 am

have a safe trip and best of luck wif ur company..... fight on....
User avatar
xenolionhart
Senior Member
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:58 am
Location: Penang, M'sia
Karma: 0

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby katarya » Tue May 15, 2012 7:42 pm

A trip to Africa? Without Der Troll? You must be joking!
katarya
Senior Member
 
Posts: 140
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:55 am
Karma: 0

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby LjSevern » Wed May 16, 2012 11:21 pm

Sounds like something I really want to move into when i've finished my degree.
User avatar
LjSevern
Elite Member
 
Posts: 1094
Joined: Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:09 am
Karma: 0

Re: Update (13 May)

Postby nakimushi » Mon May 28, 2012 2:53 am

Good luck van! Teach them zulus some toilet flushing =D
Developing africa is no easy job, but if theres a man for the job, its you =)
(not sure if I understood your business modell correctly, but you want to Provide the means to get clean water and such stuff? Now I dont want to let the german hang out again, but theres quite some companies here that do very well in these resorts (water filtres, pumps, plumbing, agricultural stuff... ).

Now your vision´s description is a bit vague as it is, but if I am on the right track here, I would help you guys with translation/dolmetching in case you ever want to get in touch with a company over here that has technology/equipment you need. Theres a shitload of small innovative companies over here
(just today watched a clip about one, that developed bacteria that turn CO2 from industrial plants and such into organic plastic--> due to the carbon tax scam theres enourmous demand for this and if I had the money I would invest there, especially as larger companies have already said they were extremely interested) and more than once I came across "third world companies" that supply them with stuff like water pumps or torchlights/radios that dont need batteries...

I know theres google translator and stuff, but in case you need a native, here he is =D
User avatar
nakimushi
Elite Member
 
Posts: 1663
Joined: Mon May 19, 2008 10:17 am
Karma: 1


Return to Vanity's Corner

cron

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest