Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Dear Reader,

Sorry, I have sinned for I have not been updating our company blog as much as my soul told me to do - the same goes for my LinkedIn profile and all the other Social Network things that one should be keeping fresh.

However, I did recently receive this email that I am proud of and will encourage me to do more, please allow me to share it: 

100M members

Dear Mads,

I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn's first million members (member number 397718 in fact!*). In any technology adoption lifecycle, there are the early adopters, those who help lead the way. That was you.

We hit a big milestone at LinkedIn this week when our 100 millionth member joined the site.

When we founded LinkedIn, our vision was to help the world's professionals be more successful and productive. Today, with your help, LinkedIn is changing the lives of millions of members by helping them connect with others, find jobs, get insights, start a business, and much more.  

We are grateful for your support and look forward to helping you accomplish much more in the years to come. I hope that you are having a great year.

Reid Hoffman Signature
Reid Hoffman
Reid Hoffman
Co-founder and Chairman

*Your member number is the number embedded in your LinkedIn profile URL (after "id=").

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Centrepoint Sleep Out

Thursday 11th November at the Old Spitalfields market.

Handmade colourful jewellery, tasty cakes and pastries, carefully crafted tops and bags, amongst many other items are being carefully wrapped up to boxes and packed away. The mixed aromas of moulded wine, rum cake and freshly made cappuccino also begin to fade. The traders has just finished their day at work, some of them are already on their way back home – their warm cosy home.

Whilst the Spitalfields traders are on their way back home, at the place of their stalls, a fence is being erected and there is a whole army of people wearing white T-shirts with orange circle at the back: Centrepoint, giving young homeless people a brighter future.

Fences, sleeping bags, loads of cardboard, badges, stage, volunteers and sleepers and even space for a Double-Decker bus in between. That is the set up for Centrepoint’s annual fund-raising event – Sleep Out (http://sleep-out.org.uk)

During one night, over 400 sponsored volunteers gave up their comfortable beds to sleep rough in the cold of night. The aim? To raise money and awareness to help a growing community of homeless young people achieve a roof over their head and create stable future.

DUCC member Mac Million took an active part providing video production support throughout the evening, night and morning. A team of volunteers were assembled using a mixture of young people from Centrepoint and students to film and edit the event. Most of the crew involved were first time camera operators and presenters, who with very little training threw themselves at the task.

To compliment the Mac Million team other sponsors stepped in to offer their generous help: Charles Gervais of Both Hemispheres provided still photography, Mike Smith from Alias Smith & Singh provided the video cameras, Nicholas Troen and Frank Yeung of Poncho No. 8 provided seated area and power for the editing suites and Geof Jones from Vueinti installed a Digital Signage system build around cardboard boxes.

After a long nights work the team managed to document entire event, capture performances and interview celebrities such including Lisa Maxwell of ITV’s Loose Women, Sara Cox, Ivan Gazidis the CEO of Arsenal Football Club and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, Craig from Big Brother 1 and singers Dan Gillespie from The Feeling and Patrick Monahan the lead singer from Train, as well as Tres B.

The result of everybody’s joint efforts on the evening exceeded expectations and Centrepoint has so far raised over £150,000 to help Young Homeless People!
All the videos from the evening can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CentrepointUK and you can also show your support here: http://www.facebook.com/centrepoint.charity