So I started a meetup, with precisely zero expectations and after a couple of days I’m already getting close to 50 members.
Initial responses from the membership suggests our first event is going to be…
Startup Speed Dating
You can run a startup on your own, but it’s beneficial to have a partner. There is a strong correlation between startup failure and being a solo founder (particular first time founders).
For many (but not all) startups with a Founder team, a common separation of duties is to have someone with a focus on the marketplace and strategy (let’s call them a Chief Executive Officer) and someone with a focus on product development and customer experience (a Chief Technology Officer).
So, in Startup Speed Dating, we’re going to give lots and lots of budding CEOs and CTOs a chance to chat in a fast, structured format, and maybe make the first step toward building a winning Founder partnership.
Does that sound fun? ‘Course it does. Sign up at The Machine for more info.
UK legislation (Localism Act 2011) provides for a local referendum if a local authority proposes an “excessive” Council Tax increase. For the 2013-14 financial year, the principles state that billing authorities may not raise their council tax by more than 2% without holding a referendum. So – and you’ve got to laugh – near enough every council in the country has proposed a 1.99% increase this year.
It looks like public servants are getting comfortable with the Time Value of money and the effect of economic incentives. Central Government – for reasons that are unclear – intends to continue the questionable Council Tax Freeze Grant system, which in previous years offered a 2.5% payout for a zero increase in Council Tax. This year, the offer is 2% of last year’s budget over 2 years. But 1.99% over 1 year and therefore 4.04% over 2 years if the trend continues seems more palatable to Mayors and councillors than a potential 2%.
In Bristol, the last £4.5 million from the 2011/12 freeze grant is included in this year’s [2013/14] budget. This is 2.5% of required annual funding, so you should anticipate some entertainment – possibly tap dancing – from the Mayor and company when it comes time to do the 2014/15 budget.
An interesting situation will arise if the party or coalition in power after 2015 does in fact schedule a national referendum on EU membership. If I were a local councillor or Mayor who wanted to get a stonking great Council Tax increase past the Localism Act, I’d be planning to present a referendum-triggering budget. I would then wait for the government of that day – and it doesn’t really matter which party is in control – to ponder the effect on turnout when two simultaneous questions are being asked:
- Would you like to pay an extra 100 quid of council tax? and by the way
- Do you want to stay in the European Union?
No doubt a more generous scheme for Freeze Grants or similar neatly wrapped bundles of other people’s money would magically appear.
Useful link for broke Mayors:
And also the language of people who really want an iPhone and some jewellery.
Nothing on Craigslist in Bristol yet.
Boyfriend cheating on you? Girlfriend didn’t pay back that money she borrowed? Go on – shop one of this lot. Sod civic duty or respect for the law; do it for petty vengeance or spite. No one will ever know it was you.
Click this link for the full gallery of looters.