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2014年08月05日

も「足を洗う」

世の中、顔と名前が一致しないことがありますalexander hera

  電車の中で背広姿の紳士に挨拶されて、顔はよく見るけど、その人がどこの誰だか思い出せない、ということがありました。翌日、駅で制服を着て、赤いラインの帽子をかぶっていて「駅長」だと気づきました。職業上の制服と私服など、間違いのもとです。

  ある時、恥をかいたことがあります。
alexander hera pre wedding

  会社の部長と歩いていると、知り合いの人に、ばったり出会い、

  「いや、どうもご無沙汰しております。お世話になりっぱなしでどうも。」

  と挨拶されました。私は誰だか思い出せません。

  部長は、ニコニコしながら、

  「須藤君、どちらさんでしたっけ。」

  こちらは、確か取引先のそれも古い担当者だった、としか覚えておりません。おどおどしていると、「随分前ですが、こちらのほうへ変わりまして。」

  と名刺を出され、ことなきを得ましたalexander hera pre wedding

  この後、部長に面白い方法を教わりました。部長は、大勢の部下を持っていますが、一人一人覚えているわけではありません。

  「部長お元気ですか、ご無沙汰いたしております。」といわれると、即座に

  「いやーしばらく、ところで名前はなんといったっけ。」

  部下は名前を忘れられたことに気を悪くし、

  「私、どこどこの山田です。」

  というと、部長は切り替えします。

  「山田君知っているさ。名前だよ、名前のほうはなんだったっけ。」

  「二郎です。alexander hera pre wedding山田二郎です。」

  「そうだそうだ二郎君だった。うんそうだった。」  


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2014年08月01日

春のかたみ

空を埋める 花の色 春华烂漫 青空遍染
移りにけりな わが恋 妾之思恋 随风飘散
やがてすべてが 過ぎ去る後も 时光如梭 万事皆过
あなただけを思う 思君之心 今犹未变

いつか春の夕間暮れ 春意阑珊 暮色渐浓
はじめて口付けした 蒙君爱慕 颊儿绯红
幻のような 香りの中で 如梦似幻 香气氤氲
あなただけを思う 思君之意 天地为证

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求め合った 悲しさよ 春心百转 愁绪万千
降りしきる 包んでよ 恨似春水 绵绵不断
前もみえず 息もできず 前路茫茫 气息奄奄
あなただけを思う 思君之情 欲理还乱

儚い春のかたみには 春梦缥缈 梦过留痕
いちばんきれいな私を 妾之倩影 可留君心
あなただけに あなただけに 君可记否 君可知否
留めたいと思う 但为君故 惆怅至今

舞い踊る 花の宴 花雨漫天 零落如雪
月は止まったまま 且邀明月 共此佳宴
もう恐れも 嬰兒過敏戸惑いもなく 忧思已忘 踟躇不见
流れ行くまま 身随心动 心逐云散

あなたの胸に この身を任せ 愿将此身 寄于君怀
私は死んでゆこう 妾身茕茕 独向黄泉

前もみえず 息もできず 前路茫茫 气息奄奄
あなただけを思う 思君之情 如磐石坚
やがてすべてが 過ぎ去る後も 时光如梭 万事皆过
あなただけを思う 思君之心 日月为鉴

ああ この声が聞こえますか 春思袅袅 妾独沉吟
あなたを思う声が 美國特價機票思君之曲 愿入君心   


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2014年07月30日

LocalGlobe goes ‘beyond the Klein brand’

ileyard Studios is a nondescript and fairly hidden studio complex in London’s Kings Cross area. A microcosm of the creative industries the U.K. capital city is partly known for, it houses over one hundred companies spanning film and television, music, fashion, and “creative tech”. During the last 18 months, it has also been the home to LocalGlobe, the seed-stage venture capital firm founded by father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein, and one of the most active in the country cloud saas.

Since May 2015 alone, LocalGlobe has backed 45 startups, seeing £27 million invested in 38 companies in the U.K., with the majority in London. They cover multiple sectors including the creative industries, education, energy, fashion, finance, food, health, insurance, property, travel and transport. If there is an industry being impacted by tech, LocalGlobe has probably already left fingerprints on it.

At the invitation of Saul Klein, I’m here to interview him, his father and four other members of the now eight-person LocalGlobe team, none of whom I have met previously despite being one of the journalists who has covered the firm’s investments the most in recent years. Based on my own sources, I planned to break news of a new £75 million fund LocalGlobe closed late last year, but Klein had other ideas Korean skin care.

“That’s not a story that interests us,” he told me unambiguously when I called him for comment last month. He proposed instead that I visit LocalGlobe to meet with the team and find out what the VC firm is all about for myself. You could say that I blinked first.

The destination for our meeting is actually a few units further down from the LocalGlobe offices, which are up a flight of stairs and not wheelchair accessible to this journalist. The room is modestly furnished with a three-seater sofa, a coffee table, a few surrounding chairs, and two round desks. The musician in me is slightly distracted by (and drawn to) the upright piano in the corner, whilst the only sign of nearby startup life is a rather lonely looking foosball table in the centre of the room.

In addition to the two Kleins, also present are LocalGlobe Partners Suzanne Ashman Blair, who has a background in impact investing; Tara Reeves, who was previously Head of Product at Wonga and co-founded peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace Turo; and George Henry, who worked in venture support at Index. We are joined too by Emma Phillips, Operations Director at LocalGlobe who leads the support provided to portfolio companies post-investment.

We’re really trying to build something here that is not about one or two individuals
— Saul KleinFaced with the unwieldy prospect of interviewing six people at the same time, and determined to wrest back control of the story, I suggest that doing a piece on how LocalGlobe is all about the team could be quite bland. “We’re really trying to build something here that is not about one or two individuals, it really is about the team,” counters Saul Klein. “It probably will sound bland until people actually — which we’re hoping today is the beginning of — take the time to meet the people and hear why we think it means something. It’s not just words on a page”.
“What we wanted to do was build something to last. This is the vision that Saul and I have,” says Robin Klein. “When we left Index, it was, ‘let’s build something that isn’t just about making some investments and hopefully helping some great companies emerge, but let’s build something that is going to last and is enduring beyond me, beyond Saul,’ and so on. An institution, if you like, in its own right, in our peculiar way”.

Partner George Henry frames it as “going beyond the Klein brand”. The French-speaking Belgian worked closely with both Kleins at Index Ventures and says it felt like a very natural move to follow them to LocalGlobe. “I think I was honest as well that I wasn’t joining the family office, I was joining a new institution,” he says.

As a burgeoning institution, it isn’t immediately clear what makes LocalGlobe unusual or peculiar, although a number of things do stand out. The team is “multigenerational,” notes 69 year-old Robin Klein, with Saul Klein in his forties and the other members of the team in their thirties and younger. The firm has also been extremely active over the last year, making an average of two investments per month, something that is attributed to the quality of the companies LocalGlobe is now seeing designer brands clearance.

“The entrepreneurs and their ambition are at a level where we feel very, very comfortable with these companies trying to build very big outcomes, and historically, as you know, because you’ve been covering the space for a very long time, that hasn’t always been the case in the U.K. and Europe,” says Saul Klein.

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But doesn’t that mean LocalGlobe sees a lot more crap too? “Of course!” he says.

The firm’s core proposition to the entrepreneurs it courts is that it offers the capital, time and support needed to get to Series A and build the most ambitious business possible. In return, and in an admittedly mixed metaphor, it defines those it is seeking as “surfers capable of riding society’s most important waves,” described as “amazing founders in huge and important markets,” and “black swans capable of being fund returners”. In other words, entrepreneurs that can build the type of companies able to exit for over $750 million and return the entire LocalGlobe fund.

Partner Suzanne Ashman Blair explains that deal-flow typically falls into four buckets: Cold in-bound (“which we do read and get back to people on”), referrals from founders, the VC firm’s wider network, and other VC funds LocalGlobe has co-invested with. “All of those leads go into our Trello,” she says.

“This is also the big difference from five years ago: the quality of the local investment community at all levels,” adds Saul Klein, noting that a third of LocalGlobe’s referrals come from some of the top accelerators including two — Entrepreneur First and early-stage investor Seedcamp — it has directly invested in, along with Telefonica’s Wayra, Cylon, PiLabs, and Techstars Barclays. Angel investors Alex Chesterman, Errol Damelin, Jason Goodman, Taavet Hinrikus, and Brent Hoberman also get special mention.

Given that the VC firm is so active at seed-stage, I posit that LocalGlobe has a disproportionate influence on the startup food chain and therefore the London tech industry’s lack of diversity overall. The “Oxbridge, McKinsey, investment banker” pattern is kind of depressing, I say.

Once we’ve crossed the rubicon then we are all in it and nobody turns around afterwards and says, ‘I told you this was a problem with that company’. That’s totally unacceptable group behaviour
— Robin KleinAshman Blair says it’s partly a “funnel issue” and that, although it has become a lot cheaper to do a startup, it still often requires a period of time when a founder is able to support themselves between jobs. One of the things she says that LocalGlobe believes helps it to get over the “central casting mould” — and something that does perhaps make the VC firm more peculiar than not — is the way its investment decision-making is structured. “We don’t need consensus,” she says. “If one person on our side thinks there is something really interesting about a founder, Saul doesn’t have to be convinced”.
“We have a tag [on Trello] that we call ‘hotly debated’ where we track our investment decisions for companies that don’t get a consensus from everybody around the team,” explains Partner Tara Reeves. “The criteria for making that investment is the same for any investment: is there somebody who is prepared to champion this and feels very strongly, and listens to all of the objections and acknowledges them, but is able to say yes, these are the risks but these are the reasons I feel very strongly that this investment should go forward”.

Once a “hotly debated” investment has been made, the whole LocalGlobe team are expected to get behind the startup, regardless of what doubts any individual team member may have had. “Once we’ve crossed the Rubicon then we are all in it and nobody turns around afterwards and says, ‘I told you this was a problem with that company’. That’s totally unacceptable group behaviour,” Robin Klein says. Instead, it is acknowledged and accepted that there is a rate of failure and that everyone in the team will pick startups that succeed and startups that will fail.

“We look for founder market fit,” adds Henry. “The question of whether the founder is from McKinsey or an investment bank is only relevant in the case of it being helpful for the addressable market. I don’t think we expect for founders to have been through a certain journey”.

Post-investment, LocalGlobe’s operational support kicks in, with the overarching aim to help each startup become Series A-ready. Led by Operations Director Emma Phillips, and with a programme typically lasting up to 18 months, it focuses on the standard startup pain-points of team, market fit, unit economics, and operational setup. Plus, of course, fundraising. But there’s a softer side too, much of which takes place over WhatsApp with each portfolio company given a dedicated group on the popular messaging app.

“It’s a very lonely business starting a company, and all of us have been through it ourselves, and I think the empathy that we have with our founders is fundamental to the relationship,” says Robin Klein. “Understanding what they go through and the doubt, the ups and downs, the constant threat of extermination, the existential threat that they face every day”.

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OVERVIEW
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“The founders that get the most out of our team are the ones that know it is OK to be vulnerable and do let their guard down,” adds Phillips.

With less than a week to go before a General Election in the U.K., which will see voters choose the next government and who becomes Prime Minister, I observe that the tech industry has been relatively silent this time around. That’s in stark contrast to the run up to the 2015 election when a number of prominent figures in the U.K. startup community signed a public letter calling for the re-election of a Conservative-led government. Neither Klein was a signatory.

“From a political perspective, I don’t think it does the startups we work with any particular good for us to have an overt political opinion or bias,” says Saul Klein. “It’s helpful for the startups we work with that we have access to policy makers regardless of who is in office, whether it’s Labour, a coalition or the Conservatives. Through the 20 years I’ve been doing this, all three have been in office, and in general I sort of feel that regardless of party, tech policy has always been central. All three parties understand that tech is a very positive driver of the economy and socially, so, you know, if I’m asked, regardless of my own political opinions to sort of publicly endorse a party, it’s just not something I’m going to do”.

We definitely had a utopian golden era, but what we get post-Brexit will still be I think substantially better than pretty much any other place
— Saul Klein“I personally don’t think any institution should align itself with a political party because you are accepting all of the policies of that party, some of which you may violently disagree with,” cautions Robin Klein. He says it is better to “be clear about the things you are in favour of,” noting that the VC firm didn’t duck the issue of Brexit and was very vocal that the biggest threat with exiting the European Union is the question of talent and freedom of movement.
“I lived through an era in this country where we had the ‘brain drain’, they called it, because the U.S. was sucking up all our great scientists and so on because they were just so well funded, and it’s just incredible for the opposite to have taken place and all these people were coming in. The ability to place an ad and for somebody to apply and join and they come over the next day and they start working for you, I mean that’s gone. And that to me is, I dunno, a tragedy is too strong a word, but I think it’s damaging to our industry”.

“We definitely had a utopian golden era, but what we get post-Brexit will still be I think substantially better than pretty much any other place you can go and work, unless you wanna go and work in Berlin and Paris,” counters Saul Klein. “Personally I think London and the U.K. are so far ahead of other European tech hubs that however progressive the policies of Macron or Merkel may or may not be, in relation to tech they have a long way to go, and the U.K. is absolutely not going to stand still”.

It would seem that LocalGlobe isn’t standing still either. Not only does the firm have £75 million in fresh capital to deploy, it is currently adding to the investment team, with openings for an additional Partner and Associate, along with a number of other positions.

I also learn that 15 per cent of LocalGlobe’s funding is earmarked for “strategic investments” outside of the U.K. Historically, this has included the U.S, Israel, Berlin, and Paris, and Saul Klein says the firm is also starting to eye up opportunities in Africa, where it has already made three investments, as smartphone penetration increases and the continent makes claim to some of the fastest growing economies in the world.

He and his father were both born in South Africa and Klein makes the point that “London is often a great starting off point for entrepreneurs who want to operate in Africa,” citing local knowledge and the city’s historical ties. He also believes that if and when African tech companies go public they’ll choose to list in London over New York. “It’s a small piece of what we do but we’re definitely starting to see more interesting deal flow,” he says.

My allotted two hours with the LocalGlobe team is nearly up, and — after noting that it is fairly unusual to spend this amount of time with almost the entire personnel of a VC firm — I thank Saul Klein for the opportunity and begin to wrap up the interview. “Don’t you want to talk about the fund? Because I know that was meant to be the news,” he teases with a wry smile. “Of course”’ I reply matter-of-factly, before reminding him that it was the one part of the story I already had: “I mean, what’s there to say? It’s a new fund…”

  


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2014年07月24日

ある小さな男の子が

ある小さな男の子が、誕生日にすずの兵隊のおもちゃをもらいました。
一本のスプーンを溶かし直して作ったもので全部で二十五人揃っていましたが、そのうちの一人だけは足が一本しかなかったのです。
この兵隊が一番最後に作られたため、すずが足りたくなってしまったのです。
それでもこの兵隊は、一本足のままCloud Hosting、しっかり立っていました。
男の子は、ほかに紙でできたお城のおもちゃももらいました。そのお城の入り口には一人の踊り子が片足を思い切り上げて踊っています。
「ああ、あの踊り子も一本足だ。ぼくのお嫁さんにちょうどいい。」
一本足の兵隊は踊り子に一目惚れして、その夜はおもちゃ箱の中で、踊り子から目を離さずに過ごしました。
ところが明くる朝、窓辺に置かれた一本足の兵隊は,隙間風で窓が開いた拍子に4階から下の道に落ちてしまったのです。
それを通りかかった腕白こぞうが見つけて、新聞紙で作った船に乗せて溝に流しました。
「どこへ行くんだろう。速く、あの踊り子のところに戻りたいな。」
速い波に揺すぶられているうちに、新聞紙の船が破れて、すずの兵隊は水の中へ沈(しず)んでしまいました。
それを餌と勘違いした慌てんぼうの魚が、すずの兵隊を飲み込んでしまいました。
やがてその魚は漁師に釣られて、それを買ったある家のお手伝いさんが、魚のおなかを包丁で切り開いて、ビックリ。
「あら、この兵隊はたしかdiscount designer handbags。」
なんと、魚が買われていった家は、元の持ち主の男の子の家だったのです。
テーブルには、あのお城も載っていて、踊り子はあいかわらず足を高く上げていました。
「やあ、ようやく帰ってきた。ただいま、踊り子さん。」
一本足の兵隊がじっと踊り子を見つめていると、持ち主の男の子が一本足の兵隊を掴んで言いました。
「一本足の兵隊なんて、もういらないや。」
そして、燃え盛るストーブの中に放り込んでしまいました。
兵隊は自分の身体が溶けていくのを感じましたが、どうすることもできません。
「さようなら、踊り子さん。いつまでもお元気で。」
そのとき、ふいに窓が開いて風が吹き込み、紙の踊り子がヒラヒラと舞い上がると、ストーブの中の兵隊のところへ飛び込んできました。
「やあ、来てくれたんだね。ありがとう、花嫁さん。」
やがて、紙の踊り子は燃え尽き、black volume creamすずの兵隊もすっかり溶けてしまって、ハート型の小さなかたまりになりました。  


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2014年07月16日

一人っ子でわがまま。

昔からよく「一人っ子はわがままだから」という言葉を聞く。

理由としては「きょうだいがいないため、王様状態で育ってきているから」とか、「競争相手がなく、差をつけられることがないから」「理不尽な目にあうことがないから」などといろいろな言い方がある耳穴治療。でも、結局のところ、親の育て方次第の面は大きいと思うし、個人差がかなりある気がする。

実際、「一人っ子=わがまま」に当てはまらない子も多く、個人的には、きょうだいがいる子よりもかえって“空気読み”だったり、遠慮がちだったりする子が多い気もする。
また、「競争相手がいない」からこそ、ガツガツしておらず、何でも他人に快く譲ってしまうお人好しや、親の愛情をたっぷり受けているだけに、意地悪なところのない素直な子、揉め事が嫌いな平和主義の子も多い気がするのだが……。
これってなぜなのか。精神科医で、「ゆうメンタルクリニック」総院長の、ゆうきゆう先生に聞いた。

「一人っ子の場合、『兄弟で仲良くしたり喧嘩したり』という経験がないために、他人との接し方には一歩引いている子も少なくありません。周囲に同年代の子供がおらず大人だけの場合、大人同士のコミュニケーションを見て学んでいくケースが多くなりますし、それをベースに大人と接していくためにreenex 效果、かえって自己主張を控えるケースもあるんですね」
そのため、「極端に周囲が自分にだけ甘い」「子供だから大人は皆甘やかしてくれた」という環境で育った場合を除くと、一人っ子の方が大人びた態度をとる可能性が高いそうだ。

「また、大人に囲まれていれば『大人の機嫌を取る』ことや『大人のルールで言動を決めていく』ことで順応していくことも考えられますので、そういった意味でいわゆる『いい子』になってしまうこともあるでしょう」
確かに、大人の中で育ってきた一人っ子は、大人の話がよくわかり、聞き分けがよく、大人にとってすごく扱いやすい子というケースも多そうな気がする。
「加えて言えば、大人同士の『表面的な付き合い』『本音と建て前』というものを早いうちから使い分けるようになってしまい、なかなか人と打ち解けられなかったり、孤独を感じたりすることもあるのです生意頂讓

「子供同士のコミュニケーション」で学ぶのではなく、常に「目上の顔色をうかがう」というくせがついてしまったという人も多く、実際のところはわがまま(自分を通す)ではなく「他人に流される」という人も多いそうだ。

ともあれ、「一人っ子」は誰でも本人が望んだわけではないだけに、周囲が考えなしに「一人っ子はいいね」あるいは「一人っ子は、かわいそう」などと言うのは、余計なお世話であり、避けたいところ。

「一人っ子=わがまま」という一方的な決めつけ・言われようにも、ひそかに傷つきつつ中醫 糖尿病、「揉め事がイヤ」なので、否定せず流している一人っ子は案外多いかもしれませんよ。  


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2014年07月08日

十年かまた私を思い出して

10年という長い短短くない、十分に多くのことを忘れて、心はちょっと印が希望時間がだんだん薄れて漂白。もしかすると印は濃すぎて、もしかすると短い時間、10年はまだはっきり覚えているnuskin 香港


江南の初夏には雨が多くて、しとしと二週間、今日ようやく晴れ。気持ちは雨に感染した、依然として憂うつ憂いてい。雨と憂いと悲しみを最も人の心からのもの、いくらくらいぶりも深く埋め根こそぎ掘り起こしほど多くもだ。

知り合って十年も未知り合いに十年。実は本当の時間を一緒に有数、しかしこれら屈指の日々を十分に私の一生を回想して。

胸を打つのが痛いのは最も深い想いの波、往々に心の底で出て、心が痛くてたまらないように引き裂かれ、ははっきり覚えていないくらいの夜は恋しい思いの涙が私に付き添って眠るnu skin 如新
。君に私は何にも抵抗力を切って、理は乱に自分とは思わない。私はあなたに知りたくない私はあなたの感じに対してもっとたくなくてあなたが私の心の重みで、あなたを恐れて私を見て、あなたを恐れて軽蔑の耳を貸さない。

時を見に行きましたあなたの空間の動態、あなたの笑顔を見て。見つかるほどの情報を見て。毎回「失敗」。あぶれる。見たのはもっとつらいが、あなたの愛、あなたは私の夫は、私が。

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