Well technically, I started on Friday 4th but that was mostly introductions and getting set up with everything, so last week I got stuck in properly to my new challenge.

It’s been busy, it’s been different, and it’s been great. With Carlos being in London for a TechUk event he asked me if I’d be up for taking his place and pitching one of our products, SC:Connect, to the Duke of York for Pitch at Palace on tour at the Sharp Project. I thought it was a great opportunity to immerse myself in all things Shaping Cloud and I spent most of Monday evening nervously writing and practising the pitch.

It was a great experience. There was some excellent pitches and some really interesting ideas and concepts which only went to reaffirm in my mind the brilliant talent and potential Manchester has in the tech industry. It was great to be involved.

Not every day you are stood at a cheese stand in the Sharp Project talking to the vendor about the deliciousness of his tequila, lime and Chilli cheese when you get interrupted by the Duke of York. He didn’t try any cheese. That evening I got a tweet informing me I had been spotted on BBC North West tonight, so obviously I checked it out on BBC iPlayer and low and behold I had made a brief cameo.

Will iplayer

I spent the next couple of days learning about Shaping Cloud in more detail, where they have been, where they want to go and how I can help.

Friday morning I attended Manchester Digitals Start Up Stories event at Manchester Escalator and got a great insight into how 4 business leaders of varying experience go about running a tech/digital business in Manchester. With Shaping Cloud turning 5 this month Carlos wrote a blog about his own experiences in creating and growing a business: The 10 things I would say to myself 5 years ago.

Start up stories

So, it was a very busy, productive and enjoyable week and having delved deeper into Shaping Cloud as a company and what they can offer I am very excited to be a part of a company who are able to use technology to create products that can have such a positive impact on people’s lives.

Will Jarvis


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