Or so I thought.
I took this snap at London Bridge on our way home from visiting a Centrepoint project down south of the river. It’s run by a wonderful woman called Jenny who, after we’d done the official bit, came to the pub with us for a quick drink.
Now Jenny, through her work, has a unique window on south London’s gang culture. And she has a way with words – which made for a series of stories that I still find hard to believe. I’m not going to try to re-tell her tales. But I will tell you one thing. Jenny told us that she’d been to ten funerals this year of young men who died violent deaths. Ten.
So, once again, Centrepoint opened a door for me into a world that I thought I knew about but, as it turns out, didn’t. It seems that there’s hard-hitting – and then there’s truly hard-hitting.
God love you, Jenny. There can’t be many people who could do what you do.
We set Open up as a network business – one that can draw on the best people as and when it needs them. That network now includes people all over the UK, in Canada and in Australia.
Now this is all very well. But when your team are confined only to the same planet (rather than to the same building) then managing their time and money can be very tricky.
So we decided to use something called Harvest. It’s a brilliant online app that means all our partners can enter timesheet information via a desktop widget while we can keep a handle on who’s doing what, see how much it’s costing, generate invoices and all that dull but vital stuff.
Anyway, when we signed up for Harvest I noticed that they do something called a New Founders Programme where every month they give a one-year subscription to the system to a recent start-up. So I wrote them a nice email, told them the Open story and guess what…
So, from all of us at Open, THANK YOU Harvest. We loved your product from the start. But we love it even more now that you’ve been so generous.