We wanted to create an occasion to bring our tech team together in the one place because many of them had only communicated via email before. So, we organised a barbecue at mine. The timing was also to coincide with news we expected from TechCrunch on whether VIVA made the shortlist for this year's startup battlefield - doubling the occasion as either celebratory or consolatory.
Neither went to plan - TechCrunch has delayed their news to 11 October, and the tech boys arrived three hours late, missing Ian and his family!
My only worry was people thinking, "Maybe Horace doesn't have friends. Maybe no one else is coming. He said he invited people we haven't met, but how convenient that we just missed each other..."