Richard is the founder & CEO of Prompt.ly a scheduling, promotions & payment platform for Solopreneurs based in San Francisco.  

Richard, a serial entrepreneur, investor and strategic adviser to a variety of firms in  Europe, Latin America and the USA through his investment vehicle Octavian Ventures. 



Richard has (co-) founded seven firms in his entrepreneurial career; including Razorfish LA and more recently its competitor Schematic which was purchased by WPP in 2007. Until July 2010, Richard was the CEO of Associated Northcliffe Digital (www.and.co.uk) the digital consumer division of Daily Mail and General Trust (LSE: DMGT) where he oversaw a portfolio (£100+ year rev) of European digital businesses. 



Previously he was a Future Media Controller at the BBC responsible for the BBC homepage, Mobile service and led the team responsible for the redesign of its website, Mobile and iTV services, & BBC iPlayer. He also exec-produced Sundance Feature film winners On_line and Who Killed the Electric Car? 

Sad news dragged me home from the playa early this year…

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For those of you worrying about my sudden departure from the playa a bit early - please don’t. However, here is the story:

Saturday a.m. after an amazing night with Yuan Zhang Nadia Di Gregorio and Molly Maloof I biked back to my RV for a pee & a quick costume change.

As I sat there I realized I was missing my girlfriend Kameron Gad Far too much and decided to bike to the airport to check on a flight out sunday a.m. to go see her in NYC. - and possibly call her from the cell service that seems to work there.

However, when i arrived at the airport I received a message (before I could call) that brought tears to my eyes from my ex-wife Tavin.

Darwin, our puppy who we’d adopted 2 weeks after his birth & 2 weeks before 9/11 had passed the night before. she’d been trying to reach me the entire time I was at burning man.

I instantly dialed her number to reach her & my children - who were all mournfully silent - until Zoe, my youngest daughter began crying and said “Daddy can you come home please?”

Of course, I booked the 1st flight home then. Left a note for my RV-mate and flew back to be with my children and grieve.

I’ve pasted this eulogy which Tavin wrote.

Darwin “was taken to Emergency last night. The girls and Tavin had the opportunity to be with him and say goodbye before he drifted away. We have had Darwin since he was 1 week old when we rescued him with his Mother, “Moondaka”

Darwin was here when the girls came into the world, and the girls were with him when he left. Thank you all for the love, pets, ear scratches, walks, ball throws, hikes, treats and friendship you have shared with Darwin over the years.”

'Bout perfect I'd say, except that… Darwin was a survivor. The runt of the last litter his mother (Moondaka, full blooded rottweiler) had, before she chewed her way through the rope she was tied to at the puppy mill and fled - carrying only him. He was an amazing dog, and was one of the only three things I still share with my Ex. (the other two being my girls. ) - I'm really feeling this loss.

I asked someone to post his picture in the temple tonight - and I am sorry to miss its burn - but rest assured I’ll return to see you all in the desert again…

Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust

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Don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back. Today we #ResetTheNet to stop mass spying. Encrypt everything! Learn how: http://thndr.it/PVxjUl

Don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back. Today we #ResetTheNet to stop mass spying. Encrypt everything! Learn how: http://thndr.it/PVxjUl

Twitter Brigade

resetthenet:

If we can get the Internet’s most popular websites and apps to step up security, the NSA is in serious trouble. Especially if we can get them to add end-to-end encryption.

We’ve got to start somewhere. Here’s a list of tweets with a a few things major companies should totally do as soon as they can to protect our privacy. Who knows? To limit the damage the NSA has done to their reputations, they might listen.

Start your engines… here’s the list!

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As a startup, your goal is — or at least should be — to try to do things that no one has ever done before. You are working to disrupt markets with the goal of making life better in some capacity for your target audience. Inevitably, mistakes will be made and — forgive me, but — you will fail. This may sound disheartening, however, failing is not only part of being a startup, but also an integral part of learning. What is important, therefore, is to make sure that your entire company understands and internalizes that startups are indeed meant to be difficult.

Longfellow

One of my favorites which I’d forgotten

The Day is Done
BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The day is done, and the darkness
      Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
      From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
      Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me
      That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
      That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
      As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
      Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
      And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
      Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
      Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,
      Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
      And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,
      Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
      Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
      And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
      Of wonderful melodies.

Such songs have power to quiet
      The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
      That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume
      The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
      The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music,
      And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
      And as silently steal away.

Peace

Oh My God I’m in Love with Trentemoller today!

Seriously Stevie Nicks voice is still the sexiest thing in the world…