Dec 17, 2012

Cure jargon in 30 seconds.

Too many great ideas get buried by their own jargon.

If we’re lucky enough to understand these jargony ideas, we can fix this. Life’s too short to let others miss out!*

Take a complicated, jargon-y or hard-to-understand term and explain it buzzword-free in 30 seconds. Doesn’t have to be about tech or startups - anything in your expertise. Make it visual. Make it fun. And most importantly, make it quick! Up for it?

Scalability explained in 30 seconds. With Zombies. #jargonfree30

And here’s a go I had 2 years ago: MVP explained in 30 seconds. (Warning: contains Kevin Costner, Donald Trump and hippie haircuts.) #jargonfree30



  • This post was originally twice as long, but I edited all the jargon out.


What am I up to these days?

I’m a new parent, and prioritising my attention on our new rhythms as a family. I’m also having fun with slow creative pursuits: making a few apps, writing, etc.

Work-wise, I’m trekking along at a cozy pace, with a few non-exec, advisory roles for cryptography and microchip manufacturing programs.

In the past, I've designed peer-learning programs for Oxford, UCL, Techstars, Microsoft Ventures, The Royal Academy Of Engineering, and Kernel, careering from startups to humanitech and engineering. I also played a role in starting the Lean Startup methodology, and the European startup ecosystem. You can read about this here.

Contact me

Books & collected practices

  • Peer Learning Is - a broad look at peer learning around the world, and how to design peer learning to outperform traditional education
  • Mentor Impact - researched the practices used by the startup mentors that really make a difference
  • DAOistry - practices and mindsets that work in blockchain communities
  • Decision Hacks - early-stage startup decisions distilled
  • Source Institute - skunkworks I founded with open peer learning formats and ops guides, and our internal guide on decentralised teams