Mylo Kaye, my battle with demons and the path to happiness.

You hear stories of how exciting, liberating and hard working University is. You get told that the many parties and mingling with like-minded people will be ‘the best time of your life’. When I think back to back to the start of 2009, when I started a web development course at Manchester Metropolitan University, I remember the good times, the parties, sharing a pizza with my friend who I moved to Manchester with. I had a great time at University. That’s what I tell people, that’s what I say when I get asked. My life at University was a whole lot darker. Walking into the student counselling service and sitting down on cold hard chairs I remember looking at posters on the wall with the message, “Talk to someone”. It wasn’t until that day I was able to open up to someone, being able to offload all my problems was just the beginning. 4th November 2008 I got the call, the call that everyone dreads. I immediately hung up after hearing the news that my Uncle had died, my world became cold and dark on hearing from my Mum that my uncle had died, I stopped still in the street

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Immersing myself in virtual / augmented reality in South Korea

Mylo Kaye Dreamr South Korea

As I sat back on my fight home and relax with a glass of wine, I have no short than 11 hours to reflect on my past seven days in South Korea. My mission and objective to visit South Korea were to explore the world of tech, virtual reality and augmented reality, and I’ve done just that. I had the great pleasure of visiting a fantastic co-working space in Gangnam; the super-high-tech building was created by Hyundai, the motor car company and aimed at start-ups, which if you’re a start-up in South Korea is probably centred around tech. The building was the epitome of what a co-working space should be. Open bright spaces in communal areas where you can share experiences with lunch, yoga room and massage chairs on every floor for when you’re feeling stressed, creating a start-up is usually stressful, right? What’s unique in this co-working space is the multitude of spaces that are used for more specific work, a testing lab for testing apps on every phone going, 3D printing studio and photography studio. All these facilities are available to the residents at no extra charge. Humbled to attend the ROK-UK Creative Industries Forum 2017 I had

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30 Lessons I’ve learnt before I’m 30

In just two weeks I become the ripe old age of 30. Birthdays at the Dreamr office become known a few days before, then we have celebrations with the team. This birthday for me started around eight months ago when I was kindly reminded in passing; ‘oh you’re thirty soon’. It wasn’t all bad; I was being asked to ‘try’ thirty things I’ve not done, before my 30th birthday. While I initially enjoyed the idea of jumping out of a plane, eating tuna, and other ideas I decided it may not be realistic. So, it was agreed I list the thirty most valuable lessons I’ve learnt throughout my life. I thought this was going to be quite difficult, albeit it was easier than finding thirty things I’ve not tried. 1) Don’t tell anyone your age. (Only if you don’t like surprises) 2) A roof over your head is all you need to be happy (My Mum) 3) Trust everyone (At least once) 4) Realise you can’t always be good at everything 5) Money can’t buy happiness (But it can open up opportunities) 6) Everyone has the right to an opinion (Even if you don’t like it) 7) Follow your heart

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Mylo Kaye: What’s New, August 2016

When reflecting on the previous day, week or even months it’s important and worthwhile to think about what you’ve achieved. The past few months have been pretty manic. I recently became part of a charity organisation called Change4Good. Set up by Nick Buckley to engage with Manchester’s homeless. I now spend my time on the streets on Manchester City Centre speaking with those who need support or guidance in getting off the streets and into accommodation or getting medical advice. This charity is close to what I believe in, and educating the homeless into finding the right help does go a long way. At Dreamr we’ve hired an excellent developer going by the name of Tom, he’s super-technical and knows his shit. Add to that he’s a nice guy. – I spent the day working with Startup Britain a few weeks back in Picadilly gardens, the campaign to provide support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs across the U.K meant that when they arrived in Manchester, I couldn’t say no to helping out for the day. A few emails to the Mayor’s office meant he agreed to come along and support the movement too, something that had great feedback on social media.

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Dreamr has been Shortlisted in the Big Chip Awards 2016 with Corner App

Dreamr and Athletec have been shortlisted for Most Innovative Application of Technology in the Big Chip Awards 2016 for the Corner App. Big Chip, the UK’s longest running digital awards, and the biggest outside the capital, have rigorous judging standards meaning that they are well respected within the industry. Corner is the first complete boxing performance tracker. It comprises a complete Internet of Things solution, which uses unobtrusive wrist-worn sensors, fitting underneath the boxing gloves. The app provides a cutting-edge solution for elite athletes, and yet remains accessible to any athlete committed to improving their performance, making it the perfect training partner, and a unique link between the physical and digital worlds. CEO of Athletec, Charles Burr commented: “Athletec and Dreamr have worked extremely hard to harness this new technology to its best advantage and we are very proud of what our collaboration has achieved so far”. Mylo Kaye, Head of Digital said: “We are especially delighted to be shortlisted for an award based around innovation and technology, which are things we are so passionate about at Dreamr”.  Corner app launched at Las Vegas, International CES 2016, and will be available in the second half of the year. Mylo added:

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Corner  –  World first digital boxing trainer - Mylo Kaye

Corner is the first complete boxing performance tracker. It comprises a complete Internet of Things (IoT) solution which uses unobtrusive wrist-worn sensors, fitting underneath the boxing gloves. Dreamr’s app design and development team worked closely with clients Athletec through each stage of this innovative and cutting-edge project. Historically, in order to understand the quality of their performance, combat athletes have had no alternative but to rely on expensive video playback, with many cameras required to provide an adequate assessment. The high cost and setup requirements have meant that this technology has been far out-of-reach for the vast majority of gyms and athletes. Coach driven assessment to remember accurately every detail of a session is both unrealistic and ultimately imprecise. The English Institute of Sport reports coaches and athletes only recall 30% of performance correctly. In the sporting world where even tiny incremental nuances in performance can mean the difference between winning and losing, Corner has been designed to revolutionise this process. An onboard microprocessor determines key statistics from every punch thrown by a boxer, whether it be jab or a strong right hook, and delivers the feedback via Bluetooth to a smartphone app for both display and storage over time.

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Why I fired my boss

Five years ago I was working a regular job. It was partially enjoyable, I mean I didn’t not like it; otherwise, I wouldn’t have been there. I enjoyed the people, the environment was okay, and the pay meant I could enjoy things a little more than without a job. There came a time when I realised that it wasn’t for me, and I don’t mean that particular job. I mean working for someone, with some people. I didn’t fire the boss I used to work for; I fired every boss that I would ever work for. Let me explain. I have a such an active brain, when I was a kid I used to say to my Mum, ‘What can I do today?, ‘Mum, I’m bored’. And a whole other bunch of moaning that meant I was pretty mentally unfulfilled. Fast forward a few years, or two I found myself in my old job becoming tired, not only with University but also my job at the time. I would spend countless hours cracking jokes, surfing the net, and trying to keep my brain from drying up. (Or going insane). There was not one day where I decided let’s start a

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Dreamr tackles Manchester’s hidden homeless

The recently featured article in the Manchester Evening News celebrated the work of Simply Be, Jacamo and Jack & Jones, Boohoo and, of course, my app development agency, Dreamr. Supported by Hollyoaks stars Jazmine Franks and Ashley Taylor Dawson, the latest Mustard Tree campaign to raise money for the Manchester homelessness brought in £70,000 worth of clothes to be modeled and sold at Ziferblat on Saturday, February 13 February. Collecting donations for Mustard Tree and supporting the homeless in Manchester, Dreamr Head of Business and Head of Aspiration, Jack & Lynne worked relentlessly to call upon Dreamr clients and associates to help reach the impressive £70,000 total. Mylo Kaye, Dreamr Co-Founder said, “I’m proud of not only our customers but the Dreamr team who pulled out all the stops in ensuring the Mustard Tree charity received a huge donation. Dreamr’s dedication to supporting local causes has meant our clients such as Sole Supplier, Cameo Launch also contributed. This will make an enormous difference to the ever growing issue of homelessness in Manchester, which year on year increases, despite Council budget cuts.”

Four day week and why you should adopt it

Four day week, is it productive? Four day week, what is it? When I started out in business a few years ago, I wanted teams of people working as much as possible to get more done. Unfourtnetly you can only get so much out of one person, never mind my 13 staff. Henry Ford first proposed the idea of a 8 hour day back in the 1900’s, his staff typically worked around 14 hours a day. He found, however that by working fewer hours, his staff were more focused and more productive. In 1926, Ford Motor company became one of the first businesses in the world to adopt a five-day, 40 hour week. Today, it’s the norm. An article in the New York Times times by CEO James Fried reported that his were more productive, healthier and motivated by working four days a week. With less time to work, there was less time to waste. They were more focused and determined at getting the job done. At Dreamr, my staff have extra long lunches, attend local events and on a Wednesday, they have dedicated time to learn new skills. They even use it to brush up on old ones or

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Three things that will make or break your business in 2016

The lessons that will make or break your business in 2016. Mylo Kaye, Head of Digital at Dreamr gives his take on Episode 13 of the den.  For more tips follow: www.mylokaye.com and www.dreamr.uk Three things that will make or break your business in 2016. from Dreamr

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