Living my childhood dream (In California)

I have spent my entire life being inspired by the tech companies of the American west coast. The companies that power the world tech include non-other than Apple Microsoft, Airbnb and Google. The companies that power the tech we use every day are what inspire and what Dreamr is built upon, we build apps for Google and Apple platform.So when I was invited to join Tech North and the UKTI on a trade mission to California, all my dreams came true. 14 hours and two flights later I arrive at San Francisco international airport at around 10 pm. Ordering my Uber from the arrivals lounge I was at my apartment within 30 minutes, a quaint home in the heart of Oakland where I would spend the next three weeks. The purpose of the trip, along with other Manchester businesses was to promote our tech scene and to create relationships to enable us Manchester based companies to expand to the states. Arriving a few days before the Dreamforce conference and having time to meet with the UKTI San Fransisco team, I was able to gain huge insight from the multiple speakers at UKTI headquarters. Learning the cost of employment and tax

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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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Me and my team shortlisted for three awards

Awards ceremonies are fantastic; you get to see real tangible results from agencies that have ‘made’ websites or apps for brands. But what about how you get to that physical product? There is always a journey to get to that point and usually, that journey never receives any credit. The Skills for Business Awards recognises the outstanding contribution that skills and learning have on a business. At Dreamr, we invest a lot of time in skills and learning, from our Wednesday afternoons of learning new skills to the conferences and seminars our team attends month after month. I was delighted to hear that Dreamr has been shortlisted for no less than three awards at this year’s Skills for Business Awards. Lynne, our Head of Aspiration, was shortlisted for Learning & Skills Champion, Dreamr as a company shortlisted for Creative, Media & Digital Technology and myself for Entrepreneur Award. I’m over the moon that Dreamr is being recognised for the outstanding work we do on a daily basis with developing the skills of our super-talented development and design team. The hard work Jack, Lynne and the rest of our team put it every day is apparent by being shortlisted for these

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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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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

Dreamr

Dreamr A digital development & design agency which I own and run in Manchester. We have been running for over a year and employ 13 staff, made up of app developers and designers. The name derived from making our clients Dreams possible. Our team is made up of: Mylo Kaye – Dreamr Head of Digital and Co-Founder Jack Mason – Head of Business and Co-Founder Who are we? A digital App development and design agency based in Manchester which inspires brands with its creativity and innovation. We create beautiful apps, websites & branding in Manchester.

Dreamr in Manchester at Digital Skills Festival

Dreamr in Manchester visits Skills Fest Every year my team spends countless days and weeks preparing for the Digital Skills Festival Talent Day. Last year they created a huge box structure from cardboard boxes, stuck our faces to it and massive words; ‘Think Outside the Box”. It attracted lots of attention from visitors, students and other companies exhibiting. It was totally different from every other stand there and made us look pretty damn cool. We’re there again this year and I would encourage all students who are attending to come say hi to our new display, to know what it is you have to come see us. Dreamr Eventbrite link.  

Lynne Makinson-Walsh Joins Dreamr

Lynne Makinson-Walsh joins Dreamr as Head of Aspiration. Lynne Makinson-Walsh has joined Dreamr as Head of Aspiration. This rather unusual job title was chosen to encapsulate Lynne’s role in developing the vibrant Dreamr team in all aspects of their career and personal development. Dreamr’s clients will also reap the benefits as the app developers, graphic designers and web developers gain even more skills. Dreamr Director, Mylo Kaye said: “It gives me enormous pleasure to have Lynne working with us here at Dreamr. It’s something that I’ve wanted to happen for a long time, and now it’s a reality. Our commitment here at Dreamr to get the best out of people, combined with Lynne’s dedication to helping our team’s career development, and training will ensure that we’re creating an environment where each person can thrive both professional and personally.”   Read the full article.

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