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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In March, Dreamr CEO Mylo Kaye visited San Francisco on the very first flight from Manchester.

Mylo Kaye Dreamr March 2017

In March, Dreamr CEO Mylo Kaye visited San Francisco on the very first flight from Manchester. The visit saw him visit tech giants, Salesforce and LinkedIn. We find out what the trip has achieved and why it’s beneficial to fly direct from Manchester.What do you think the trip has achieved? What do you think the trip has achieved? Connecting Manchester to San Francisco will open up greater opportunities for our region and help stimulate the North through talent, investment and knowledge transfer. Tech giants of Silicon Valley will now see how serious Manchester is in opening up the north of England and we’re poised to take advantage of this direct route to greater diversify our region’s digital economy. How do you think Silicon Valley views the North of England tech scene? Has the trip made a difference? I have met with some of San Francisco’s top companies, including GCA Altium, Twilio and GP Bullhound who view the North of England as a tech leader that demonstrates the strength and depth of tech from the UK. San Francisco and Manchester have long had a connection with tech and this direct route from Manchester airport is our way of showing that the

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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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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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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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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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