FS Fives: Friday, July 14

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, Shelter Scotland has put out a call to coders, designers, and housing professionals. It needs them to help solve Scotland’s housing crisis. They’re getting together on 28 July for a weekend of brainstorming and collaboration to devise digital solutions that help address the real world problems for people facing homelessness and bad housing. During the hackathon, teams will be asked to come up with creative solutions to make it easier for first-time buyers, low income renters, senior citizens or anyone needing help meeting their housing needs.

The risks of committing to one platform

Next, a cautionary tale of why you should be wary of investing your life’s work in one platform. When writer Dennis Cooper tried to access his blog – hosted by Blogger since 2002 – he discovered that Google had deleted his fourteen-year project along with his Gmail account. Since then, readers have been greeted with a message simply stating, “Sorry, the blog at denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs.”

It all ‘comes down to people’

Meanwhile, for investors everything ultimately comes down to people says Jonathan Harris, editor of Young Company Finance.  “They like to back companies in which the founders have a strong sense of purpose, often because they have direct personal knowledge of an industry and the opportunities it offers for making improvements. They also like to see a team in place that can cover all the bases for implementing the business proposition, rather than depend upon a single individual. The team will at a minimum need to cover sales, with at least one team member with intimate knowledge of the target market sector, operations, and finance.”

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