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On Prince Phillip and Secret Supporters

Ever since the announcement of Prince Phillip's passing last Friday, I've come across numerous articles online recounting his extraordinary life. Having not only witnessed, but participated extensively in some of the most defining moments of the last century, it blows my mind how one man could experience so much in a lifetime. Especially after learning about his tumultuous upbringing, it's clear that he accomplished these feats not despite, but because of those challenges, which (necessarily) developed his strong resilience towards adversity.

But perhaps more inspiring, are the snapshots of his life in which he supported his wife, Queen Elizabeth without so much as an ounce of carping. Ever since renouncing his own career as a naval officer in 1951, he had been her stable rock - always two steps behind, secondary to the public eye, and putting her interests before his own. 

The message behind this is not necessarily that we should all also be making the same extent of sacrifices, but rather, that we all have a Prince Phillip (equivalent) in our lives. Whether its our parents who relentlessly spent their time and effort to raise us, our friends who we can call upon in times of need, or partners that we can share vulnerability with - there's always someone supporting us. Someone we might be taking for granted.

So this week, why not call your supporters and tell them how much you appreciate them?

Big Bold Changes

Why students don't feel LinkedIn

Talking about connecting with others, four college students took apart LinkedIn for its inefficiencies in helping the student market. They took simple problems that students found on the site such as high prices, few mentorship opportunities, unengaging feeds and poor job support, and took a completely new approach.
  • Coffee chat sessions for mentorship 
  • Student Hubs for relevant advice
  • Relevant job searches for students exclusively
Their ideas got them a meeting with the CPO, Tomer Cohen with hopefully some real changes within LinkedIn coming through soon.
Hear their story & pitch!

Start-ups on a Social Mission

Bloom & Wild

Although meeting friends/family/partners (all of our supporters!) is restricted under current circumstances, that doesn't mean you can't show them your love! Bloom & Wild is UK's leading online florist service, providing a range of bouquets at reasonable price points. You can also add a personalised card or other goodies (think: chocolate!) along with your flowers. It's simple, but guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face.
Send away your flowers!

Hummingbird Technologies

Hummingbird Technologies is an analytics provider for the agricultural sector, using the latest AI advancements to aid precision agronomy. By incorporating technology, they make it possible to gain real-time data about the weather, soil, yields and more - making farming more efficient and sustainable in the long run.
Learn about how tech is transforming agriculture

Noteworthy News from our Network

Smooth running for The Tyre Collective

One of the most surprising sources of air pollution comes from car tires--the tiny microparticles that wear down from the road stick around in the atmosphere and can cause health problems. Cheng, Richardson and Anderson have come together to develop a device that can be attached to a car and collect the microparticles of plastic and rubber. Recently, the co-founders were recognised in the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list.
Have a look at their website

Interview with the co-Founder of BUG

Remember BUG? We introduced them in our newsletter last week; They're a UK start-up that provides insect meal recipe-kits. We've had the fantastic opportunity to interview their co-founder, Aaron. Read about his background, the obstacles and triumphs of running a start-up, and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs!
Read the interview
Quote of the week

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile"

- Albert Einstein

Our team recommendations

Vanessa Tang (Co-Founder) 
Article: Your Life Journey Exercise
A short article from Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates and the author of Principles: Life and Work, that helps you put your life and your loved ones' into perspective in a logical and rational manner. He calls it "planning your life arc". Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Akshit Goel (Co-Editor)
I've always been a fan of shorts - they're the perfect break from work and they convey emotion so perfectly and effortlessly. With this issue on connecting with your loved ones, this short conveys so much with barely any dialogue. It's just 7 minutes, but I'm sure it'll leave you with an impression that'll last much longer.
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