Author Archives: simonholgate

About simonholgate

I'm CEO of Sea Level Research Ltd ( - a Liverpool, UK based startup that uses machine learning to predict sea level surges and optimise shipping movements into and out of port. I'm an oceanographer and I'm also a Clojure developer who is interested in democracy and Big Data.

Are you mission driven?

What is your startup about? What are *you* about? In “Mission Driven Companies Do It Better” a case is made for setting down a mission statement for your startup to make sure that you and your team know what you are ultimately trying … Continue reading

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Customer Development for Enterprise Solutions

I’m a big fan of Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup and, by extension, Steve Blank and Customer Development, as described in Four Steps to the Epiphany. What I find most compelling is the focus on minimising waste by making sure that we’re solving … Continue reading

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Running a Clojure REPL on OpenShift

Any Clojure programmer will tell you that you need a REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop) to develop and debug applications. Interactive development is one of the great benefits of the LISP world. It gets used rather more than shells in other languages such … Continue reading

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A first Clojure app on OpenShift

Steve Citron-Pousty came to introduce RedHat’s OpenShift to the Clojure dojo at Liverpool GeekUp recently. I decided to put a couple of demonstration apps together so people at the dojo could get started. A really quick start is to create … Continue reading

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The end of Votizen – or the beginning?

Many things have happened since my last post. However, the biggest news is the announcement that Votizen has been bought by Causes, a social fund-raising startup. Not only has Votizen been bought, however, its website has been shutdown with immediate effect. … Continue reading

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Why I love Votizen

Startup ethos is all about finding big problems that technology can solve. There can be few bigger problems than reforming democracy itself. And yet that is exactly what Votizen is aiming to do. It’s goal is nothing less than disrupting US politics … Continue reading

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Social voting?

How much would your voting choice be swayed by your friends views? Votizen, a startup in California, thinks that your friends can have a big impact on your vote. Their aim is to disrupt the money-driven, negative ad campaigning, US … Continue reading

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