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Steve's ITK: A musical interlude

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Steve's ITK

December 16 · Issue #55 · View online

Steve's In The Know: Thoughts from a European tech insider.


In Between Floors (cover design by Michael Hobson)
In Between Floors (cover design by Michael Hobson)
Opening thought: Let's launch an album
“… ten songs of heartbreak and retrospection weave together a lifetime of musical influences in blues and soul, from The Meters to Traffic; from Dr John to Derek and the Dominoes; from Booker T to the Mick Taylor-era Stones.”
After 3 years of writing, recording and producing my debut solo/concept album with friends, we have finally launched the vinyl crowdfunding campaign for those of you who own a record player.
It is a VERY limited run of 100 records initially and we need to hit that number to proceed.
If you own a record player (or know somebody who does), and would like to support the project, the crowdfunding page has more info: https://qrates.com/projects/19517
The campaign page has a full track you can preview, while the album itself features 11 musicians and myself, with a plethora of co-writing credits and a revolving lineup of vocalists, including British singer-songwriter MIRI, and roots music veteran Jimi Lyons.
Also, a quick word about the album cover. It was designed by Michael Hobson (@imhobson of 3beards fame!) and captures the elevator metaphor perfectly (I’ve spent much of my life in an elevator).
As regular readers of ITK will have picked up on, the project has been a labour of love (and a steep learning curve on the production side), and I’m really chuffed to have completed it after a number of years.
It was also a great ruse to inadvertently put much of my old band back together, in the sense that many of the musicians on this album are the same and go all the way back to university days.
Meanwhile, a creative side hustle is never ideal when the day job keeps on knockin’, but when you finally cross the finishing line there’s a sense of relief – especially after dragging so many other people into the project – and also an empty void to fill again. Both are nice feelings.
I hope you enjoy the results as much as we have, and if you don’t fancy a new piece of vinyl, please consider sharing the crowdfund page anyway and get ready for the Spotify album release early next year!
Things I wrote recently
Portify raises £7M Series A for its fintech app for ‘modern’ or gig economy workers
Accel and Index back Tines, as the cybersecurity startup adds another $11M to its Series A
Wefox, the Berlin-based insurtech, raises $110M Series B extension
Former Uber exec Jambu Palaniappan joins Omers Ventures in Europe
French e-grocery app Jow raises $7M additional funding
By Miles, the UK pay-by-mile car insurance app, adds ‘connected car’ policy for Tesla drivers
Prolific wants to challenge Amazon’s Mechanical Turk in the online research space
Otta picks up £850,000 seed to match you to relevant jobs
Fronted, from former Bud, Monzo and Apple employees, wants to make life easier for renters
Salv, the anti-money laundering startup founded by ex-TransferWise employees, picks up $2M seed
Xometry acquires European on-demand manufacturing marketplace Shift
Cuvva raises £15M Series A to launch flexible monthly car insurance
Penta, the German business banking challenger, partners with SumUp to target offline businesses
Atomico partner Tom Wehmeier reviews ‘The State of European Tech’ 2019 report
Uncapped raises £10M to offer ‘revenue-based’ finance to growing businesses
Zebra Fuel, the startup that brought fuel directly to your vehicle, is ‘no longer’ delivering in London
Pricefx scores additional €23M for its cloud-based pricing software
Leavy.co, the app for millennials who want to rent out their room while travelling, discloses $14M funding
Detectify raises additional €21M for its ethical hacker network
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