Occasional thoughts on product and process from the Mint team

Foldable.Me launches

Posted in News by Andy Bell

Our 3D cardboard avatar creation service Foldable.Me launches today. The video above is a lovely introduction to Foldable, so to maximise the chance that you click on it, I won't write another word.

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Startups at Mint

Posted in News by Andy Bell

My favourite Mint job ad ever said:

We all have a responsibility to help those less experienced than ourselves… It's the nature of life that we can never really repay those mentors, so the only thing we can do is help others to develop their skills as well.

What's true for individuals is also true for companies. Mint has been tremendously fortunate with the help we received - particularly from our chairman David Frank. We are keen to pass the good karma along.

For the next three months, we're sharing our London office with two startups:

  • Kooki - a mobile loyalty card app

  • SketchStreet - a crowd-sourced fashion community, with built-in fulfilment

We hope they'll benefit from mingling with like-minded souls. We hope to learn something from their entrepreneurialism.

(Close followers of Mint may notice this is similar to last year's Don't Be A Banker scholarship.)

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New investment for Picklive

Posted in News by Andy Bell

(Apologies, this news is about 6 weeks late.)

Picklive, the real-time fantasy football game spun out from Mint, has sold to a team headed by David Galan, CEO of Sports Millions. Galan says:

We are delighted to have acquired Picklive. The founding team has developed world-class and truly innovative technology, which we believe is a unique fusion of sportsbetting, in-play engagement and social style gaming and that will undoubtedly appeal to gaming operators.

It’s great for Picklive as it gets the financial clout and distribution expertise to take it to the next stage. It’s great for Mint, as Noam and, shortly, Tim, return to the mothership. Welcome back, guys!

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Why is TV failing to keep pace with the digital revolution?

Posted in Reflections by Andy Bell


I totally agree with Liz Murdoch that TV is failing to keep pace with the digital revolution. But I totally disagree with her suggested solution: more collaboration between the big players. These collaborations may deliver big infrastructure projects like YouView (of doubtful creative impact, in my opinion) but they will do nothing to deliver new formats making clever use of new technology, which is where the UK's great talent lies and where real value will be generated. 

Reality shows like Big Brother were made possible by cheap, robust offline editing, allowing the story to be pieced together after filming rather than before. The new wave of talent shows were made possible by large-scale telephone voting systems. New technology enables new formats, but in surprising ways that can only be discovered by creative experimentation.

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Antifragile web systems

Posted in Reflections by Andy Bell

Slides and notes from talk at Ignite Ubelly. 


This is very speculative and I don’t know what I am talking about… but I think this is a really interesting concept, so I’d be delighted to hear any thoughts or suggestions.


Antifragile is a new book from Nassim Nicolas Taleb. It's not out yet but a couple of chapters are online (prologue, chapter 12).

His previous book was The Black Swan. This is in a similar territory. They both explore how we can think about and profit from the unknown.

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