… thus opens the Airport Song by Magna Carta and I am following their lead. I am in the lounge of Gatwick South terminal doing a Richard Lambert as, like him, I am waiting for an EasyJet flight. So far so good but I am not on the thing yet.
Security has moved on quite a bit since I last came through an airport. You scan your pre-printed boarding card, undress in front of a vast array of conveyor belts, unpack your bag (shaving cream in the bin) and then reverse the process after the portal, all with the encouragement of the most miserable staff imaginable. In fact so miserable it feels quite uncomfortable, but it was 630 in the morning.
But this is an aside as I have two interesting business propositions I am working on at the moment. One is slightly more traditional than the other, but both ‘have legs’ so to speak. In fact there is a good chance both will come about which would be nice for the entrepreneurs behind them. There is a major difference between them though and that is the way the entrepreneurs want to develop their companies.
Allow me to illustrate.
The first wants to take over one of my ‘traditional’ businesses and then expand it with a small (for him, not for me) capital injection. I think this would be brilliant as it would allow the business to make a quantum leap forwards.
He wants to set up a London office, get a big name Chairman with great City connections but who knows nothing about the business we are in and has already gathered a band of eight people, none of whom will actually contribute anything to the business itself.
The second entrepreneur is not based in the UK and is looking to build a very exciting business on a social media model. He is looking to establish something on the ground in each country to get it going, but no offices and no ‘hangers on’.
I am hopeful that I can get both businesses to move. I am a wholehearted supporter of the ‘distributed company’ model (I used to refer to virtual companies but I have been informed that this term is now considered uncool). In both cases we will need a London address – hold on Regus, here we come! – but that is it. No office!
The London telephone number we already have and it can be picked up anywhere in the world. Getting a nice email address is fiendishly easy and I simply add it to my growing collection on Gmail. I already have calendars integrated with various people so all systems are go there. But an office with people arriving some time around 9 and leaving around 5? Makes me go weak at the knees just thinking about it.
So, sitting in my airport lounge I can work almost as well as in the office, though I cannot get onto the internet – where are you BT Openzone– this does not make sense. I have spoken with friends, colleagues and contacts in 3 countries so far this morning and when I get to my destination my handy dandy Regus card will get me a local office. Doing business the ‘distributed’ way is fantastic.