Inside Tech: Goodfederers
8 · JUL ·2016
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a tennis player. To me, being a tennis player was better than being Marketing Manager. Even before I first wandered into the tennis clubhouse for my after-school job, I knew I wanted to be a part of them. It was there that I knew I belonged. To me, it meant being somebody in the neighbourhood that was full of nobodies. They weren’t like anybody else. I mean, they did whatever they wanted. They served double faults and nobody ever laughed. In summer, when they wore pink chinos, nobody ever called the fashion police.
So when Fluidata called the family together to announce a Wimbledon day, you could only imagine my face. See, you know when you think of Wimbledon, you get a picture in your mind of all those tennis players with headbands and white shorts. But it wasn’t like that for Fluidata. It really wasn’t that good. I mean, everybody else who did it was doing it real, but we did it with minimal effort. And we owned the joint.
You see, hundreds of guys depended on Fluidata and they got a piece of everything they made. And it was tribute, just like AOL, except they were doing it here at London Bridge. And all they got from Fluidata was protection from downtime. And that’s what it’s all about. That’s what the pretenders could never understand. That what Fluidata and the organisation does is offer protection for people who can’t afford to go down. That’s all. They’re like the police department for wise IT guys.
If you didn’t get it, we were doing a Goodfellas thing. See, we’re raising hard cash for our chosen charity (Wings for life) and we’re doing it by dressing up in our gym gear and pretending we are at Wimbledon.
The plan is, and I know this because it’s happening right now, is to get our shorts, chinos, and sweatbands on and drink a bunch of Pimms for charity. I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking but Dan (that’s me), aren’t you going to spend loads of money on alcohol and costumes when you could be giving that to charity?
Well who’s to say that spending more money won’t make more money for the charity in the long run? What we are actually doing is generating awareness and that my friends is much more valuable than any lump sum could ever be.
Seriously though, we're very passionate about our chosen charity Wings for Life. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Their mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. They fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.
You can find out more about Wings for Life by visiting their website.
Happy Wimbledon day all!