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Hello World!

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

We're getting very close to launch - and as they say, a design isn't finished not when there's nothing more that can be added, but rather when nothing more can be taken away. As with most things in life though, you have to decide when is good enough, and I think we're nearly there. If this project goes anywhere, then undoubtedly people far more talented and with a better eye than me will be able to vastly improve this site and its message. Until then, we've just got to crack on and go for it!

It's taken me a very long time in my technical career to figure out what matters, what to care about, how to deliver good software, and how to listen to and work with people. I've certainly gotten it wrong in a lot of ways -- and for anybody who's reading who I've frustrated or outright upset in the past, I'm genuinely sorry.

I'm not sure if I can make up for that now, but in the same way I try to litter-pick to make up in some small way for harm done in my stupid teenage years, hopefully I can pay that forward by helping people here.

So, all that said, I'm creating Kind for the following reasons:

To Have Fun!

"It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else". Building things, collaborating, even giving people a great service is just good fun! We want to rediscover that joy of working together to deliver ambitious goals - or even just enjoy pushing and learning from each other.

To Help

In the same spirit of "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read", people should use their experience to help those coming next. Also, we all have bills to pay - I get it. What percentage of our time though should we use our talents to make a paycheque vs pointing our skills at meaningful, worthy causes?

To Earn the Right to an Opinion

There are only so many times you can read the books and blogs before you just crack on. It's easy to comment from the back seat, and another to have a go yourself.

To Discover

There just aren't enough ideas which get tried, and that's a shame. If we can do better in coordination, everyone should benefit. We're going to do the technical equivalent of taking the weight-lifter from the gym to the farmer who needs help bailing hay. The farmer gets some help, the gym-goer gets a work-out, and both of them make a friend ;-)

So, if you have a great idea or cause which involves the use of technology, please let us know! If you're a neophyte techie, and experienced pro, or just wanting to gain experience somewhere in between, get in touch!

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