After two years in the US I nearly have the whole Halloween thing down. We went Pumpkin hunting two weeks ago, shot a bunch of them from the back of a tractor drawn trailer and the very clever Kelli carved them as per the attached. The only hitch is I am in Ohio on business with Ops Director Neal tonight. Oops. One year I'll get it right. The pumpkin AND the right date...
Some of the gCrew joined me last night to see Al Gore live and in person doing his powerpoint thang. He was quite amazing and very inspirational. He continaully updates his data so it is new and improved since the movie.
Did you know that China's CAFE standards are higher than America's? China! So right now Ford and GM couldn't even sell their cars in China. (Besides, they wouldn't fit)
I have a dig from time to time about the US for the current state of the Government but let's be clear, Australia is in no better shape. As Al reminded us, only the US and Australia have not signed the Kyoto Protocol.
He fielded questions from the audience and spoke beautifully. He has clearly found his calling. He is way too smart to be a Polly. And he has a fabulous sense of humour.
CHEC: the Children's Health Environmental Coalition, headed up by the very clever Christopher Gavigan has launched a blog. And like everything these guys do, it rocks. Right now they are featuring 90 tips for 90 days to ensure a safe environment for all our little ones. So be sure to check it out.
We love'em so much, a portion of gDiapers revenue goes to CHEC.
We at "g" put a lot of effort into the people that make the business a success. From the outset, we engaged David Sawyer, our very own Chief Culture Officer (don't worry investors, he comes real cheap - at least for now!). He has done amazing work repairing the culture of such massive companies as BP.
So in coming to g on day one, he hasn't had to fix a broken culture, rather set the processes in place so we don't end up broken. A year in, it has been well worth it. Everyone says people are a company's most important asset but most then rely on a fairly flawed hiring process resulting in the wrong people getting on the bus. Then in terms of how the DNA of the company is impacted as the business grows, things can get sideways pretty quickly. Dave helps us keep it all together. So here he is in Hawaii last week, resplendent in "g" t- shirt, spreading the word. Not sure who he was spreading the word to half way up a mountain but still...
Michael Mobbs has done something we should all be doing to make our foot print smaller and our homes self sufficient. And he isn't a screaming greeny, just a practical, clever guy who has transformed his 100 year old home into a home that is completely self-sufficient. Watch the video here . Well worth it.
Some time this week, we managed to sell our 1,000,000th flushable. That's 1,000,000 diapers that would have otherwise been landfilled. Given that 50,000,000 get landfilled EVERY DAY, we have a ways to go to complete global salvation but by golly we are on our way! Thank you to our customers and the gTeam.
Read a really interesting piece about the demise of Friendster in the Times over the weekend.
Decided that 3am was the right time to wake up today and also decided to check it out and its main and massive rival MySpace. There I found my own page - something I had registered for a year ago. You sure do feel 36 when booting around MySpace. In the grip of insomnia I built a really crappy looking page and have just 1 friend - some bloke from MySpace who has been welcoming me since 2005 when I first signed up. Fairly tragic given that there is indeed a way to crack the code and show you have a million friends rather than the number you actually have. But you need to be 20 to do that I suspect. Oh to be 20 again...Ah, 6.35 am already - kids up any second now.
I would like to extend an apology to the poor soul who gives birth this coming Tuesday October 17th to America's 300,000,000th baby. The media WILL hunt you down and put you on a nationwide media circus. Manufacturers of every conceivable baby product will flood you with their wares praying like crazy to extract even a penny of PR value out of it. Here at gDiapers of course, we know you'll choose the ultimate diapering machine, BM...no, no gDiapers. No need to ship you cases of the stuff because we KNOW you will naturally select the Toyota Prius of diapers.
And if you don't, we WILL hunt you down and...well, you know how it goes...