Nothing ventured nothing gained?

I’d had a great idea whilst on my travels in Japan.  Whilst there I’d attended a couple of major conferences and exhibitions, and I was blown away at the vastness of these.  I returned from Japan with a simple thought.  Why not launch your own exhibition, similar to the trade shows I had experienced in Japan?

As you well know, I’ve worked as an analyst in a  mid-tier bank for a number of years now.  Part of my remit was to analyse the performance of businesses within the Entertainment sector, with a particular focus on the emerging e-gaming market.  My time with the bank had coincided with a growth in the internet, and a number of new online gambing companies had established themesleves off the back of this new medium.  It was a sector that certainly interested me and one which I had become very knowledgable in.

Technlogy is a wonderful thing, and the online gambling sector was one that was proving to be particularly interesting.  Traditional bookmakers, some of whom had been established for over a century were beginning to struggle against new internet based gambling business.  The new entrents to this market were dynamic, aggressive, willing to take risks and able to move into new online markets quickly and easilly.  My impression was that there was a danger that they may well leace the traditional ‘brick and mortar’ gambling operators in their wake.  And then, out of no where came the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which literally shut down the largest and most profitable online gambling market overnight.  This was back in 2006, and upon my return from Japan, I was keen to see how this sector was now fairing.

My initial research was somewhat inconclusive.  Whilst the US market was still effectively closed to gambling operators, the position within Europe was much less clear.  Certain countries had attempted to address the issue of online gambling, and proceeded in attempting to regulate and manage this ever expanding sector.  I couldn’t ascertain whether these attempts had been successful, but it was clear that there was a common theme.  That theme, was that it was increasingly difficult to attempt to regulate an industry that was based on the internet and could seamlessly cross international boundaries and jurisdictions.  What became clear to me was that different countries had very different laws regarding their citizens and access to the the various online roulette casino games currently being served to them by off-shore e-gaming operators.  It clearly looked to be that a united and unfied approach to regulation appeared to be required.

Despite the legal and regulatory challenges facing the global online gambling sector I decided to look a little more into whether there were any exhibitors servicing this market.  I was excited that I may well find a gap in the market in a new and expanding trade sector.  However, I was disappointed to learn that this sector had already been identfied by a major exhibition operator and that any opportunities here were therefore somewhat limited.  Nevertheless, I shall continue in search of a new idea or concept.  Check back to see what thoughts I have come up with.

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My travels to Japan

One of the earliest memories I have is of visiting Tokyo as an 11-year-old back in the early 1980’s.  At the time my father had taken on a job as an external consultant for a Japanese business with offices in Sydney.  This involved moving the entire family from London to Sydney for two years.  It was a happy time in my life, possibly the happiest of my childhood before the onset of my teenage years and the subsequent breakdown of my parents marriage which was both dramatic and damaging to all involved, both then and now.  The journey to Japan back in the 1980’s was simply incredible.  Such a beautiful and technology driven country.

As I mentioned in an earlier post here at, I have been thinking for sometime that a change was necessary in my life.  Whilst others looked at my career and lifestyle with some admiration, I’d come to the conclusion myself that this was simply a mirage.  Yes, I had a good job and could be considered ‘successful’ when compared to my friends and peers.  But, was I really happy?  The answer I had come to when I posed this question to myself was NO.  Something had to change.

And change it did.  I’ll have to warn you that it wasn’t dramatic change, but it was change nonetheless.  I’ve never really been one for taking a risk (which may well explain why my life to date has been so plain and ordinary).  On the first Monday in July I made a request for a 12 month sabbatical.  This wasn’t an unusual request at the bank that I worked at, particularly given the 9 years of service I already had under my belt.  Within 2 weeks of the request I was told it was approved and that my position with the business would be held open until my return in a years time.

Once I had approval I did things.  Firstly, I arranged for a friend to let my flat for 12 months, and secondly I booked a ticket to Japan.  Within a week I was at Heathrow waiting for my flight to Tokyo, with nothing but a guide-book and the ambition to travel and enjoy life.  For the first time in my life I felt alive.  Japan, here I come.

And what a year I experienced.  Japan proved to be everything that I could have wished for.  From the bright lights of Tokyo, to the beauty of Kyoto, and the vibe of Osaka, I encountered a wonderful country with beautiful people.  I even managed to pick up some Japanese on the way.

I came back a different person after my travels to Japan.  I found it to be a very spiritual country, one which made me look at the beauty of things from outside to in.  It made me look deeply at myself, my goals, the way I lived my life, and the direction I wanted it to go.  It became clear to me on my journey through Japan that I needed to live my life for me, and not for those around me.  Do what you love, and love what you do.  Japan bought me clarity, understanding and compassion, and my life after my journey there would forever change.


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The fun is in the journey

To those that already know me, I work in the City of London.  It’s a well paid, but challenging role that sometimes makes me question whether my life is going in the direction I want it, or rather whether I have any control over where it is heading.

I work hard, and I am well recompensed.  However, I’m not fully satisfied and have a deep yearning to do more with my life and to savour new experiences.  I read somewhere fairly recently that you should always make an effort to get out of your comfort zone, and to continue to push the boundaries.  This certainly got me thinking and assessing my own life, my ambitions and my successes and failures in my relatively short life to date.

I’ve always had ambitions to travel, but never did.  As I approach my 30th birthday I feel somewhat disappointed in what I have achieved to date.  Not so much from a professional viewpoint, as I am after all well-educated and have been fortunate enough to secure what many friends consider to be a successful career.  More that I feel that I haven’t really lived and experienced much.  I think I’m going to do something about this.  Life is too short, and needs to be lived.  Carpe diem.



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Hello and welcome to

Hello and welcome to the site.  I’ve finally got the site up and running and I have a number of posts I would like to add here, including a recent trip to Japan as well as a work visit to London to attend the exhibition for a major trade organization.  Both trips were absolutely fantastic, and I have some very entertaining stories to tell!

In the meantime if you would like to learn more about me, then you can do so by clicking here!