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Monthly Archives: July 2015

New mobile access control system for Tec Marina

No keys required – just your phone

If there’s one thing we love, it’s gadgets. So when we get offered a demo of something new, it’s hard to say no. Last week we met with Stuart Bailey of Dragon Fire & Security and Charlie Hicks from Controlsoft, to take a look at a new access control system that uses smartphones rather than the usual keycards (as used in the Netflix HQ).

We love it and are planning to get it installed at Tec Marina. It’s easier and more secure than keycards – and one less thing to carry.

British Consul General from San Francisco visits Tec Marina

British Consul General Priya Guha at Tec Marina

British Consul General, Priya Guha, visited us yesterday at Tec Marina for a tour, joined by Karen Dascombe and Paul Osbaldeston from the Welsh Government.

Based in San Francisco, Priya is responsible for the delivery of UK foreign policy and service delivery objectives in Northern California, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

As someone whose stomping ground includes Silicon Valley and the Bay area, it was great to show her our vision of a smart workspace for tech start ups.

We’ll be keeping her posted on the developments at Tec Marina and all the companies within…

Previous Chairman of Microsoft Europe announced as new Chairman of Think Productivity

Think Productivity, creators of visual productivity-boosting task management app, DropTask, have announced Jan Mühlfeit as their new Chairman. The announcement came as the company were showcased at this year’s flagship digital event, ‘Digital 2015’, at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.

DropTask Founder and Tec Marina Owner, Chris Griffiths, said: “Jan Mühlfeit has experienced great success during his career and spent many years side by side with Bill Gates as they travelled all over the world. With a wealth of knowledge obtained during his time as Chairman of Microsoft Europe, we’re lucky to have such a high profile figure interested in getting involved with a start-up here in Wales. It’s absolutely fantastic for the Welsh community and in particular, our flourishing digital economy which was showcased at this year’s Digital 2015 event – which we were honoured to be a part of. I very much look forward to the road ahead… We’re in for an exciting journey.”

DropTask with Jan in Tec Marina meeting room

To mark the occasion, Jan, the recently retired Chairman of Microsoft Europe, joined the creative software company here at Tec Marina in Penarth Marina, Wales, where Think Productivity are based. Whilst meeting the team, he discussed his past experiences and the importance of unlocking human capabilities.

“Companies don’t start off with a project plan, they start with a vision. When over 250,000 people gathered for Martin Luther King’s speech in 1963, they didn’t just come to see him, they came for the dream; the potential and hope for a better future. By nature, we are all very visual thinkers and we work in a visual way… DropTask embodies this, and I’m very excited to be involved.”

Jan’s association with the company stems back to when he first visited Tec Marina earlier this year for its official opening, along with Penarth councillors Lis Burnett and Gwyn Roberts – who are actively supporting the new technology hub which is expected to create up to 150 new jobs. Jan said: “Today is a historical day for technology, because technology can unlock the potential in every single human being around the world. Tec Marina is a space for crazy people because only crazy people are changing the world. I wish Tec Marina every success, happiness, and craziness.”

Watch the video of Jan’s visit to Tec Marina for the grand opening:

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