Happy Birthday Joel Gascoigne!
Joel is one of the very few truly great guys I have met in my life. I am not ‘famzing’ because he recently raised $400k for his startup Buffer. Anyone that can live with Oo for 4 months+ and attempt to run a business with him without running mad, is truly a great person.
Few people know how I met Mr Gascoigne.
Back in ’08 I got admitted to Warwick. I was in Nigeria when I created a group called “Warwick Internet Entrepreneurs”, he was the only person that joined. When I eventually got my visa (I get faith sha) and arrived Warwick, we met up, got talking about his projects, mine, etc. We eventually started OnePage together. Even though I was EXTREMELY self conscious about being Nigerian (my “Yes, I Am Nigerian” tees were just fronting), it was as if this dude did not realize. He trusted me more than I would have imagined. He has no idea how much it helped me. Thanks buddy!
When OnePage did not go as planned, we needed lawyers to tidy up a few things as we decided Joel would be taking it forward. What I realized much later was that his lawyers ( I did not have one) wanted to insert clauses that would have given him the option to “screw me” if he so wanted. He asked them not to.
There was a period we got a mini grant (about 1500 quid) to do market research. Now at that moment, we did not need any damn market research but Joel needed a computer to build the product we were to research for. I needed the ‘seed money for a space over my head. Even though there was a ‘way out’, Joel consistently refused to do anything remotely borderline against the rule even though it was what we sorely needed. So we forfeited the grant.
Of course he acted as my translator on quite a number of occasions when I did not sound Bri ish enough to be understood. I even got him to enjoy a helping of Nkwobi.
So Joel, as you turn 25 (Haha! You are damn old man! 25?? Really? You are that old??) do have fun and keep being a great person.