After a collective 15+ years in London working in tech, we felt that the time was right to change things up.
We wanted to keep building awesome apps but needed a change of scenery. So we did the obvious and bought a 42ft offshore sailing boat called Seraphina.
The boat is our platform for work, travel and a new world of experiences.
We believe in building sustainable businesses with great people. That sounds great, right? But what does it actually mean?!
Our experiences in techland have been of boom and bust. Tech companies taking on vast amounts of venture capital, trying to grow like crazy while praying to be bought up by a tech giant or the founder’s dreams of an IPO.
Very quickly the founders lose control and the VCs and shareholders take over.
The end result usually being boom or more often than not bust followed by a $1 buyout by a competitor. The process is soul, culture and crushing for the team and management. Trust us, we know, we’ve seen it and we’ve lived it.
We’re working on building an open business with a team that we can invest in and products that our customers love.
The Skipper & First mate
After studying astrophysics and literature, Camilla cut her teeth teaching physics in central London. Not long after starting she decided that it wasn’t for her and retrained as a programmer.
The last 5 years have seen her working for a number of startups and brands like Akzonobel, Wool and the Gang and UK’s Government Digital Service.
Since then he has worked as a product manager and product leader for a range of startups and brands like MediaCom, Currencies Direct and Mitchells & Butlers.
Kuwinda, is a self-hosted app that helps tech companies and businesses build admin interfaces for their apps.
Chasing Mermaids Podcast, coming very soon our podcast should go live in November 2019. We’ll update on the blog.
Seraphina is a 42ft Nauticat sailing boat built in Finland in 1998. If you’re not familiar with sailing boats Nauticat have a strong reputation for building solid blue water yachts.
From when we bought her in August 2017 we’ve been working our way through the key maintenance to make her comfortable and seaworthy. She’s had a new icebox, sound system, gas system, engine overhaul, various rigging updates and other kit like lifejackets and shiny new life raft.
They are built to last and deal with the tough conditions seas can throw up while also providing a very comfortable living space. Having tested her in Force 7/8 winds in the English channel we can confirm that she sails exceptionally well in rough weather.
- Water capacity 700 litres
- Fuel capacity 700 litres
- 100HP Diesel engine & 6.5kW generator
- 100 litre fridge/icebox
- 3.2M Zodiac rib with 6HP outboard
- Specialised long range marine WiFi/4G