What does success look like to you?

On Sunday night, Kat and I caught up for Korean food and beers in the back alleys of Pitt Street.  The last time we caught up was about six months ago - just before I left corporate law.  Life has changed a lot since then.  The most notable of the changes has been the rapid [...]


New guest feature

Syed, Ejaz and Hassan (our development team) have been working hard on implementing VIVA's new guest experience.  We had been planning it for about a month, and we are so close now. We learnt within two weeks into our marketing exercise that we faced a fundamental problem in the market - trust.  People didn't trust [...]

Changing how people sign up to VIVA

The VIVA team has been discussing for a week how to make VIVA's sign-up process better. We learnt from our first week of public marketing that VIVA faces a challenge arising out of two connected problems.  The first problem is that everyone is becoming more protective of personal information online.  An unknown company like VIVA stand [...]

Update: new iOS version incoming

First - the important stuff - I am astounded by the images that come up on Google when you search for "hurray computer". Now - the really important stuff: Update on the crash bug Our new in-house developer Syed fixed the iOS crash bug at 2am last night. A new version of VIVA for iOS [...]

Crash issues: 10 July 2017

Hi all A public service announcement We became aware of a crash issue that is affecting about 20% of iOS users and about 5% of Android users over the weekend.  Some people are finding their apps are crashing on sign-up or freezing when it is downloading events. We are working on that, and we hope [...]

About this blog

Some of you might be asking, "What happened to VIVA's favourite events for the week?"  Or maybe you are asking, "Why have you been so quiet on your blog?" Let me first put your mind at ease - we are going really well!  We just had no idea how busy we would be! We have [...]

An extra brushstroke

It always happens like this - You spend hours slaving over a photo or a block of text, trying to attain perfection.  Then, for a moment, you grasp the feeling of perfection, that shining flash in time, and almost immediately - submit to Facebook.  You hit submit, or send, or something of that sort. Relief. Review. [...]