It has been almost a year since the pandemic took hold, people were sent home and teams everywhere were forced, if they weren’t already prepared, to get to grips with a new reality.

Fast forward and as I write, the UK is in another National-level lockdown. We’re still working from home, where possible.

It doesn’t look like that situation will change anytime soon. Even with the start of a rollout of vaccines globally, the reality is that companies have seen huge benefits of remote and distributed teams and the slow macro trends of the rise of the gig-economy, movement of…

Collaborative Market Maps

You’ve all seen them. Don’t tell me you haven’t.

You’re looking for a new SaaS or app that does this or that. Market Maps are a kind of useful tool for collating and aggregating potential solutions for inspiration.

Here’s a few examples:

60+ Tech Startups To Enhance Your Valentine’s Day

80+ Startups Modernizing The P&C Value Chain

180+ Companies Disrupting Banking & Financial Services In Latin America

35+ Startups Transforming Concussion Care

Disrupting The Drinks Menu: 95+ Beverage Brands Taking On The Holidays

and it goes on and on. What do they look like? Here’s an example

It’s a Sunday. It’s raining. There’s a storm blowing through.

You would think I’d have some time for an elaborate and imaginative example of a custom Vulcan component.

Today however, aside from taking two-thirds of my children ice-skating, I thought I’d pick the simplest possible component as an example of how anyone can create something of immense use and value inside the Vulcan eco-system regardless of your technical skills and ability.

Spotify Song and Playlist Embed

Cutting straight to the chase, we’re going to create a custom component that will enable us to embed a song or an entire playlist into our Vulcan charts.


Vulcan is based on a flexible canvas design paradigm. Each canvas plays host to a number of different objects, or nodes, each of which has a specific role, presentation and functional capabilities.

In this post we take a look at the core objects that you’ll find from the outset in your Vulcan account.

Object Types are grouped according to their respective Module. We will focus for now on the Core, Base and Knowledge Objects that will be available in the Knowledge module.

Core Objects

Object Picker

The Object Picker is designed to present a fast and easy way to access the Objects…

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Vulcan is unique because it delivers on both high level visualisation and deep long form text documents, all in service of a new paradigm in contextual information management.

A power feature of Vulcan, is the editor. It’s very similar to one of the best editors out there at the moment, the Notion editor. If you’re familiar with Notion, you’ll feel right at home in Vulcan.

Vulcan gives you the ability to easily change the format of each section of the editor, from simple style and formatting to fully-fledged functional components.

In addition to the one’s we provide as standard, we…

In order to understand how Vulcan works, let’s first agree some common language and terminology for the core concepts.

Example Chart

The User identity runs through every aspect of Vulcan.

Users have, by default, an Individual Account. This is a private environment for you to test Vulcan and collect your personal knowledge.

Users can be owners or members of Organisations - and are able to switch freely between their Organisations associated with the User account. They have various roles and various permissions to control access levels.

Users can belong to Teams . An Organisation can have many Teams . Teams are a…

Vulcan is our latest and greatest invention — and I’m so delighted to share it with you.

As we start a new decade, what could be better than sharing news of something we’ve been working quietly and steadily working on this year.

The Vulcan Home Page —

Vulcan represents a paradigm shift in information management. It gives regular folk like you (and me) access to the information superpowers that were originally reserved for hardcore hackers, script monkeys, automators, military and law enforcement analysts, fraud agents, FBI agents and police.

Have you ever seen a hacker fingerprint and recon an entire network, using Maltego? It’s a sight to behold.

Have you seen a forensic analyst investigate a health care fraud case using IBM…

We don’t really do VR development professionally — not yet anyway — but that doesn’t stop us being extremely enthusiastic about the technology and media platform that it represents. The complete IMMERSIVE SPECTRUM fascinates me. Don’t even get me started on how I think this will impact work and collaboration, education and media consumption in general.

For the past few years I’ve voluntarily taken my VR kit into our local village school, working with the teachers to find age-appropriate (not always easy) content that maps to the topic of the moment.

We’ve taken 7 years olds to the top of…

Here at Beach, we work with pre-seed, seed and series-A stage technology startups as well as with innovation teams in later stage startups and larger enterprises, that are effectively operating like earlier stage startups.

You know the common theme runs through all of our startup clients? Uncertainty, plain and simple.

Everything is up in the air. Everything is subject to change. Everything is scenario-driven, parameterised with assumptions, characterised by the likelihood of future events, known-unknowns occurring.

Bringing order to this uncertainty is a pain. A real f-ing pain.

Yet, uncertain scenarios are what startups trade in, it characterises the companies very existence. …

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article here for Chatbot Magazine about how I designed chatbots, and inherently “conversations”, using a visual collaboration and white-boarding tool called Mural.

I wrote this article at a time when I was building Facebook Messenger bots, using a node.js application and callbacks to the Messenger platform, alongside integration with (now Dialogue Flow) for the Natural Language Understanding.

In this case I was building a bot that had a number of different skills, that was able to connect to and integrate with a handful of web services & APIs through which the…

Steve Schofield

Head of MURAL Labs. Entrepreneur, family guy and adventure sports nut.

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