About Monty

Monty Munford has more than 15 years' experience in mobile, digital media, web and journalism. He is the founder of Mob76, a company that helps tech companies raise money and exit. He speaks regularly at global media events with a focus on Africa, writes a weekly column for The Telegraph, is a regular contributor to The Economist, Wired, Mashable and speaks regularly on the BBC World Service.

REVIEW: Marvoto Z1 Ultrasound Body Fat Scanner

Ultrasound technology can also be used to assess body fat.

ultrasoundUltrasound is usually a word that is associated with childbirth and one that is usually associated with delight.

The mother-to-be has gel applied to her stomach and then a scanner shows the newborn’s features… I have such a photograph on the mantelpiece and something that only happens a couple of times in a parent’s lifetime

However, it can also be used in a more prosaic and regular way and that is to define the body fat of an individual, so please be introduced to the Marvoto Z1 Ultrasound Body Fat Scanner, a somewhat ingenious product that may help people to define and shape their body weight.

There are many who would question the need for such a product. Isn’t it just as easy to buy a pair of digital scales and then work out one’s needs that way? Maybe so, but those scales can be very unreliable. They have to be used on a flat surface for a correct number and they are notoriously fragile, not the best quality when they have only the one job.

According to the company, the Marvoto Z1 applies ultrasound imaging that has been used for more than 20 years and it has an excellent safety record. It is based on non-ionizing radiation, so it does not have the same risks as X-rays; comforting to know.

Using a QR scan to download an app, gel is applied to the waistline area and then the scanner is activated, it takes less than ten seconds to do this. Once the results are in, body fat can be measured on a daily basis.

Naturally, it is more applicable when somebody is beginning a regimen to get rid of their body fat and sculpt their body, so it is very useful as a tool to measure exercise and changes of diet. At first, it seems like a lot more effort than just standing on some scales, but in the long run the Marvoto Z1 Ultrasound may prove to be a useful accessory.

REVIEW – Tracy’s Dog Dophamine Dual Vibrator

The dophamine dual stimulation sex toy is perfect in times of Covid

dophamineNot every story published on this site is by its male owner and sometimes that is obvious, not least in this case because I am a female and this review is about a sex toy for a woman.

Well, I think it was a sex toy for a woman, but anything goes in 2020, so please do not be offended by the previous paragraph. If so, I heartily apologise for any offense taken. But, kind of, get over it.

In the real world, the Tracy’s Dog Dophamine Dual Simulation Vibrator is perfect in times of plague because if your lockdown is loosening, there are also other parts of you that need to be undone, not least your desire to have fun.

If only I could have this product two months ago when my boyfriend told me that he was going to move in with parents in Cornwall and that the thought of us living in either of our two cramped London flats was too much in bear.

In retrospect, they do have a garden, so he may have been right. However, while I don’t have him here, I certainly have time for my Tracy’s Dog that has been keeping me every happy during these lonely nights… and pretty much any of the time… and several times a day.

And it would appear that I’m not alone. Tracy’s Dog is the number 1 most-wished-for toy in Amazon’s Sexual Wellness category and has maintained that ranking since it took that position (so to speak) in mid-2019.

I would love to go into details and tell you what exactly happens when Tracy’s Dog and I get into bed together, lie down on the sofa together or even when we go down the park together in the early hours of the morning.

But I’ll leave it there, with a full 10 out of 10… maybe an 11 when it’s outdoors.

Who has time for a boyfriend? Maybe he should stay with his parents for longer, I’m not sure I need him any more.

Accountancy Cloud Q&A: Wesley Rashid, CEO and Co-Founder

FinTech is changing the face of money, but it’s not all about apps, it’s also about some of the oldest financial instruments of the world. Meet Wesley Rashid who is disrupting accountancy.
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Please tell our readers what The Accountancy Cloud is

We help businesses turn chaos into financial clarity. We offer a robotic accounting service that uses our intuitive API, can connect to financial services clients are already using to offer daily bookkeeping, custom dashboards and unlimited reporting, removing the barriers to financial clarity.

We pair them up with an Accountancy Cloud expert so they get a trusted partner, at every stage of their growth to help them with future planning.

Do you regard yourself as a FinTech company?

The Accountancy Cloud is a tech company solving the problem of accounting, which needs to be solved with next-gen technology.

What problems are you solving for your industry?

Accounting was invented back in medieval venice when Excel and beans were used to count numbers and paperwork was used to record financial transactions. It hasn’t changed all that much today.

We are bringing accounting back into the 21st Century, and into the Cloud then adding gasoline into the Cloud with a box of matches, all so we can create a best in class-super f’charged service that is 7x faster than conventional tools.

What do you think of Tech Nation’s Upscale Program you were previously part of?

Excellent program, there’s nothing quite like it. The quality of the founders and peer to peer learning aspects of the program were really helpful.

Could you tell us about your funding history?

We were/are on the Barclays Techstars accelerator so although Techstars and Barclays are on our cap table, we’ve essentially bootstrapped ourselves to £1 ARR to date.

Are you current looking at raising more money?

Yes we are! Contact me 🙂

You have offices in London and New York, more expansion soon?

Our focus in the next year is on the UK market as we are strongly positioned with a huge commercial opportunity ahead.  Then we’ll see.

What’s next for The Accountancy Cloud?

Fundraising and then growth!

REVIEW: PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth Earphones

Mini means maximum quality when it comes to PaMu’s Slide earphones.


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Mini earphones are probably the most unsociable technologies ever released. People stop talking when they’re listening and that was when wires were hanging from their ears.

Now it’s impossible to see who’s listening to what. Thanks to Bluetooth there are no wires and it just becomes pointless to talk to anybody; they won’t listen to you.

On the plus side, if those people are happy in their otic-channel, watching the world as if that’s the virtually reality and the music going through their ears is the real one, then they might as well do it with the right product that gives excellent quality and happy time.

The PaMu Slide Mini is one such product and it doesn’t cost the earth… well, as far as we know. The price, on the other hand, comes in at an economical $55 from the company’s website. That’s a huge saving of $94 on the previously listed price of $149.

They are extraordinarily comfortable, easy to charge and the box fits into any pocket… let’s say, a MINI pocket, because they’re so small.

For the technically minded, please go and read another blog because we only like specifics on this site; to wit:

– 2 Bluetooth Earbuds
– 1 Dual-Function Portable Charger
– 1 USB Charging Cable
– 6 Ear Tips
– 1 Carry bag

The self-charging box means it only takes five minutes to charge up the Mini Slides for up to an hour and, apparently, even galaxy-famous NBA stars think they’re awesome as well.

After an initial road-test, I handed them over to my teenage son in exchange for washing my car for the next two weekends. He seemed happy with this deal and they are part of his uniform now.

No matter that he doesn’t listen to a word I say anyway. At least, with the PaMu Mini Slides he has an excuse… he’s already in a different universe. I may as well talk to myself.

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