Thank you for joining us for a night filled with fun, laughter, music, and yours truly stealing one or two of Archbishop Tutu’s best jokes. It was a great privilege to see 2,000 of you at The Troxy, and thousands more watching online, as I got to share how I have been finding my virginity over the past five decades.
My mum Eve and my wife Joan got some well-deserved rounds of applause – thanks for putting up with me for all these years. This book has been a labour of love, and I think you’ll see when you read it how central my family and loved ones are to my life.
There was a constant stream of entrepreneurialism – showcased by the brilliant young businessman Jamal Edwards kindly reading an excerpt from Finding My Virginity live onstage.
There was also plenty of fantastic music (I did get my first big break with a record label after all!) I loved both Sofar Sounds alumni performances from FEMME, who reminded me of Annie Lennox, and WOWH, who got the top rows dancing.
There were some almost surreal moments. While WOWH played above us, an enterprising entrepreneur flew a paper aeroplane business pitch onto the stage for me. I read it out loud, and we’ll take a look at it. I’ve had some incredibly long, busy days this week, and when I saw a dog waving back at me from the crowd, I wondered if I was dreaming it. I offered to sign a paw-printed copy of Finding My Virginity if the dog wanted, and was happy to learn the dog was a vegetarian!
There were also some more sombre moments. Hurricane Irma and Maria are still fresh in the memory, and thousands of people are still suffering from its impact. California is suffering from horrendous wildfires – under these devastating circumstances we have cancelled Virgin Sport’s inaugural US San Francisco Festival of Fitness this weekend.
However, I am a firm believer in looking on the bright side of life. We should all be a lot more optimistic than the news we all read makes us feel. We have a lot to be optimistic about. There are extraordinary things taking place every day.
The amount of entrepreneurs I have met around the world are improving people’s lives every day. We should all look up to the stars, not down at the gutter. Entrepreneurs are changing the world, so quickly and so dramatically. I believe that people are generally good. We need all the good people to come together and be the change they want to see in the world.
Follow your dreams. Find what you’re good at and don’t let anybody stop you. As I have often said, screw it, just do it.