I don't want to write a tribute to Jools, I couldn't do better than this article so there's no point. Since I heard about his passing away, I keep thinking of the things he did for me without asking anything in return. I felt compelled to write them out in a list. This is it.
1. I met him on an online forum before I even started at Oxford. There were a lot of voices in my head telling me I wouldn't fit in and I should go somewhere else. At one point I seriously considering turning down my offer. He calmed me down and made me excited to start studying there.
2. He got me a quote in the Oxford Student during freshers week, pretty sure he made me the first fresher to be quoted and never mentioned it again.
3. Introduced me to the Oxford Majlis society, which is where I met some of my best friends to this day.
4. Pushed me to run for a position on the Merton JCR in my first year. I was too nervous because no one else in my year had run for a position yet. He convinced me that was irrelevant and was the first to congratulate me when I got it.
5. Told me about, and pushed me to apply for the Real World Graduate of the Year awards where I ended up as a finalist and won £1,000 which I desperately needed because I was as broke as fuck by that point. The press and kudos from that award has been a massive asset in my career ever since.
6. Gave me some ridiculously cheeky advice before my interview for the Graduate of the Year competition that I'm certain is the only reason I made it to the final. Only Jools could have thought of it.
7. Emailed us (me and Kul) the moment any new competitor to our first business venture, boso, appeared along with a full break down of everything he knew about how well it was doing and who was involved.
8. Got me personal press in the Evening Standard during my second year. I never asked him once to do that.
9. When our documentary about our startup went live on Channel 4, he edited out all the shit parts designed to make us look stupid and put up a new version on youtube which we then put up on the website to show our users, which helped us immensely. We never asked him to do that.
10. Told us that ibtalk.com was available for sale, we bought it for an absolute steal.
11. Probably read through and edited my CV and cover letters more than I did.
I'm pretty sure there are a bunch of other things I can't remember right now. Seems like something new comes into my head each day.