Daniel Korski, special advisor to the PM, did a great job of bringing together a network of startup founders online, but now it’s time to get to know each other in real life.
So those who didn’t get to pitch at number 10 Downing Street, join us at 4-5 Bonhill Street on the 28th July 2014 to share your pitches with each other and a group of investors and press that I’ve invited down for the evening.
Come down give us your 30 second pitch and network with founders, press and investors..
There’ll also be free drinks sponsored by Vedett and Vita Coco.
This meetup is brought to you by Flagons Den in partnership with IncuBusLDN.
“Windsurfing over lunch”
That’s what Daniel Maxwell, founder of Livesheets is doing. He’s a London-based founder who is exploring Silicon Valley. I won’t add any more for fear of being inflammatory.
And on a more serious note, am I the only one who thinks of this when they hear London Ajax User Group? http://bit.ly/VN0d9p
I have a bone to pick with London entrepreneurs. The secret sauce of any market (and especially Silicon Valley) is confidence and trust. And entrepreneurship is about people and deal-making; translation = collaboration.
So why the hell does every f**ker in London try to build their own fiefdom? Talk to those in the same space as you. You’re ALL likely to fail, so give yourself a chance to not fail by COLLABORATING.
Sorry for shouting, but someone needs to speak up, and that someone should be ALL OF YOU. My good friend Chris Ellis calls this Coopetition…
I don’t know whether it is a common entrepreneurial trait, but I often find myself bored and needing to entertain myself. But just entertaining myself is boring, so naturally group stuff is always more exciting…
Aren’t you bored already? Sitting in front of your screen, ‘checking e-mail’? Why not get out of the building, meet people who want to help you on your entrepreneurial journey and maybe even be introduced to future co-founders…
Good luck, because you won’t find any of that in this email.
Well, The Flagons Den Classic on Thursday 1 November might help, what with us giving you a developer and product manager to help you build a Minimal Viable Product to test your idea out….
Want to come, just tweet out your ‘big idea’ in the following format. We’ll pick the best ideas based on retweets and ambition.
Thank you to all who attended The Flagons Den Show last Thursday.
Ian Hogarth bestowed stories of travelling the world in search of partners for Songkick; Chris Wild taught us about time travel (I kid you not) and brought along the beautiful goggles from his beautiful web experience, Retronaut.com; and the mystery guest was successful Dragons Den contestant Dupsy Abiola.
Obviously, we’re looking to make the next Flagons Den Show even more impressive. read more
Alliott Cole, a VC with Octopus Ventures, who I find a incredibly visible and approachable person (notable because he works in a field that doesn’t portray those values often), presented a short introduction to start-up funding. Slides here: http://alliott.co/2012/10/07/130/
London New Finance authored/commissioned a market intelligence report on The FinTech Strategic Space. If you’re interested in Finance and Technology, then read the report here
Appropriate start-up media consumption from the last hour
Most of you are either hiring, looking for a co-founder or wanting to be hired yourself. So coincidental that #job was trending on twitter and near the top of Hacker News is this conversation on who is hiring: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4596375
A lot of people have approached me about jobs in start-ups. While not a sponsor of Flagons Den, I find it incumbent to recommend http://workinstartups.com
The Flagons Den Show - note change of dateThursday 11 October - Be there, although we haven’t fixed where there is yet…
Ian Hogarth and Chris Wild of Songkick and The Retronaut feature alongside a mystery guest.