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Flagons Den is serendipity for start-ups

A social for London’s technology entrepreneurs.

Our Classic pitch practice is a light-hearted social framed around sharing ideas and discussing them in an intimate group of your peers.

We make sure everyone gets a chance to introduce themselves and their ideas. After all, how else are you supposed to get serendipity?

Flagons Den is serendipity for start-ups

A social for London’s technology entrepreneurs.

Our Classic pitch practice is a light-hearted social framed around sharing ideas and discussing them in an intimate group of your peers.

We make sure everyone gets a chance to introduce themselves and their ideas. After all, how else are you supposed to get serendipity?

Flagons Den is serendipity for start-ups

A social for London’s technology entrepreneurs.

Our Classic pitch practice is a light-hearted social framed around sharing ideas and discussing them in an intimate group of your peers.

We make sure everyone gets a chance to introduce themselves and their ideas. After all, how else are you supposed to get serendipity?

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15 Oct 2012

Flagons Den: serendipity for start-ups

Dear Flagons,

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.

Stuff you need to read/see from the last week


So Felix Baumgartner tried to break the sound barrier by falling from very high up. Check out how the speed of sound changes as you increase altitude with this Livesheet
Seriously, we need to have more dance-offs at Flagons Den
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/watch-googles-eric-schmidt-dance-gangnam-style/
And a serious well done to Chris Leydon and co for putting on Tomorrow’s Web
https://new.livestream.com/keyone/twmeetup3
Love these video illustrations: Kauffman sketchbook – Money Game (shows why there is a ‘class bias’ within start-ups)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U470xXKfDyE

Everyone, in the world, should read thisIt’s about behaviour, which any modern entrepreneur should focus on understanding above all else
Not from last week, and seriously heavy going, but ever so relevant: Experiments 101
http://mindtheproduct.com/2012/08/experiments-101/
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The Flagons Den Classic 

So you enjoyed The Flagons Den Show. Pitch Practice has a cult following. But all of that just isn’t enough. We want more!

We are proud to present the next evolution of Flagons Den: The Classic.

 

On 1 November 2012 true early stage entrepreneurs will gather and pitch their ideas.

The group discussion helps to shape the idea further. Once everyone has pitched, the room chooses the idea they loved the most. To the winning person we give a developer and a product manager so a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) can be built.

At the following Flagons Den Show, the MVP is presented, along with lessons learned.

So many entrepreneurs have good ideas, but aren’t ‘investment ready’. How do they get ready? Well, they are usually left to their own devices. We don’t think that’s right, and want to help people get going.

We want Flagons Den to be the place where those who need help truly find it.

 

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Sponsors
Altana Ventures is the ventures arm of Altana Wealth. They design, invest in and incubate their own startups. More information? Info@altanaventurecapital.com
Hub Westminster is an amazing community of entrepreneurs based between Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. The space is beautiful and inspiring. You should go see it, chat to people there and join the community yourself: http://hubwestminster.net/
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Helping early stage entrepreneurs with what’s next

For newbies, what happens at Flagons Den: Everyone in the room take turns to stand up, introduce who they are, what they do and if they had a crazy idea to pitch, what that would be. From there, conversation ensues based on anything that piques the interest of others in the room.

We keep the group size small enough to ensure the conversations are intimate and varied. Everyone leaves having been able to share ideas in a relaxed environment. That is what makes Flagons Den special: no pressure, just chatter.

 

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Featured Start-up

Partners Labour of Love 

Watch Mary the Midwife’s introductory video first: http://www.partnerslabouroflove.com/

Marie started life as a nurse and progressed into being a midwife. Somewhere along the line she felt she needed to know more to help others better. A few different roles, supplemented with an MBA, led to the creation of Partners Labour of Love. 

Pregnancy, and especially post-natal care, is often the domain of women. But father figures are often stated as important in the life of a child. There is so little information to help make the ‘partner’ more informed and comfortable; I mean, really, have you seen those baby books.. they’re scary.

This app and all the information it endows is what Marie has given to couples throughout her career, in a scalable and fun format.

For other start-up founders, there is SO much to be learnt from Marie’s journey that I cannot possibly do it justice here. From creating a character to give the animations a human touch, to market research, legals and pitfalls with developers. Marie kindly shared her thoughts here and I encourage you all to have a good read: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/14077344/PLOL%20for%20Ray.docx

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Next Week in Start-up Land
(email future events to rayhan@rafiqomar.com)


Mon 15 Oct 2012

 

Unsexy Start-ups (7pm) @ Orrick, 107 Cheapside, EC2V 6DN
Burger Night with Rob Fitzpatrick (7pm) @ Bar Music Hall, 134 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
Cleanweb London - Pub meet (7pm) @ The Reliance, 336 Old Street, EC1V 9DR
Tue 16 Oct 2012
London S*SW Start-ups (7pm) @ secret location
The quest for the Star Trek computer (2pm) @ Campus, 5 Bonhill Street, EC2A 4BX
Wed 17 Oct 2012
Tell Series with Angus Bankes (5:45pm) @ London Business School, Park Road, NW1 4SA
dd:London – The Launch (7pm) @ The Light Bar, 233 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ

Thu 18 Oct 2012

 

London OpenCoffee weekly meetup (10am) @ UCL Roberts Building, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE

 

UCL Entrepreneurship Guest Lectures featuring Rich Walker of Shadow Robot Company (5:15pm) @ G06, Roberts Engineering Building, Torrington Place

 

 

#HNLondon (6:30pm) @ Central Foundation Boys School (sorry kids, the girls school is elsewhere), Cowper Street, EC2A 4SH

London Web - Delivering web projects on time (7:30pm) @ Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel, 97 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LB


 

Future Events

 

AngelHack - 10-11 Nov

 

Have a great week, one and all, 

Rayhan

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