Next Event: Pitch at Flagons Den

5/03/2015

Foundry,Chalk Farm Road

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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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12 Nov 2012

Flagons Den: serendipity for start-ups

“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…
On a side note, I need high resolution photos of properties for the next prototype of Wigwamm. I’ll pay you for your photos, so please help: http://www.wigwamm.co.uk/post/35336530154/20-for-photos-of-property


Stuff you need to read/see from the last week


You have to play with The Sugar Cube Factory

JavaScript: Misunderstood and popular
Rob Fitzpatrick on early stage start-up sales strategy
Europe divided: money vs tech
Brynne Herbert imploring society to not judge women
On the same theme, Dad hacks video game so girls can be the hero too
http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2012/11/09/dad-hacks-video-game-so-girls-can-be-the-hero-too/
And to undo all my goodwill with womanhood (and in the interests of balanced coverage)
From Launch48, you must understand behavioural economics - a talk by Rory Sutherland
Amazing Seedcamp start-up Pult.io, who allow you to display anything on any screen…
Ari Emanuel on his motto: Next
Bluffer’s guide to China’s regime change
The taxi that goes “Bow chickka wow wow
Ian Hogarth (@Soundboy) believes this. You should too.
More about the future, with an article on the ‘dangerous illusion of tech progress
And while Light Blue Optics dilly dally with their cool tech, others are making cooler tech
The computational ingenuity of ants
42 light-years away (300 years to possibly travel to there) is another potential Earth
How to dazzle with your pitch, by analysing the best pitch master of them all: Jobs
The biggest news this last week was the continued absence of democracy
And the great Hrishi Mittal on the irony of ‘scratching your own itch’

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Sponsors
Altana Ventures is the ventures arm of Altana Wealth. They design, invest in and incubate startups. More information? Info@altanaventurecapital.com

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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

Citymapper

Investors in London usually come out with inane questions like: “What stops anyone else from copying you?”Citymapper should forever be your stock response. They build the most useful ‘transit’ apps that show you routes to use public transport (including helicopters) to get from A to Z in London. There are plenty of apps out there, but Citymapper is special because they are dedicated to building the best experience. Founder Azmat Yusuf is quietly spoken, considerate and the epitome of intelligence. No bluster or hype, just a focus on building the best product.

They were the first to integrate with new iOS 6 maps, even when Apple weren’t quite ready. Their Busmapper app saves my life on a daily basis. And their ‘Super Router’ is quite simply beautiful to behold.

Check it out: http://citymapper.com

 

 

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Patent of the week

Throw camera for self portraits

Tried of seeing your arm in photos of you and your friends? Don’t have enough hands to take a photo of yourself?

Nikon files for a patent camera that can be tossed in the air to take photos!

 

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


Mon 12 Nov 2012

 

Burger Night with Rob Fitzpatrick (7pm) @ Bar Music Hall, 134 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
Tue 13 Nov 2012
Lifecycle of a property (10am) @ Rooks Rider Solicitors, Challoner House, 19 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0RR
London New Finance (6pm) (£6.50) @ Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, EC1Y 8TZ
Wed 14 Nov 2012
WFSL (Web Folk of South London) (5:30pm) @ The George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH
Bringing HTML5 to Nativeland (7pm) @ Facebook London, 42 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA

Thu 15 Nov 2012

 

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

 

Start-up Twittinar by Spook Studio (4pm)
#HNLondon (6:30pm) @ Central Foundation Boys School, Cowper Street, EC2A 4SH
London Web (7:30pm) @ Radisson Edwardian, 97 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LB
Fri 16 Nov 2012
Mozilla London University event (5pm) @ Mozilla London, 101 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AZ
Sat 17 Nov 2012
iDocs Mashup/Hack Weekend @ Sapient Global Markets, Eden House, 8 Spital Square, E1 6DU

 

Midata Hackathon 2012 @ The Open Data Institute, 3F, 65 Clifton St, EC2A 4JE

Future Events

Cleanweb London - Mon 19 Nov
London Python Group - Tue 20 Nov
Internet of Things - Wed 21 Nov
ProductTank - Wed 21 Nov
WordPress London - Thu 22 Nov
London Startup Dinner - Thu 22 Nov
#HNLondon - Thu 22 Nov

Silicon Roundabout Meetup - Fri 30 Nov

The Flagons Den Show – Thu 6 Dec
London Ajax User Group - Tue 8 Jan 2013

 

 

If you are reading this, you are the resistance.

Rayhan

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