We’ve got two fantastic dinners lined up for you later this month around finance – one for Fintech startups and one all about demystifying hedgefunds.

Fintech Startups Dinner

We’ll enjoy dinner and drinks at the stunning Noodle House in Soho followed by an after-dinner talk and informal Q&A with the brilliant Christoph Rieche, founder of iwoca. This dinner is for people working in or interested in FinTech startups and a great opportunity to network and share insights about the industry.

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Christoph is the CEO and co-founder of iwoca, which offers a new type of credit facility for small businesses, allowing them to take advantage of opportunities previously only available to their larger peers. From placing larger stock orders to bridging cashflow gaps, they use technology to eliminate the cost and complexity associated with traditional business finance. The dinner will be a wonderful opportunity to talk to Chris one on one about his experiences and insights over a tasty meal.

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Seats are starting to fill up, so do book your spot at the table by clicking here. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd. See you there!

Demystifying Hedgefunds Dinner

This dinner is for people interested in finding out about “starting a hedge fund” and Daniel Broby is our after dinner speaker. Everyone who has an interest in hedgefunds is welcome to come share a meal together and share ideas & insights. Daniel will discuss the learnings and experience he gained after setting up a hedge fund.

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Daniel is a senior figure in the asset management industry and a champion of capital markets. He is Chief executive of GEMfonds, a specialist investment firm that focused on Global Emerging markets with a tilt towards the next generation economies. Daniel has had a number of ‘C’ level positions at the largest asset managers in Scandinavia and Russia. These include Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Portfolio Manager. His focus on high level principals, integrity and best practice underlie his professional success.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this subject over some lovely food and conversation, click here to book your tickets. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd. See you there!

Let”s #MeetandEat

On Tuesday, we gathered food startups, bloggers and journalists together for a lovely meal at the Green in Clerkenwell to share ideas and collaborate. We were happy to partner with Zomato for the event, and welcome Kimberly Hurd who heads up Zomato UK to share her story after dinner.

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Zomato helps anyone who loves food and drink to never say ‘the usual’ again. They are the go-to source for restaurant information and help people make smart and personalised decisions for whatever type of eating or drinking experience they are in the mood for. In London alone, they list in-depth information for over 23,000 restaurants ranging from menus, photos, ratings and reviews to over 45 other details like the modes of payment they accept and opening times.

Zomato gave all the diners the opportunity to win a £75 voucher at the tasty Whyte and Brown restaurant in Carnaby Street by tweeting a photo of the dinner that night. And… we’re happy to announce a winner: Alessandro Longoni! Here is his winning photo:

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We also caught up with Kimberly from Zomato to see how she found the night:

“TableCrowd is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people in an informal, fun environment and creates a closer community within the quickly changing and growing entrepreneurship and tech sectors in London. At Zomato, we love being part of this community and partnering with Kate and the team – not only have we made valuable connections within the industry because of TC’s events, but we’ve had a great time doing it!”

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And here’s a quote from our founder Kate about the partnership:

“It was the third food startups dinner we’ve hosted, but our first in partnership with Zomato. It was tremendous to have them involved in the evening and inspiring to hear from Kimberly their plans for world domination! The atmosphere was buzzing with ideas and chat and the lamb was delicious. I made some really valuable connections, some of whom I’ve already been in touch with.”

Check out our upcoming tables here.

We’re hosting a dinner for fashionistas and journalists and we’ve got a special speaker for you: Eric Musgrave, the Editorial Director of Drapers. If these are your areas of interest, you won’t want to miss this dinner!

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The dinner will be a chance for people working in fashion and journalism to share a lovely meal as well as conversation & ideas.

Our after dinner speaker is Eric Musgrave, Editorial Director for Drapers, the fashion industry’s business bible. Eric is a wonderful speaker and he’s going to share some valuable insights through telling his story. Eric will be dining with us, so you’ll have a chance to talk to him about what you’re working on informally over dinner.

We’ll be feasting on a 3 course Pan Asian dinner and drinks in the lovely private dining room of the Clerk and Well.

Seats are filling up quick, so do book your spot at the table by clicking here. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd. See you there!

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Let”s #MeetandEat

We’re inviting startup founders and entrepreneurs to come and meet some marketing and PR experts over a relaxed meal. It’ll be a great chance to get some insider tips, new ideas and inspiration for your startup. Joining us will be experts in Growth Marketing, SEO, Social Media & PR.
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Each expert will give a short introduction and you’ll get a chance to chat to them informally, one on one over dinner, about what you’re working on and what help you need. It’s a bit like informal consultancy, but a lot cheaper and over a delicious meal!

More about our experts:

> Malcolm Graham – LimeTree – SEO
> Sami McCabe – Clarity.PR – PR
> Daniella Gregory – Born Social – Social Media

A 2 course dinner with drinks will be served at one of our Tech City venues on Mon 22nd Sept.

For more information and to book your spot at the table, click here. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd. See you there!

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Happy to partner with:

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Last night was our third Food Tech dinner and seats filled up fast. What a great atmosphere! Foodies gathered around the table at the Green in Clerkenwell to enjoy delicious food and wine and talk about their startups, tips, ideas and potential collaborations. Everyone enjoyed meeting our after dinner speaker Kimberly from Zomato, as well as hearing her story, challenges and plans for the future. There was a very lively Q&A at the end too.

We were joined by some incredible food startups including City Pantry, MyPopUpKitchen, PandaPay, DineIn, BananaBerry, Pronto, Foodication and more.

Here are some snaps of the night for you to enjoy:
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Here are some snippets of conversation on the night:
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Good times were had and the 2 course dinner went down a treat, courtesy of The Green. And thanks to Zomato for partnering with us.

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Check out our upcoming tables here.

Last night was our first ever Legal Innovation Dinner, in fact it may be one of the first around this theme in London! Diners gathered around a table to enjoy a gorgeous Italian meal at Piccolino’s and chatted the evening away, sharing insights & discussing potential collaborations. The dinner was hosted by Jonathan Lea from the Jonathan Lea Network.

We were joined by some great companies including Lexoo, The Legal Stop, Lawyers on Demand, The London Law Practice, Law Hackers, Legal Cheek and more.

When we asked Jonathan about the night, he said:

“It was great to meet and get to know a wide spread of different people in and connected to the legal industry who are trying to do things in a more innovative way. I already have plans to build on the connections made and hopefully many of the conversations had through the evening will eventually lead to positive things happening for everyone at the dinner. We definitely want to repeat this theme soon.”

Here are some snippets of conversation from last night:

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Good times were had and the 3 course dinner went down a treat, courtesy of Piccolino. Many thanks to Jonathan for hosting this dinner and everyone who joined us, hope to see you at a table again soon.

Check out our upcoming tables here.

A big thank you to our ongoing partner Rackspace.

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Daniel is attending tonight’s Legal Innovation dinner where businesses in the space come together to share ideas, latest innovations and find ways to collaborate. We wanted to find out more about him and his startup Lexoo.

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?

Lexoo (www.lexoo.co.uk) enables startups and other businesses to easily compare and receive multiple quotes from specialised solicitors. All solicitors are prescreened and vetted by us, and they know they are competing for your business, so they will always offer their best price.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?

I worked as a lawyer for a large law firm.

If you have co-founders, where did you meet them?

I met my co-founder Chris O’Sullivan through an introduction by one of our investors (Forward Partners).

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

I probably spent too much time planning out what I wanted to create instead of just immediately engaging with the market. So I feel I could’ve moved quicker had I e.g. just started connecting start-ups to the right solicitors using a spreadsheet before building any product.

What will 2014 bring?

Growth! We’ve validated that we’ve built something that people find really useful, now we’re focussing on making more people aware of www.lexoo.co.uk.

1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in the the sector

Persevere! The legal sector can seem slow and sluggish, and very hesitant to change (which incidentally also makes the opportunity very large). But there is a growing group of lawyers who realise the legal market is lagging behind and are actually quite willing to participate in something new!

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.

With Lexoo you can compare and requests quotes from specialised and recommended solicitors. It is quick, free and easy. Just go to www.lexoo.co.uk to give it a go!

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Thanks for joining us Daniel. Hope to see you at our table again soon!

To learn more about our upcoming tables, go here.

 

Are you a freelance marketer or PR or are you working for a startup in either of those roles? We’re hosting a dinner for freelancers to get together for an informal meal to share their stories, contacts and insights.

A 2 course dinner with drinks will be served at one of our Tech City venues on Thurs 18th Sept.

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If you are enjoying the freedom of working freelance or as the sole marketer in a startup, but sometimes miss the support of a team, then join this relaxed networking dinner to meet others in the same boat. Share experiences, help each other and build a support network.

Who’s invited:

> freelance marketers and PRs
> marketers and PRs working in startups

For more information and to book your spot at the table, click here. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd. See you there!

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We met Sam at our recent Sport & Recreation dinner where businesses in the space came together to connect, share ideas and find ways to collaborate. We wanted to find out more about him and his startup OpenPlay.

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?

OpenPlay is a web and mobile platform which connects sports facilities to the public. It makes it easier for the public to find and book facilities such as tennis courts, football pitches and sports halls particularly in parks, schools and community sites.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?

I was at a previous startup called WhipCar, the world’s first neighbour-to-neighbour car rental service. If you owned a car you could rent it out to someone else. Unfortunately it failed despite going nationwide with 19,000 car owners signed up but I learnt some valuable lessons and it gave me good startup experience.

If you have co-founders, where did you meet them?

My co-founder Ian is the CTO and I met him via a co-founder network. After meeting up a couple of times we launched OpenPlay four months after meeting and have been together ever since (as business partners).

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

Wasting time trying to engage with sports bodies. You can spend a lot of time and energy trying to engage with them and not get anywhere.

What will 2014 bring?

There’s not much of it left, but hopefully more venues and activities with online booking on OpenPlay. We’re also working on some key partnerships to help accelerate things which we’re very excited about and we’re bringing out an accompanying iPhone app to make life even easier for people wanting to get active.

1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in the sector

You will have to be extremely patient as there are huge barriers to entry for startups in the sports industry. It is hugely public sector dominated and it takes time to get credible. Don’t go into expecting over night success and be prepared for a fight!

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.
Save time and effort finding and booking sports facilities such as tennis courts, football pitches and activities in London by logging on to OpenPlay. You can even find other sports partners in London to play with. You’ve got no more excuses to sit on the sofa now!

Thanks for joining us Sam. Hope to see you around our table again soon!

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To learn more about our upcoming tables, go here.

Are you the founder of a tech startup or business in London? We’re hosting a dinner for founders like you to get together over some delicious food & drinks and share experiences, contacts and insights. We’ll be gathering at a tech city venue for food and conversation on Wednesday Sept 17th.

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Who’s invited? 
> Tech founders with a live product
> Investors

Talk about what you’re working on, connect with people that can help you, share problems and solutions in an informal setting.

We’ve already got some wonderful tech companies joining us including Elance, Brand Gathering and UndertheDoormat, as well as some great investors. We’re looking forward to seeing you there! Any questions please contact hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd.

For more details and to book, click here.

Let’s #MeetandEat

Happy to partner with Elance-oDesk.

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