Last night, an exciting crowd of #MadTech startups dined at The Clerk and Well in Farringdon. We partnered with Collider to host this dinner, and welcomed at the table many of the wonderful startups that Collider supports.

In case you were wondering, #MadTech is the new #AdTech (keep up!) and relates to marketing and advertising technology businesses. Collider, the accelerator dedicated to startups which help brands understand, engage with and sell to customers, are leading the #MadTech revolution and TableCrowd are firmly on board!

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Rose Lewis, co-founder of Collider was at dinner and we also welcomed >>
Seenit – they have a platform for brands and organisations to co-create video content with their employees, fans, journalists and experts from around the world.
Sumo Insight - an effective way to capture consumer opinions at the time they are formed though mobile.
LivingLens – they make film and video searchable by indexing the spoken word and they provide an easy way to cut clips.
Stash Metrics – they offer some very smart social media monitoring and analytics tools.
MyBeautyCompare – one part of their offering is a b2b data solution that helps brands better understand purchasing behaviour in the beauty sector.
Miappi – provide very cool tools that can be used at events, in apps and on websites to collate and dynamically display content from all social channels.
SoPost – uses social media to provide a new way for brands to offer real and digital product trials and gifts.
Rezonence – they have invented FreeWall® with a mission to help publishers increase revenue and advertisers to truly engage with audiences across all digital channels.

Each startup invited a journalist and we welcomed reporters and editors from: Strategy Eye, PR Moment, Marketing Magazine, Exchange Wire and Impact Magazine/Research Live.

A few snippets from the evening:

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This was our first dinner for the #adtech #madtech sector and we’re looking forward to more. To see all our upcoming dinners, take a look here.

Proud to partner with international law firm, Taylor Wessing.

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Last night we hosted a fundraising dinner for startup and entrepreneurs at Apulia in Smithfields. Our after dinner speaker was David Norris, early stage investor at Forward Partners, a new style of venture firm that gets ideas off the ground. David has over 20 years experience in digital business strategy and planning, product management and operations. He has served as Chief Operating Office to some extremely high growth venture backed ecommerce businesses including HouseTrip and Bookatable.

We first met David at our dinner for Owners & Managers of Coworking Spaces and we were delighted to welcome him back to speak.

We were joined by diners from TreatNOW, Story Terrace, Much Better Adventures, a black and white story, Bookingrid and Hacka Job to name a few. Thank you to everyone that made the evening so great.

A few snippets from the evening:

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To see what’s coming up soon on TableCrowd, why not take a look.

Proud to partner with Rackspace.

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Common ground with logo 460pxWe are always looking for great people to join the TableCrowd team.

We have a junior position in Events & Marketing to start immediately. The role will be from the office in Brick Lane.

The role includes social media management, blogging, email marketing, event organisation & event management.

Required skills:

> Social media management experience

> Great writer (great style and perfect grammar and spelling)

> Meticulously organised

> Understanding of the UK startup scene

> Sociable and personable

For full details, please send a CV and covering letter to hello@tablecrowd.com. Please include links to your twitter, Instagram and Linkedin profiles and a sample of previous written work.

Last night, London’s FashionTech scene dined together and shared delicious Asian food. Our after dinner speaker was Alex Semenzato. Alex is the founder of FashTech and Market Development at Cortexica. He shared his insights on the emerging trends and types of innovation we are seeing within the fashion and technology industries from both a b2c and b2b perspective.

We first met Alex at our FashionTech press dinner last year and we were delighted to welcome him back to speak.

We welcomed diners from CortexicaRunning in Heels, Bill+Mar, Vernez, Graziashop.com & Bodi.me to name a few. Thank you to everyone that made the evening so great.

A few snippets from the evening:

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It was great to meet Lara Mazzoni at last night’s “Fashioning Technology” dinner. She’s dined with us for the first time and we wanted to find out more about her startup, Bodi.Me.

“Technology has always been the focus of my interests & the web is definitely the way most businesses will evolve. The internet-industrialisation will bring to mass-customisation to everybody’s door. With my startup, Bodi.Me, I have managed to develop and deliver a product key for this internet-industrialisation period we are living in.”

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?
- Our ground-breaking sizing solutions increase sales and reduce returns.
- We provide consumers with online real solutions in fashion, health and fitness all based around body measurements.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?
I have been in luxury and mass market design companies for over 20 years always developing technology products. The most recent was my own company, a solo venture. 

If you have co-founders, where did you meet them?
I have been extremely lucky to have met Vanessa my co-founder through friends in Barcelona and Jordi at a Business Angels’ network event. Two keys partners in this challenging venture, great professional people to work with.

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?
Technology is evolving at a speed never seen before, and it will only go faster. We need to make the best out of it in order to make our lives and planet a better place.

What will 2015 bring?
FashTech revolution!

1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in your sector?
Don’t!  Join mine, we are always looking for brilliant people.

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.
As a consumer: You want to minimise the inconvenience of purchasing the wrong size garment and going through the returns process. Bodi.Me saves you pain and time, tracks your measurements and keeps your body data safe.

As a Business: You want to minimise the cost of returned garments because of size. You want to convince the adverse e-commerce buyer (that hasn’t bought online before) to use your platform. Bodi.Me reduces returns, increases conversions and is fast, easy and cost effective. Just try it for free!

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What’s your favourite startup in your sector (not including your own)?
Disruptive business like mine, from AirB&B to Uber, from TransferWise to Just Eat.

What’s your favourite London restaurant?
I love food, as Italians do! I cook Italian at home and I eat Asian out. I love anything from Busaba Eathai to Nobu.

You can read more business spotlights here.

TableCrowd and Showthemes are co-hosting a dinner for London’s EventTech scene to break bread, network, share experiences & contacts. It’s happening on the 3rd of February. TableCrowd are proud to partner with Showthemes, a boutique premium wordpress event theme shop based in London.

Each EventTech startup is inviting a client, customer or someone relevant to the EventTech world. Our invite list includes some of the hot new players in London’s EventTech scene, including Showthemes, TableCrowd, iWazatPearlsharethinkwallGet Me Connected, Showplans, GleanIn and Showslice. We are looking forward to another valuable evening, where the latest innovations can be shared and contacts exchanged.

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You can see all our upcoming dinners here.

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The community around Old Street is buzzing with new businesses, fresh ideas and startup energy.

There are opportunities to get involved at all different levels – whether as an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, joining a startup team or providing valuable services to support one of the many thriving businesses.

It’s important to build a strong network around you that can both support you, and open doors to new opportunities. Meet the people you need to succeed over relaxed dinners in restaurants in and around TechCity. 1000’s of entrepreneurs have already dined with us and 10,000s of new connections, partnerships, introductions and deals have been done as a result. It’s networking you’ll enjoy!

Dine with your industry or choose a dinner with an after dinner speaker that interests you. Previous speakers have included Facebook, TechCityNews, Time Out, Tech Stars, MMC Ventures, Tech City UK, Drapers & Frontline Ventures to name a few.

Find out more about our networking dinners here.

We believe that networks are vital for success and that there is no better way to build them than over food!

- Just a handful of the companies that have already dined with us.

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We will be hosting dinner for London’s EdTech startups on the 4th February at Google Campus to break bread, network, share experiences & contacts. To ensure that there is a colourful mix of players at dinner each startup must bring a journalist guest. The guest list will be announced soon.

Our past EdTech dinners have been a huge success where guests have shared the latest innovations and exchanged valuable contacts. Last September, Ben Whately, COO at Memrise gave an insightful talk about his journey into the world of learning languages and how it all began for him when he moved to a remote corner of China to teach himself Chinese! We have also welcomed Mendeley and busuu as after dinner speakers at past EdTech dinners.

We are looking forward to another buzzing evening sharing delicious food and drink.

If you think you should have received an invite, please get in touch: hello@tablecrowd.com

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To read more about our EdTech dinners and business spotlights on diners at our EdTech tables go here.

We met Anoo Rehncy at our Women in Business dinner back in December and we were excited to find out more about her business, A Black and White Story. We also love to hear from people that have escaped the City and gone on to do new and exciting things.

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?

Why can’t the world just be black and white? My desire to live in an uncomplicated and straightforward world inspired me to leave my City career and set up ablackandwhitestory.com. I want to champion the core message of leading a simple, pure, ‘black and white’ way of life and feel that minimalist fashion is the perfect vessel to express this concept. ‘Black and white’ is a huge, unexploited gap in fashion. Everyone wears black and white, regardless of age, gender, seasonal trend, era or time of day. You just have to look around you to notice it. Black and white are timeless and therein lies the beauty – the concept allows us to have a sustainable, limitless product offering! We want to be the world’s specialist lifestyle portal for everything black and white.

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What were you doing before you launched your startup?

I was working in an investment bank for 3 years as a specialist salesperson in Consumer Equities. I worked hard for the role and learnt a great deal, but found myself caught up in unnecessary complications and man-made hurdles. I have always been a highly creative person with an uncontrollable passion for design and must admit to doodling whilst on the phone with hedge-fund managers far too many times! 

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

I’ve known my co-founder Bip since my childhood. He was in a similar state of mind as I, which led him to also leave his investment banking career to pursue the black and white dream! We are very straight-talking and honest which I think is the key to having a successful working relationship.

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

We are fast workers and stick to strict deadlines, but the reality is that others sometimes don’t. You are bound to have to rely on other people, from factories to developers, so my biggest ‘hindsight’ moment is to plan well, manage others tightly and don’t be too disheartened if something takes a little extra time.

What will 2015 bring?

2015 is really going to be the start of A Black and White Story – it’s at such an early stage and there is so many opportunities ahead for us. We’ll focus on building awareness of the home brand ‘BAW London’ and exploring wholesale channels.

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1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in your sector?

Meet as many people as you can. It is so important to build relationships with those that share the same passion for your business. The more people you meet, the more doors will open.

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

You can never go wrong with black and white – timeless, always on trend and goes with everything. You will be blown away by the fabric softness, our ‘stand-out-from-the-crowd’ designs, the quality of printing and next day and worldwide courier services, all for the prices that we are offering.

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What’s your favourite startup (not including your own)?

It has to be Evernote. The best life organiser.

What’s your favourite London restaurant?

Moti Mahal, in Covent Garden. The butter chicken is beyond heavenly!

You can read more business spotlights here.

To start the New Year off with a bang here are a selection of some exciting dinners happening in January with TableCrowd.

“Fashioning Technology” with Alex Semenzato, founder of FashTech and Market Development at Cortexica

On the 20th January you will have the opportunity to wine and dine with the founder of FashTech, Alex Semenzato, as well as a chance to meet fellow entrepreneurs and professionals. Dinner will be followed by an informal Q & A discussion lead by Alex who will talk about his journey developing the ‘visual search for fashion’ market for Cortexica – the world’s leading developer of image recognition and visual search technology.

Alex will share his insight on the emerging trends and types of innovation we are seeing within the fashion and technology industries from both a b2c and b2b perspective. We’ll be gathering around a table over a lovely 2 course meal and wine at The Noodle House, Soho.

For more information and to book click here.

Dine with David Norris, early stage investor at Forward Partners – Get your idea off the ground

 

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On the 27th January we’ll enjoy dinner, drinks & a chance to meet fellow entrepreneurs, followed by an after-dinner talk and informal Q&A with David Norris, a Partner at Forward Partners investing in idea stage startups. Based in Hoxton, Forward Partners are a new style of venture firm that gets ideas off the ground. Focussing on ecommerce, they bring money, proven business processes and ingenuity to form your dream idea into your dream business.

David has over 20 years experience in digital business strategy and planning, product management and operations. He has served as Chief Operating Office to some extremely high growth venture backed ecommerce businesses including HouseTrip and Bookatable.

Take this chance to meet David and to talk to him informally over dinner about what you’re working on by booking here.

Proud to partner with Rackspace for both of these dinners. RackspaceFood Startups #MeetandEat with Victoria Stewart, Food Editor at The Evening Standard

If food is more your thing than fashion, on the 21st January, join the Evening Standard’s food editor, Victoria Stewart to learn about the best ways in which to secure coverage for your business. The dinner is open to both food startups and entrepreneurs.

Secure your place at the table here.

Proud to partner with Alma Consulting Group.

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To view all our upcoming dinners, go here.