Archives for the month of: September, 2014

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 on Tuesday October 21st. 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. We’ll be feasting on a delicious spread of Pan Asian food with wine and soft drinks in a private dining room at the Noodle House.

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We’d love to see you there! 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.

We’re looking forward to meeting Richard at tonight’s EdTech dinner and finding out more about his venture 3Fifteen, an innovative app that helps schools and parents communicate who is collecting a child at the end of the school day.

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?
We are a secure way for parents that either won’t speak or can’t speak English, to communicate to their child’s school, any change to little ‘Jonnys” after-school collection plans today.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?
I was a communications consultant working with clients on improving their customer engagements via their contact centre.

If you have co-founders, where did you meet them?
No, its just me. That said I had a lot of support from family and friends that gave their input and thoughts.

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?
Employing people to sell my solutions before I had built up a large client base myself and learnt what works and what doesn’t firsthand and beforehand.

What will 2014 bring?
Hopefully investment, but the year is running out.

1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in the the sector
Don’t be afraid to pick the phone up to other people that have already done what you’re about to do (I don’t mean direct competitors) and ask those questions that you would love to know the answer to. There are a lot of people that are happy to share advice on what they have learnt on their journey and happy to give people a bit of a steer. Some might say “no, go away” but many will take your call and give you 5 minutes of their time.

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.
Who is picking up your child after-school today ? Whats to stop someone calling the school and pretending to be you and change your child’s collection arrangements. What if a parent doesn’t speak English, how do they communicate with a school, or if the school phone is engaged, what then ?

How would you describe TableCrowd to someone who’s never heard of it?
TableCrowd appears to be a relaxed way to meet like minded people from my industry, that will allow me to share my thoughts, ideas and challenges, and who knows what ‘golden nugget’ piece of advice I might walk away with.

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Thanks Richard, it’s been great catching up with you and finding out more about 3Fifteen! Wishing you the best of luck with it all and see you tonight.

To have a look at our upcoming tables, click here.

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Our next PropertyTech dinner in the series is next week and we’ve got lots of great startups booked on already, including FixFlo, EnergyDeck, Wigwamm, Movebubble, PayProp, Unlimited Meanwhile and more.

What’s more, we’ve got an exciting speaker lined up for the evening, Juliette Morgan, who heads up Property at Tech City UK. Juliette is also a Partner within the Cushman & Wakefield’s London Markets team. She is an urban tech specialist with more than 12 years international experience in developing and managing property for tech and bio tech companies. Juliette has worked on millions of square feet under development and management in tech centres in the US and UK and advises investors, developers, occupiers and government on property strategy.

As Head of Property at Tech City UK, Juliette is responsible for advising the UK Government on its property strategy and policy initiatives to accelerate growth in tech start ups in East London.

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The dinner will be a fantastic opportunity to meet & network with others in the Property industry and to discuss your business informally over food & drinks.

Join us next Wednesday Oct 1st at the Green in Clerkenwell. To book your ticket, click here.

 

We caught up with Evan from Dine In at our recent FoodTech startup dinner where  20 startups came together over food & wine to share insights, tips and challenges. It was a wonderful, lively evening with Zomato also giving an after dinner talk. We followed up with Evan and asked him a few questions about his startup Dine In:

What were you doing before you launched your startup?
Worked in Finance and always struggled to get great Lunch delivered in under 30 min.

If you have co-founders, where did you meet them?
Just me. :)

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What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?
My biggest hindsight moment is to have realized we should have architected our web product with a amazing technology base. Luckily we are there now but iteratively improving code and growing your business at the same time is harder than you think.

What will 2014 bring?
New investment from large VCs and Dine In launching in new cities! Spread the word!

1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in the the sector
Don’t bother starting a delivery service …. outsource it to us.

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.
What great food delivered fast? Order online from amazing restaurants like Busaba Eathai, Rossopomodoro, Tayyabs, Patara Fine Dining, MEATmission, 1 Lombard Street, Viet Hoa, Marco Pierre White Steak and Ale House … the list just goes on and on.

All the best Evan and hope to see you at a dinner again soon!

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To learn more about our upcoming tables, go here.

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Our next EdTech dinner is coming up on Tuesday 30th September and we’ve got a special treat for you. The COO of Memrise will be sharing his fascinating story after dinner and there will be a chance to ask questions and chat with him informally over dinner.

Ben trained as a psychologist at Oxford University before becoming fascinated with learning languages. Having found learning languages extremely difficult himself, he moved to a remote corner of China to teach himself Chinese and try to work out how learning languages can be made easier. Chinese seemed like the most challenging place to start.

The Memrise Chinese courses, now one of the most widely used Chinese learning tools in the world, grew out of the materials that he made in Qiqihaer. The Memrise learning platform has now helped over a million people learn over 100m words in over 200 languages. The latest Memrise product, Cat Spanish, was launched in mid November – it is an iOS app that teaches introductory Spanish entirely through cute pictures of cats.

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Ben previously founded two other startups – an online shirt tailoring service (in Shanghai) and a vintage motorcycle restoration factory (in Beijing) – and worked as an analyst and assistant fund manager on the Guinness Atkinson China Hong Kong Fund (US$500m). Oh and he’s also written a book. Four years ago he started Memrise while living in a yurt in co-founder Ed Cooke’s garden.

Check it out and brush up on your Chinese > www.memrise.com

Join the other fascinating startups coming to next week’s dinner by booking your spot here.

Lots of interesting people and startups working in fashion and journalism joined us around the table at the Clerk & Well last night for some good food, conversation and networking. We were joined by the charismatic Eric Musgrave who gave an after dinner talk about his impressive journey so far and current position as Editorial Director at Drapers, the fashion industry’s business bible. The Q&A afterwards prompted some lively conversations and insights from Eric.

We were joined by some great companies including Mink and Stone, WIWT, iStreetStream, Style Compare, Net-a-Porter, Drapers and many more.

Here are some snaps of the evening for you to enjoy:

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It was an enjoyable evening and the Pan Asian 3 course dinner courtesy of the Clerk & Well went down a treat.

Check out our upcoming tables here.

Our industry dinners are very popular and a great chance for startups in the space to meet, share insights and contacts over an informal meal. Food, wine, good people – what’s not to like? So get your diaries out as here are the next industry dinners in the series:

Education Startups Dinner
Our last Education Startups dinner back in June went down very well, so by popular demand, we are back for a night of education-themed conversation and collaboration. The date is 30th September and it’ll be at the wonderful Green restaurant in Clerkenwell. It’ll be a chance for London’s education startups to break bread, network, share experiences & contacts.

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Our after dinner speaker will be Ben Whately, COO at Memrise. Ben trained as a psychologist at Oxford University before becoming fascinated with learning languages. Memrise is one of the largest language learning networks in the world, where more than 2.5 million people learning over 500 different languages.

For more information and to book, please click here.

Proud to partner with international law firm Taylor Wessing.

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PropertyTech Dinner
We’ve already got some great startups booked on to this dinner taking place on October 1st, including Wigwamm, Movebubble, Energy Deck and HideOutHostels. This is the second in the series for London’s PropertyTech startups to break bread, network, share experiences & contacts. We are co-hosting the evening with FixFlo, who have developed guided tenant repair reporting software making property repairs simple.

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We are excited to welcome Juliette Morgan, Head of Property at Tech City UK, as our after dinner speaker. Juliette is a Partner within the Cushman & Wakefield’s London Markets team and Head of Property at Tech City. She is an urban tech specialist with more than 12 years international experience in developing and managing property for tech and bio tech companies.

Who’s invited-> Founders and senior team members at PropertyTech startups.

We’ll be gathering around a table at the Green restaurant over a lovely 2 course meal and wine.

For more information and to book, please click here.

Proud to partner with Alma.

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HealthTech Dinner
We had a very lively night at the last HealthTech dinner with plenty of fruitful conversations and follow up coffees. The next one will be on October 16th at the Yard restaurant  in Old Street and promises to be another goody:) It will be a great chance to meet or catch up with others working in the sector and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

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We’ve partnered with Outcomes Based Healthcare who will co-host the evening. Outcomes Based Healthcare supports the adoption of outcomes based approaches to healthcare systems. We co-define outcomes that really matter to patients. We apply academic, analytics and health data expertise in enabling the measurement of these outcomes across populations, and we advise on contracting for outcomes.

Who’s the dinner for?
The focus on providers of innovative products that are offered to hospitals, GPs, commissioners, department of health – b2b solutions.

There will be a private dining experience, 2 course dinner & all drinks (beer, wine & soft drinks) and highly targeted and relevant networking.

For more information and to book, please click here

Proud to partner with international law firm Taylor Wessing.

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And don’t hesitate to contact us at hello@tablecrowd.com with any questions. 

Let’s #MeetandEat

Last night a great bunch of startup and tech founders gathered around a table to meet and eat. The evening kicked off with an intro by our lovely sponsor Hayley Connick from Elance-oDesk, followed by delicious food & wine and fruitful conversations. Lots of connections were made and business cards exchanged.
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We were joined by some incredible tech startups including Elance-oDesk, SilkFred, UnderTheDoormat, Brand Gathering, *particular, Easy Parking, Lady Dinah’s, Ruuby and more.

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.

Thanks to Elance-oDesk for partnering with us.

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Check out upcoming tables for you to join here.

We had a great night with Daniel at our recent FoodTech dinner where more than 20 startups came together to share ideas, tips and contacts. Daniel Roberts is the founder of BananaBerry, a start-up social enterprise that produces delicious smoothies for offices around London. We recently caught up with him to find out more about his story and journey so far. Over to you Daniel!
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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?
BananaBerry is a social enterprise that utilises surplus fruit and veg to create smoothies, freshly made to order, for offices and events in London. 10p from every bottle we shift goes to Cancer Research UK. Fresh Smoothies. Fresh Business. Simple.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?
I was a Bookkeeper at a hotel for 7 months where I was scouted to model so it’s been Dolce&Gabbana to Strawberry&Banana for me!

If you have co-founders, where did you meet them?
I run the company with my sister so I met her when I was quite young! She is joint director, running all finances of the company. She has tonnes of experience to the point of actually “loving” excel and has gone beyond what I expected she would for the company.

What will 2014 bring?
Building towards a rewards based crowdfunding campaign early next year. Lots of networking, building contacts with suppliers and clients to ensure we can grow our mvp into the business we know it can become. Plus have fun in the process.
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1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in the the sector
My advice would be to set up your company that does some good in the process. It makes your whole proposition an easier sell and if all goes pear shaped, you can still be proud of what you’ve built.

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.
To anyone in the corporate space, I say: Offer fresh smoothies to your staff. You will strengthen your CSR by supporting both Social Enterprise and Cancer Research. We’ll even deliver directly to you, for free. Staff will be more alert and they will love you for it.

How would you describe TableCrowd to someone who’s never been to a dinner?
TableCrowd to me is the perfect setting to meet new people on either a social basis or a professional one. Plus you’ll always end up meeting interesting and important contacts that you didn’t expect to, and it is these that often end up being the most important. Food, drink and new people, how could you go wrong?

Great to find out more about your startup and wishing you every success!

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To learn more about our upcoming tables, go here.

We’re looking forward to meeting you at our networking dinner for digital content startups on Monday 29th September. It’s a chance for digital content startups, together with interested journalists and investors, to break bread, share experiences and contacts.

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Digital content, also known as digital media, is everywhere and comes in many forms, from text and audio and videos files, to graphics, animations, and images.  The evening will be an opportunity to meet other startups in the digital content space, network and enjoy conversation over food and drinks.

We’ll be feasting on a 2 course dinner and drinks in Shoreditch and you’ll get a chance to share your insights, tips and challenges with other startups.

The dinner is hosted by TableCrowd with the support of Makoto Inoue of StepUp.io. StepUp is a platform that turns existing digital video content into shorter snippets that can be looped for repeat viewing, or watched in sequence — one segment after another. Founder Makoto Inoue calls his creation a ‘Vine for YouTube’.
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To book your place, click here. Please get in touch to hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd with any questions.

Let’ #MeetandEat

Proud to partner with Taylor Wessing:

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