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We’ve been busy at TableCrowd HQ booking in some exciting speakers to dine with us and share their experiences. Take your pick and we’ll see you at the table!

On 5th April, JamJar Investments will be speaking after dinner about investing in consumer brands.

On 12th April, the Angel CoFund will be joining us to talk about how they work and how to attract investment from angels.

On 19th April, join the founder of BorrowMyDoggy for dinner, where she will be sharing her story and how she turned her passion into a business.

On 24th April, you can dine with letterbox delivery flower business, Bloom&Wild. Their brand and creative director will be talking about effective PR strategies.

On 25th April, the dinner conversation will be on the over 50s market. How to provide valuable products and services for baby boomers and relevant marketing strategies.

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You can see all our upcoming dinners here.

We love hearing first hand from our members about their experiences at our dinners. It helps us do better – and it gives a useful insight into the experience for people thinking about dining with us. Great to hear from regular diner, Victoria Burlacu, founder of Faber Novella….

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“There are so many events taking place in London that networking can easily turn into a full-time job. While I am a great believer in the power of networking, as an entrepreneur I quickly understood that I needed to be focused and disciplined if I wanted to benefit from networking and make relevant connections.

I first went to a TableCrowd dinner over a year ago. And since then I attended 4 events. What I like about the TableCrowd events is that the team works hard on bringing high quality speakers that are relevant for entrepreneurs, and that otherwise are difficult to get hold of. TableCrowd gives you the chance to meet in person that investor or journalist that never replied to your emails. And nothing beats that in person introduction or pitch.

The fact that each event is highly curated and concentrates on a specific industry or functional expertise fits perfectly with the focused approach I am taking when it comes to networking. As we are preparing to fund-raise soon, attending a networking dinner with Matt from Forward Partners was definitely a not to be missed event. It was a great opportunity to learn about Forward Partners’ unique approach to start-up investing, do’s and don’t when fund-raising. Matt provided the group with several insights from the VC world and how to think like from an investor’s perspective. Besides having the chance to pitch to Matt’s and have his valuable feedback in an informal and relaxed setting, it was great connecting to other entrepreneurs building exciting fashion tech business.

Another successful networking event by the TC team!”

By Victoria Burlacu, founder of Faber Novella, on-line atelier for premium quality Italian-made customisable shoes.

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1000 Minds is a new dining club on TableCrowd. The driver has been requests from our community, primarily our speakers, who have asked for more intimate dinners tailored to them. So, voila!

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
On the invite list are people making their mark, whether business owners, C-level executives, influencers, experts or just very well connected. They all believe success is more likely with the support of others and they value other peoples’ objectives as well as their own.

How does it work…
The dinners are invite only to people that have spoken at our dinners, have dined with us or are connected with the team. We know everyone, so we know that you’ll enjoy spending an evening with the others around the table, as well as really benefiting from having them in your network.

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See what’s coming up on TableCrowd and join us.

We always enjoy reading about our dinners through the eyes of our members and this write-up is no exception!

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“Anyone who runs a business will quickly discover what their most valuable asset is – time. Balancing time and choosing where to spend those extremely rare spare bits is a challenge at best, especially when it comes to networking.

But when the opportunity comes along to have dinner with Carlos Espinal, Partner at Seedcamp, you can find time.

Carlos is no doubt a man who receives a relentless barrage of emails and LinkedIn messages from entrepreneurs vying for his attention (and money). So to be able to head along to a small dinner and sit opposite him whilst having a relaxed discussion around everything startup and raising money is a rare opportunity and only one that TableCrowd could put together.

Running a digital agency and growing organically through acquiring new clients, I didn’t head along to this dinner because I wanted to raise money from a VC. I was there because, like every other TableCrowd dinner I have been to, I knew how much I would learn, how many business war stories I would share and how many fascinating connections I would make – innovative people doing interesting things, from which I would learn a great deal and with whom there is huge potential to work with in the future. And I wasn’t wrong.

Hearing Carlos share his thoughts on the world of venture capital was extremely insightful. In particular watching a few of the businesses in the room pitch him before he used his framework to restructure and rebuild their pitches on the fly was impressive, and particularly useful personally given that we go through similar workshops with our clients at the start of a new website project at 93digital.

Dinner with Carlos was yet another perfect TableCrowd event, and I’m already looking forward to my next.”

Alex Price, Founder & MD at 93digital.

You can see what’s coming up soon here.

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This week we had two completely different dinners on offer to our community, a fundraising dinner with Bill Earner, and an intimate dinner with Mahdi Kazemzadeh on the topic of Trading in the Middle East. We also had a selection of member-hosted dinners, including the monthly Foundrs dinner hosted by Grabble‘s co-founder, Daniel Murray, a legal industry dinner, and #ImpactWomen dinner with Servane Mouazan from Ogunte. If you’re interested in hosting your own dinner, take a look here.

Here’s a quick overview of what happened at our TableCrowd hosted dinners:

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With an intimate dinner on Monday night at Aubaine, Heddon St, our group had the pleasure of dining with others keen to understand the Middle East market, and in particular the effect the lifting of sanctions has on trading with Iran. Mahdi Kazemzadeh, founder of Afraz Advisers, has a positive outlook for Iran’s future and spoke extensively on the huge opportunities that exist in the country.

Iran gets lots of sun, lots of wind, but it needs a robust framework in place to encourage future generations to invest time and money into this area.

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We had the pleasure of hosting our first dinner at the wonderful Jamie’s Italian London Bridge, where Bill Earner, Managing Partner at Connect Ventures, provided an after-dinner talk on the do’s and don’ts of fundraising. His refreshingly candid approach gave his fellow diners a clearer picture of what they can expect from VCs and how best to interact with them. Take a look at his top 5 tips here.

Our speakers were joined by: Analyse-Concept, Bloomberg, Global Pacific & Partners, Camrosh, Zoom labs, StratexSystems, BananaBerry, IOD, Management Today, Limeclip, Stickyworld, MixMatchMe.com, Zopia.co, Smarty, Bridezooki, eRentz, KIDsorted.com, SaaScribe Media, Henchman App, and Zakzetter amongst others.

Special thanks to our speakers Mahdi and Bill, along with our partner Wellers.

Wellers for siteCheck out the upcoming TableCrowd dinners and see when you’ll be joining us for dinner.

We met Jimmy for the first time at our dinner on the topic of scaling fast & fundraising with the founders of the tech startup Mopp. He liked the concept so much he approached us to host his very own dinner, which of course we gladly accepted! We’ve just co-hosted our first dinner with Jimmy and the Institute of Directors on the hot subject of the Sharing Economy on the 25th. Read more about Jimmy, the IoD and his interest in this growing sector…

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What is the Institute of Directors?

We’re one of the oldest business groups in Europe, with a Royal Charter that requires us “to promote the conditions favourable to entrepreneurial activity and wealth creation.” We have 34,000 members from all over the UK, covering every conceivable sector and background. Our main focus is on supporting individuals, start-ups and SMEs with everything from tax advice to work spaces. We also have a large policy team who produce original research on everything from energy and infrastructure to innovation and disruptive technologies.

What were you doing before you joined the IoD?

I previously worked in political communications, starting out on Boris Johnson’s first Mayoral Campaign in 2008 and since then for a range of financial and tech clients.

What were the biggest developments in 2014?

The extent to which we continue to cram our entire lives into a smartphone. I haven’t had one for the last few weeks and it’s complicated pretty much every area of my life from travel to finance.

What will 2015 bring?

Further disruption of the traditional industries, combined with a real devolution of power and autonomy to regions, cities and individuals.

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How are you involved in the Sharing Economy?

The IoD has a real interest in this area and in what it represents for the future of our economy. We hosted the founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, at our recent Annual Convention and our members really engaged with the case he put forward about the potential benefits of his business philosophy. We have just launched a report on the subject calling for the Government to extend the ‘rent a room’ scheme to the whole of the sharing economy, and increase the tax free allowance of earnings in this sector to £10,000.

Why did you want to start a TableCrowd table on the subject?

I attended my first one with the Pete Dowds and Tom Brooks, the founders of Mopp, and thought it was a fantastic evening with lots of likeminded people sharing ideas and talking about the future of our economy. I knew immediately that I wanted the IoD to be part of that debate, and that we are in a good position to contribute.

What’s your favourite London restaurant?

Tremendously difficult question, but probably the Big Easy or Hawksmoor …

Thanks Jimmy, it’s been wonderful catching a glimpse into what you do and your plans for the future.

For our upcoming tables, click here.

Guest post by Lowri Clarke, Head of Editorial at evvnt

The thing I love in life is creating technology products that actually work” says Richard Green, CEO of evvnt and recent after dinner speaker at Tablecrowd.

Tablecrowd is partly responsible for the recent developments at evvnt – namely the team up of two event tech companies: evvnt and Eventsneaker at one of our dinners back in March.

Im always impressed by entrepreneurs who do things that go above and beyond the job. So Kate who owns and runs TableCrowd called me up to ask me to sponsor the EventTech Tablecrowd dinner. I just loved her passion and I thought “for that kind of money why not?” So we showed up and were surrounded by people that all had an event passion which was cool – this community of people who were all there for the same reason. Have some food, have a beer and talk about the event space. It was there that I met Mark and Elliot from eventsneaker.

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This is what Tablecrowd is all about – networking, learning and creating opportunities.

After a very short space of time we realised we were a better business together” says Richard. He summarises the proposition:

“evvnt is the brawn. We distribute an event and market an event but Eventsneaker is the brain – they take the conversion from the clicks and they track it to a sale. And they’ve done that in a partnership with Eventbrite. It occurred to me if we could bring together the brawn of evvnt and the brain of Eventsneaker we would have the brains and the beauty, which I thought was really interesting. So we went on a journey with them figuring out what it would take for them to come on board.”

‘Lucky’ he calls it…

Table crowd was a chance to meet like-minded people and have lively conversation. Kind of lucky really – without it I wouldn’t have a Head of Technology and a Developer sitting in my company with the passion and love it takes to do a good job. To me that is priceless.

Thanks Lowri and Richard for sharing, we love hearing stories of fruitful collaborations that were sparked at one of our dinners. Keep ‘em coming!

We had a great dinner last night at Apulia Restaurant, feasting on South Italian food and wine, and discussing how to build online presence and media coverage for your business. The VP of global comms at Swifkey, Ruth Barnett, joined us as our after dinner speaker and shared her tips and tactics on how to gain more exposure online. We had a diverse bunch of people there from various businesses, including a fondue pop up, a fashion brand and a natural skincare line.

Here are some snippets of conversations from the evening:
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And here are a few Instagrams from the night:
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Thanks Rackspace for your ongoing partnership.
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We’ve got an exciting calendar of dinners planned over the next month. Check them out here.