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Kim Nilsson, CEO of Pivigo, provided some valuable insight, at Monday night’s dinner, into why companies should be looking at using data to drive their businesses forward. If a company wants to have a competitive advantage tomorrow, they need to start investing in the field of data science today. For a start it’s more efficient, and in some cases, it can generate a boost in sales.

Here is Kim’s list of what companies need in order to start to implement the use of data within their business:

  • First and foremost, is the data
  • The right tools are also an absolute must
  • Data scientists who are trained specialists
  • Commitment from the senior management team
  • Culture change and acceptance within the business on a whole, and
  • Finally, for people within the business to cooperate

With Kim’s firm belief that data is going to revolutionise the world – and why not, there’s an abundance of the stuff just sitting there waiting to be put to work – it’s surprising that most companies aren’t doing it. Her prediction, however, is that in five years time any company that doesn’t have data scientists working their magic will be at a distinct disadvantage.

 

internationalgrowthAt our dinner with Paperless Post’s GM UK & Senior Director of International Expansion, Caroline Harding-Gelbard, provided her fellow diners with her recommendations on globally expanding a business:

  • Be prepared to ask the right questions
  • Try to find a way to let your customers lead the way – don’t just commit to an area just because it’s big, go where the demand is!
  • Translation is expensive – most consumers can navigate an eCommerce site. Do you really need to translate the website?
  • Find a way to drive some sales before you explore a market – start shipping there in their currency and see if there’s any response
  • Start the localisation process by trying to find an agent or country manager who speaks the same language as you
  • Seek good legal advice when organising your operational elements including legal, finance, hiring, website, shipping, returns etc
  • Look at ASOS – it’s a good example of international expansion
  • Maintain simplicity with flexibility to increase your chances of success

Recommended Reading: The Inside Story on How SurveyMonkey Cracked the International Market

To hear first-hand the great advice that speakers at TableCrowd offer their fellow diners, come join us for dinner.

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With the New Year always being a time for change and doing new things, we’re hosting dinner on that very topic on Wednesday 14th January 2014. We’ll enjoy dinner and drinks with the leading creative thinker coach and energetic Eyes Wide Opened co-founder Alastair Creamer revealing the most powerful questions to ask yourself ahead of a big career decision.

Alastair Creamer is an encouraging speaker and brilliant career coach who will get you thinking about who you are becoming if you stay in a job you don’t enjoy, and what impact is it having on the people closest to you? With over 10 years inspiring people, Alastair will be able to give you insights to what kind of work suits you, creating a more meaningful job, what’s next and making sure you’re asking yourself the right questions about your career not the wrong ones.

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TableCrowd are really excited to work with Alastair on this dinner, but here are a few snippets from his previous events which give an insight into to why we don’t think you’ll want to miss out.

“This was really useful stuff – I loved the idea of a ‘good question’ being asked at the right time which can change your life and outlook on work.”   

“It was very inspirational – I am in the right job!”

“It was good brain food and food for thought. The stories Alastair used made the event really grounded in reality. Thank you.”

Whether you want new challenges in your current role, a new career or just a little inspiration from this career guru make sure you book your spot at the table. We’ll be eating at chic Southeast Asia restaurant, The Noodle House on Wednesday 14th January.

We’re hosting a dinner on Tuesday November 11th to explore the what, how and why of Bitcoin with a special after dinner speaker Pamir Gelenbe. Pamir is a Partner at Hummingbird Ventures where he currently focuses his efforts on virtual currencies. He is also the founder of CoinSummit, a series of events in the US and Europe focused on virtual currencies.

Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; it is open-source, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. But what does this really mean? Who can take part? What value does it add for me or my business? As well as enjoying a nice meal with like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs, we’ll hear from Pamir and discuss these questions over dinner.

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In a recent article in tech.eu, our speaker for the evening Pamir Gelenbe said the following about Bitcoin:

“While there are still considerable obstacles to mainstream adoption, the bitcoin industry has evolved significantly over the last year. It is no longer a fringe libertarian movement but a commercial industry in its own right that is attracting strong talent and significant investment. But, while venture capital investment in bitcoin is accelerating with around $200m flowing into bitcoin companies in the U.S. over the last year, so far we have seen just a handful of much smaller deals in Europe.

One of the biggest challenges is user adoption. It is something of a chicken and egg problem, not unlike what we saw in the early pre-broadband years of the Internet. It is by no means easy to understand how bitcoin works or decide whether it is safe to store bitcoin holdings. Even the process of buying bitcoin remains far too complicated for the average consumer. The rise of bitcoin’s value is also turning wallets into a target for all kinds of cyber attacks.”

We’ll be dining on a delicious 3 course meal at Italian restaurant Piccolino’s and sharing insights around this fascinating subject.

Hope you’ll join us on Tuesday 11th November – book your seat here.

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SwiftKey has been branded London’s hottest startup so who better to speak at our upcoming dinner on 4th November about growing your online presence than Ruth Barnett, who heads up their Global Comms & Media Coverage. Before joining SwiftKey, Ruth was a political & tech journalist at Sky News and many moons ago, media’s first ‘Twitter Correspondent’.

SwiftKey’s mission is to make it easy for everyone to create and communicate on mobile. It uses AI to understand the context of what you’re writing to accurately predict your next word. The SwiftKey Keyboard has been No 1 on Google Play in more than 58 countries and thanks to strategic partnerships, their technology features on more than 200 million devices worldwide. They recently launched SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone & iPad, which went to No 1 in the US & UK and hit 1m downloads on its first day. They have won coverage across the mainstream and technology press, including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, TechCrunch, Forbes, Sky News, Stylist, Recode, Engadget – and cult web comic XKCD.

Here’s an interview with Ruth about SwiftKey to give you a little taster:

If you’re interested in growing your online presence and gaining media coverage, you’ll want to book your seat at the table. It’ll be a great chance to meet like-minded people in the startup space and chat with Ruth informally over dinner.

Dinner is on Tuesday 4th November in London. See you there!

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Africa is definitely rising. International tech powerhouses like Microsoft, Intel, Google and IBM are increasingly targeting Africa for investment, opportunity and growth. We’re hosting a dinner with the Africa Technology Business Network to build a bridge between the tech communities in the UK and Africa. The goal is to foster collaboration, skill sharing and co-innovation between the two tech ecosystems.

We’ve got a brilliant after dinner speaker lined up, Leslie Onyesoh, CEO and founder of Kwanji, a UK based tech start-up working to simplify foreign exchange mechanisms for small businesses. He started his business to make a change in the way international trade and payments are carried out, a system that, according to him, is unfair and unethical.

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He wants to create a level playing field for global e-commerce from which all businesses can benefit, regardless of size or location. Kwanji achieves this by developing a comprehensive and complementary suite of tools which together bring ‘point and click’ efficiencies to international trading. The Kwexc platform, the first service to be delivered by Kwanji, is an online foreign exchange portal which enables small businesses from all over the world to choose the best foreign exchange mechanism and transaction rate at the touch of a button. It can best be described as ‘Match.com’ for foreign exchange.

Leslie says:

“We saw that businesses are at a competitive disadvantage when trading internationally. Foreign exchange is complicated, time consuming and expensive- SMEs just do not have the expertise or resources to get the best deal. We have developed Kwexc to level the playing field.”

We hope you’ll join us for his fascinating talk and a chance to meet him and other entrepreneurs over a relaxed dinner. We’ll be dining on a 2 course meal at the lovely Green Restaurant in Clerkenwell.

Book your seat at the table on Thursday 23rd October here.

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We’re happy to partner with Rackspace for this event:

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We’re looking forward to hearing from Mopp founders, Pete Dowds and Tom Brooks, over dinner on Wednesday October 15th.

Pete, an ex-lawyer and Tom, and ex-trader, best friends since university, have gone from working in the city to taking on the cleaning industry with a simple & innovative model. Mopp is an online platform to book a trusted cleaner for your home for a flat rate of £10 per hour.

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Since starting their business 18 months ago, they’ve been busy. They raised a $1.5 million seed round at the end of the last year from a leading European VC, grew their team to 35 people at HQ and expanded to 10 cities. Mopp has seen its user base grow more than 900 percent in 2014, and it now processes more than 10,000 bookings per month. They’ve also recently been acquired by Handy in a multi-million dollar deal to establish stronger market share for Handy’s home services business in London.

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This dinner will be a great opportunity to speak to Tom and Pete about raising funds, scaling fast and their recent acquisition. We’ll enjoy a lovely Pan Asian meal at the Clerk & Well, drinks & a chance to meet fellow entrepreneurs, followed by an after-dinner talk and informal Q&A with Mopp.

We hope to see you there next week. Book your spot here.

 

Our next dinner in the popular Corporate Innovation dinners is coming up on October 14th. This time we’ve got the brilliant Jon Bradford sharing his journey through the world’s tech startup and accelerator scene. He’ll be talking about how he positioned his previous accelerator Springboard to create a successful partnership with Techstars, the largest accelerator in the world.

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Jon is the Managing Director of Techstars in London and co-founder of f6s. Previously Jon was the co-founder and CEO of Springboard which subsequently merged with Techstars. In addition, he has also founded ignite100, a re-invention of the Difference Engine that was Europe’s first accelerator bootcamp, Startup Wise Guys in Estonia, Eleven in Bulgaria and TexDrive in Moscow. In a previous life, Jon trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, and subsequently has worked in various start-ups and turnarounds. He has worked in London, throughout Europe, Australia and also the United States.

This dinner will be rare opportunity to sit down with Jon and other leading tech entrepreneurs over dinner to pick up tips & insights as well as discuss your business challenges. We’ll be feasting on a lovely 3 course meal with wine at the Italian restaurant Piccolino’s near Liverpool St.

If you’re a tech entrepreneur or founder, book your seat at the table here.

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We’re happy to partner with Rackspace.

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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.

 

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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.