How to make a subscription model work for your business

Our speaker, Felix Rossknecht, spoke at a recent dinner about building a successful subscription business, here's what he had to say about how to make a subscription model work for your business. There's a few areas to consider when thinking about how to make subscriptions work for you and your business, these are product, flexibility and experience. Product Customers care about your product, not the subscription. It's the product they buy into and ...

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Want to join 500 Startups?

Speaking with Matt Lerner, London Partner of 500 startups at dinner last week, he covered the topic of how startups can get a big, fat yes for their application to join their accelerator programme. Here's what you need to know: How 500 Startups invests To date, 500 Startups has Invested in 1500 startups, in 52 countries, with offices in 29 countries. That's a total of $250M invested, with the biggest investment being ...

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13 Top Tips for Startups (wanting to be grown up!)

We had a fantastic evening with Andy Batty, General Manager of onefinestay where he spoke at dinner about taking a company from start-up to grown-up. (Read the #AfterDinnerRoundup here.) What limits start-ups is a perception that a shortage of funds is the problem. Here's Andy's top tips for start-ups: Create an employee brand as well as a company brand. You need to try to keep your staff... Start ups often recruit then ...

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Tips on being a master of operations

The diners who joined Ghilaine Chan, Plug-in COO for startups and SMEs, for dinner last week  at The Anthologist left with notebooks full of tips and advice for becoming a master of execution and operations. Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite: When you are limited with resources, you need to focus and work out what is important. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen ...

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Ten tips and tricks for building a business

The fabulous Hephzi Pemberton gave some superb tips to her fellow diners at dinner this week. (Check out the #AfterDinnerRoundup here.) Take a look at Hephzi's top ten tips and tricks for building a business: Treat everyone like a client We treated our candidates all like potential clients. This gave us all the right attitude. It doesn't matter what business you have, people matter. Have this at your heart of ...

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Using Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to make you a better leader

At dinner last week, Amanda Davie, talked extensively about Leadership and the role of Emotional Intelligence at our latest Women's only TableCrowd dinner. Amanda introduced her fellow diners to the 4 main areas of EQ: self awareness, self management, social awareness and social management, whilst explaining that EQ is very fashionable in leadership at the moment and is becoming part of the board level interview for some. Read on to find ...

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The truth about VCs with Alex Dunsdon #AfterDinnerRoundup

TableCrowd members looking to get a no-holds-barred look at VC investment were in luck last night joining Alex Dunsdon for dinner at Jamie's Italian where he spoke extensively on pitching to investors. Alex runs Saatchinvest, where they invest up to £300k in early stage tech startups. Anyone looking to get investment from Saatchinvest gets 20mins to shine before hearing yes or no. And as they only invest in 4 or 5 ...

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5 lessons for non-tech founders

At dinner last week with Fabrice Bernhard, Co-founder & CTO of Theodo UK, a tech-team-for-hire company, we were lucky for Fabrice to share five lessons he thought would be worthwhile for any non-tech founder to know. Spend 50% on marketing, 50% on tech. Be fast. You can start with as little tech as possible (Did you know Groupon started out with just a blog?) By starting with as little tech ...

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The importance of a co-founder

Our recent fundraising-themed dinner had Flight Venture's Nancy Fechnay talk on the "do's and don'ts" of fundraising. Having a co-founder cropped up into the conversation which led to the reasons why it makes good sense to have a co-founder. Co-founders are great First and foremost, you need someone to share the stress with. Not only does it help to have someone to bounce ideas off (and complement your skills with their own) ...

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