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May
30
Tuesday
6:45pm
29041

Dine with Co-Founder of WAYN.com: on being acquired by lastminute.com

at The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell (map)

Who's coming

  • Sangeeta

    CEO and Founder, Crossing- The Travel Company

  • Peter

    CEO & Co-Founder, WAYN (Where Are You Now?)

  • Violeta

    Hostess Extraordinaire, TableCrowd

  • Sukh

    Founder, Turasóir

  • Yanting

    Founder, Talent Trending Limited

  • Hannah

    Property Manager

  • Adam

    Angel Investor & Associate Director, The Cranleigh Boutique

  • Vitaliy
  • Jonathan

    Accounts Executive, HMSA Limited

Venue

The Modern Pantry

International
47 - 48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ
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Started by:
Table Crowd

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Peter Ward is the co-founder & CEO of WAYN.com (Where Are You Now? Ltd), the largest travel and lifestyle focused platform in the world with over 21 million members in 193 countries. Founded in 2002, WAYN was acquired by the lastminute.com group in Sept 2016. Peter will be sharing all on the journey of WAYN, from initial conception, growth, investment and acquisition.

This dinner is perfect for…
Business owners and CEO’s with a travel or lifestyle business, social network or management in any of these sectors.
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at hello@tablecrowd.com to discuss whether this is the right dinner for you.

The dinner conversation will be…
Peter was running WAYN for over a decade, so has so much knowledge and experience to share. He will be speaking about:
✓ The WAYN story - from conception, raising capital and scaling to millions of users.
✓ Key lessons learnt from 15 years of running a social networking travel business.
✓ Brokering the deal with lastminute.com – how it happened.
✓ When your business is acquired - making sure the deal is right for you and your users.
Expect to hear from and be motivated by, a travel and lifestyle industry leader, to be given ideas and inspiration for your own business as well as the chance to chat to others facing the same challenges and opportunities as you informally over dinner.

Who is Peter Ward?
Peter Ward is CEO and co-founder of WAYN, the world’s largest social travel network. Having run WAYN for over 14 years, Peter has overseen strategy and execution across all areas of the business, which now has a network of over 22 million members across 196 countries. Alongside running WAYN, Peter plays an active role in supporting the entrepreneurship community; working to inspire others and make cool things happen.

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

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P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

Peter Ward is CEO and co-founder of WAYN, the world’s largest social travel network. Having run WAYN for over 14 years, Peter has overseen strategy and execution across all areas of the business, which now has a network of over 22 million members across 196 countries. Alongside running WAYN, Peter plays an active role in supporting the entrepreneurship community; working to inspire others and make cool things happen.

Launched in 2003, Peter helped grow WAYN from idea to 1m users whilst working full-time at Accenture. Then in October 2015 went full time, and as Co-CEO, grew team in London and offshore team in Poland. WAYN successfully raised over $16.5m in investment funding and Peter oversaw strategy, product and operations before becoming sole CEO in Jan 2013.

Peter is currently leading the creation of a content and social media hub for lastminute.com Group, who acquired WAYN in 2016.

Peter enjoys meeting digital innovators and people that have a passion for what they do.

For any dietary requirements, worry not, we have it covered, as long as we know in advance. If you are vegetarian, vegan, dairy free or gluten intolerant let us know by filling out the dietary requirements section in the your preferences section of your profile on the TableCrowd website.

Violeta fell into the world of start-ups after joining global media agency Starcom Mediavest group to work on their NextTECHnow initiative. She now works to connect big brands with entrepreneurs - particularly in the areas of mobile, content, data, and social.

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