• I pledge to be fiercer

    Tonight I went to an event hosted by the London Evening Standard where Richard Reed (one of the co-founders of Innocent) gave a talk on the ups and downs of running a business. Whilst not tech focused it was an interesting talk and there were two things that really stood out to me.. Although they’re concepts that you’ll come across a lot when starting a business, and normally concepts I wouldn’t pay much attention to, for some reason they really resonated with me tonight: Don’t take no for an answer; and Create a team with a shared set of values: have a central organising principle. I’ll focus on the first…

  • Entrepreneurs Anonymous

    Last Wednesday I attended my first Entrepreneurs Anonymous meeting. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s the entrepreneur version of alcoholics anonymous. No, before the smart-alecs comments, we’re not addicted to being entrepreneurs. Nor do we indeed suffer from any addictions. But we do suffer. One of the hardest things about trying to start your own business is not only being the boss, but also not having others to go to for answers, or to bounce ideas off of, or even just for support. Poor us I know! Entrepreneurs Anonymous, or just Anon as I like to refer to it (let’s admit it’s a bit of a mouthful), is the brainchild of…

  • “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

    “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” This was originally said by Madeleine Albright, but on Wednesday night it was reiterated by Eleanor Mills, the Editorial Director of The Sunday Times. It’s a hell of a statement and as you can see from the picture below it was delivered to a room full of women. It wasn’t just said as part of a cliched “women unite” but was said during, what my notes describe as, a fiercely powerful speech. Wednesday night, on the recommendation from the Free:formers crew, I attended an event held by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation aimed at encouraging more women into entrepreneurship.…

  • Networking styles and Level 39

    Last night I went to an event held by the UKTI Global Entrepreneur Programme at Level 39. Now I’m not a member of Level 39 or the Global Entrepreneur Programme so I guess I should say “Last night I snuck into an event held by…” Level 39 is one of the latest accelerators (and event spaces) in London and it distinguishes itself by aiming at financial tech start-ups. It takes up a whole floor or One Canada Square (the tallest building in Canary Wharf) and as you can see from the above picture the views are breath-taking (I wish the event had been during the day – as someone that…

  • Google Campus (and my favourite word, free).

    The Google Campus is a co-working space situated in Silicon Roundabout and plays hosts to a number of start-ups, incubators and accelerators.  It also provides an event space for various activities such as Women 2.0 Founder Fridays and others. When you go on their site you can find a whole host of events and register to attend some that are open to the public. You have to be a member to use the Campus but being a member grants you access to, amongst other things, the basement cafe where you’ll find a bunch of start-ups using it as their office space. Did I mention that it’s free to be a member?…

  • “Drink Me” Women 2.0

    Women 2.0 Founder Friday at the Google Campus in London was the first tech event that I attended. I’d just arrived back in London, I’d just launched Packed Munches and I figured the best way to learn would be to hear from those that have done. The speaker at the November event was Bindi Karia, the Vice-President of Silicon Valley Bank (you can follow her on twitter @bindik). I have friends that work in tech so I knew that the tech dress code is *cough* slightly more casual than that in law so I wore what I considered to be a pretty casual outfit. I’d actually volunteered to help register…