• Failing

    Fail to prepare = prepare to fail So the tech scene is really big on failing. By that I mean they really encourage you to experience failure, talk about failure and then ( and what is more than likely the most important reason for the importance placed on failure) is to learn from your failure. This works for me as one of my favourite sayings, and it really is something I try to adhere by everyday is A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it, otherwise it’s a lesson! With this in mind, I think it’s time for me to own up to some failures on my…

  • Digital progression = Free:formers

    It’s taken four months but I’ve now added some legitimacy to my claim to be a techie. Which reminds me, I guess I should at some point declare that I am fully fledged trekkie. I’m talking old school Star Trek not the new stuff (don’t get me wrong, I love the new films too but you can’t beat Captain Picard controversial I know). Anyway back to the topic, as of last week I became the latest trainer for Free:formers. Free:formers essentially help businesses to engage with the digital world through workshops. So what I hear you ask?  Well, they’re also pretty amazing. The workshops aren’t your typical workshop but are fun and…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jamming to tech

    In my last post I mentioned that the founder of eRiple hooked me up with free coding classes. What he actually did was introduce me to Nick Hawkins, a young (baby-faced) tech entrepreneur, who is also a trainer at Free:formers. Now you shouldn’t be fooled by Nick’s baby-face because (as it the case with most young’uns nowadays) he has an insane amount of knowledge when it comes to both tech businesses and coding. Free:formers is a pretty cool simple idea. They run tech workshops that make tech easy. It’s a business with a social side, for every commercially paid workshop, they do a free session for young people in the…

  • 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…