Wednesday Oct 15, 2008

Startup Essentials Hot Desk is now hot...its seen on Techcrunch UK

So its live and the first user, Glenn from Bookingbug is the user, so what is it.....well Startup Essential members its a HOT DESK in the Huddle offices for all Startup Essential members to be able to use, pre book, with Internet access and Coffee included, a great location and FREE.

Read more on Techcrunch UK about the whole London Techhub

Not a Startup Essential Member ? Why not ?

A big thanks to Suz for the picture and for Glenn for modelling.

How does it work ?

\*You have to be a startup essential member, if you arent sign up below, heres the requirements

- If you are a company trading 6 years or less with less than 150 employees you can join STARTUP ESSENTIALS for FREE and you are then entitled to use the HOT DESK FOR FREE.

\*Email me directly when you want to use the desk and Ill book it for you.

\*First come first served basis, if the desk is available you can book it, if not, then its not.

\*Turn up at the Huddle offices, Gemini House, 180 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

\*Use the desk, get Suzi to take a picture and upload to flickr with the tags, startupessentials, hot desk,huddle and I love stewart.

\*Drink the coffee, use the Internet, network with the other Startup Essential customers there as well

Any more questions mail me direct - stewart.townsend(at)

So the desk is FREE to use to members of the Startup Essential programme, this is Suns programme aimed at supporting the startup community not only just in the UK but globally.

Future of Web Apps The week that was.- Setup and Day 1

Future of Web Apps - Exel Centre - Docklands - October 08

Setup day on Wednesday went smoothly, I arrived to find the stand setup and collateral ready, I just needed to make my presentations work for the sessions and get my voice ready to talk a lot. The evening was looming ahead and thus I decided to check in, get ready and prepare myself for a dinner with the stars.

Part of working with Carsonified is the personal effort they make for everyone involved and thus the evening before FOWA was a select dinner with the speakers over the next few days, the Big Hitters. Sitting down to dinner we all recived a personalised Journal, which was a fantastic touch and then I decided I would have a few beers or to, and thus preceeded to chat to Andrew Turner from Mapufacture   Elaine Wherry from Meebo, Stefan Fountain from Soocial and Anish from Yuuguu, lots to chat about, picnic, economy, the hoff and the competition between Andrew and Elaine around the number of slides they were going to present in 40 minutes.

Day one - Lift Off

Phew what a start, we had BookingBug, Worldeka and Snagsta on the Startup Essential Lounge to talk to startups about what its like to work with Sun, and how we can help them in various ways, then we also had the death ride, the Surf machine.

What continued throughout the day was lots of conversations around what Sun is doing with the Startup community in EMEA, how we are helping them, not just from a technology perspective but also from a networking, introductions, scaling or the other things that Sun is great at.

On the other side of the hall, we had the Sun Developer stand and the guys from MySQL and Zembly there talking about development, what that means, how we can resolve problems and help build quick scaleable platforms. Want to know more about Zembly ? Check out the interview with Todd CTO here now.

So lots of sessions, lots of pictures, lots of interaction and that is just day one......then we all went off to get changed, freshen up and attend the media temple party at FOX, which for me was a chance to become once again, the man in the shirt.

So there became an official after FOWA party committe, and we had to discuss what we were going to do next, as the hotel bar was closing and thus we decided to go to the Startup Essential bar, (supported by Every City) and discuss startups, UK Scene, the economy until the early hours of the morning and thus then we will have put the worlds to right. As you can see we had a great representation from the UK Startup Scene, Nic from,  Josh from theIplatform, Jake from TactileCRM, Andy from Rummble and Andys sister from Every City and of course the man in the shirt.

Day two to look forward to, breakfast with the speakers, and a buzzing Friday with Tim Bray speaking as well....also the famous Facebook party as well to prepare for, along side a day of telling everyone about Startup Essentials, wait till the next episode for more...


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