Friday May 08, 2009

London's Top 100 Internet People by Twitter followers

Snagsta a Sun Startup Essential member have produced a list of the Top 100 Internet people by Twitter followers, so if you would like to see who are the movers and shakers in London around the Startup scene, then check this list out now and start to follow them, really interesting people on there and oh then theres me :-)

Top 100 London Networkers

Wednesday Oct 15, 2008

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 fav.or.it,  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...


Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

GUEST POST - SNAGSTA - The best 10 London Networking Events


By Alex Moore, Snagsta co-founder

This is an extract from the original post at http://blog.snagsta.com/2008/08/29/londons-best-internet-networking-events/


So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and set up the next Google. You’re on version 12 of the business plan and you’re trying to make all the numbers add up.
You can’t get the sums to work but you torture them long enough and they eventually confess.
Now all you have to do is find partners, programmers, designers, lawyers, accountants and most importantly, investors. Then you have to tell the rest of the world about your idea; blogs and emails are a great way to communicate but there’s nothing quite like getting out there and testing your idea on real, live people.
You also need to build that all-important network of contacts who will help you make your dream a reality. Without contacts and advocates your idea will not fly, a point reinforced very well by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman at a recent conference I attended. He said, “Your network is your net worth.”


So where do you go to make it all happen? You could do worse that try a few (or all) of these London-based gatherings.


1. DrinkTank
This one was set up fairly recently from the nice people at Huddle. Unlike other events they are fairly selective about the guest list. The last one I attended was very full, a lot of fun and good for business. No presentations or long speeches - just lots of beer and conversations.


2. MiniBar
One of the more informal gatherings on the circuit. Noisy and sometimes difficult to hear what the presenting companies are saying but still worth the trip to this wonderful part of East London. I have met some great people at this one.


3. Second Chance Tuesday
These happen infrequently but are excellent. The auditorium where it’s held (The Royal College of Physicians near Regent’s Park) is a great place to actually hear what the speakers are saying. The networking sessions both before and after the interviews in the library is also very well attended.
One of my favourite events - they should hold them more regularly.


4. Chinwag
The best name of any event by far and run by the amiable duo Sam Michel and Deirdre Molloy. This is another panel discussion event so most of the networking is at the end. The topics discussed are always well thought out but the event can be a little hit or miss depending on the quality of the panel members.


5. Mashup\*Event
This is a more formal sit-down-and-listen-to-expert type event. I have only been once but learned a lot. The one minute pitches at the end of panel session are fun to watch.


6. Open Coffee
Inspired by Saul Klein and the insightful folks at Seedcamp. Takes place every Thursday in West London. I have been 4-5 times and have met a wide variety of people each time. It’s a good place for those who are thinking about taking a leap and becoming an entrepreneur as it’s a rich environment to test out your idea on other people.


7. Imperial entrepreneurs
I haven’t been to this one yet but my business partner Phil has been to a couple of these and has seen some excellent speakers present. Student run so takes a long summer break each year.


8. Facebook Developer Garage London
I went to one of these a few months ago. Not an event I would rush back to but useful if you’re a developer looking to network with potential clients looking to build applications.


9. Social Media Café
I haven’t been to this yet but I plan to get there soon - we’ve heard good things about it.


10. Bootlaw
AKA ‘the Danvers and Barry show’ in reverence to Danvers Baillieu and Barry Vitou of the law firm Winston & Strawn. Have yet to attend but it looks like it could be a very useful event for online startups to pick up some free legal advice and meet lots of other fellow entrepreneurs.

And of course now we are part of the Startup Essential programme we will be going to Stewarts monthly meetings, to network with the rest of the members and dicuss partnerships, drink beer, eat pizza and make the most of Sun's vast network and resources to help us.


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