Wednesday, February 28, 2007

First meeting of OpenCoffee Club

It's happening tomorrow in London from 10-12 in Starbucks inside Esprit, which is at 178-182 Regent St.

Thanks to everyone for your great comments and positive feedback so far.

There seems to be an interesting crowd coming along tomorrow from VCs & investors like Nic (Esprit Capital - not fashion), Avid (Accel), Robin (TAG) to entrepreneurs like Michael (Firebox, MindCandy), Phil (Crowdstorm, Kelkoo UK), Judith (Second Chance Tuesday), Richard & Damon (Zebtab), James (Studentbeans), Joel (Messagr) and the recently funded Walid (TrustedPlaces) as well as Sam Sethi, folks from Skype and top-notch developers.

We don't really know what to expect, but it's exciting that people are coming along and we'll have a chance to meet and chat about whatever is on people's minds.

Separately we have OpenCoffee Clubs popping up in Ireland and Croatia - plus I'm really excited to be working with Brad Feld (Mobius) who will be hosting a club in Colorado and helping me spread the word among the VC blogging community on his Feedburner network.

We'll be pulling together a wiki in the coming weeks - and already some great people have registered (www.opencoffee.info and www.opencoffee.biz), kindly offering to donate time and energy into helping to foster the community. I've registered opencoffeeclub.com and .org - so anyone who's interested in helping out and pulling OpenCoffee resources together, please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing people tomorrow and helping to grow the OpenCoffee movement.

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7 Comments:

At 2/28/2007 02:59:00 pm, Anonymous Philip Wilkinson said...

Hey Saul - are you buying the coffee.. :-)

 
At 2/28/2007 04:44:00 pm, Anonymous Marc Eisenstadt said...

Lookin great so far... have just signed up on the Meetup site and will hotfoot it down there tomorrow morning... hoping to represent (at least) the academic R&D labs who need to be in the thick of this too!!!

See ya there...

-Marc

 
At 2/28/2007 10:14:00 pm, Blogger Saul said...

Phil - happy to :) Though I'll be on tea...

Marc - really excited to meet you, an can't wait to bring academic R&D labs into the start-up sphere... we need each other and can't wait to get going on how we can make that happen.

 
At 2/28/2007 10:53:00 pm, Blogger Mike said...

I applaud the initiative, but it seems highly ironic that you are using Meetup.com - as US startup - when there are about three different UK startups you could have started this opencoffee thing on. (Revmap, TrustedPlaces etc) Or have I got the wrong end of the stick? Care to comment?

 
At 2/28/2007 11:00:00 pm, Blogger Saul said...

Mike - they both seem to be great services and congrats to Trustedplaces on getting their seed funding in place.

Meetup is a fabulous service and really provides the functionality I was looking for in this case.

I'm totally with you about creating great businesses out of Europe, but I really think the "us vs them" attitude is not productive - use the best tools for the job, regardless of where they come from.

Hope you make it along to an OpenCoffee Club and we can discuss further.

 
At 3/01/2007 04:29:00 pm, Blogger Reshma said...

Hi all. As noted by Saul, a 2nd London coffee club will be started on Tuesdays 6pm-8pm at a Starbucks as well. Details are at http://reshmasohoni.blogspot.com/

Hope to see many of you there.

 
At 3/07/2007 02:47:00 pm, Blogger Manoj Ranaweera said...

In the process of setting up OpenCoffee Manchester at http://opencoffeemanchester.ning.com/
(See my skype messages)

 

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