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 ( and, kindly offering to donate time and energy into helping to foster the community. I've registered 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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At 2/28/2007 02:59:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

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


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 - 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

Hope to see many of you there.


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