Saturday, March 10, 2007

Second London OpenCoffee Club keeps buzzing

Thanks to everyone who came along to our second OpenCoffee Club last Thursday. Once again we blew away Starbucks' daily numbers (we were over 6x their normal revenues).

We had another great turnout with an eclectic crowd of entrepreneurs, investors, developers and marketers, plus London's startup movers and shakers including Robert, Sam and Judith.

What really stood out for me this week was the feeling of people clustering into short meetings and really getting work done. OpenCoffee is deliberately during the day to encourage real professional networking rather than social networking - so the vibe of people getting things done and making connections is really excellent.

For entrepreneurs looking for feedback or advice on funding, again there was a great turnout from investors with Nic (Espirit), Avid (Accel), Greg & Danny (Index), Steve (DN Capital), Robin (TAG) and John (Folio) all coming along. New and very welcome this week were Adam (Arts Alliance) and Mark from Venrex who have invested in Smythsons and Astley Clarke.

There are some really interesting young entrepreneurs around London at the moment and this week Douglas (Extate), Ivailo (Zoomf), Immad (Revmap), Anthony (ParkatmyHouse), and Sumon (Jobably), Damien (New Bamboo) and Gareth (Technovate) were some of the folks around.

Two companies starting to generate significant buzz were there as well.

The first is an old timer: GNR, the folks behind .name are riding an enormous wave right now as Microsoft, AOL, Symantec, Digg & Netvibes pile into OpenID. The issue of digital identity is back to being front and centre again and Geir & Hakon are a great position.

The second is new: Imagini, which is currently one of the fastest growing UK web properties and who's Friend's service made the most popular story on Digg in the last 24 hours.

Next week sees more OpenCoffee including Palo Alto, Paris and Amsterdam. Sacramento, Dublin, Brighton and Zagreb are also on their way with conversations happening at the moment to look at setting things up in Hamburg, Tel Aviv and Stockholm.

OpenCoffee is easy to do - and whether there are 5 people or 50, it's all good - so make it happen locally wherever you are and push your local investors, entrepreneurs and developers to come along.

The wiki is on its way - it should debut next week. Please keep sending me feedback and comments so we can keep the momentum going.

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At 3/11/2007 09:23:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saul, I've just announced the first meeting of the Cork OpenCoffee Club in Ireland for next Friday. That makes us the third one over here I think.

At 3/12/2007 04:15:00 pm, Blogger eski009 said...

After going to the last meet up I am delighted to say that it was the single most important social/networking/enjoyable business event I have been to since entering the exciting (and stressful) world that is 'the Internet Start-up'.

I think one feature which could work is allowing all the attendees to post a small blurb about their company and allow others to vote on ideas they want to hear more about. The idea(s) with the most votes get a 5 minute slot in the middle of the event to present to everyone in attendance or just those that are interested. Lets just hope someone has a 17" laptop around!

At 3/13/2007 05:38:00 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

I love the OpenCoffee idea, I am in NYC, and I am sure there will be a bunch of folks that will be interested in joining the OpenCoffee Movement here in Manhattan!

At 3/14/2007 06:47:00 am, Blogger Rajan said...

Am trying to get few people here in Bangalore interested :)

At 3/15/2007 06:47:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The first edition of OpenCoffee Club have been taking place this morning in Paris at Starbucks Café Capucines near the Palais Garnier Opéra Theater.

We think it was a great success with a lot of interest.

Many entrepreneurs have been coming, VC's and journalists.

It's fresh. It's a good rebirth concept.

We are going to come back and to make it useful.

Get informations :

See you there.

At 3/16/2007 05:11:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had our first OpenCoffee Club this morning in Cork and were thrilled how well it went. Full write up here.

At 3/21/2007 02:32:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saul. Great initiative. Larry and Per from Nordic Venture Partners are helping set up the first OpenCoffee Club in Stockholm. The first date is Thursday, March 29th. We will meet every week in the back room of Cafe Fresco at Grev Turegatan 10 at 14.30. We posted some information on our site as well


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