Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thanks for a great first OpenCoffee Club

Wow. Thanks to everyone who turned up today for London's first OpenCoffee Club - our friends at Starbucks were overwhelmed when more than 75 of you turned up. They told me they sold 6x more drinks this Thursday morning than usual, so we expect the red carpet treatment next week :)

If you missed it, no worries, its on at the same time and same place next week - 10-12 in Starbucks inside Esprit, which is at 178-182 Regent St - just sign up at Meetup or come along.

It was so cool to see such an diverse mix of entrepreneurs, developers, marketers, investors (VC and angel) and media all in the same informal space - not pitching, just sharing ideas.

There were some really promising entrepreneurs and businesses. Hopefully people made some good connections. I really hope that we can keep up the open atmosphere and help one another improve our businesses - feedback is so important, and in an informal setting can be even more powerful.

One of the coolest things for me was meeting Clementine and Rebecca, two 23 year-old entrepreneurs who had built their online business on less than a shoe-string and were just clearly really excited about what they were building.

There's some coverage of the event by Mike, Robin and the Guardian's Organgrinder.

Some of the comments from people who came along:
"it was an amazing crowd - entrepreneurs, VCs and journalists from London and surroundings. Result - awesome networking with very clued in people" (Hakon, entrepreneur)

"Excellent - v high signal/noise ratio, and everyone had a 'can-do' attitude which I love..." (Marc, entrepreneur and R&D supremo)

"Good chance too catch up with everyone and get acquainted with some new faces. I see a great future for these meetings, I mean where else do you get to demo your app to several great VCs over coffee. See you there next week!" (Damien, Ruby guru)

"There seems to be a real buzz around these type of events now. A lot of us now know each other and everyone's moving forward and getting real traction." (Peter, entrepreneur & developer)

"Great atmosphere and some great people. I got way more out of it than I thought I would - and that isn’t meant to sound like I went in with low expectations. I didn’t. I’m looking forward to the next one." (Nic, VC)
Mike and Michael also have some pictures.

I'm really interested to hear more feedback from people who came along and also how OpenCoffee went in Ireland today -- please let us know guys.

Looking forward to seeing folks next week - and seeing more OpenCoffee clubs popping up very soon.

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At 3/02/2007 01:06:00 am, Blogger John Wilson said...

Saul, great event and an excellent attendance ,so well done. Hopefully more of our fellow investors will come along next time.

At 3/02/2007 02:25:00 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

Saul, thanks for a really good event! The buzz was great and I sure there were some excellent connections made! I have just posted a blog about it on our Make Your Mark Connect site - check it out!

Eimear Hale - Make Your Mark Campaign

At 3/03/2007 11:44:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saul, just letting you know that we started an OpenCoffee in Amsterddam as well :)
read about it on


At 3/04/2007 11:55:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we keep up the Starbuck sales Saul - I reckong we can negotiate some coffee discounts with them - say 20% for people during that period.

Who's the store manager? :-)

At 3/05/2007 02:26:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Saul.

Dublin OpenCoffee Club went very well, but it was nothing as big as London. I wrote a short follow-up about it over at my blog:

Hopefully we can build it up over time as more people hear about it.

At 3/23/2007 01:01:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about using all this capitalist fire-power (not to mention paying power) to boost local, non-chain cafes instead of Starbucks?

If you are true entrepreneurs and VCs, would you rather ride an easy wave or support something truly enterprising?


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