An unusually active night, dear reader, even by the standards of your Daily Networker…
Yesterday, Thursday, October 19th, I dropped into;
1) The launch of Imperial Entrepreneurs;
How could I resist the chance to hear Charlie Osmond (Fresh Minds), Michael Smith (Firebox and Mind Candy) and Alex Tew (Million Dollar Homepage) speaking to mark the launch of this new club? It’s always interesting to hear friends speak on the subject of business and it reminded me that we’ve got an incredible amount to learn from each other. Michael’s tale of how he and his business partner invented the shot-glass chess set was superb, as was Charlie’s entrepreneurial philosophy; ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’. Alex Tew raised a laugh reflecting that, with Million Dollar Homepage, his philosophy was, with hindsight, ‘Fire, Aim, Ready???’. Sumon Sadhu has done a great job of getting this exciting group off the ground and I can’t wait to attend the next one.
2) The launch of TechCrunch UK
Hosted at the splendid offices of sponsor Olswang, this was a terrific event put together by Sam Sethi. Mike Butcher, one of the new editors and an old colleague of mine was there in force and it was excellent to see him again. Other familiar and friendly faces included Peter Nixey from Web Kitchen, John Hornbaker from Parthenon Computing, Karen Hanton from Top Table, Richard Price from Live Out, Rikki Tahta from Episode One and Cary Marsh from Mydeo. It was great to meet Hugh Macleod as I’ve dropped by his blog often, and I enjoyed chatting with Sarah Blow of London Girl Geek Dinners who I’d also heard loads about.
3. Get Dead, a new book by Jamie Oliver
A chance meeting at one of my Speed Networking events one year ago, led Jamie, (the journalist not the chef), via Robert Loch, to meet his publisher, Paul Carr. It was, therefore, with great pleasure that I popped into the launch of Get Dead, the first in what I think will be a series of ‘Get’ books. Rather appropriately, this event helped in The Crypt, under St Martin In The Fields! Check out Jamie’s book here.
4. The Blackberry Pearl Launch Event
No expense spared for this amazing party held at Fulham Palace Gardens. As the champagne flowed, it seemed almost natural when the singer to hop up on stage was none other than Johnny Borrell of Razorlight.
5. Hedges and Butler Private Members Club
Here we have an intriguing underground lair, just off Regent Street. It’s full of character and has a live music license. Side rooms are packed with ancient books and racks upon racks of wine, interspersed with plasma screens playing old films…A superb way to round off a very busy evening. At least I have the photos to prove it!
My travelling companion was James Murray Wells, founder of Glasses Direct and rumours of our transport arrangement continue to abound…