Ah Mondays, don’t you just love ‘em! And this time, we have all the pitches on video.
If the thought of having fun on a Monday just made you spit coffee all over the keyboard of your shiny new, or dependable old, Mac, it’s clear you haven’t been attending our wondrous Speed Pitching and Co-founder Dating Events at Google Campus on the first Monday of every month (except next month which, for various hard to explain reasons connected to something that may or may not have happened to a Middle-Eastern bloke a couple of thousand years’ ago, will take place on a Wednesday).
This Monday 3rd was another absolute belter – but first an apology to anyone who arrived late-ish and may have been refused entrance – it’s such a popular event, and Campus security must be strict about numbers, so the first thing you have to do is sign up on Eventbrite here, the second is to arrive early-ish to on-time, and the third is to keep your eyes and ears peeled for details of a potential new venue, which we may well be announcing soon!
Anyway, back to Monday night. The wonderful Laura, our stellar presenter, guided us through the usual HHH protocol – we’ll soon be asking you to pitch to us on a rollercoaster at Thorpe Park, introducing you to our “Don’t F*ck Me Fund Me” investor pitch nights, and if you fancy it, we’re running an accelerator in the Caribbean. In fact, we may or not be writing this from JFK airport, drinking cwo-offee and waiting for our connection to Paradise!
The pitches? Well, first we enjoyed a brief talk from Mr. Frank Bennet, who specialises in helping entrepreneurs develop their personal brands.
When was the last time you Googled yourself. Do it now! Then try googling yourself and your occupation, or the name of your startup.
If you are not hogging that first page of Google like a sloth on a low hanging branch, then you need to start building your brand.
One of the most important things Frank had to tell us is that although the focus is on you, building a personal brand is not something you can do alone. You should be looking to partner with anybody who shares similar interests or enthusiasms – and sharing as much as you can about what really makes you burn – what fires you and gets you out of bed in the morning.
When it comes to building your personal brand, honesty really is the best policy. After all, if you’re doing loads of cool stuff (like attending our events) people will naturally want to discover more about you.
Ok, ok, the pitches. We had all sorts as usual – from kinky hair care, to a CRM for pet hotels, to a secret startup that falls somewhere in between Tinder and Facebook (intriguing), to a start-up accelerator competition in Aix-en-Provence, to a bespoke window blind that lets you control how much, or little, window you want to reveal, by creating your own patterns.
Want more? There was a collaborative private holiday network startup, a payday lender, plenty of hackers and developers looking for work, a chap doing something disruptive with maps, and founders who had flown in from mainland Europe and further afield to pitch to Londoners.
And the best part is – WE GOT ALL OF YOU GUYS ON VIDEO!!
It may not have been the greatest quality, but stay tuned to see yourself in all your best-we-could-with-a-Samsung-Edge-and-we-promise-it-will-be-better-next-time glory!
We will keep you posted on when those will go live, probably on our YouTube channel, but we also have some pretty disruptive ideas of our own about how we can help you market your pitch to an audience of thousands, nay millions, and as soon as we have the details we will tell you all about it.
So stay tuned, and we’ll see you next month (on Wednesday, not Monday don’t forget ; )