Introduction to the London Startup Community: Catch up on General Assembly event on 3.8.12


Note: This post is being gradually updated as of 28th March 2014, the updated parts are added in green.

The contents of this post is written based on a talk given in General Assembly London by David Langer, co-founder of GroupSpace and founder of Hasty, recently rebranded as Zesty.

Duedill: map of startups in London. They grew to be much more than just a startup map by promoting themselves as “largest source of private company information in the UK and Ireland”. As one of UK fastest growing startups they use the real power of Big Data in an interesting and informative way.

Some interesting facts:
Cicso in technology and Amazon and Facebook in Engineering are setting offices in Techcity.
NYC startup is almost 50% more than London i.e. 2 years ahead
SF startup is 350% more than London

Top leader:
Paul Graham London
Fred Wilson NYC
with London startup being more active in e-commerce

A shortlist of top players, venues, investor, etc. in the world of startup in London:

Top $5b startup in London
▪ Skype
▪ Betfair
▪ Wonga
▪ Mind Candy (moshy monsters)
▪ Lastminutes

Top startups to watch
▪ Huddle
▪ Struq: have a look
▪ Songkick
▪ Datashift
▪ Hailo

Top VC (about $10m in 1st round)
▪ Index Ventures
▪ Accel Partners
▪ Balderton Capital
▪ Atomico
▪ Nation Capital

Others: Nation enterprise focus capital, Wellington, Eden, Greylock, Octopus

Top Angels/ Seedfunds
▪ Pro Funders
▪ Passion Capital
▪ Seedcamp: is London Ycombinator, accelerator offers € 50k + seedcamp week in September
▪ Sherry Coutu (individual)
▪ Alex Hoye (individual)

Seedcamp week in September is a good time and place to network
Good resource: Seed summit (from Seedcamps) for Angels
Also search for those individual angels who are not as known e.g. look into investors of other startups like : cheapflight

Top co-working space
▪ White Bear Yard
▪ Techhub
▪ Campus
▪ Innovation Warehouse, Farringdon
▪ The Cube, Shoreditch

Top Networking Event
▪ Silicon Drinkabout: every Friday @ Shoreditch
▪ Minibar: last Friday of each month @Shoreditch   meetup/minibar
▪ Digital Sizzle: BBQ every 1-2 month @Shoreditch
▪ Techhub

Top Conference
▪ January: Techcrunch Europe
▪ March: London Web Summit
▪ June: LeWeb
▪ Sep: Seedcamp Week
▪ Nov: Sillicon Valley comes to UK, all over London, Politicians involved

Top Job boards
▪ Crunchbase
▪ Enternship
▪ Work in Startup
▪ Venture Loop
▪ Techcity Jobs

Tech hiring through recruiters
Test coder on Codility: IQ test for coders
Use recruiters after you have funding so you can pay the cost
Linkedin, recruiters use Linkedin

Top Blogs
▪ Techcrunch
▪ Rob Fitzpatrick
▪ Robin/Saul Klein: Index, the accelerator
▪ Nic Brisbourne: The equity kicker
▪ Jos White: Nation Capital, The daring journey
The last 3 are investor blogs in London

What you should consider when choosing investor: advise and their brand, this is something you don’t get in Crowdfunding, but for a physical product you might get a bigger amount on crowdfunding platform rather than Angels/Seeders.

Angel list

90 seconds Startup Demo
▪ Founders Dictionary: jargon, concept for startups; anyone can contribute
▪ Enternship
▪ Gosquared: 12 people, deal with Groupon, tesco
▪ through mobile, location-based, like personal cloud
▪ Prodpad: idea management system roadmap



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