After what seems an age since the last successful event, Second Chance Tuesday the investor, startup “dating agency” organsied by Judith Clegg and Michael Smith, is back and with a bang!
After several lengthy discussions it was felt that it would be of greater value to the potential start-up community [attending] to initially hear from an experienced Entrepreneur and/or Venture Capitalist who had been there (raised money), seen it (built a successful business) and done it (sold it successfully) before every retires to the bar to exchange war stories and bend the ear of the nearest Angel.
Well in the UK space there are very few people who fit this bill but one person certainly does and that is Saul Klein, “currently” VP ecommerce of Skype and Founder of Video Island. I had coffee with Saul the other day and the majority of that conversation will remain private but we both agreed on one thing that right now there is a lot of me-too investment opportunities in the UK space but very little that is unique or ground breaking.Some of the companies that Saul finds interesting today include Moo, Mind Candy and SpotRunner and as a successful Angel Investor himself it is worth hearing his views on why he likes these companies above the vast majority.
So next week is:
Update: The evening was very well attended and although I turned up only to catch the end of Saul Klein’s presenation (due to traffic into London), I enjoyed meeting a whole host of friends and new faces. Thanks Judith and Mike for putting on a great event once again. I look forward to the next one. For the rest of the photo’s from the event Mike has kindly put them here on Flickr.