A startup entrepreneur has become the first person in the UK to buy the new iPad in store, two of them in fact. Chris Leydon, GoSquared (realtime web site analytics, which competes with Chartbeat), stood in line outside PC World on Tottenham Court Road which opened at midnight. A mere 5 minutes walk away in Regent Street, Apple’s flagship UK store only opened at 8am this morning. I bet the huge queue of Mac fans outside the Apple store were more than a little annoyed… He even did an unboxing video. Update: It appears startups have realised this is a good press opportunity. Andrew Brackin was first out of the Regent street store the new iPad and just happens to be working on a startup called Amped.io.
Chris showed some canny entrepreneurial skills in securing his two iPads. “I saw a rumour going around on Twitter that the PC World nearby would be opening at midnight, eight hours ahead of the Apple store. I phoned the PC World Press Office and the store itself and they confirmed.”
So Chris turned up at 6pm last night to find himself the only person queuing outside the store. He then stood outside for 6 hours until the store opened.
Well, there’s nothing like persistence to keep a startup going – and get yourself a new iPad.