Words can’t really do justice to Morten Lund‘s speech to close 2010′s GeeknRolla event. The Danish serial investor and entrepreneur, who invested in more than 80 start-ups including Skype but was declared bankrupt in January, brought the house down with his straight-talking advice and on-stage antics (video below).
When a conference speech involves teaching VCs to play flutes and a clip from a… → Read More
Well GeeknRolla rocked London for another year and the feedback we’ve had has been incredible. The Twitter stream has been fantastic. There are plenty of pictures, and a few blog posts appearing already.
Congratulations to the winners of the startup competition. The overall winner, chosen by three panels of esteemed judges, was Cortexica. They were followed by iGlue, SongHi, DriveK, and Graph.me. → Read More
Well, we know some of you have gone through a lot to be here for GeeknRolla in London.
And some have had to hang around in London long longer than you thought.
But we know everyone is here to make this a great day to discuss the wonderful world of tech startups, so here’s our programme for today.
Well folks, it’s been an interesting weekend of email and phone calls, but the good news is that GeeknRolla is STILL ON tomorrow, and there is not one single damn volcano on the planet, however ash-filled, that can stop us bringing this awesome event to you. The very last tickets and DemoPit tables are available here.
And frankly, we have to pay tribute to you guys. We have been hearing amazing… → Read More
Next Tuesday, GeeknRolla (remember, it’s all one word), the annual conference from TechCrunch Europe which brings together Europe’s technology startups and investors, will, quite literally, rock London.
All the delegate passes are *SOLD OUT*. However, we have begged and pleaded with the venue to cram more chairs into the space. So there will be a final allocation of 25 tickets going online… → Read More
We’re just over a week away from GeeknRolla the annual conference from TechCrunch Europe which brings together Europe’s technology startups and investors. We have an amazing line-up of speakers, panels and startup judges on April 20. We’ll be launching around 15 startups in front of a panel of around 18 judges. There will also be a DemoPit for startups not selected to appear on the main… → Read More
Bebo co-founder Michael Birch has confirmed that he will be joining us at GeeknRolla in London on April 20, the annual London conference for technology startups to launch, network with investors and talk about how they build themselves.
Michael Birch is the Co-founder of Bebo and Birthday Alarm. Birch was raised in North London, England, went to Imperial College, London in Central London, worked… → Read More
This year’s GeeknRolla in London on April 20 will, in a word, be awesome. I created the concept of this this annual conference to bring together Europe’s technology startups to network with investors and talk about how they create and build themselves. There’s a heavy educational component, if you will. So if the cool kids will be at TechCrunch Disrupt in May, you can bet they’ll but out in force… → Read More
Tommy Ahlers, founder of ZYB which was acquired by Vodafone for €31.5m in 2008 – will be keynoting at this year’s GeeknRolla in London on April 20. GeeknRolla is an annual London conference for technology startups to launch, network with investors and talk about how they create and build themselves.
Before founding ZYB, where he has held the position of CEO since the company’s inception… → Read More
TechCrunch Europe is plotting the next series of events we’re planning this year.
But we’re going to need your help.
We’re looking for speakers and startups to appear at our events, and we’re especially interested in new startups planning to launch (read on about why).
Meanwhile we’ve set up ticketing sites for you now so you can actually go and get early bird ticket prices right now. See below… → Read More
TechCrunch Europe is proud to announce the first tranche of events we’re planning this year. Now, before anyone gets upset that their city or event is not on this list, please be aware this is what we are putting our efforts into right now. We are working on adding more events at other times in the year. We’ve set up ticketing sites for you now so you can actually go and get early bird ticket… → Read More
Once in a while we like to point you to events that may be interesting to European tech entrepreneurs. We’re not necessarily endorsing them. Buyer beware and all that. We’re just saying you may want to check them out. We’ve added events where there will be a TechCrunch Europe writer attending, or those we are running. And please definitely put December 15 in your diary for… → Read More
TechCrunch Europe threw a dedicated startup pitch event yesterday in London and – if we do say so ourself – it was a great success. We plan to do more of these kinds of events and, as I pointed out at the time, we will NEVER charge startups to pitch. They are selected by editorial, on merit only. The winner of the pitch competition was FestBuzz (pictured). The other startups to pitch… → Read More
When Seedcamp, the rolling European startups programme, runs its week-long event in London we like to turn up and cover the startups pitching the mentors and judges during the week. Seedcamp is built around its network of mentors and tends to attract a lot of CEOs and VCs, so we hate to waste the opportunity. Thus, with their collusion, we’re piggy-backing alongside their week, running an… → Read More
Our video streaming partner for The Europas Awards last night was Techfluff.tv, which also produces awesome corporate videos under the Newspepper brand, featuring the irrepressible Hermione Way. Here’s their take on the event: The first part of our panel on “Where is Europe now?” featuring Sarah Lacy, Tariq Krim, Stefan Glaenzer, Brent Hoberman and Michael Birch. The second part… → Read More
The Europas, the inaugural European Startup Awards 2009 for European and EMEA tech companies, were held last night, Thursday July 9, 2009 in London. Check out our live blog from the event and subsequent coverage in video, pictures and posts. For these inaugural awards, over 400 entrants were voted on by the industry and the results merged with those from 19 expert advisors from across Europe. Here… → Read More
6:16 PM: The hordes descend! Champagne is flowing, the live stream is streaming, anticipation is high. 6:35 PM: Our roving reporter Mike Butcher has been Twitpiccing: 6:47 PM: Starting in one minute…. 6:50 PM: So, here we go! We’re starting with a pitch competition featuring six startups from across Europe. Pitch sponsored by UKTI. First pitch: Bernhard Niesner from busuu.com –… → Read More
On the evening of The Europas itself we will be holding quick-fire pitch competition for a handful of startups. To be considered for the pitch competition you need to email TechCrunch Europe Editor Mike Butcher, with a one side of A4 text-only pitch, and also include the URL of your company/project/startup etc on CrunchBase (you can add your company onto it if it is not already there). Include… → Read More
So far this year I’ve has run roundtable meetup events for startups in Barcelona, Paris, Prague and coming up we’ll be in Stockholm in 27 May, Berlin on 10 June and throwing a huge summer party in London on 9 July (come meet The Travelling Geeks). But next week I will be putting together a day-long conference in London as a personal project which I think is needed for the eco-system. → Read More
Our very own John Biggs managed to get his whale-self out of his attic in Brooklyn and on over to San Francisco for the main event. Will Internet darling Kevin Rose be right? Is this the new iPod Nano? Are these legit 4th gen iPod Nano cases? The answers to these and more will be revealed tomorrow starting at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT/6PM GMT. → Read More
We’re two days from Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco has been decked out. Yay! Moving on. Ars is reporting that they’ve caught wind from a “little birdie” that Apple will release iPhone firmware 2.1 on Tuesday along with new iPods. So what can we expect from 2.1? Earlier reports suggested better GPS… → Read More
Later this month Virtual Worlds Forum Europe (VWFE) is going to be the first major conference in Europe, let along the UK, about – guess what – virtual worlds. It’s odd that it’s taken this long to have a major event about this most fascinating of areas, of interest both to everyone from technology entrepreneurs to media/marketing people. Of particular interest to… → Read More
Fancy learning a little more about Facebook? Those nice people at BIMA have given us two free tickets to The Great Facebook Debate (currently sold out at £25 a head) on Wednesday 17th Oct 2007, 16:30 – 21:00 in London. The debate’s speakers will aim to explore and challenge the various ideas currently being touted in blogs and mainstream media about the all-consuming Facebook, as well as… → Read More
If you’re at the Future of Web Apps conference in London today look out for me (Mike Butcher, TechCrunch UK & Ireland) as I’ll be hanging out and looking for things to write about. My contact details are here. We’re also delighted to have Mike Arrington, TechCrunch editor-in-chief and founder, over here too. This morning he appeared on a morning panel and he’ll be… → Read More
It’s highly arrogant. Utterly selective. And slightly random. We present for your enjoyment our selection of the best web and mobile events coming up in the UK and Ireland (with the odd wild-card thrown in here and there). To flag up your event for consideration, just get in contact. Tuesday, September 25 Mobile Transactions Forum 2007 A 1 day event for payment companies, retailers, content… → Read More
LeWeb3 is now firmly established as Europe’s ‘answer’ (if you will) to any number of startup and Web 2.0 events in the US. Held on December 11/12, it offers a platform for Europe’s hot new start-ups to present their business and technology to some of the most influential players in the technology market. Last year’s program had, it must be said, mixed reviews due to… → Read More
TechCrunch UK is backing a pitch-style event for startups in October called Mashup Demo. Mashup is a regular event in London looking at digital business, but this is their first ‘demo’ style event. It’ll be on the afternoon and evening of 2 October in London, presenting 15 companies who will each get a 5 minute slot. It costs £35 to attend, and £350 to be a demo company, but… → Read More
According to the New York Times and Yahoo the future of web advertising is here in Britain! “Online advertising is racing ahead in Britain, growing at a roughly 40 percent annual rate, and is expected to account for as much as 14 percent of overall ad spending this year, according to media buying agencies. That is the highest level in the world, and more than double the percentage in the… → Read More
Last week was a great week for catching up with a few people. Wednesday I caught up with Euan Semple, until then I had resisted Twitter but sadly I have been drawn into this backchannel web craze. Thursday was Media Tech 2006. Congratulations to Richard Youngman from Library House for his hard work in getting the event together. One of the highlights for me was the VC panel session with Jonathon… → Read More
Although tomorrow MediaTech 2.006 is now full, organisers Library House have kindly extended an invitation and media/tech firms who want to come to the evening drinks from 6pm to 8pm. The venue is the IMAX Theatre, Waterloo, London. The networking drinks are sponsored by Cobalt Corporate Finance. MediaTech 2.006 will include contributions from Google, SKY and Yahoo, entrepreneurs like Bob Young… → Read More