• @GeeknRolla – Bootstrapping, Scaling and Cashflow by William Reeve

    William Reeve, serial entrepreneur and Angel investor, spoke at Geek ‘n Rolla on “Bootstrapping, Scaling and Cashflow”. Since then I’ve had many people tell me how great his speech was. So he has kindly supplied his slides from the speech. (We are working on getting all audio from the day as well). Read More

  • Just a Girl – Why we put on the "Balancing Tech Culture" debate @GeeknRolla

    A wrap-up post collating lots of feedback and thoughts by people who attended Geek’ n Rolla is coming. But one of the most hotly debated issues since the conference on Tuesday has been the panel about Women in Tech, specifically tech startups. Here’s who was on the panel and the original title: 11.50am
    Panel: Just a girl – Balancing Tech Culture: Getting more women involved… Read More

  • @GeeknRolla – Thanks for a rocking day!

    In the two days since GeeknRolla ended I’ve had some great feedback from you all about how it went. And I’m afraid to say that I’ve been hard pressed to find much criticism of the event. The feedback, in real life and on Twitter (see #gknr) has been roughly 99% positive (no, really!) even if I do say so myself. So, given that you can comment anonymously on this blog post… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla – Video stream from the day

    Here is the Ustream video from the day. Huge thanks to Hermione Way (@HermioneWay) and the TechFluffTV (@techfluffTV) team, including Josh March (@JoshuaMarch). Alternative link here GeeknRolla Read More

  • More from @Geeknrolla: Seedcamp's guide to finding the business model that fits best

    Live Blog: Think through the business model early on – startups often make the mistake that this means tinkering with a spreadsheet for months. There are lots of ways to sell valuable services – find the ‘best fit’ for your company and your customers. How and what are they willing to pay for the services? It’s all about the details – the devil is in the… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: European entrepreneurs need to be more aggressive and follow up more

    Bankrobber – To VC or not to VC? That Is The Question

    Fred Destin, Atlas Ventures
    Fred Destin joined Atlas in 2004 and is a Partner in the technology group. He focuses on software and technology-enabled services and digital media infrastructure and applications. He previously co-managed OM Technology Investments, an IP Services and FinTech focused fund backed by Allianz/Dresdner. He… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: Finding a business angel is like finding an invisible man – Nick from

    Send me an Angel – Funding and How to Handle Angels Nick says: Finding an angel is like finding an invisible man – they don’t tend to broadcast their presence but they network to find likely opportunities, and they also know each other. They’ll group together by region so they can do larger investments as well. There are plenty of companies out there who say they can… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: How not to be an American idiot – a primer from Hubdub

    American Idiot – Launching Your Startup In the US – when you’re actually in Scotland LesleyEccles, co-founder of  Hubdub, a news prediction game drops the 411 on how to successfully launch a startup in a region  you don’t actually live in. The site launched in November last year and got about 500k web users, mentioned across about 100 media outlets, considered to be… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: The secret of focus is to speak to other startups – Ian from Songkick

    Ian Hogarth, co-founder and CEO of music startup reckons the best way for a startup to focus on what they do best is to find third party tech tools to do the non-core heavy lifting. To this end, he’s started a wiki collection of startup tools, contributed by Songkick, Playfire, TinyCoupon, Habit Industries, Poll Everywhere, GroupSpaces and Huddle. “One of the most… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: Designing good user experience starts with picking your audience

    Leisa Reichelt, freelance user experience consultant, talking about what startups most often get wrong about UX and what they should do about it. Step 1: Find your audience.
    It’s amazing how few startups actually know who their audience is. There is no such thing as ‘the general public. Step 2: Know your audience
    This is the step that a lot of companies just seem to ignore. Once… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: Just a girl – how do we get more women into the tech sector?

    Balancing Tech Culture: Getting more women involved in tech startups A panel discussion featuring Cate Sevilla, founding editor at BitchBuzz
    Sophie Cox, co-founder of
    Zuzanna Pasierbinska-Wilson, head of marketing communications at
    Leisa Reichelt, User experience consultant at Disambiguity
    Nacera Benfedda, director of product, Viadeo Video: LIVE BLOG: Cate asks… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: Mo money, mo affiliate marketing says Joe from Skimlinks

    Hardly anyone knows how to spell it, fewer people still know how to do it. But thanks to Joe Stepniewski, co-founder of Skimlinks, you too can learn the secrets of the dark arts of monetisation. Basically, stick to affiliate marketing rather than advertising; Joe showed some stats demonstrating CPM return slowdown; its dropped consistently over the last few quarters and doesn’t… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: Building strong teams means falling in love and treating each other like family, says Andy from Huddle

    Andy McLoughlin, CEO at Huddle talks really fast about hiring a team of peers – illustrating the point with a slide full of pictures of Piers Morgan. Oh, the trauma. Other than that, this is great advice. When recruiting people, meeting the perfect candidate is like falling in love. You’ve got to be able to imagine yourself spending all day, every day with that person. He also… Read More

  • @Geeknrolla: European startups need to move to the US

    Inma Martinez at Stradbroke Advisors is one of the world’s leading digital media strategists, described by FORTUNE and TIME as one of Europe’s top talents in Human Factors and Social Engagement through technology. Her advice for European startups: move to the US. The US market is where the ripple effect of the internet takes place. It can be hard, but you should still try… Read More

  • Live From London – GeeknRolla

    Here is the Ustream video from the day. Huge thanks to Hermione Way (@HermioneWay) and the TechFluffTV (@techfluffTV) team, including Josh March (@JoshuaMarch). Alternative link here GeeknRolla Live TV : Ustream EARLIER POST: Here you’ll find the live video stream from Geek’n Rolla, a day-long conference created by Mike Butcher for European early stage tech startups old and new… Read More

  • GeeknRolla – The Agenda for the day

    Agenda: Geek’nRolla – Tech Startups Rock! London – April 21, 2009 Geek’nRolla is sponsored by Viadeo one of the largest professional social networks in the world, and supported by UK Trade and Investment, as well as NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts. Geek’n Rolla is also supported by our strategic partner, School for Startups. Read More