Listen to London’s Hottest Tech Podcasts!

Recently I’ve noticed that podcasts are getting ‘cool’ again and few of London’s tech movers and shakers have kickstarted their own online shows inviting founders and startup folk to share their stories.  So I thought I would round up my favourites and post their most recent interviews. In no particular order:

1. SiliconReal

Silicon Real is the video podcast dedicated to the people of the London technology startup scene. Hosted by Brian Rose & Colin Pyle, guests have included Gary Jackson Founder of Hailo, Jon Bradford of TechStars, Roxanne Varza from Microsoft Paris and Jeff Lynn of Seedrs. Hear about new episodes here and send your feedback via @SiliconReal

2. Founder Magazine

Andy Hart interviews founders from awesome businesses and startups. Specifically, they ‘salute the ones who ship!’ They even operate a Jiu-Jitsu belt grading system for those who are invited onto the show. Are you a White belt or Blue belt? You can find out here 🙂 Listen to a recent interview with Deepak Tailor from latestfreestuff.com (Purple Belt) below. Find out more via @FounderUK

3. The Art of Biz

The Art of Biz podcast explores the intersection between business, people and technology in the UK. Hosts, Matt Stafford and Nick Levine, invite a variety guests onto their show, including Stefano Marrone of Nucco Brain and they talk about events and best practice for networking, recruitment and creating opportunities through changes in regulation. Follow along via @artofbizpodcast

4. The Shedcast

Hear all the latest news from Makeshift via their very own podcast studio called The Shedscaper! The first episode, featured Stef Lewandowski, Co-Founder of Makeshift, interviewed by @CBM. They have even been so kind to offer the podcasting studio to other startups who want to try producing their own show & content. If you are interested, hit them up on twitter @shedscaper.

5. Philip’s Polymathic Podcart

Hosted by Philip Su, the site director of the Facebook engineering office in London, ‘Philip’s Polymathic Podcart’ is dedicated to software engineers on design, careers and life. Philip moved from the US to London last year, and has interviewed Laurence Holloway, CTO and cofounder of Lovestruck and has even captured Slawek Biel, an engineer in the Facebook London office who was brave enough to demo the Hövding, an auto-inflating bicycle helmet that deploys only when needed, much like an airbag. Watch the fun below!

Listen to Philip’s advice on how to be a great mentor here!

I’m curious to know, are there any London tech podcasts missing from my list? Send me a note in the comments section below or via @ThatGirl_Chloe

How to keep up-to-date with the London tech scene

It’s hard to keep up-to-date with what is happening in the London tech scene every week, so see below my top 7 newsletters that should be in your inbox!

1. The Fetch London ~ A city guide for professionals.

2 Google Campus Newsletter ~ News straight from London’s tech hub at Google Campus.

3 3460 Miles ~ Where the New York and London tech, design, and social good communities meet.

4 TechCityNews ~ Dates for Your Diary includes a carefully handpicked list of recommended things to do, including networking, pitching and learning events.

5 3beards ~ A weekly dose of news, jobs, blog posts, and info on our upcoming events in London.

6. Startup Digest London ~ Weekly events digest for London.

7. PickEvent ~ A free weekly email digest with the best events in London.

This list was originally part of a post I wrote for PublicBeta which you can view here.

Are there any newsletters I am missing? Let me know via @ThatGirl_Chloe or in the comments section below!

Making friends over good food, wine and conversation!

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Photo credit: Taken at The Fetch London Dinner, courtesy of Kate Kendall.

I attend a lot of events. In London there are usually two – three events, workshops and launches going on each night. If you wanted to, you could spend your entire week at a different event each night, Monday through to Sunday.

I love meeting new people, hearing about their ideas, and what makes them tick. However at busy events, sometimes these interactions can become fleeting moments. Recently I have been attending dinners which allows for deeper discussions, usually moderated by the organiser or a community member and wanted to share a few of my favourites with you.

1. The Fetch Dinner Conversations

Recently I stepped back from my role as the London curator for The Fetch, and passed the baton to Louise Potter. However, not before the inaugural The Fetch London Dinner Conversation happened, to celebrate The Fetch’s founder and CEO, Kate Kendall’s brief return and to meet other members of the community. The theme was based around the state of global startups, and the evening included an informal discussion over dinner. I’m obviously going to keep my eye out on the next one!

2. 9Others

I love the concept of 9Others dinners, and although I’ve only attending a couple, I’ve enjoyed the dinners organised by Matt Stafford and Katie Lewis. The format involves introducing your ‘problem of the week’ and everyone around the table discusses how these challenges can be solved. After the dinner, contact details are shared as well as detailed notes – which is really helpful!

3. TableCrowd Startup Engine Dinner

TableCrowd is run by, Kate Jackson, and I was lucky enough to be invited to their recent Women in Tech Dinner which included a mix of women working in technology sector plus invited guests from the media. It was a great mix of attendees and format for the evening.  Apart from hosting your own dinner via TableCrowd, Kate also organises regular Startup Engine dinners usually including an invited guest and other TableCrowd members.

4. Ladies in Tech London

Co-Organisers Courtney Boyd Myers and Amanda Foley have kickstarted a new group called Ladies in Tech London and are hosting their first lunch on Sunday 22 September 2013. It’s worth checking out and meeting other ladies for tech talk and everything in between.

5. The Hub Supper Club

Organised by freelance journalist, Rachel Hills, The Hub Supper Club is a new bi-monthly extravaganza of good food and meaningful networking. Take a peek!

6. Ben Southworth’s Supper Club For Stressed Startup Souls

If the description below is anything to go by, Ben’s event sounds great! I’m definitely interested in hearing about the next one…

So, there’s loads of stuff for “People interested in Startups” ( I know because I helped set em up) and loads for “People who may have a startup/idea/no clue”. (I know because I go to them/set them up). But, there’s very few for “I am a funded startup, with investors, employees and stress”, so why don’t we set up a night that helps everyone by talking about the pressures, problems and solutions of being a CEO over a glass of something?

In permanent beta: PublicBeta Dinners 

Also, as I have just joined PublicBeta I’ll be organising upcoming dinners for founders, entrepreneurs and investors in the near future.

As I am yet to organise these dinners, I wanted to throw it out to my followers and find out what their expectations would be of such an event plus what price they would be willing to pay? I had £35 + VAT per person price point which would include two or three course meal plus half a bottle of house wine. What do you all think, too much or too little? I would love to know in the poll below. I’m also interested in any ideas around the format…

Are there any regular networking dinners that you attend with a startup/founder/tech focus? I would love to add them to my list! Please let me know in the comments below or tweet me @ThatGirl_Chloe.

Two more additions 

Wok + Wine  40 people, 40 pounds of jumbo shrimp and 40 bottles of delicious wine!

Design & Wine 8 people round a table, 90 minutes of design discussion, 3 glasses of great wine (added by @lewisflude )

How I was hired via Skype

It may not come as a surprise to many of my tech and startup friends, but I was hired as PublicBeta‘s Editor & Chief Content Strategist during my first interview on Skype. I was literally hired overnight. [The bit where I was hired shouldn’t be the surprise though ;)]

PublicBeta is a learning platform for entrepreneurs by other (very) successful entrepreneurs.

This is what I love about working for entrepreneurs and startups. They spot an opportunity, hire fast and take risks (and sometimes fire fast too).

When I saw the advert for PublicBeta’s first employee, I actually didn’t know too much about the founder Adii Pienaar, (apart from some Google stalking) but I liked the way it was written and shared the company’s vision to ‘work with some incredible and successful entrepreneurs, and share their knowledge and experience to empower the next wave of entrepreneurs who aim to make a dent in the universe.’

I’ve been working in media, communications and startup land for over three years (running Hermione Way’s video production company Newspepper.com) but I’ve been looking for my next opportunity for months (I’ll still be freelancing as a video producer on the side).

I used all the usual routes; asking my friends if they knew of any roles going, scrolling the startup job boards and seeking out introductions via Linkedin, but I believe everything happens for a reason and this new adventure means I can sink my teeth into this role and bring something new to the edtech table.

When I did send my application to PublicBeta, I tailored my experience around the role and outlined the four areas I thought I could bring value to the team and the company.

Adii responded within a week or two, and suggested the Skype interview after he got back from his travels. What I did do is set a reminder in my calendar to chase and followed up with a short and sweet ‘Hope you had a nice break, look forward to chatting with you this week’ email. This worked and I had my Skype interview a couple of days later.

Now I have heard of people getting hired via Skype before, so this isn’t a revelation about ‘the wonders of technology’ but I do think it is a reflection of the growing trend of a dispersed workforce. Now this is what I think is exciting!

  • Addi, who is based in Cape Town, SA, built a team of over 30 people across the world to run WooThemes.
  • Hermione runs her business from her laptop and travels the globe supporting founders and entrepreneurs via Startup World.
  • Kate Kendall, the founder of TheFetch.com (I’ve been The Fetch London’s curator for the last 18 months) has a community of city curators, ambassadors and supporters helping her grow her business.

So this is post a celebrate the next chapter of my startup life. I have sponged so much information over the years, that I hope to share my experience and perhaps teach a few lessons or two.

But mostly learn from this process and ask ‘How can I help?’