Well done to all of the pitching companies and their representatives for putting on a great a show on Friday night.
Berlin, it has to be said, put on both a fantastic meetup and had some very high quality companies taking part, none more so than their eventual shortlisted winners Klash, Musicplayr and Kinderfee. Testament to the growing buzz around the Berlin scene and German startups in general, the entrepreneurs were fired up, the products looked extremely polished and the presentations were, let;s say, pushing the boundaries. Ahem.
The London meetup was the smallest in terms of attendance that we’d ever done, but that didn’t stop the 7 companies coming out and showing what they’re made of.
Firstly, from the local side, it was Tray who was declared the winner, closely followed by Shhmoose and Teddle.
When it came down to the Live show, it was extremely close throughout as a highly competent Berlin pitch was met with an equally compelling London rebuttal.
It literally came down to the last pitches as there was not enough daylight between the four preceding companies to break the deadlock. Kla.sh then shook the startup pitch format with a highly disturbing mixture of serial killer stare, mankini and arse tattoo (check the video).
I felt that a combination of off-the-wall pitch and a really great looking product had really put us up against it. Taking one for the team, I decided to even it up in the only way I could. So, in a moment of inspiration, I too decided to get naked and think of England.
Luckily enough, we’d saved the best to last as Tray stood up and impressed both the judges sufficiently to be both of their favourites overall. With Shhmoose a unanimous second, it was confirmed.
And so, on to the next round showdown with which ever city dares stand in our way!
If you want to rummage around the startups, entrepreneurs, This Week In show, presenters etc. you can take a look at it all in my public MySpareBrain chart, with notes, feeds and links galore.
Just click the chart screenshot below and select the TWiSTldn 6 – 29th June tab.
TWiSTldn is back, with a very special meetup event format, to be held at Forward Internet’s offices on 29th June 2012, from 6.30pm.
In the spirit of the Euros, this event will see the cream of the newest British startups coming out of Europe’s hottest tech startup scene – London, taking on the might of the growing and increasingly sucessful German tech scene in Berlin.
That’s right, it’s England v Germany – LIVE on This Week in Startups.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the format (where have you been?)
6 Companies will take part in a preliminary pitching round, consisting of 3 minute pitch and upto 5 minute Q&A with the meetup audience. Apply here to take part with your hot new startup.
The Audience then votes, based on two criteria – 1) The Pitch / Presentation 2) The Business Idea.
The top 3 companies from each Country then pitch to Jason and Tyler in the studio, live on This Week in Startups, with the overall winners being awarded by our hosts.
Previous winners and runners up have been invited out to San Francisco to take part in the popular and ever more influential Launch Conference, held in March.
As usual, tickets are available via our Eventbrite page, limited to 80 spaces initially – so hurry, because they sell out fast. We ask for a voluntary donation, since the event is totally self-funded by the organisers and our very generous venue sponsors.
It’s a fast-paced event, at a great location, with top notch attendees from entrepreneurial and investor backgrounds,
A hugely successful meetup; 3 impressive companies, a lively panel discussion, awesome venue and over 100 London Entrepreneurs. TWiSTldn 5 featured a Live in-Person meetup with host Jason Calacanis, Tyler Crowley, Peer Index CTO Sanford Dickert and VC Hussein Kanji.
Bath-based Amercian, Ryan Carson of Carsonified and the “Future Of…(web apps, web design, etc.)” events was on the latest This Week in Startups show with Jason and Tyler, to talk about his experiences as a web developer come entrepreneur, building an events business, the desire to build products, raising money and his business/life philosophies (mainly derived from Dale Carnegie at some stage).
The show’s a good watch, and Ryan is a bit of a star. I’m a huge admirer of his companies, mostly, I just love the beautiful design and attentional to detail he puts into everything. I know very well that it can be too easy to skip over design in favour of speed, in a world where he who shouts loudest usually wins. It takes some balls to stick to your guns and apply the same consistently high quality of design to websites and products that Ryan does and I’m a huge admirer of that.
And clearly, there’s a number of people who agree.
Ryan was over in the US and able to attend the studio, since he was presumably out closing the round which included and started with non-other than Kevin Rose, Reid Hoffman, Mark Sustre, Greylock Partner et al. You can see a much better run down of the deal on this TC article.
And maybe it was this illustrious list that made Jason’s competitive streak kick in, and kick himself for originally passing on the deal. Well, it had to happen sometime, heck, we came close a couple of times at TWiSTldn meetups with Tripbod and YReceipts, but Jason finally loosened the purse strings (alright, a little unfair considering the volume of investments he’s been making) on air. What was more surprising was that Jason put out a lengthy email only a few days back explaining why he was cutting back on the Angel investments and so to cave so quickly was quite a surprise.
I think what everyone in the UK and the International meetup cities around the world are waiting for, is Jason to fall in love with one of the global companies and put his money where his mouth is and back some of the TWiST community companies that tickle his fancy.
You may have wondered when the heck the next TWiSTldn meetup was going to be? You’ve seen the guys from Seoul, South Korea; Santiago, Chile; Cape Town, South Africa all benefit from the learnings, experiences, successes and response from the Global Meetups held in London and Paris. We’ve helped the guys around the world to quickly and effectively pull together cracking events, with amazing companies and to get themselves ready for a This Week in Startups Global Meetup show.
Well, enough of that. It’s time the spotlight was back in Europe.
Those of you who caught the last TWiSTldn / London Calling meetup would have heard the seed planted for what was to come. So thrilled with the level of quality in the companies and the events, Jason and Tyler said how they’d love to come and do a Live Meetup in London and Paris.
Well I can now announce that we’re on!
The first This Week in Startups LIVE from London. November 11th 2011.
So, I hear you asking, “Where is it going to be held?”. “How can they possibly top the ast event’s location?”
Well, you’d be surprised.
TWiSTldn 5 will be held at the offices of Forward London, Camden. A truely inspirational story of success, Forward is a fantastic representation of the UK/London scene and a great venue to represent our companies to our guests. And what a space they have to offer us.
This is going to be the largest TWiSTldn Meetup yet, but still, space will be limited.
The most important thing right now, is that if you have a company, product or idea that is ready to pitch and is too awesome not to tell Jason and the world then get in touch and apply now. We have space for at least 6 companies. We will be selective and you’ll have to be on top form to get in, since competition is usually high. But embrace the challenge!! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
It’s fair to say the bar was set pretty high after our last meetup, both in the event organisation and the pitching companies. If I said I wasn’t feeling the pressure, I’d be lying! That said, everything came together (almost) perfectly which resulted in another fantastic event for all those involved – what fun!
As ever, the 6 pitching companies battled it out for the opportunity to link up directly with Jason Calacanis and Tyler Crowley – adorned in British paraphernalia – to give their pitch and get the sought after feedback from the TWiST crew.
Runners up, MyChoicePad and Skadoosh joined Kliqed on the live show.
For the first time, Jason and Tyler were split on who should take the overall title.
In the end it was decided that Kliqed and MyChoicePad should share the honours, with each company being invited to the next Launch Conference and being given a booth in the demo pit. How the Mailchimp prize will be allocated, we need to figure out…
In a further gesture, Jason invited the founders of the other pitching companies to attend Launch as well, and as TWiSTldn found when we attending the hugely impressive first Launch, it’s definitely a great opportunity for all those involved. Keep an eye out for the event video, but in the meantime, here’s the show broadcast for those that missed out