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Venture Candy – TWiSTldn Alumni do Battle

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Companies, People, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let battle commence!

TWiSTldn has given a platform to many companies to compete for share of voice, to fight for a place on the the live This Week in Startups show. But, such is the fast growing competitive environment we now exist in, it’s only a matter of time before that competition spills out into the streets. We’re talking full-on drunken street-fighting, bandaged fists dipped in glue and nails, baseball bats with nails through the end, winner takes all, fight to the death.

Or maybe not. I may just have a slightly over active imagination, let’s reign it back into reality for a second.

Instead, we’re talking about a prestigious competition run by Venture Candy. Those companies to which we refer are in the “Green” category – that is, companies that strive to make the world a cleaner, greener, more enjoyable place to live. It’s come down to the final three candidates, and proudly we know, you’ll recognise a couple of them.

The Finalists:

Buy Bikes OnlineGoingGoingBike – James Johnson and crew help cyclists to verify that bikes they buy are not stolen, obtain information about bikes through their Bikepedia, and match buyers with bikes through their Bike Match product. VOTE!



UK CampsitesCampingNinja – Founders Rhian Evans and Geoff Vaughn have brought the old process of finding, booking and enjoying Campsites online, in a beautifully designed booking engine. No more trawling outdated websites, phoning/faxing/emailing numerous campsites and turning up to campsites to be dissapointed with what you find. VOTE!



GiveaCar – Tom Chance helps people dispose of their old cars in an environmentally safe and legal way (believe it or not, this doesn’t always happen!). A social enterprise, a highly significant 75% of the proceeds go to charity. VOTE!



You may recall Rhian and Geoff pitching their UK Campsite booking engine, at TWiSTldn 2, back in August 2010 and James Johnson, who pitched at TWiSTldn 3 in February 2011 and made it onto the live show. If you liked either of these really great entrepreneurs and companies, take a minute to vote and make a difference.

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TWiSTldn 4 – Image Gallery

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 in Meetups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s been a little while since our last meetup, so what better way to revisit the event than to browse through some selected stills, expertly captured by Olly Freeman. You can view all of the images on our Flickr Stream

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Google Plus? Minus me…

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in News | 0 comments

Feeling a little like the kid who arrived late at the party, only to find the doors bolted tight and everyone inside having a right laugh. I can just about see in through a window, I can hear a little bit of what’s going on – sounds like fun, a lot of people like the different games being played and some people don’t. But at least they’re able to play.

Well, that’s my relationship with Google today. I’ve been trying to get in on the act, had invites from various people who’ve tried to sneak me in the back door, but to find at every turn that my name’s clearly not down and definitely not coming in. And for someone who loves their early adopter status, this is tough to bear. Especially considering some of the features i’ve seen people talking about and what the guided tour – a veritable kick in the teeth – suggests I am missing out on.

Now let me just talk about that early adopter thing. Remember Google Wave? I was there, I was early, I used it, I loved it and I miss using it. I use all the Google products everyday – you would have thought perhaps I’d be valued sufficiently as a customer to be allowed in the club, but nooooooo.

Any way, I’m not alone and at least I ‘ve found solace. Every Google Plus related post I’ve seen is filled with comments from people wanting to get in on the inside. More than there was with wave and that was pretty intense.

So, Google – get your act together, gather your kahuna’s and open this puppy up!

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TWiST #153 – London Meetup

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Videos | 0 comments

London Meetup on TWiST #153 online casino

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Dead Heat! Kliqed and MyChoicePad share the honours

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Meetups, TWiST Shows, UK Representz, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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.

Of the 6 companies, including Eeve, Kliqed, Lifesort, MyChoicePad, Skadoosh and Vungle, it was Kliqed who emerged victorious as voted by the 70 strong crowd who turned out for the event.

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.

Jason’s Picks

1. MyChoicePad

2. Kliqed

3. Skadoosh

Tyler’s Picks

1. Skadoosh

2. Kliqed

3. MyChoicePad

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

This Week in Startups 153 – With Steve Schofield


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Here comes London: TWiST pitchers #4

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Meetups, TWiST Shows, UK Representz | 0 comments

We have got an brilliant line-up for This Week in Startups #4. Six awesome startups picked from a greater number that submitted a video interview though the cloud video interviewing platform OVIA.

The three organisers Steve Schofield, Dimitar Stanimiroff and Colin Hayhurst had a hard time picking the final six and are sorry to disappoint those other applicants.

We’ve sold out on tickets so this should a cracking event of pitching and networking. If you have not got a ticket , you can always follow the event on Twitter at #twistldn and then watch the live TWiST show here. The audience on the night will pick the top three pitches and those will pitch again live to Jason Calacanis.

Here are the companies in alphabetical order:


A fun way to discover and create events with your mobile phone






A meet-up management phone app that helps you see the important people in your world more easily, more often, for more fun!





The first all-in-one system to Sort, Store and Share your files, pictures, music & videos






Everyone has the right to communication – MyChoicePad is an educational Makaton iPad app that enables people to communicate. Be heard. Be cool. Be you.

Sh! Coming soon… Earn rewards for loving the things you like.






App Discovery through video





We can’t wait to hear these startups pitch. Last time those companies put through to the live show, bowled Jason over. One of them, Tripbod, even got nominated for the TWISTEE awards last week, as one of the five best pitches of the whole of the year. Also all the companies got invited to the first Launch event in San Francisco.

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TWiSTldn Winners to get Chimped!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Meetups, TWiST Shows, UK Representz, Uncategorized | 0 comments

mailchimp logoOne area I’ve been really keen to make the most of, improve and evolve is ensuring our pitching companies have the biggest incentive to apply in the first place and if selected, to put on a great show at the events. I know that if we do that well, our humble little meetup will be known for it’s quality of both the companies and the guests who will come along to see them as a result. And to me, that’s why I’m doing this. Quality wins out at the end of the day.

So, what can you offer to companies as a cash strapped, volunteer supported event? Well, up until now, apart from the exposure and opportunity to pitch to Jason and appear on an episode of TWiST, the answer is very little (unless you also count tickets to Launch for the last meetups success stories).

But things are moving in the right direction and off the back of the event’s success, the buzz around London tech right now and growing popularity of This Week in Startups, I’ve been inundated with sponsorship inquiries and offers of support, which has been really gratifying. While we figure out what to do with them on a local level, this news actually comes from the support we’re now getting from our friends at This Week In. And, more importantly, their headline sponsors!

So, we can all thank, in a Jason monkey stylie “OOooohhh, OOooooOOOhh, Aaaahhhh, Aaahaaah”, our friends at Mailchimp who have donated 50,000 credits to the eventual winner of TWiSTldn #4. Now, I have a feeling it’s not going to stop there and we’ll have some more news on the prize front coming up…

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