I’m not too big on anniversaries but I like birthdays so today is special.
The next day, among the huge volume of comments pouring into Tom’s blog, came James Governor‘s suggestion:
“Tom – any interest in getting a beers and innovation evening together? we could talk about the issue you raise. perhaps it would be a bit first tuesday, but without face to face nothing gets done”
This got some support in the comments, but two months later nothing had happened, which made me… fidgety.
I thought – if there’s such a thirst for discussion around this issue and something along those lines was in order why not just get it going and see what happened? So I got in touch with Tom and he kindly gave it his support.
And eventually, after a little hiccup in November, we kicked off on on 9th February with Tom, Saul Klein from Skype and Matt Ogle from Last.fm chatting about their experiences and UK start-up culture compared to the States (and elsewhere) in the basement of a Charing Cross bar. Coming up from under the radar as it were.
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has since come along to the Beers & Innovation series, shared their ideas, enjoyed themselves, commented or found something interesting here, or just sent me messages by carrier pidgeon 🙂
And thanks to the WordPress team who are just generally fab and who’s spam filter software is phenomenally efficient for a free service.
Ideas for the future?
Hopefully as a community that shares expertise and ideas, we can give people a chance to make connections and to reflect usefully and fruitfully on the issues. And hopefully, we can make a difference and help move things forward….
But forward to what? I’ve got a few thoughts darting about but what I really want is to hear from you. Got any suggestions about future events or what we should be doing? If you prefer not to comment here, email me on deirdre.molloy (AT) nmk.co.uk