Hacker News London Meetup

  • November 22, 2011 · 6:30 PM
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As usual we are slightly late confirming the talks. As promised our headline speaker for the evening is Shed Simove,  who will no doubt entertain and amaze you with stories of his exploits. In addition, we have the pleasure of introducing the following speakers:

Nik Silver - Creating brilliant teams
Azmat - Design hacks for mobile. How to get #1 in the App Store.
Avi Patchava - Online connections to offline relationships
Andrew Nesbit - Form Analytics with inForm

There are still plenty of places left, please RSVP if you would like to come along.

If you are into the whole Twitter thing, the hashtag for tonight is #HNLondon.

We also need one or two volunteers to collect the pizzas from Rosebury Avenue in Clekernwell and taxi them to the venue around 18:00. If you have a bit of time spare and can help, please let know. My email is [masked] .

Also, our old friends at Skills Matter are running a one day workshop on HMTL5 Websockets, which might be of interest to some of you. The event is on 30th November and is £95 for the day. More details and sign up info are here: http://skillsmatter.com/event/ajax-ria/html5-websockets-workshop/wd-3015

 

The London Hacker News Meetup is sponsored by these generous companies:

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Songkick.com is a Y Combinator startup (s2007) making it easy to track your favourite bands so you never miss them live. Some of you may recall some early Hacker News meetups we ran out of our flat in Spitalfields back in 2007-2008 (here are some blurry pictures ). We're pleased as punch to be getting involved in Dmitri and Ben's new meetup : it's excellent to have London HN-ers meeting together regularly again..!

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  • Ezo Saleh

    Was just thinking about the Web 1st instead of Mobile 1st outlook in Azmat's (@azmingo) talk. Here's our half way approach:

    We use a tool, http://hut4app.com/­ (No Affiliation), to quickly test assumptions for our iOS app.

    So far so good. We prototype using images, hook them up & produce a sweet safari web view that can be viewed and navigated on the phone. The web view can be added to the home screen.

    Users just hit a link from our site to play with the prototype and give us feedback.

    1 · November 25, 2011

  • James Routledge

    Is Shed's networking website live at this point? url anyone?

    November 25, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    Videos of the Presentations - "Hacker News London: November 2011 - Videos" - http://news.ycombinator.com/ite...­

    1 · November 24, 2011

  • Daniel Maxwell

    This is a curious thing:
    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/s...­
    Not the the same agent, I guess.

    1 · November 24, 2011

  • Andrew Spode Miller

    Agreed Nick.

    Just to bolt on to James' issue about meeting people - i think this is an issue to. The layout of the room makes it tricky to mingle and/or move around. It's easiest to simply sit down and stick to your group.

    I'm sure it needs more thought than this - but getting rid of 10 rows of chairs in the corner to make a specific beer/pizza area might be good?

    November 24, 2011

  • Nick Brown

    I'm 100% with Chris on this and I think he's handled the matter (including these comments) correctly.

    November 24, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    My first time - good quality talks and free beer and pizza is always a winner :-)

    November 24, 2011

  • Matt B

    Yeah, we get that, was just checking whether the sense of humour failure was genuine.

    1 · November 24, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    He didn't, his agent kindly asked us not to publish the video and make it available publicly. We're respecting that. Yes the event is being filmed, but if you don't want your content online then you're perfectly entitled to ask us not to publish it; that's completely fair! I can't see what the issue is here.

    Also we do ask that no other recordings of Hacker News are made, due to copyright reasons. ;)

    November 24, 2011

  • Matt B

    Chris, hot-air or not, you've got to at least acknowledge the irony in someone who blatently rips off other brands (Chavstick anyone?) and who spoke in public in the full knowledge that it was being videod, then issuing a preemtive cease-and-desist on that video being published. If I'd known, I'd have brought my own video camera!

    1 · November 24, 2011

  • Olly Newport

    What seems to be the case now is that the networks broadcast a cut down version of a stand-ups routine. Take Channel 4, when they broadcast a particular set, you might end up missing out on another hour and a bit of material.

    November 23, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    Who says?! Maybe Shed or his agent will read this and reconsider.

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    Dave, no amount of hot air is going to change it. Please, stop.

    November 23, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    Much like bands putting their stuff on YouTube or last.fm or Spotify etc. which barely pay them anything.

    Again, I got the (obviously wrong) impression from Shed's talk that it was to promote his book (and inspire us too), not to simply promote his touring. Sorry.

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    I completely agree with both your points, Olly.

    Chris, that's rarely true at all these days (the two year delay). What does happen though of course is that the networks pay the comedians to show their recordings, but puts advertising around/during it (or uses licence payers fees) to still make a profit, and the comedian is happy because they know that most people who watch them on TV wouldn't take the time/effort/pay to see them in person anyway...

    November 23, 2011

  • Prashant Gandhi

    Disappointed, but can understand the viewpoint. Oh well.. Might just have to buy the book then

    November 23, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    By the time talks have gone out live on television the tour is over by about two years. We've taken the decision not to edit a highlights reel and instead keep it in our archives until there's ever a time when it might be appropriate to publish the video.

    A free talk to a community in London IS the PR stunt. We were all chatting last night about how great he was. Now people can go and pay to watch him speak, or to buy his merchandise. Publishing his talk for free would defeat that. Drop it.

    November 23, 2011

  • Olly Newport

    Which is the reason why I'm very dubious about editing together a highlight reel. The show worked well as a flowing, continuous piece. Anyway, if Shed doesn't want his talk uploaded, that's perfectly fine and acceptable for any copyright holder to do so.

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    I was looking forward to using the recording to show other people what Shed does, to help him get more widely known and get him some more bookings. Genuine disappointment, is all.

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    My point is that Shed no doubt (from what he talked about last night) understands that there's no such thing as bad PR - all publicity is still publicity. It seems that his agent doesn't seem to get that though. Shed's talk worked so well because it was a collection of amusing experiences, that built up as they went along, not just one or two. Highlights will probably miss that.

    November 23, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    OK, I thought the idea of Shed speaking last night at a free event was to promote his book and other products - that's normally how it works. If he wants to be a paid speaker, talking for free isn't really a good idea?! That said, you can watch all the top comedians on TV for 'free', but people still pay to see to them live.

    November 23, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    I love the idea Matt!

    November 23, 2011

  • Matt B

    "Shed's agent has been in touch and [...] have requested that we don't publish the entire speech."

    Maybe you can post the video under the title of "Shed's incredible wit and wisdom", but leave the bit where he speaks completely blank...

    2 · November 23, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    Dave, not fair. Shed's currently working on a tour and no one's going to pay to see it if they can watch it online. Please respect their wishes as we've done and keep the wisecracks to yourself.

    November 23, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    Shed's agent wants him to sell less books? How strange...

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    We post all of our videos at http://vimeo.com/hnlondon­ - Unfortunately Shed's agent has been in touch and because he is currently performing his talk on the comedy / speaking circuit, they have requested that we don't publish the entire speech and Q&A session. We're currently negotiating with them about the possibility of a highlights reel instead. Really sorry guys!

    November 23, 2011

  • Ian Vaughan

    Where will the video be posted when its ready?

    November 23, 2011

  • Olly Newport

    Excellent meeting last night, great quality talks - particularly entertaining.

    November 23, 2011

  • Ian Vaughan

    Excellent mix of presenters, good content and experiences. And free beer and pizza!

    November 23, 2011

  • Chris Leydon

    @Sigurd Hogsbro Yeah, sorry about that. Shed insisted in wearing wireless mics. The video might fair better, but once again we had our own issues with the school's AV system. We can, most likely, spring clean it in post.

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • Sigurd Hogsbro

    Great keynote - haven't had this many laughs from a speaker ever!

    The microphones seemed to cause a few problems. Hopefully the online videos will be easier to hear/understand.

    November 23, 2011

  • Michael Mahemoff

    Every talk was excellent - thanks for organising guys! My only hope is potential speakers don't get intimidated by the high bar that's getting set.

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Meetup

    November 23, 2011

  • Alister Bulman

    Great keynote speaker

    November 23, 2011

  • steve murphy

    awesome, beer, pizza, cool peeps, great presenations, laughed my ass off with Simonove

    November 23, 2011

  • Salim Virani

    Shed was awesome! I wish I could buy his creativity in a bottle. At least I'm now the proud owner of one Ego though! :)

    November 23, 2011

  • dotemacs

    So impressed, Shed Simove was an utter surprise. Glad I came.

    November 23, 2011

  • Steve Buckley

    Fantastic night. Shed's talk was comfortably one of the best HN talks I've had the pleasure of witnessing. The rest of the speakers were also excellent although the start time was delayed again which was a bit frustrating.

    November 23, 2011

  • Ezo Saleh

    Hey, was looking forward to attend but had family visiting. Looking forward to the videos & future new year events!

    This might be of interest: I'm helping organise a small (fortnightly) breakfast meetup for startuppers to discuss/brainstorm solutions to problems their facing in their daily grind. We eat problems for breakfast! - feedback has been great so far :)

    meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Mavericks...­
    lanyrd: http://lanyrd.com/2011/maverick...­

    November 23, 2011

  • David

    amazing meeting this time like last

    November 23, 2011

  • James Routledge

    Exceptional stuff. Shed and the other speakers were top notch.

    November 23, 2011

  • Harry Reid

    Really excellent talks. Very inspiring. Shed Simove - I haven't laughed that much in a while.

    November 23, 2011

  • Shingo Potier de la Morandiere

    Fantastic crowd

    November 23, 2011

  • Prashant Gandhi

    Had a great time last night especially shedsimove's talk. Can't wait for the video to be up so that I can share it with friends. Well done.

    November 23, 2011

  • James Scott

    Hey - enjoyed attending my first HN meetup. I found it hard to meet as many people as I'd have liked due to the layout / format. I came specifically looking for talented coders who are looking to work on the next big thing - what's the best way for me to reach out to the group and see if anyone is interested in speaking further?

    James.

    1 · November 23, 2011

  • Praveen Enjapuri

    @eventslon - follow this twitter feed to know all the important events you need to attend as startup. Updated everyday

    November 22, 2011

  • Dave Nattriss

    Anyone know what the door opening time is and what time the first talk starts?

    November 22, 2011

  • Praveen Enjapuri

    @eventslon - follow Twitter feed is good to know all important events for startup companies in london

    1 · November 22, 2011

  • Guy Paterson

    Great lineup of talks!

    November 22, 2011

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