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#HNLondon, October 2014

The plan for the next meetup is below. If you RSVPed Yes, but can longer make it, please update your status so someone else can take your place :)

18:30 - Beers and pizza
19:00 - Introduction from sponsors
19:05 - David Gideh - Using Customer Development to get Traction in a Crowded Space
David was the founder of Sambastream which he sold to Alfresco and is now working on his new server monitoring startup He will talk about how they used Customer Development to validate ideas, initial customers and why despite the proliferation of Open-Source tools they are getting traction in a crowded market.
19:25Jon Topper - Mitigating Sturgeon's Revelation - building platforms for the real world
Jon is a devops engineer who has worked with the likes SecretSales, Songkick and Glasses Direct to help them develop scalable infrastructure and solve tricky technical problems. He will discuss what developers can do to make their software more robust, with examples of mistakes he has seen in the field.
19:45 - Stephan Tual - The upcoming innovation singularity
Stephan is the COO at the Ethereum project. His focus is on the development of applications deployed on top of a decentralized singleton spanning the globe. He is particularly interested in the potential for societal change engendered by users regaining control over both their funds and personal information.
20:05 - Break
20:25 - Ben Phillips - Motivation and drive: what makes a great engineering culture
Ben is the CTO at  and will be discussing what motivates an engineer to produce great work, but from the engineer's point of view. Spoiler: it's not a huge salary, 3 monitors, super-fast computers, a fusball table and free food - he'll be looking at the psychological aspects and a lot of the misconceptions around current thinking.
20:45 - George Berkowski - London's Second Billion Dollar App
George was the Head of Product at HAILO and most recently has published a book called How to Build a Billion Dollar App, where he looks at the factors that went into making the biggest apps in the world such stellar breakout success stories. If that was not enough he also holds a degree in Rocket Science from MIT.
21:30 - Pub -

One of our regular attendees, Milverton Wallace has recently set up a charity that provides free programming teaching to kids aged 8-14. He is looking for some volunteers to get involved and help out with the teaching. If you are interested in getting involved, you can find more info at or if you can email them at [masked] .

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  • Peter H.

    Who asked the question to ethereum about the implications on journalism? Would like to get in contact!

    October 11, 2014

  • Michael K.

    That was great! Thanks to all the organizers and attendees!

    October 11, 2014

  • Robert K.

    Thanks to everyone who gave talks - they were excellent and Steve/Dimitri for organization.

    October 10, 2014

    • Robert K.

      Oh, and sponsors for the beer - even if we let our Irish host down a bit

      2 · October 10, 2014

    • Dmitri G.

      It's been a pleasure. Thanks for coming along

      October 10, 2014

  • Jon T.

    Thanks to everyone who made it out to the event last night, I hope my talk content was of use to some of you! Just a (shameless) reminder: we're hiring:

    1 · October 10, 2014

  • Reshmee

    Was a fantastic evening listening to the talks.

    October 10, 2014

  • Alan H.

    Great meet up tonight.Presentations were excellent despite the sound issues. I also had a hugely inspiring conversation in the Windmill pub after. Looking forwards to next months ;)

    2 · October 9, 2014

  • Laurence W.

    Sadly can no longer make it.

    October 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Been a long day, so freeing up my RSVP. Hope someone else will enjoy the space :)

    1 · October 9, 2014

  • Joost S.

    Busy and exhausting day (in a good way), so my people interaction quota has been met. I freed up another slot.

    October 9, 2014

  • Rhian L.

    Unfortunately I'm now no longer able to attend. I'm changing my RSVP to 'No' - hoping someone on the waiting list can take advantage.

    October 9, 2014

  • Ousmane N.

    I can no longer make this. Hopefully someone from the waiting lost will.

    October 9, 2014

  • Shey

    My +1 has dropped out, so have adjusted the RSVP. See whoever gets the call on the waiting list later!

    October 9, 2014

  • Johnny C.

    Interested in tech startups.

    October 9, 2014

  • Omar M.

    how big is the waiting list ?

    October 6, 2014

  • Osmond D.

    Look forward to meeting with you!

    My meet up group for Startup and Entrepreneurs:

    Best wishes
    Osmond Desilva

    October 5, 2014

  • James L.

    Talk looks great. This will be my first HN meetup - how long do they normally go on for? I'm limited by time on this day unfortunately! Thanks

    October 1, 2014

    • Steve B.

      The talks usually kick off around 7PM and last 15 minutes each with the headline talk lasting around half an hour. There's a break in between for networking. We expect to finish at 9.30PM at the absolute latest. It's entirely likely that we'll be finished by 9PM.

      1 · October 1, 2014

    • James L.

      Great, thanks Steve.

      October 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should be great fun, can't wait for that one :)

    September 28, 2014

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