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Happy startup stories

Hello all,

We've had a change in venue for this month's meetup. Some of us found The Oyster Shed a little difficult to get to, so hopefully The Castle, Farringdon will be a bit more convenient for everyone. Join us upstairs, and spread the word to anyone with startup ideas.

We have 3 guest speakers lined up for the evening, all sharing their stories of building happier businesses around their passion and how you can too.

Here's a schedule for the evening:

[masked]pm Arrival

[masked]pm Startup stories

Laurence McCahill, intro from Happy Startups founder & Organiser

1) Julia Coggins founder of Singing Bluebird

2) Claire Holgate, Graphic recorder and project kickstarter

3) Mark Sears founder of Them Big Oak Trees

[masked]pm Questions for speakers

[masked]pm Networking & Close

And some short bios for all our speakers below.

Mark Sears, Founder of Them Big Oak Trees has confirmed and will be giving an inspiring talk on going solo.

Mark spent 13 years at Virgin group where he oversaw the strategic direction of the Virgin brand and provided brand support for the 200 established Virgin businesses globally by championing the special culture that makes Virgin unique.

18 months ago Mark decided to fly solo. He now works with brands and entrepreneurs helping them focus on growing purposeful brands that change things, for good. His unique take on brand building uses the principle of fieldwork to explore how natural systems and processes can provide the inspiration for growing future-proofed meaningful brands.

Mark will explain why he decided to leave a dream job to follow his passion and how you can grow your brand around the things that inspire you most.

Claire Holgate, more info at www.claireholgate.co.uk.

After years of a ‘proper’ job and then having children, Claire found herself returning to her career and struggling to balance busy work and a long commute into London with the demands of her growing family. She had always dreamed of working for herself, of being creative and working with others in a more sustainable, more happy way. When an opportunity for voluntary redundancy came up, Claire grabbed it and took a year off, to look after her children, do a lot of thinking, some planning and doodling.

After some highs and lows, everything came together and Claire started working for herself as a self-labelled 'graphic recorder and project kickstarter' last year. She now works with people and organisations, helping them to visualise their goals and ideas through her drawings. She teaches others to make the most of social media and creative thinking in order to show the world their ideas in a different way.

Claire will talk about the ups and downs of her exciting journey and some important lessons she's learnt along the way.

Julia Coggins, Founder of Singing Bluebird will be sharing her own happiness journey in helping people improve their happiness and wellbeing, through training, coaching and by developing supportive communities.

Julia spent a number of years working in retail management, loathing her job so much she walked out on a busy day during the Christmas period. She retrained in Human Resources becoming a consultant. For the last 4 years, she has worked closely with the Voluntary Services Lewisham, in researching, funding, designing and delivering happiness and wellbeing programmes for people dealing with depression, anxiety, stress and more severe and enduring mental health issues, part time, inspiring her to go it alone.

She'll be sharing her story on how she embarks upon building her own happiness consultancy.

You can follow us on twitter to stay tuned @happystartups

Looking forward to seeing everyone there,

Fiona & The Happy Startup School team

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  • Laurence M.

    Here's the Mickey Smith Do Lectures talk (with his film at the end) 'Do Trust in The Things You Love www.dolectures.com/lectures/do-trust-in-the-things-you-love/ – if any of you are going to Do Lectures, see you there :)

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speakers stories were all inspirational! Well worth coming down to chat to these happy guys and girls :)

    March 28, 2013

  • Carlos S.

    I like tech, I like Start Ups, I like happiness! All good.

    March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yo Carlos! Thanks for the chats :) Had a great time!

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks guys for the meetup. Had some really good conversations :) Sorry I didn't get to speak with you all but please check out my project on KickStarter! I have poured months into this project in the hope that this will help us to become more grateful :) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/glencooper/project-happijar-its-the-little-things-that-count

    Thank you in advance and see you soon!!

    March 28, 2013

  • Laurence M.

    I don't know about you but I'm inspired by that. Thanks again to the great speakers. And those with challenges – time to start doing! Just getting started is the hard part.

    March 28, 2013

  • Fiona D.

    Hey guys, quick note for tonight, we'll be upstairs so come straight up! See you soon!

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Coolio

      March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quick start the meeting before everybody cancels lol. Jus kidding ;)

    March 27, 2013

  • Chris T.

    Looking forward to demoing my idea from the previous event.

    March 26, 2013

    • Laurence M.

      Did you want to do a 1 min shoutout to the group?

      March 26, 2013

    • Chris T.

      Hi Laurence, I was just planning on showing it to a couple of people from last time who expressed interest in it. Cheers though!

      March 27, 2013

  • Tiffanie

    I am really sorry but I am no longer able to attend! Very disappointed however I will be at the next one. Have a great evening!

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it this time due to a professional obligation.

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to let you all know... our Happiness App project on KickStarter wen tlive last Friday!! Weeeee! Check it out? http://goo.gl/ZW3u4 Can't wait to chat with you all about what you are up to :)

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry - double booked evening. Will catch next one.

    March 20, 2013

  • Sunna 'svk' Van K.

    Looking Forward to it!

    March 19, 2013

  • Laurence M.

    Look forward to meeting you all. Should be a great night.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait. Happiness for all!

    March 15, 2013

  • Sal

    X

    March 7, 2013

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