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Weekly Newsletter 20-January 2012

From: Olga P.
Sent on: Friday, January 20, 2012 7:28 PM

Dear LSR member,

We have just passed the 1,800 members mark which is a great way to end the week.  Welcome to all our recent new members!  Here’s what we’ve got coming up for the rest of this month:

If you’re looking for investment or thinking about it, come along to our “Behind the Scenes with VCs and Venture Backed Startups” Masterclass on Monday 23 Jan where the line-up is fantastic – two experienced VCs and two successful fundraisers will share behind-the-scene stories of raising seed investment, preparing for further rounds and how the cash changed their startup.

Further, if you think your startup is at the stage where you’re ready to raise anywhere between £200k to £3m; get in touch.  We are currently in preparation for our first investor day and will be considering a couple more investment-ready startups to pitch to our panel of Angels and VCs.  Email me at [address removed] if you’d like more info.

Then, on Monday 30 Jan we have a very special presentation by Adam Lashinsky, the senior editor at large at Fortune magazine and author of the acclaimed new book “Inside Apple”.  Adam has been following Apple for over 15 years and will be sharing some of the company’s strategies and secrets he’s uncovered during various interviews with its staff.  His presentation on the night is entitled “Apple: World’s Largest Startup” and he’ll be concentrating on lessons that startups can learn from the company’s success.

Have a nice weekend,

London Silicon Roundabout Group




Startup Masterclass: Behind the Scenes with VCs and Venture-backed Startups 

January 23, 2012 (Monday) 6:00 PM

Innovation Warehouse, 1 East Poultry Avenue, 1st Floor, EC1A 9PT



Apple: World's Largest Startup. Special presentation by Adam Lashinsky

January 30, 2012 (Monday) 6:00 PM

Innovation Warehouse, 1 East Poultry Avenue, 1st Floor, EC1A 9PT



London Silicon Roundabout February Meetup – BeMyApp Mobile Olympics 2012 

February 24 – 26, 2012

Venue To Be Announced



21-Jan: Start it up! Entrepreneurs, do what you have to do!

23-Jan: Simon Brown's Software Architecture For Developers Workshop

23-Jan: InterconnectionWorld Forum

23-Jan: Customer Experience Management in Telecoms

23-Jan: London iOS Technical Group: Prototyping your iPhone/iPad app

23-Jan: London Web Standards - January

23-Jan: Central Presents... Startup Week

24-Jan: Your Marketing Strategy Made Easy

24-Jan: Business Workshop: Think Differently for 2012 and Achieve Greater Business Success

24-Jan: Workshop on young people

24-Jan: Cyber Defence & Network Security

24-Jan: Content Strategy Lightning Talks

24-Jan: Crowdsourcing analysis for policymakers

25-Jan: Chartwell Conversation: Fostering Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

25-Jan: Lean Startup Metrics - The Keys to Success

25-Jan: co-creating a discovery workshop

25-Jan: Lean Startup Metrics - the keys to success

25-Jan: Hacker News London meetup January 2012

25-Jan: Learning Technologies 2012

25-Jan: Mobile Games Forum

25-Jan: CloudCamp London

26-Jan: Finance, Tax & Accounting Clinic @ Central Working

26-Jan: Amoo Booster Series: Online PR - build your brand at Internet speed

26-Jan: Kick Start your Startup with Rachel Bridge

26-Jan: OSHUG #15 — Wireless

26-Jan: Cut and Paste London

27-Jan: How entrepreneurship and innovation affects a city

27-Jan: The Design of Understanding 2012

28-Jan: Rewired State: Social TV — Education

28-Jan: London Green Hackathon

28-Jan: Winter Hackathon





NYSA’s first event kicked off successfully – January 19, 2012

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Apple Navigates China Maze – January 18, 2012

Apple Inc. is increasingly finding itself pinched between the promise and perils of doing business in China. That challenge was thrown into sharp relief by a pair of developments Friday. Under pressure from activists in the U.S. and abroad, the company released a 27-page report detailing working conditions throughout its supply chain, which sprawls throughout Asia, but especially China.


Kirsten Gillibrand On New York’s ‘New Digital Future’ – January 18, 2012

At the ABNY breakfast this morning, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said growing New York’s technology sector is key to improving the state’s economy. She said she hopes to help high tech companies flourish in New York by pursuing new legislation, investment and tax credits, and by supporting the push for an NYU and Polytech applied sciences campus in Brooklyn.


White House Says It Opposes Parts of Two Antipiracy Bills – January 17, 2012

The Obama administration said Saturday that it strongly opposed central elements of two Congressional efforts to enforce copyrights on the Internet, all but killing the current versions of legislation that has divided both political parties and pitted Hollywood against Silicon Valley.


New York rising: Brooklyn gets its first VC fund – January 17, 2012

With all the momentum around New York’s burgeoning tech scene, the focus has been on Manhattan and various startups taking off there. But Charlie O’Donnell, a principal at First Round Capital, thinks Brooklyn is increasingly where the action is, and he’s launching the first Brooklyn-based venture capital fund to help kick-start companies on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge.


Hello VentureBeat: I’m your new sleuth in Silicon Alley, serving up scoops with your morning coffee – January 16, 2012

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Can New York City ever be the next Silicon Valley? – January 16, 2012

For years now different cities not only in the U.S. but across the world have hoped to become the next Silicon Valley but none of them have slightly come close to compete against the Tech Capital of the world.


Collaborative Consumption Reaches the Garage – January 14, 2012

That Dodge Nitro sure looks like a sweet ride. Parked in an alley near Boston’s Symphony Hall, it’s just waiting to be boosted. My accomplice and I pull our winter caps low and sidle up to the white SUV. I pull out an electronic card, pass it along the windshield, and hear a reassuring click as the door locks release. We quickly duck into the seats, find the hidden ignition key, and start it up. No alarms. I step lightly on the gas and we pull away.


JWT Creative Hires Represent Needed Sizzle – January 14, 2012

With the appointment of new creative leaders from Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, JWT CEO Bob Jeffrey seems to be trying to regain the star power he lost when Ty Montague left in 2010.


StartUp Games to attract foreign start-ups to Tech City – January 13, 2012

The government is to invite 300 international start-ups to Tech City at the same time as the Paralympic Games, to take part in a new ‘StartUp Games’ initiative. The event – which will be organised by the government’s trade and investment promotion industry, UKTI, in cooperation with the Olympic Park Legacy Company – will see foreign start-ups compete to be recognised among the world’s highest potential start-ups.


Here’s Where I See Tech Going In 2012 – January 13, 2012

2011 was a watershed year for technology throughout the world (see my post), with technology enabling collaborative consumption, mobile marketing, empowered individuals, social commerce and disruption in the education sector.  2012 is poised to be even more exciting.  What’s in store?


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Shutl is looking for a Senior Ruby Developer and Agile Evangelist to join our exciting London based tech startup. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a high profile/growth venture backed business with an awesome team that is making some major waves. The right candidate will join Shutl’s engineering team based in Shoreditch, and will be instrumental in architecting, designing, building, and scaling the Shutl technology platform.


Head of Business Development @ skimlinks (Full-Time)

At Skimlinks, we have a team of bright, passionate business development managers, who believe in our company motto that we don’t just sell our technology to our customers, but we sell ourselves: our love of innovation, our empathetic approach to winning and retaining customers, and desire to delight everyone we come in contact with. We want someone to lead this team and take Skimlinks to further greatness.


JavaScript Front End Engineer @PeerIndex (Full-Time)

You: a Javascript “ninja” (yeah, we hate saying it) who is sick of getting the call for “yet another website” that is more of brochure-ware and marketing glitz. You have been itching to prove that MVC works ont he front-end as well.  You’d love to create engaging interactions using HTML5/CSS3 solutions that run on the better browsers, iPads, mobile devices – so  your friends and family can understand what it is you do beyond “my son/daughter makes the Internet”.


Sales Executive @ Gloople (Full-Time)

If you are passionate about sales and excited by technology and the world of e-commerce and social media and want to work in a growing sales team, then this is the job for you. We are young, fast moving and entrepreneurial and we are looking for a smart, friendly sales executive with a passion for technology and sales to be part of the team. You will be working in our lovely offices near the Silicon Valley in Shoreditch and be paid your expenses + commission.


Flash Developer @ Bossa Studios (Full-Time)

We are looking for experienced Action Script Developers to join our coding team. You will be working on next generation social games for Facebook; these are big projects and take a minimum of 6 months. The environment is fun, rewarding and challenging. We believe in all hands to the pumps as the situation requires, a high degree of flexibility in your attitude to work is essential.


VP – Product Delivery / CTO @ The Currency Cloud (Full-Time)

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Six Marketing Mistakes at CES 2012 – Harvard Business Review

Oh Private Money, Where Art Thou? – ArcticStartUp

How to Start Up in the New Year – Small Business

Why Startups Shouldn’t Hire PR Firms – Business Insider

Social Entertainment Network GetGlue Raises $12 Million In New Financing – TechCrunch

Techstars Startup Contently Raises $2 Million From Lightbank To Hoard 3,000+ Freelance Writers For Advertisers – Business Insider

Mayor Bloomberg Will Learn How To Write Code In 2012 – TPM Idea Lab

Capital Sources Reveal Easier Path For New Business Success – Active Filings


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