Doug Scott, loud mouth Geordie entrepreneur living in the Midlands.

Arrogance in the Tech world from Paul Graham

Arrogance in the Tech world from Paul Graham

Who said techies had become arrogant self centred people??

Seemingly Sam Altman of YCombinator was not allowed to be served at the bar at The Ritz in London because he was wearing trainers ( sneakers ). Picture from his twitter handle included:)

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Sam quotes:

Low point: turned down at the bar of the Ritz for a meeting because I’m wearing “sport shoes”

But then Paul Graham say this:

Shallow though this test may seem, it shows London’s not a startup hub yet. No hotel in SF could afford this rule.

Has Paul lost the plot of the real world??

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Paul does not really have devil horns but it is funny:)

 

Doug

Ignite allows people to invest- wow

Ignite allows people to invest- wow

Many people know I am a great fan of the guys and girls in Newcastle, well they have now expanded to London and are allowing everyone to invest:)

Ignite Fund Click Here

Some awesome companies have come from this place:):) Many I have invested in:)

They already have lots of the cash including some of mine……so get in quick:)

Awesome everyone

Doug

 

 

Martyn Davies – First Day at Ignite School

Martyn Davies – First Day at Ignite School

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So Martyn Davies left the kindergarden of Sendgrid to play with Big Paul at Ignite. Martyn was not quite good enough to get into big school at Newcastle but had to beg to be allowed into the London playground. As long as he is good Paul Smith will not steal all his sweets. If you see Martyn eating Paul’s sweets please warn him or he will suffer the same as Will from Chew has….Will knows. Will when he gets back from his wedding better buy Paul more sweets. Paul may look like a lolly pop:

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So be warned Martyn….be good to teacher

Doug is worried……

MArtyne is an  advisor to several fantastic startups:
– SoPost (http://www.sopost.com)
– Beatroot (http://www.beatroot.com)
– Chew (http://www.chew.tv)
– Leaf (http://www.leaf.fm)

 

Barclays Fintech Techstars

Types/sectors – Banking, Bitcoin, Finance, Insurance, Mobile, cyber security, big data, analytics, machine learning
Stages of investing – Seed and Early Stage
History – Founded in 2006, its philosophy focuses on deep mentorship and surrounding a small number of companies
Fund value – $2.5 billion
Founders and partners – David Cohen, Matt Harris
Notable investments, and value – Safello, PQ Solutions, basestone – $118k Seed
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom

Entrepreneur First

Types/sectors – Enterprise Software
Stages of investing – Accelerator that does Seed Investments
History – founded in 2011
Fund value – $100million
Founders and partners – Alice Bentinck, Matt Clifford
Notable investments, and value – Prizeo $2.5M Seed, Adbrain $1.5M Seed, Blaze $500k Seed
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom

Jens Lapinski – Techstars Berlin

Jens Lapinski – Techstars Berlin

Mr Lapinski once played and got 36 caps playing for Poland and also playing in the 1992 World Cup and got a silver medal. Wow you would not have known that would you? In all the time I have known him he has kept that quiet…

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The above picture is Jens when he was at Warner Yard doing a  selfie and below is a more recent one since he has moved to Berlin. The pictures are only 2 years apart so the German life has aged Jens considerably.

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Doug

 

More serious blurb

Jens Lapinski

Jens Lapinski

Jens is the Managing Director of Techstars. Studied at the University of Cambridge, University of Leeds and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau. During his PhD at Cambridge University, he developed, patented and licensed new water technology. Jens lives in Berlin with his wife Iris and young daughters Lucie and Anna. He speaks German

Tak Lo – Techstars

Tak Lo – Techstars

Tik Tak does love his mints:)

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He is actually addicted to them and they make him smell so wonderful, so much so that now he can’t go anyway without a minty smell.  If you see him wandering round lost then point him the direction of Tesco’s or even better carry some peppermint leaves with you at all time. Tic Tak was in the army and he can be dangerous without his fix and boy can he stare

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As you can see too many mints have made him go green.

Ohhhhhhh….funny skin but he smells great.

So much so that this is what happens on a night out

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Doug

 

The army type blurb

Tak Lo

Tak Lo

Startup operator – as a founder, mentor, and investor across the globe. Creating unfair advantages for early stage founders.He cares about audacious challenges, small team execution, education, international stuff, and veterans issues. He is Director at Techstars, Advisor at Valence Labs and Oxford Entrepreneurs and also Entrepreneur in Residence at Imperial Create Lab and Curator at Startup Genome. Studied at the London Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science and The University of Chicago. Tak Lo speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Jon Bradford – Techstars – Springboard – Accelerator

Jon Bradford – Techstars – Springboard – Accelerator

Jon likes hoodies

 

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Almost Irish, almost Geordie.

Doug

Dull stuff

Jonathan Bradford

Jonathan Bradford

Jonathan is Managing Director of TechStars, Co-Founder of F6S, Startup Wise Guys and Tech.eu, Non Executive Director at Thought Machine, European Board Member at Application Developers Alliance, Advisor at CUTEC, Co Founder & Executive Director at ignite100 and also Co Founder & Partner at Eleven Startup Accelerator. Studied at the University of Bristol.

Ignite to open in London and Manchester

Ignite to open in London and Manchester

So those daft Geordie boys and girls have decided to expand to the sunny South ( if you are from Newcastle you know Manchester is in the South)

After running almost 50 teams through the system they have a interesting strike rate to say the least. They take teams very very early and have been sticking them in Campus North ( used to be a room above a pub now is actually a building with loads of people in it ). Then Paul Smith tells then they are rubbish and Tristan, Lyndsey and Lauren pickup the pieces:)

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Companies that have grown up in this system include Adludio, NowNative, Jinnapp, Moltin, Fitgurus, Lifebox, Kontainers,  plus many more. I am happy to say many people involved have become friends and I also have dragged some friends into being investors. It has and is still a great ride of fun ( I am writing this as I am in Newcastle and have been at ThinkingDigital – thanks Herb ) but also as an investor the paper returns have been interesting to say the least, here is a quote from Mr Smith:

“Ignite is one of the few programmes in the UK with a demonstrable track record in leading businesses to success and creating value for investors. For example, our 2013 cohort now has a collective valuation of over £35 million, an 8x increase in value for our angel investors in just 18 months.”

So they are looking to raise some more cash and if you wish to play then please contact them:

www.ignite.io

Well done all

Doug

Ps . Tristan we went to bed at 2am

 

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