Techstars London day 12: The party and the day after

I wrote yesterday’s blog post before the end of the working day because we were heading to Playfair Capital’s summer party and I knew I would be in no condition of writing anything by the time I’d come back home. It was a bit rushed, so I will start today’s chronicle with a little summary of the evening yesterday.

We started the all hands meeting by sharing the wins of the week. We had a few, but I am not allowed to share publicly (company secrets!) – then the bad stuff; we personally didn’t have any worth sharing (other than the mentor madness was indeed madness and the 7.30am meetings).

The moment Stan pointed at us: “My co-founders Maria and Rosario, that if you haven’t seen them yet I am sure you have heard them”. Photo credit: Nakkeeran, lovely Techstars associate. The moment Stan pointed at us: “My co-founders Maria and Rosario, that if you haven’t seen them yet I am sure you have heard them”. Photo credit: Nakkeeran, lovely Techstars associate.

After that, it was the turn of half the companies to present their businesses (the ones that didn’t get to present last week). We were among the ones yesterday and I thought Stan did a good job. My favourite part was when he was presenting Maria and myself: “My co-founders Maria and Rosario, that if you haven’t seen them yet I am sure you have heard them”. Yes, you guessed well, we are both very loud; but hey, it comes from the passion within, so deal with it.

Right after the presentations it was the turn for the “Mentor Whiplash”; denomination that comes from the contrarian views that the ~35 people that you meet all week have about your business. A few examples of what was said (by different companies which I will not identify, because really, there’s no need): “You should go for the B2B market” vs “Go for B2C” vs “I don’t see why you cannot just do both”. Or “you should totally start looking for investment” vs “you should totally avoid investment, you won’t need it”. But my favourite was “you should apply to YCombinator” – we all laughed pretty hard at this moment!

And finally, before we got to the party, the co-founder of Deliveroo, William Shu joined us to talk a bit about his experience with his startup, and he even ordered some food for us! Though there were plenty of hungry geeks around and I didn’t get to catch any of it!.

And the time to go to the party arrived! It was held at The Collective, pretty impressive place. Tons of lovely people and free drinks! The best part(*) of the night was to have time to socialise with fellow companies at the cohort without it being running up and down in between mentor madness or deep dives; also my good friends who work at Osper; Jesper; my good friend Lesya and some other lovely people that I got to meet there.

There were two remarkable moments of the night: a conversation with Max (Kelly) that was overdue and “The terrible twins” DJ skills; they totally brought the party to the next level – for 10 minutes (the time they were “allowed” to perform, just before we got kicked out – closing time).

From left to right, CEO of Ambie.fm Gideon Chain and CEO of Headliner Stan Mcleod, collectively known as The Terrible Twins.  From left to right, CEO of Ambie.fm Gideon Chain and CEO of Headliner Stan Mcleod, collectively known as The Terrible Twins.

The Terrible Twins vs DJ Swedish Amateur, aka Jesper The Terrible Twins vs DJ Swedish Amateur, aka Jesper

All in all, very good party (Thanks for the invite Playfair!). You know, I am a firm believer in partying. It relaxes you, which is pretty much needed with all the stress we are exposed too, and what the heck, because is fun. So my motto lately has been: “Word hard, play hard”. Keep the balance, or you’ll go mental. Especially if you are a social animal like the Headliner founders are; we are an entertainment company after all!

With Lesya (left) - Aware there's a hand in the photo, but it's the only one I have where you can see both our faces well. With Lesya (left) – Aware there’s a hand in the photo, but it’s the only one I have where you can see both our faces well.

My lovely co-founder Maria (right) and I after leaving the party.  My lovely co-founder Maria (right) and I after leaving the party.

Not all in this life is work; live a little, have a laugh and a little dance, you’ll feel much better afterwards.

 

…Until the next day that is. If not, ask Stan, who had to be in the office for the CEO meeting at 7:30am after a late night partying. I am proud and impressed! I arrived by 9am and even though I did not feel hangover, I did feel tired and felt like you could totally tell I was out the night before. Good thing I had some concealer in the office!

Despite all the tiredness though, today was actually productive. I didn’t join any meetings today (as I explained in my previous post) so that left more time for coding.

But by 5.30pm I really felt like I needed to leave. So I did. And now I am here finishing this blog post with the font extra big so I can see what I write cause my eyes keep closing more and more. So I am gonna call it a night, and wish you all a very happy weekend.

Lesya (left), myself (center) and the amazing Emma (right) from Warner Yard.  Lesya (left), myself (center) and the amazing Emma (right) from Warner Yard.

Summary of the day:

Time I went to sleep last night: 3.10am
Total hours of sleep: 4.11 (deep sleep: 2.45)
Mood: I have giggled a lot today due to the tiredness, but that means I am happy. At this very moment, I just want to pass out on the sofa.
Soundtrack for the day: https://open.spotify.com/track/49ErwcBYfYRPNBdRuPvpYA (the song that we got a taste of but never finished, courtesy of ‘The terrible twins’ soon available to book on Headliner for your next party).

(*) In no particular order

PS: Squarespace truly is terrible for blogging so I am gonna be migrating sometime over the weekend. More on this later.

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