Techstars London day 17: Spin the bottle!

I feel like I am 17 again; this will make sense in a minute.

Today was an OK day. Not on the coding front since I didn’t have much time to code, but in every other aspect it was good.

Started the day by having a nice coffee catch up with Maria (and Charlie feathers, our lovely dog), followed by a mini-MBA focused on explaining the types of investors you can go for. It narrows down to Angel Investors vs VCs. Quite an educative session – and the guys, Greg (Angel) and Rob (VC), wonderfully nice.

Afterwards, team Headliner sat down with the lovely Elsa to touch down on the issues she’s found through the user journey on our site so she can find better ways to improve the UX. We really love the way that she explained it and visualised it and we are all on board. More progress!

After lunch we went straight into our deep dive. Remember how I thought the guys (Jon, Max & Ben) were gonna destroy our dreams? They actually seemed to like what we came out with, so pretty happy with that.

The highlight of the day though I must say were the All hands meeting followed by the Founder Stories.

Let’s go one by one.

Remember the game “Spin the bottle”? Maybe younger people these days don’t (with Tinder and the likes, am I right?), but when i was (much much) younger I played “Spin the bottle”. I remember the anticipation, the fear, the embarrassment. Today, I felt like that.

“Spin the bottle startup edition” consist in 2 spins. The first spin to determine which company must be pitched. The second one to determine who pitches. Aka, someone ends up pitching someone else’s company! Fuuuuuuuuuuuuudge! I can barely pitch my own business (*), how am I gonna be able to pitch someone else’s??!?!?!

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Spin the bottle Techstars edition. Photo credit: Łukasz, CTO of NomNom (https://twitter.com/lukaszkorecki)

Luckily, I didn’t have to pitch, but I regretted it a bit later. And the exact moment was right after the Founder Story of this week.

I can honestly say, Oussama‘s story was the most entertaining, most inspiring and most incredible story I have ever heard in my entire life. And what a story teller! Absolutely hooked me for the entire time for real! The thing that resonated with me the most was when he started talking about courage. Courage is something that I have always thought people are born with. And some people might, but like mostly everything in life, courage can be learned and it is a question of just f*cking trying things. Pushing yourself to do things that scare you. It was so inspiring.

One of my biggest fears is public speaking – and yes, I know it is a question of practising. I also suck massively at networking events, but the whole Techstars experience really is pushing me out of my comfort zone, and you know what, it’s absolutely fantastic.

Finished the night with a few drinks down at the Exmouth Arms (all time favourite!) to socialise a little bit.

Great day all around, but now it’s time to go to bed.

Night night!

Summary of the day:

Time I went to sleep last night: 1:05
Total hours of sleep: 5.57
Mood: happy! (this is all G&Ts at this point…)
Soundtrack of the dayhttps://open.spotify.com/track/7G4dES17iyIIUXrhNmkGmZ (such a cool track!)

(*) This is clearly a joke, just in case. It is true that Stan has a much better refined version of it, but I am getting there 🙂

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