Michael Schuster – Speedinvest – The CEE startup ecosystem

Michael Schuster from Speedinvest, seedstage VCs from Austria joined us to talk about the CEE startup ecosystem and give you an insight into working with non-UK investors.

They also co-invest with Seedcamp, Hoxton, Atomico and the like and and among others invested in UK startups such as Loot and Curve.

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Martin Bryant, Community Editor at Tech North talks about growing your startup in the North

Growing your startup in the North: London isn’t the only place you can grow a startup. Many people are finding a better life and building great businesses across the North of England.

What’s it like to start up or grow a tech company in a city like Manchester or Newcastle? Martin explains.

Martin Bryant is Community Editor at Tech North, where he tells the story of technology in the North of England. He uncovers world-class companies, people and initiatives that often fly under the radar of major tech publications. Martin was previously Editor-at-Large at The Next Web and is a regular fixture on technology conference stages in Europe and the USA.

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Tiana Portugal from Tide.co bank talks fintech customer acquisition strategy

Tiana Portugal, Head of Acquisition Marketing at Tide talks about how to approach your customer acquisition strategy. From strategy to execution, how your start-up can be successful in acquiring customers and scaling marketing investment as you grow.

This talk was part of our Fintech focused meetup. Tide is a business current account with tools that save you time and money

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Sam Barton from Smart Pension talks about taking on established fintech brands as a startup

Sam Barton, CTO of Smart Pension talks about how they took on the established players in the pension world.

This talk was part of our Fintech focused meetup. Smart Pension helps companies comply with the new UK pension laws and get their employees onto a pension scheme. Quite uniquely in the pensions space, they bring a modern platform, technical integrations with other platforms, and APIs

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Charlie Taylor from Curve talks about fintech growth lessons

Charlie Taylor, Growth Lead at Curve, share lessons on growth, what he has learned from year 1 in team of 1, looking for 10x. He talks about what’s worked, what’s not worked, and what Curve is still hoping will work.

This talk was part of our Fintech focused meetup. Curve combines your bank cards into 1 card and lets you see every transaction in real-time across all your bank cards on one simple screen.

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John Quinton of Overdrive Digital talks Linkedin advertising for startups

Jon Quinton from Overdrive Digital runs us through how to get started with Linkedin advertising for startups

On the surface, LinkedIn’s advertising platform appears extremely limited when compared to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. However, the string in LinkedIn’s bow is the ability to target B2B audiences at an incredibly granular level

Stuart Gregory talks about how Transferwise launches a product

Stuart Gregory, Business Product Manager at Transferwise talks about how Transferwise approaches launching a product aimed at businesses

Stuart shows us how he approaches this problem by understanding early adopters and how he interviews them to be able to understand why they love Transferwise and then translates their language into the product itself

He also walks us through what its like working internally at Transferwise and how he works with both Legal and Compliance teams to make substantive improvements to their products that go far beyond just cosmetic design tweaks