Third Tuesday

Nottingham’s increasingly vibrant tech community and the growing number of meetup groups has meant that several of these group events are held on the same week each month. To make life easier for those that attend multiple events we have decided to move Nott Tuesday from the 2nd Tuesday of each month to the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Nott Tuesday Logo 3rd Tuesday

This will take effect from March 2014. Therefore the next Nott Tuesday will be on the 18th of March, rather than the 11th of March. March’s speaker will be announced shortly.

Beers on BigChips

In addition to Adam Bird’s Lessons from an exit talk at tomorrows Nott Tuesday Shaun Fensom from the Big Chip Awards back again this year to give us an update on their 2014 tech competition at 7:00pm. Shaun is also kindly buying your first drink!!

The Big Chip awards are the biggest and longest running digital awards outside Bigchip2014_logoLondon. They’re open to entries of all types of digital work – from software to marketing, technical or creative – from anywhere in the northern part of England. Entries will close on 17 March 2014.

Click here to find out more about The Big Chip awards

Nott Tuesday 11th February: Lessons from an exit

In the fifth installment of our ‘Founder Series’ of talks, where startup founders discuss some of their major lessons learnt, we have Adam Bird returning to Nott Tuesday and updating us on his continued entrepreneurial journey and if it’s all been down to luck…

Adam last came to speak at Nott Tuesday two years ago in 2011 when Esendex were expanding internationally, with his Going International talk.  For those that don’t know Adam, he co-founded Esendex in 2002 and exited last year with an £11 million management buy-out. He’s also a judge on our Nott Tuesday awards.

Adam Bird

Adam Bird CEO of One Diary

Adam’s now gone back to the beginning and launched his next venture One Diary.  Adam will be telling us what he learned from his 12 year journey from attic room to multi-million pound exit, and how he’s approaching his new startup in order to stand the best chance of finding out whether he is good or if he has just been lucky.

One Diary is a platform for managing meetings & tasks between multiple people on multiple devices.  Adam’s seen the opportunity with multiple workflow platforms becoming a complex, difficult and sometimes impossible task.

One Diary logo

One Diary

This should be an excellent talk from the founder of one of Nottingham’s leading tech companies and all about how to start again.

NOTE: Adam’s talk will start at 8:00pm on the 11th – so socializing first this month!

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 21:00 at Antenna, Nottingham 11th February

Speaker: Adam Bird, Lessons from an exit

Q&A: topics raised

Logo: final 2

We are down to two – here are the final 2 logo design’s we’ve chosen from the 99Design competition Ian Naylor setup, for the new Nott Tuesday logo.

Please give any further feedback what you like with design, colour, etc via the comments below or email me nick.barker@awaremonitoring.com.

We can also talk about the logo at tonights ‘How to be a #PORM star’  Nott Tuesday with Alexia Leachman

#144:

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 144

#193 in red:

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We need to make a decision very soon – so let me know.

Nick

Nott Tuesday 14th January: How to be a #PORM star

How to be a #PORM star… and why you need a Personal Online Reputation that rocks!!

As a light-hearted start to 2014 we have Alexia Leachman kicking off the New Year once again. This year Alexia will be talking about how to build a strong online presence and uses plenty of fun analogies. Alexia gave this talk at The Digital Marketing Show last year.

Alexia Leachman

Alexia Leachman

One of first places people will go to check you out is online. And that’s probably before they’ve even met you. No matter who you are today, you need to build a digital presence that reflects, supports and enhances your personal presence. In this talk, Alexia shares what it takes to build and manage your personal online reputation so that it works for you while you’re busy doing what you do best.

Alexia is a Nottingham-based personal brand & reputation specialist and is the founder of www.headtrash.co.uk. As well as giving regular talks on reputation, personal branding, marketing and social media all over the UK she also blogs and writes. You can find more about Alexia at alexialeachman.com

Alexia is a lively and fun speaker, so come along and figure out how you can get the most out of your online presents!!

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 20:30 at Antenna, January 14th January

Speakers: Alexia Leachman

Q&A: topics raised

Logo: final 4

Here are the final 4 logo design’s we’ve chosen from the 99Design competition Ian Naylor setup, for the new Nott Tuesday logo – I showed them at last night Nott Tuesday.

Please give feedback what you like with design, colour, etc via the comments below or email me nick.barker@awaremonitoring.com

#144:

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 144

#193:

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 193

#34:

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 34

#106:

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 106

We need to make a decision soon – so let me know.

Nick

Nott Tuesday 10th December: Decisions, Decisions

In the next installment of our ‘Founder Series’ of talks, where startup founders discuss some of their learnings,  we have Mark Hawkins from HD Decisions. On the 10th of December Mark will be talking about how they found their initial idea and managed to grow the business into 4 million of revenues in 5 years with 25 staff.

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Nottingham based HD Decisions was founded by Matt Denman and Mark Hawkins in 2008. HD Decisions develops data and technology products for the financial services market. Their core focus is the suite of Pre-Qualification innovative products that are transforming how banks acquire new customers.

On the 10th Mark will be talking about:

  • The story of how they started HD Decisions
  • How they found the initial idea
  • How they tested the idea, sold it and turned it into revenue and then cash
  • How to grew the business and  managed to balance risk / reward

Before HD Decisions Mark was a Business Analyst, manager and Director at Capital One in Nottingham for 9 years.

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Mark Hawkins (right) & Matt Denman
won the 2012 Ernst & Young Midlands
Entrepreneur of the Year award

Making friends with Feedback Loop

Here’s a copy of what a finalist Feedback Loop had to say about finishing in the final few at our Nottingham’s Tech Start-up of the Year 2013 awards:

How I made friends with the toughest judges

What?

Yesterday I pitched Feedback Loop at Nottingham’s annual start-up of the year 2013 competition final.

As usual, it was organized by @NottTuesday.com who also run fortnightly tech meetups in Nottingham.

Julius on the mic

How the hell did I get there?

After finding out about the event a week before and submitting a short Feedback Loop video pitch, I was glad to hear we’ve been selected. Even though Feedback Loop was started in Australia and the only tie linking it to Nottingham was my studies at University of Nottingham (UoN), that didn’t seem to cause any problems in the selection process.

“Emerging” vs “mature”

The organisers decided to tweak the competition a bit by splitting start-ups into “emerging” and “mature” categories with four and two finalists respectively. Reasoning behind that was getting a wider variety of start-ups to compete. With a growing number of sponsors and an increasing prize pot, such move looks more than reasonable.

The pitch

It was my first formal pitch in the UK against a professional panel of judges.

Since I got lucky to deliver the opening pitch, the panel seemed really keen at Q&A stage and their questioning extended way beyond the given 5 min mark. Both Rob Coward (an ex-corporate lawyer and a VC at growthaccelerator.com) and Adam Bird (entrepreneur currently building onediary.com) challenged me on Feedback Loop’s business model, product/market fit and relevance to Nottingham.

Even though I didn’t repeat some of our previous mistakes (Sydney Morning Herald teased us on that! ), I found it challenging to be caught on the spot on some of the questions.

That was my first Q&A session, after all.

The winners

George from Konstrukt won in the “emerging” category award. He’s seeking to build a social audiophile platform for a younger Nottingham crowd and has completed his distinction at UoN on a relevant topic. Some other good pitches included guys building a hybrid comparison/recommendation site from Buying Butler and Rumbly helping sandwich vans utilise online ordering possibilities, both pre-launch.

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From content.screencast.com

Ian from the App Institute (in the picture above) has built a platform where amateurs can easily build mobile apps. Interesting business model and some good early traction seemed promising, hence judges chose apps over style with Jonny from Style Compare coming second.

What did I learn?

  • Leaving your comfort zone is the best way to learn. I am really glad I applied for the Nottingham pitch competition. That led me to meeting some great Nottingham entrepreneurs and getting strong first-hand pitching experience, let alone PR for Feedback Loop.
  • It may be a good idea to approach judges after the formal part of competition. I had great chats with both Rob and Adam after the competition. Since feedback is not usually provided about every pitch in these competitions, it’s a good idea to be straightforward and ask them in person. This can be really helpful for future improvements, even minor ones.
  • Not many people know how to drink wheat beer. I repeatedly get strange looks even from bartenders when I ask to put a piece of lemon into wheat beer (Erdinger is a good example). Sounds weird? Try it.

What about you, what has been your recent public speaking experience? Have you been challenged by other professionals in public? I’m keen to hear your story below!

Julius from Feedback Loop

New logo

After almost 5 year of Nott Tuesday we need a memorable logo to represent what Nott Tuesday stands for, represents and is about.

One of our startup awards winners, Ian Naylor, felt so strongly about this he has kindly organised a 99Designs competition to help us come up with a new logo.

Nott Tuesday is about us and our community, so we wanted you to be involved with selecting the best design. Here are some of the ideas coming in from 99Designs:

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 1

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 2

Nott Tuesday 99Design logo comp design 3

Here is the link to the 99Designs competition — Please give feedback via the comments below or email me: nick.barker@awaremonitoring.com

Thanks, Nick

“Blown away” & “overwhelming”

Here’s the full copy of what both the winners of our  Nottingham’s Tech Start-up of the Year 2013 awards had to says about winning:

“Winning Notts Tuesday Startup of the Year has been a real privilege. As a business this has been a super boost, the team really appreciate the recognition of their hard work, and as the business founder “I’m blown away”! The competition was tough, and great to see such a wide selection of ideas and business models. Also the judging panel were great, adding real credibility, being both hard and fair with their questioning, great pitching experience for all the participants.”

Ian pitching

Ian pitching (photo courtesy of Nick Walker)

AppInstitute

“The prizes are fantastic, and of course a big thank you to the sponsors for making this happen, but most of all we believe this award provides us with a great springboard onto the next stage of development and growth for our company. The recognition from industry experts from the panel, of our platform and business model, will be invaluable when we now going on to seek business support.” - Ian Naylor of App Institute

Here’s what George Mills from Konstrukt said:

“Developing Konstrukt has been a great experience. I’ve had the right people around me, been involved with some great initiatives and now, from winning Notts Tuesday, I have some great resources to carry Konstrukt through to its implementation in Nottingham.”

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Konstrukt’s logo

“The support I have received and the contacts I have made from Notts Tuesday has been overwhelming and I know its going to really benefit my business. If you have a great idea and you want to develop it my advice would be to get out there, get involved with the schemes that are available and just talk to people. You don’t know who’s around the corner willing to help you achieve your goals.”

“To my family and friends, mentors and sponsors – thank you.”
George Mills of Konstrukt

George grilling

George getting a grilling (photo courtesy of Nick Walker)