I am just relaxing on Sunday morning after a busy week. Much of last week was about our ‘Creative Technologies’ event which took place at Westbourne Studios on the evening of 8th December and attracted an amazing cross section of the London techmedia scene.
The evening took the form of a networking event around a small art show with artworks from Dorka Zgrzeba, Jolanta Surma and myself. The main focus was a panel discussion featuring Steve Purdham, CEO of We7, Barbara Lippe Art Director of Papermint, Simon Hopkins, Director at Unthinkable Consulting and Gregory N. Polletta, Engineer. Designer. Catalyst. Founder of GAS DESIGN. The discussion was orchestrated by our own Steve Everhard.
We had a lively debate around the impact of technology on the creative industries and on the importance of design in the modern world.
It was also a fantastic opportunity to get together an inspiring bunch of London creative entrepreneurs, encourage some interesting dialogue and generally act as a catalyst to boosting the creative industries in London.
I would like to thank my colleagues @moni_gi and @steveverhard for organising and making the event a great success. I would also like to thank all the panellists and our sponsors Rackspace and Square Group for their support.
We will be spending much of the coming week finalising our plans for next year. We will be boosting our initiatives aimed at supporting creative entrepreneurs with a series of hands-on support services that will reduce risk to early stage ventures by offering low fixed costs. We are great advocates of bootstrapping businesses and we only believe that this can be a possibility if service providers are sensitive to the financial constraints that these early stage businesses operate under. During the course of next quarter you will see us roll out a series of initiatives under the ‘land and expand’ banner. These will target early stage businesses with pragmatic help.
On Tuesday evening I will be attending the Microsoft BizSpark christmas party at Vinopolis with @moni_gi. I hope we will get the opportunity to see some of you there.