We are happy to say that we’d like to invite your team to Seedcamp Week, the week of September 21st, here in London. More details to follow
And thus, the end of September became altogether more exciting.
Excitement which morphed into a sort of fraught tension which accompanied our inability to find accommodation other than the disconcertingly named “Generator” which promised ‘nightly entertainment until 3am’, a ‘chill out room’ and dormitories.
To my great personal regret I even posted a request for accommodation on Gumtree, which considering we are going to be a classified ads site with the express intent to crush them mercilessly, stuck in my throat. Thankfully, if not a little disconcertingly, the replies I got all had suspiciously similar formats; emails in the style [Surname][Forename][random number]@hotmail.com and repeated requests for me to prove I was ‘genuine’. Gumtree had failed both in providing us with accommodation as well as stealing all our worldly possessions (including the Advertag source code).
Eventually though we found a decent place within walking distance of Seedcamp although we were compelled to provide IT Support to the hotel’s owners before we could get the promised wireless. Sadly, there was little we could do to improve their dot matrix printer.
Although Seedcamp officially started on Monday, the organisers provided a presentation class on the Sunday headed by the rather excellent Annette Kramer.
The problem was that we were expecting this class to help us write our presentations and hence we didn’t actually have a presentation to give. Thus, when each team was asked to stand up in front and give their presentation, ours was somewhat organic in nature. Although the feedback was very useful, we still had an awful lot of work still do to before we could give the presentation.
A presentation that would take place in front of a couple of hundred assembled judges, investors, industry experts, press, mentors and television cameras.
9am the next morning.
Next up: Part 5 – Monday, 2am
How do you prepare for presentations? How do you go about booking hotels at the last moment? How many people in your family still think you job is “fixing computers“? Express yourself in the comments below!