Saul Klein has been blogging in his “Y Europe” posts about the hot entrepreneurial possibilities now available in and around London – arguing in his original posting and followup analysis that the combination of mood, confidence, density of talent, and Euro-initiated global success stories like Skype and Last.FM have now made Europe, and London in particular, second only to Silicon Valley in terms of possibilities for getting things cooking among investors, new startups, young hackers, and the rest of the mix needed to create a self-perpetuating series of big successes.
To put his money where his mouth is (which, in fact, is precisely one of the things he does for a living) he has set up the Regent St. London Open Coffee Club Meetup, and written about it here , with latest attendee updates here.
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting. The key is a regular place and a regular time – it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place. We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.
Sounds good – I emailed Saul, in response to his blog entry, to say that I feel there’s a need in the Y Europe approach for academic R&D labs and their host institutions to be fully on board with this kind of thinking. Some already are, but there’s still a mindset shift necessary in many places. Hmmm… looks like I’ve got to put my money where my mouth is too, so I’ve just signed up, and will be heading down there to check it out!