I’m finding myself on Rob’s blog more and more these days, the man talks a lot of sense.
How I used the supermodel cafe principle to get set up in a new city
3 years ago I moved from SF (where I knew lots of people, investors, and startups) to London (where I didn’t). Some of the handy places I prioritised attending (or organised) were CEO/VC poker night, startup burger night, and every startup meetup I could find. I soon realised I was only meeting about 1 quality person per meetup (and it was hard to create good relationships), so I began siphoning them off into a bimonthly braintrust and ditched the meetups.
I found a conference with unusually smart attendees and began hanging around the events and being helpful to the organiser until he started including me in things. Similarly, when I’m single, I work out of cafes instead of my office. If I was single and wanted to date a banker, I would work out of cafes in the financial district.
When I wanted to understand how the earliest stage companies got started, I hung out at universities and got involved with their entrepreneurship programs. When I needed contract work, I started giving talks on how business guys could most effectively manage the time & costs of hiring techies. If I wanted to scale an agency business, I would find a way to hang out every day with struggling freelancers.
Sure, mainstream banks are corrupt, but that’s not because they’re not regulated. Just look at the problems Zopa are having with getting an ISA wrapper for their products. The regulations stopping them are lobbied for by the banks to keep their monopoly.
If you were to regulate baking, bakers might be the ones who lobby most effectively as to what those regulations should be, the government might even ask a senior baker to head up the commission. Guess what, they’ll regulate so that it becomes incredibly hard to start-up being a new baker. They’ll pull up the ladder behind themselves.
tl;dr version: I’m really glad to have an iPhone 4S.
(Note: this was written over multiple days, spaced weeks apart.)
I approached this experiment with a lot of questions, the primary of which was quite simple: why…
The other thing I believe dinnerwithandroid has missed, is something that apple have recently ‘got’ which is the fact that I’ve never plugged my android phone into a computer (apart from usb charging). The way that your contacts and calendar are sync’d with your gmail/gcal is a truly beautiful thing.