Over 130 people registered for the first Tech Talkfest event, at the very swanky Shoreditch House. Attendees ranged from coders, through tech lawyers and startup founders to journalists and creatives. Unusually for a technology event, the attendee gender ratio was evenly balanced - with approaching 50% of the audience female.
Speaker Nikhil Shah talked about the love at Mixcloud.com - for radio, legality and communities: "Making the service legal was a key cornerstone of Mixcloud". He expertly answered questions posed to him from the audience, including questions about how to set up a startup and what he had had to sacrifice personally. You can see a clip of the event on the latest episode of Tech Talkfest TV which will be released on 5th November 2012.
Having Nikhil speak was something that I personally was really excited about as I use mixcloud.com for all of my technology, new music and arts radio shows. In a rather nice touch, if you search for "Tech Talkfest" on Google the 4th link is the first Tech Talkfest radio show, hosted on Mixcloud!
Reponse to the event has been amazing - Jas Chana of Mobcast tweeted "met just the most loveliest and bright people. a rare combo!" and "Inspiring event" was amongst many other comments. One of the things that I found most heart warming was two students who had found the event through Eventbrite and were amazed to meet Nikhil.
"I met nikhil shah one of the co founders of #mixcloud today at #techtalkfest"
The topic of the next Tech Talkfest will be "The future of TV". Liz Rice of new TV tech company Tank Top TV and Richard Kastelein, second screen and connected TV expert are confirmed to speak. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
A few weeks ago, I visited the very impressively named Academy for Chief Executives (yes, I did feel important).
Amongst many interesting things that I learned while I was at the academy, one of the things that most caught my attention was a 50 word Word Cloud by group leader and management expert Glenn Watkins (@glennwatkins), with which he introduced himself.
Glenn believes that writing down 50 words can be a great way to help you think about yourself, or any challenge that you are facing. It can also be a great technique for writing an article - I shall use it on my next blog post!
Inspired by Glenn, I decided to write my own word cloud. Often people can struggle to find enough words. In that case you can try thinking about what words your friends or partner might choose - would they be the same as yours? I had the opposite problem when thinking of words - my unedited list contains 97, nearly double the target.
This is the unedited list. I like to think that I can now pick and choose a subset depending on what impression I want to give my target audience.
Managing Director of Softwire, technology and backgammon presenter. Plus a little bit of new music radio.