Entrepreneurs & Poker

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Last night was the 75th poker night for London startup types and was my first time at “Nevada Rob’s”! I didn’t count how many people were there, but it was probably in the region of 25 to 30, or there abouts. I was particularly impressed by the sheer variety of people there. Many different stages of startups and a vast variety of market sectors. I was surprised that there seemed not to be anyone else there specialising in the mobile sector, like us at Conjure. I guess that is a good thing, as it means less competition for us and plenty of interesting conversation all round.

Having been to several networking events aimed at people in startups, this was definitely the most casual. During the course of the night, varying amounts of attention was placed between playing poker and chatting about all the things that people were up to – giving the evening a nice balance.

With a lot less emphasis placed on trying to conduct business deals, I found the evening enjoyable and a fun place to be. Not least just being in the same room as people who are all experiencing the same problems as you. It was reassuring that I wasn’t “the only one at it”, which it sometimes feels like when trying compete with the “big boys”.

My favourite point of the evening was when one of the guys announced that he was just about to leave his full time job to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur which was met with a rapturous round of applause from everyone in the room. What a sense of community!

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