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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 10

#SGWomen - Leveraging the Power of Social Media to Build Your Personal Brand

SG Fireside Chat

Zoe Cairns is a highly respected and proficient International Social Media Influencer who is regularly asked to comment on matters regarding social media on platforms such as ITV This Morning and BBC World News. Zoe works with many companies and brands, including many Fortune 500 companies to make sure that they have a Social Media Strategy and to implement high profile engaging campaigns.

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Thursday, June 28

Attracting, Engaging & Retaining Talent, How Great Companies Succeed - The Open Blend Journey

SG Fireside Chat

Anna Rasmussen is the Founder & CEO of Open Blend an online platform that helps forward-looking companies meet the needs of the modern-day workforce, giving them a competitive edge in attracting, retaining and getting the most out of the best talent. Anna has worked with leading companies including American Express, Yahoo and BT to help them improve staff wellbeing.

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Friday, July 20

#ThamesValley Startup Community Summer Party

Party

Join us for our annual #ThamesValley start-up community summer party. We'll be bringing together start-ups, scale-ups, start-up communities and other stakeholders to celebrate the summer. A 3-hour party with great music, great food, cold beverages and great company.

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Thursday, July 26

Entrepreneur Turned Ardent Philanthropist, Pioneering Foundations. The Dame Stephanie Story

SG Fireside Chat

Dame Stephanie Shirley arrived in Britain in 1939 as an unaccompanied child refugee from Nazi Europe. She is now the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. She founded a pioneering software house back in 1962. Its eventual flotation led to 70 of her 8,500 staff becoming millionaires, and the company was co-owned by the staff with a value of around $3bn when it was acquired in 2007.

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Thursday, August 30

The Business of Beer - Building Global Brewing Ventures

SG Fireside Chat

David Bruce is a serial entrepreneur and Investor and has been involved in the international brewing and leisure industry since 1966, in a career that has covered both production and retailing. From a single pub in Elephant & Castle in 1979, David grew this to a chain of 12 brewpubs which were acquired in 1988. David went on to found and invest in other brewing ventures around the world.

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Thursday, October 18

Turning Up the Volume - How Conversational Artificial Intelligence & Robotics are Changing the World

SG Fireside Chat

Chris Sykes is the Founder, CEO and Head of AI & Robotics at Volume a technology-agnostic developer of experiential artificial intelligence (EAI) solutions. Focusing on the three key pillars of EAI, Volume creates immersive experiences using Conversational AI Platforms, humanoid robots and virtual-/augmented-reality solutions for businesses looking to improve customer experience.

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Past Events

Jon Wright (Innocent Drinks & Jam Jar Investments)

Jon Wright (Innocent Drinks & Jam Jar Investments)

End of Year Thames Valley Startup Community Party

End of Year Thames Valley Startup Community Party

Norman Frankel (iCyber-Security)

Norman Frankel (iCyber-Security)

Suzie Walker (The Primal Pantry)

Suzie Walker (The Primal Pantry)

#ThamesValley Startup Community Summer Party

#ThamesValley Startup Community Summer Party

Jacqueline de Rojas (techUK)

Jacqueline de Rojas (techUK)

Mike Hockey (Roc Technologies)

Mike Hockey (Roc Technologies)

Yasmina Siadatan (Mya Lacarte)

Yasmina Siadatan (Mya Lacarte)

Jordan Fantaay (Fantoo)

Jordan Fantaay (Fantoo)

Nick Coleman & Udhi Silva (Medical Supermarket)

Nick Coleman & Udhi Silva (Medical Supermarket)

Dan Winchester (Free Dating)

Dan Winchester (Free Dating)

Sarah Giblin (Riut)

Sarah Giblin (Riut)

Peter Kemp (PeaQuai Advisory)

Peter Kemp (PeaQuai Advisory)

Geoff Roberts (Democrata)

Geoff Roberts (Democrata)

Benjamin Ellis (Redcatco & SocialOptic)

Benjamin Ellis (Redcatco & SocialOptic)

Team

Phin Mpofu

Phin Mpofu

Director, Thames Valley
Louize Clarke (Reading, UK)

Louize Clarke (Reading, UK)

Co-Director
Zak Nason

Zak Nason

Co-Director
Daniel Holley

Daniel Holley

Ambassador
Andrei Sirbu

Andrei Sirbu

Ambassador
Lisa McGinty

Lisa McGinty

Social Media Manager

From the Blog

The Startup Books That You Should Avoid

If you search “best startup books” on Google, just like almost every other time when you are unsure of something, you are sure to get the following titles. Yes, reading is fun but if you are a founder of an early-stage startup, you should really avoid reading them.

6 Must-Read Books for Aspiring Business Leaders

Being a business leader means making a concerted effort to positively run your life, and do whatever it takes to be the best leader possible. There are a number of ways that any potential leader can start crafting themselves, but one of the best strategies is by starting to read as much as possible. There is no shortage of relevant and beneficial material. From learning how to work with others to understanding motivation and trust, leadership is a fluid evolution requiring constant adjustment. Here are six books which help with this leadership transformation.