Some years ago I worked with a number of start ups. My thing was working with entrepreneurs to raise VC.
This fits entirely with my personality: I love being the man who helps the main man. This used to be me helping entreprenerus working to get finance and close venture rounds. Now it is me helping entrepreneurs on the boards to scale their business.
So what's that got to do with coffee shops?
Let me reminise for a second: what great days....
We closed a great Series A at Omniperception in 2004 (since acquired by Digital Barriers ), This was working for the the unimitable entrepreneur David Mackintosh who taught me "the triumpth of the optimism of the will over the pessimism of the spirit". A great moto for all entrepreneurs (though maybe Eric Ries would object).
We closed a great round at Rawflow with Benchmark Capital. Then I went to Reevoo where we worked like stink to get Eden onboard.
I got to know start ups pretty well.
I got to work out what sort of help entreprenurs wanted... and what sort of help management teams needed, but didn't know they wanted.
I also got to know the European Ecosystem, which was then still very nascent.
The one thing that I got to know best was The Coffee Shops of Mayfair. Why? Well were were constantly pitcing VCs. We were either giving them updates, pre pitches, full investment comittee pitches. The lot. And we always met 15 minutes before in a coffee shop.
And where are all the European VCs....?
Today I am a part time coach, angel, adviser and school teacher. And I try to get start ups into my Petersfield office complex in the South Downs National Park in England.