Posted on Oct 11, 2012 by | 0 Comments
By Dug Campbell
If you’re reading this blog as a founder of a local tech startup, you may already be aware of Tech Law For Startups. If not, this was a regular event that I originally set up to give the local startup community an opportunity to meet and share knowledge about issues high-growth startups have in common whilst networking over beer and pizza.
A number of strong connections were made between founders and others over time which resulted in positive results on at least a few occasions (that I’m aware of at least). In addition, the events received a certain amount of positive coverage both in the press and the local tech community (for example, coverage of Tech Law For Startups from The Guardian newspaper can be found here and a liveblog of the first event on the StartupCafe website can be found here).
Pressure of real life has resulted in the meetups unfortunately taking a backseat over recent months. But I’m now happy to say that Tech Law For Startups will be starting up again on Thursday 22nd November, starting with the Halloween-themed, ‘Don’t Be Haunted By Startup Howlers’. In case you're wondering about the theme, the event was rescheduled from 31st October!
If you’ve not been along before, the format is straightforward - drinks and interactive chat, punctuated by pizza. There will be a short discussion about some of the mistakes that startups make in the early days which can create significant issues over the longer-term. Once again, MBM have agreed kindly agreed to sponsor the meetup by providing the facilities and much-appreciated refreshments.
‘Equity: A Resource for Startups - An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Rewarding Staff and Paying for Services with Equity’ is our attempt to provide a definitive guide to how startups can use equity effectively in the early days and it will be available for free to the startup community on the night.
Just one final point. We continue to talk abouthow we can help the early-stage community thrive within Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond. So let me just reiterate - the real purpose and value of Tech Law For Startups is to create an informal setting for those types of connections to be made, knowledge to be shared and, hopefully, collaborations to form as a result to the benefit of all.
So, if you enjoy startups, beer and pizza, and have an interest in the startup community, come along. Details can be found on the Meetup site - hope to see you there.