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November 2017


Taylor Wessing
Our November meeting was hosted by Taylor Wessing.

Taylor Wessing is a leading International law firm with a single-minded approach: to help its clients succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues.
Taylor Wessing numbers around 900 lawyers working across 22 offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, offering an integrated service across the full range of practice areas, with core strengths in corporate, finance, real estate, IP and private wealth.

Taylor Wessing TechFocus
TW Tech Focus is an online portal providing guidance to tech companies at various stages of the corporate life cycle, ranging from start-ups to companies entering commercialisation.



Guest Speaker

Simon Fordham
Building and Exiting a Business Successfully
Simon 1st career was a bricklaying apprentice for his Father's building firm. Working on City projects he fell in love with the City and become an avid photographer of the City, loving the juxtaposition of 'Old' and 'New'.
Following the sale of his father's business, Simon joined Local Government, experiencing the darker side of life! Forever trying to do more with less. He left as Head of Strategy, after 11 years and one nervous breakdown, to build something for himself. so in 2001, he made the leap and entered the 'scary' world of; SME business ownership, consulting and strategizing.
Simon has been a Founder Investor and Director in: The Hertfordshire Golf Club & Health Spa, Pukka Enterprises, "the largest boat party in the world" franchised in 23 countries, Restaurant 1896 in Stanstead Mountfitchet & Yield Construction High-End Refurbishments; he has built and exited a number of these. Realising that business isn't "plain sailing," in 2012 Simon started to help others to grow their business, 250 to date and counting. In 2014 he was made a Director of the "Association of Business Mentors", and invited to become its Chair in 2016. Additionally he is involved as a volunteer mentor for numerous London organisations.



Business Pitches

TeamPlayer HR
James Lanas - TeamPlayer HR TeamPlayerHR is a revolutionary web based solution for team selection and recruitment. It has a key new feature that enables candidates to assess cultural "fit" with potential supervisors and team members. This dramatically reduces the problem of bad hires and helps to drive high performance team building for employers. It has been estimated that bad hires can cost at least 32,000 in recruitment fees, wasted wages, loss of productivity and time as well as that business leaders and managers waste up to 46% of their time on HR issues. It has a patent granted in the USA with a patent application in progress for Europe.
TeamPlayerHR has successfully implemented and demonstrated its value to clients in the USA, UK and Germany. Additionally they have gained instant recognition and acceptance of the benefits by industry experts; with many companies now wanting to bundle TeamPlayerHR into their offerings. As the first company to offer a solution that focuses on team compatibility, supported by patented technology, there is a very strong first mover advantage. In addition to direct B2B sales, there are multiple income streams to be exploited. Self-funded to date with 450k and are now looking to access 750Kto realise their plan.

Claudia Ruiz-Graham - Imaged Reality
Imaged Reality
A virtual reality start up for the Oil Industry proudly present 3D Gaia, the virtual reality app for interpretation of digital outcrop models and Geological field trips in VR. 3D Gaia enables you to interpret directly on an outcrop model, fly over it or walk along it at real scale!
We are developing geological field trips in virtual reality from images captured by drones. We now have an app that allows the user to virtually fly over the outcrop and walk along it at real scale. It also allows the user to interpret directly over the outcrop and over integrated seismic images. More developments coming, stay tune!
Imaged Reality has launched 3D Gaia, to deliver enriched analogues that let us see geology as never seen before, therefore increasing our understanding of the subsurface and our ability to find and develop oil fields. It could also provide an option for training in this challenging low oil price environment
Dynamic Explorer with 23 years of international experience in some of the World most prolific onshore and offshore basins (Deep water Angola, South Caspian, Iranian Zagros, North Sea, Colombia). Deep expertise in conventional oil and gas exploration. Proven track record in leading multinational teams, and in value creation in exploration and fast track appraisal. Innovative and creative thinker that believes in Exploration for Value creation, energizing teams, the value of applied technology and strategic long term focus. Proven oil finder. Former member of BP Eurasia Exploration Leadership team, BP Exploration Extended Leadership team, and BP Colombia Executive Team.
Passion for innovation and technology has driven me to found IMAGED REALITY LTD, a Virtual Reality start up for the Oil Industry. We are developing geological field trips in VR using images captured with drones. We believe Virtual Reality will transform knowledge and skill development in the Oil Industry.

Marco Santesso - Gigride
Gigride
Gigride: We make arranging a gig as easy as ordering a pizza.
Gigride is designed to be the go to, online marketplace for booking live music gigs, starting with emerging artists, moving to professionals afterwards.
All musicians want to play more, and struggle to find where to play next, especially outside their local area. For hosts organising a gig is a hassle as they have limited knowledge of performers, artists often drop out at the last minute, and because the organisation usually happens by email and Facebook, which is chaotic.
Gigride is a comprehensive online platform (website and app) designed to provide hosts with access to both professional and emerging musicians. It is easy, affordable, professional and takes away the hassle and worry about organising live music.
Gigride will allow musicians and DJs to expand their horizons, playing more gigs in venues locally and abroad. In just less than a year, with 0 marketing spend, the founders Marco and Oscar have signed up 2200 users, who have applied more than 2000 times, hosts gave almost 500 gigs, and more than 300 slots have been filled.
Join the live music revolution.



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