Open Coffee Club
Every other Sunday, a bunch of entrepreneurs meet in Bangalore over coffee and talk about their entrepreneurial journey, the challenges they face and possibilities of collaborating with each other. The concept of Open Coffee Club originated in London last year as an informal way for start-ups to connect and collaborate. The network is spreading by word of mouth much like the famous “Fight Club”, where every new meeting sees a lot of new faces along with the regular ones. In almost every meeting, some of the attendees already have start-ups, while others are still brainstorming or planning to start out. Last Sunday was no different.
After the regular round of introductions, discussions centred on ideas the attendees had for starting their own ventures. Sharda Balaji, who wanted to offer legal support services for start-ups, received suggestions from many participants on how to grow her business or reach out to customers. The 20-odd participants also exchanged ideas and experiences in retail and Web 2.0. There was a discussion on why and how to scale business right from the start. Most of the participants are bootstrapping, so there were interesting discussions on managing cash flow in a start-up and the importance of an angel network in the ecosystem.
But not all was serious and the coffee was certainly not without its share of humour. Ramjee, one of the attendees, stressed the importance of running and having good health, when one lady came up with the tagline “Don’t just run your company ...run!”
Prateek Dayal is co-founder of Muziboo.com, an online music sharing platform foramateur and professional musicians.