7 February 6:30pm8:30pm

ustwoTALKIES: What I Wish I’d Known II


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Startup Edition

Digest our panel’s candid advice in whichever medium suits you best. Enjoy podcast, write-up and vid below…

The podcast:

The write-up:

Our first What I Wish I’d Known event left all of us at ustwo with a serious case of the warm and fuzzies, as well as a ton of practical career advice – so we were eager to get another one in the diary. This time, we got into the nitty gritty of entrepreneurship, with a panel of industry leaders serving up no-holds-barred advice for founders past, present and future.

One venture capitalist, two seasoned founders, an early stage founder and the head of a co-working space – we gathered a panel that represented the entire startup lifecycle, and boy did their discussion reflect a broad spectrum of experience. We dug into it all, from the importance of product, to approaching fundraising, who makes a successful founder and other big questions.

But before getting into the discussion, we welcomed the audience into the event space at Protein studios, where we had Victory Gin waiting to limber them up with plenty of cocktails. The Moodnotes team were there too, dishing out Mood-totes, exclusive badges and insight into their product.

It was heartening to see a mixed crowd coming to see an all-female panel – doing this is part of ustwo’s commitment to address the broader gender imbalance of the London tech scene, and give attendees of all genders, ages and cultures the chance to hear from four awesome women. And, when compére Nafisa Bakkar polled the (hopefully truthful) audience, only a minimal percentage had just come for the free booze – most in attendance were actually early stage or potential founders.

To read more about the specifics to hear the panel’s no bullshit advice then check out our blog post here.

Or alternatively, enjoy the vid and watch for yourself:

Our Panel

Alex Depledge – Founder – Hassle


Alex Depledge is the straight talking businesswoman behind British tech success story Hassle.com. Alex’s achievements in building one of the most acclaimed startups to emerge from London’s Tech City has made her into one of the UK’s highest profile female entrepreneurs.

Nafisa Bakkar – Founder – Amaliah


Nafisa is the co-founder of Amaliah, a fashion site that collates modest clothing options for young Muslim women. She was named this year in Forbes as ‘one-to-watch’ for 2017.

Sarah Drinkwater – Head Of Google Campus London

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Sarah heads up Campus London, Google’s first physical startup hub, providing founders with work space, mentorship, educational programs and access to a vibrant and supportive network.

Previously, she started Google’s global Maps review community, worked in content for startups, advised brands on their social media, and was a journalist.

Jo Roach – Founder – Makie Labs


An accomplished operational and creative business leader and BAFTA award winning digital director-producer, Jo founded and launched the world’s first 3D printed toy company.

Sitar Teli – Venture Capitalist


Sitar Teli is a founder and managing partner of Connect Ventures, a venture firm she started in 2012 with her two partners, Pietro Bezza and Bill Earner.  Since its founding, Connect has invested in over 30 companies across Europe, including Citymapper, Typeform, CharlieHR, Boiler Room, Pact Coffee and Marvel Prototyping.  Prior to starting Connect Ventures, Sitar was at Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, where she led that firm’s €2.5m investment in SoundCloud’s Series A.