London’s got its mojo back

image On Tuesday night I attended the Geek’n’rolla conference after party and it was absolutely buzzing.  There was a palpable confidence in the air and for the first time since the 2008 crash I think we can now definitely say that the UK and European startup scene has regained its momentum.

Unfortunately I had a board meeting during the day and wasn’t able to attend the conference itself, but the line-up was fantastic and everyone I asked said that they had a great day and learned a lot.  Some highlights from the speaker list who we don’t see too often: Alan Patricof (co-founder of Apax), Chris Fralic (First Round Capital) and Morten Lund.

You can watch videos from the event on Techcrunch Europe.

The conference was organised by Mike Butcher, editor of Techcrunch Europe and I want to single him out as a major contributor to the European scene, both for organising a top event on Tuesday and also for working tirelessly reporting on European startups and on organising other events all around Europe.  Conferences and other networking events are the glue that binds an ecosystem together and the work of Mike and other event and party organisers is critical for our continued growth and progress as we seek to close the gap with our American cousins.

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  • It was a really great event. I couldn't attend the after party myself, but the conference itself was buzzing, lots of energy, great ideas and excellent speakers. I'm sure it pleased both VCs and entrepreneurs.

    Mike Butcher did a tireless job, I'm glad we have him around.

  • have to agree – it really did feel like the buzz was back. And valuation issues aside, a vibrant entrepreneurial culture with eager investors is a far better thing for the UK than any number of political puff-projects,