2nd CEL meetup in UK

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The CEL team in UK The CEL team in UK Fotis Vrizas

On Monday we held the second CEL meetup in the heart of London’s Tech City. Following the success of the first UK meetup we decided to organize a second one even though it was done very last minute. We figured we’ll just do it and worst case scenario it would just be the 5 of us (CEL Team) drinking beers - still worth the effort!

To our  surprise, the response was overwhelming! More than 30 people attended, with a great range of backgrounds. From business people and designers, to developers, marketers and fashionistas, to people working in start-ups, people who are building their own start-ups and last but not least people who are just goddamn curious. As they should be.

There is nothing more inspiring than the energy and enthusiasm that people bounce off each other when they share the same passion. This is how Monday’s CELmeetup felt.

Besides meeting lots of cool new people (who I can’t share with you through this blog post), I’d like to share some of the key takeaways from some of the discussions that took place during the meetup.

-On Culture:  
The Cypriot culture is changing. People are becoming more open to sharing their ideas, collaborating and listening to what others have to say. I bet you we couldn’t have said the same thing 10 years ago! For all we know, we couldn’t have said that 2 years ago! 

- On negativity:
Yes we are in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression! 
Yes the news are depressing to watch these days, and you see articles being shared on facebook advertising how broke Cyprus is. Next time you share such posts, ask yourself this : “What are YOU doing about it?” One thing that is different about the type of people that attended the meetup is their positive and “can-do” attitude. They are definitely not sitting around with their arms crossed complaining. They are out there doing something and adding positive value to the world.

On Start-ups:
- When you are starting up something, the single most important thing that you HAVE to get right is your team. You might have a brilliant idea and a shitty team. You will fail, that is a fact. If you have a shitty idea and a good team, you’ll figure it out for sure. You’ll pivot, and pivot some more, twist and turn but you will definitely find your way to the top.

Learn to say no, even to friends that you love. At the end of the day business is business and you shouldn’t make someone part of your team just because they are your friend. You’ll find yourself in a worse situation 2-3 months down the road, risking both your friendship and your business.

- The final key takeaway from the meetup is that If you haven’t attended a CEL meetup and you are reading this, you should! 

Thats all CELlina ,
See you at the next one - in Cyprus this time! (*me foukoun je loukanika alopos)

Additional Info

  • Date: Monday, 26 November 2012
  • Location: The Book Club, Old Street