2009 January

January 29, 2009

Get ready for Launch48 in 7 days

The first ever Launch48 is roughly 7 days away. Adil and I have been working hard to ensure this event has the best mentors, sponsors, and attendees not only from London but from many other parts of Europe with people attending from Spain, Germany, France and other countries.


In addition to the Mentors already announced last week, we are delighted to add the following Mentors to our list (in alphabetical order):

  • Simone Brunozzi – Amazon Web Services
  • Andrew Culpan – Aroxo
  • Hugh Chappell – TrustedReviews.com and bit-tech.net
  • Julian Lloyd Evans – Dennis Publishing
  • Pascal Finette – Mozilla
  • Aidan Fitzpatrick – Reincubate
  • Bindi Karia – Microsoft
  • Andrew Shorten – Adobe

For more information see the mentors page where you will be able to find out more information about the mentors and can put faces to names.


The final Sponsors for Launch48 are Dennis Publishing, Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Campaign Monitor, Huddle, Inbizvest, the iPlatform, and Techfluff.tv.  Many of them will be there on the weekend, so if you see them please say hi!


If you haven’t registered yet, you may have missed out.  We have a limit of how many people we can we physically fit, so if you want to attend please sign up for the Launch48 group on Meetup and quickly RSVP!  Meetup will close the event automatically once it is full.

Of course, if you can’t attend, please change your response on Meetup so someone else can RSVP.

Business Ideas

The Launch48 Meetup message boards have been booming recently with a number of great ideas from participants.  Please contribute your ideas and review other people’s ideas.  The more ideas, the better the event will be.

Adil and I look forward to meeting you at the first Launch48 event on Friday, February the 6th, 2009.

January 17, 2009

Mentors & Sponsors Announced

We are very excited to announce the first of our mentors and sponsors for the Launch48 event.

The mentors are industry leading experts in their respective fields and have very graciously agreed to spend some of their time with the participants and teams as they build their web applications during Launch48. I am sure we all can learn a lot from these mentors so I strongly urge the participants to interact with these mentors over the weekend as this is a very exciting opportunity.

In alphabetical order the mentors are:

  • Rachel Bremer – Spark PR
  • George Hadjigeorgiou – Ex-Yahoo
  • David Lundblad – Swede
  • Chris Morton – Balderton Capital
  • Jalin Somaiya – Google
  • Jerome Touze – WAYN

More information, photos, and a biography of these mentors can we found on Our Mentors page.

We would also like to thank our sponsors who have very graciously offered us their support in making sure that Launch48 turns out to be a fantastic event. The list of our sponsors and what they are offering can be found on Our Sponsors page.

We will be adding more mentors and sponsors to this list over the next few days and we will keep the blog updated so stay tuned!

January 10, 2009

Launch48 progress update

Launch48 has been busy over the last couple of weeks. Here is a quick update:

Advisors and Mentors

As the Event Format page says, Launch48 will have a range of people from the web and technology industries attending throughout the event.  The names are still under wraps, but as soon as we receive biography and photos from our wonderful mentors, we will be adding a new page to this web site so you can see who will be attending, and begin thinking of questions you can ask them.

Actually, of everyone we have spoken to about Launch48 in the industry, everyone is very supportive and positive.  I can’t wait for the event, it should be a lot of fun.


A number of exciting sponsors have contacted Launch48 recently creating amazing opportunities for Launch48 attendees.  I don’t want to say too much, but we expect to have some exciting technology partners and sponsors  that all attendees will benefit from.

If you are interested in sponsoring Launch48, please contact us.


With 25 days remaining before the event, there isn’t much time to register or tell your friends and promote Launch48.  Launch48 needs your help to ensure we have lots and lots of people attending.  If you can tell the groups and communities you are involved with about Launch48, that would be great!  Don’t forget to tell people on facebook and twitter about us too!

Who is behind Launch48?

A couple of people have wanted to know who is behind Launch48, which big conglomerate is funding the event, are we robots from another planet?

All is revealed on the updated About Launch48 page.  Adil and I have added our biographies and photos to give everyone a chance to find out why we are doing this event and what our backgrounds are.

What’s Next?

Expect the format for capturing web app ideas to be ready soon.  Please discuss your ideas in the Launch48 message boards, promote the event, and I look forward to meeting you all in a couple of weeks!

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