BLN CEO Tales & Networking Drinks. Scaling Digital Businesses.

Our next BLN CEO Tales networking drinks event will be held in London on 4th November from 18.00 – 20.30. BLN CEO Tales networking drinks are an opportunity for an ever growing community of quality venture – and private equity-backed entrepreneurs, VCs, PE investors and corporates to connect and share experiences with their peers.

Companies confirmed to attend include CEOs/founders of companies including:

Aark, Abrank, ACIS, Arc Intercapital Limited, Artesian Solutions, Ascendant,, Axeon Ltd, Balderton Capital, Basekit, Basis Technologies, BBC, BDO LLP, Bloxx, BrainJuicer Group, BrandAlley UK, Breathable Foods,, Calibre One, Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Capital, CTC, Chameleon Net, CheapFlights, ChoiceQuote Insurance, City Championships, Clickstream Technologies Plc, Cogenta Systems Limited, Consilium Capital, Cybertill, Dawn Capital, Decibel, Delta Partners, Difference Engine, Diffusion Media Group, DisplayLink, eMusic Europe, EOC Partners, EVO Electric Ltd, FAR-FETCH.COM, FirstCapital, Flixmedia, Forward Internet, Freemantle Media, Freshminds, Genie Ventures Ltd, Google, Grove Group, High 50, iMeta Technologies Ltd, Index, Innovise Plc, IP Access, Kestevenlaw, Kusiri, LD&A, Magister Artis, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Midven, Mixcloud, MMC Ventures, Mobile IQ, Mobile Union Ltd, Mooreland Partners LLP, Moshi Monsters, mydeco, MySupermarket, Octopus Investments, OneIS, Playfish, PrismaStar, Quartix Ltd,, Rapid Innovation Group Ltd, Red Gate Software, Rummble, Seraphim Capital, shutl, Springboard, Stockopedia, Stream UK, Suffolk Creative, Surf Control, Taptu, The Pocket Agency, The Web Fellas, TLcom Capital Partners Ltd, Ubisense, UltraSoC, Venture Lectures, We7, Widget UK Ltd, Windfall Media, Zoo, Zzang.

The theme of the talks on the evening will be, ‘Scaling Digital Businesses’.

David Soskin

David Soskin, serial digital entrepreneur

David Soskin, serial digital entrepreneur

David was formerly Head of Global Media at ABN Amro Corporate Finance and became CEO of Cheapflights in 2000, a position which he held until 2008 when he stepped down to become a non-executive director. Under his leadership, Cheapflights went from a home attic operation to an award-winning leader in international travel search. Cheapflights has featured in The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track of the UK’s 100 fastest-growing technology companies for seven years in a row and was recently ranked at Number 11 in the Sunday Times PwC Profit Track. With his business partner Hugo Burge, he co-founded HOWZAT Media in 2007 as an internet investment fund. Howzat’s portfolio includes in the UK, in Germany and in the USA.

David’s book Net Profit: How to Succeed in Digital Business has just been published by John Wiley & Sons. (

Net Profit, David Soskin

Net Profit, David Soskin

Steve Purdham, CEO, We7

Steve Purdham, CEO, We7

Steve Purdham, CEO, We7

Steve is CEO and founder investor in We7, the new ad funded Music phenomenon.

He has a passion for music, but apart from early days as a DJ, his real success to date has been in the computer industry, an industry he has been in since age 14 (when PC’s were science fiction). Prior to We7, Steve was Co-Founder and CEO of SurfControl, where he developed the company’s vision and architecture. He took the company public on AIM, EASDAQ and the London Main market from which he generated hyper-growth creating a successful global operation with profitable revenues exceeding $100m. SurfControl was sold for almost $450m in 2007. Steve has been recognised by many prestigious business awards including IOD director of the Year.

Previous attendees include: Advent Venture Partners, Amadeus Capital, Ambient Sound Investments, Atlas Venture, Balderton Capital, Bauer Publishing, Coller IP Capital Ltd, Delta Partners, Eden Ventures, Exponent PE, FF Private Equity, First Ventures, Frog Capital, Gresham Private Equity, HG Capital, Index, IQ Capital Fund, Octopus Investments, Oxford Capital Partners, Scottish Equity Partners, SPARK, TLcom Capital Partners Ltd, TTP Ventures.


Pre-event Workshop/Masterclass: Maximising Your Value on Exit.

We are pleased to offer a limited number of attendees the opportunity to attend a workshop/masterclass: Maximising Your Value on Exit.

This will run from 17.00-18.00 prior to the start of CEO Tales at the same venue. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 16 participants and will be led by Rupert Cook of Goetz Partners who published a book in 2009, Selling Your Technology Company for Maximum Value: A Comprehensive Guide for Entrepreneurs

Please apply for this workshop on registering to attend the event. We are sorry that we cannot guarantee a place but will allocate the available places based on the qualifying question that you answer when you apply.

BLN events offer investors, corporate execs, CEOs and founders of high growth businesses the chance to meet other smart, busy people to share ideas, challenges, meet investors, customers and partners. This BLN discussion and drinks networking event will be held at the new law offices of Taylor Wessing, which enjoy some of the best views of the Thames in the City. BLN CEO Tales is also supported by Goetz Partners – top tier corporate finance and management consultancy under one roof.

Networking and drinks from 18.00, CEO Tales at 18.30.

Attendance is strictly limited to qualified individuals – founders/CEOs of venture and private equity backed businesses, active angel investors, venture capital, private equity professionals, corporate executives empowered to work with high growth businesses, selected advisers and invited guests.

To register as a BLN member or non-member, please click here: REGISTER

This event is supported by:


Event location:

5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3TW

Goetz Partners

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