We ran this concept past the Shoes of Prey team based in Sydney and everyone loved the idea, so we're going to try it out ourselves. And given the challenges we've had finding time for non core business meetings, we thought we'd open some of them up to anyone who'd like to come along.
The plan is to run them fortnightly on Friday nights at our office in Surry Hills. We'll kick off at 5:30pm sharp so it's not too late for our team who want to stay around, but that should also allow time for others to arrive from work. The idea will be to have a 20-30min presentation on an interesting topic, then we'll have some drinks and chat about the ideas in the presentation or the entrepreneurial / online retail world more generally.
We're going to kick things off this Friday with a talk by entrepreneur Jeremy Levitt of Service Seeking. Service Seeking was founded in October 2007 by Jeremy (an ex-lawyer) and Oliver Pennington (an ex-sales analyst). The site allows customers to post a job for any type of service, businesses then bid for those jobs. The site has listed more than $300m projections since it's launch, has had over 200,000 listings and more than 40,000 businesses quote for work. Service Seeking has raised more than $4m in venture capital and employs 9 staff in Sydney.
I've been catching up semi-regularly with Jeremy since before we launched Shoes of Prey and he and Service Seeking's success have been an inspiration to what we've achieved with Shoes of Prey. Jeremy will be sharing the Service Seeking journey with us particularly focusing on some of the innovative things they've done around:
- Promoting their business through PR
- Managing a high volume of customer service at scale
- Combining customer service with a strong sales culture
- Leveraging internal data for business development and press opportunities
- Growing the business through key parternships and deals
You're welcome to join us from 5:15pm. Jeremy will take us through Service Seeking from 5:30pm-5:50/6pm and we'll aim to finish up around 7pm. Our address is 12/285A Crown St. Surry Hills. For those who can't make it or who aren't in Sydney I'll aim to summarise Jeremy's presentation for a future blog post.
You can RSVP either in the comments below or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!