EVENT: #Croydon #TechCity Thursday 19th November 7pm at @MatthewsYard


By - Monday 16th November, 2015

#Croydon #TechCity co-founder Jonny Rose unveils the stellar lineup for Thursday’s event


It’s that time of the month again when Croydon’s tech scene comes out to play at and learns from local tech entrepreneurs.

To attend this month’s Croydon Tech City event at Matthews Yard, please register to attend here.

Nafisa Bakkar, Founder of Amaliah

Building a sophisticated platform for the $226B modest fashion market

Photo by Nafisa Bakkar, used with permission.

While studying Natural Sciences at University College London, Nafisa fell in love with all things entrepreneurship. Her journey started with leading a social enterprise consultancy to set up projects to create social impact. Nafisa then went to work for UCL’s centre for entrepreneurship, helping students set up their own businesses, before finally taking the leap herself to found Amaliah. Nafisa is flying the flag for both solo founders and #girlswhocode.

Amaliah  is a social commerce fashion site for the modest fashion market and was recently named as one of 20 top startups in the UK by the British Council, Amaliah aspires to bring together the modest fashion community on one platform. The company’s mission is to build a sophisticated and scalable platform for the $226 billion modest fashion market.

Jessse Lozano, CEO of Pi-Top

The inventor of the Raspberry Pi laptop that you can build yourself

Jesse Lozano (left), with team.
Photo by Pi-Top, used with permission.

Pi-Top wants to see a world of makers creating real hardware products. Their aim is to make affordable technology that anyone can use to learn, play and create!

Pi-Top provides a platform to expand your knowledge in hardware creation. The kit takes you through each of its components and their functionality, so that you can use Pi-Top as a tool for your own projects in the future.

CEO, Jesse Lozano will explain how he and his co-founders came up with the idea of Pi-Top and how they were able to develop and ship a hardware product.

A fireside chat with Russ Shaw of Tech London Advocates

What you need to know to be a successful tech entrepreneur in 2015

Photo by Russ Shaw, used with permission.

Russ is an angel and venture investor and non-executive director of a number of high growth businesses including Dialog – a publicly traded semiconductor company – AIM-listed Cupid plc, and Unwire – a Danish, venture-backed mobile commerce business. He is also a limited partner in Ariadne Capital’s ACE Fund and an investor in and advisor to Amazing Media Group. Russ is also a board member of the Tech City Advisory Group.

Previously, Russ was the Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and was Vice President & General Manager at Skype with responsibility for its mobile division globally, responsible for Skype’s mobile apps as well as carrier and OEM relationships; he also had geographic responsibility for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Russ exited when Skype was sold to Microsoft.

Before Skype, Russ was at Telefonica, where he was the Global Innovation Director. This included managing a venture fund and an internal ‘incubation’ initiative. Prior to this role, he was with Telefonica’s O2 mobile business, as Marketing Director, responsible for initiatives such as the O2 venue in London.

He has a BS from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


To attend this month’s Croydon Tech City event at Matthews Yard, please register to attend here.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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