Thursday, 15 September 2011

Rob Enters The Dragon....

Slightly risque headline which could be taken in many ways. A friend of mine in the shape of Rob Berrisford is going to pitch his business Crowdity.com on the UK version of Dragon's Den on Monday 26th September on BBC2.
I have deliberately not asked him whether he received investment or not because I'm genuinely interested to see how the Dragons view online group buying. I have my own views (which Rob may not agree with - we haven't really discussed it), but there is also an added ingredient for me which is Theo Paphitis. Theo gave me my first break in the world of online when I was 17 and working for my beloved football club Millwall. In conjunction with another guy called Michael Kesta, he and I also built the first incarnations of Ryman.co.uk and LaSenza.co.uk. I left Theo's employment in 2000 to join Kitbag.com. Ever since I have been bouncing around the European internet industry in one form or another ever since. I have always respected Theo's philosophies and views on business, after all you don't get to where he is by not being very shrewd. I also really love Rob's energy and approach to business, so I'm very intrigued on how these two people I know quite well, meet for the first time on national TV. It will be surreal, but an episode I'm very much looking forward to :-)

UPDATE: Unfortunately they didn't secure the investment they were looking for and as of October 2011, Rob and the other partners sold the business to Wowcher and have since moved onto new ventures. Best of luck with it Rob!

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