Thank’s everyone for your ongoing support and feedback this past week!
Flux D-Day, Angel investors show interest in Acuris, and my final days with the Flux Accelerator Programme — here is what’s been going on these past few weeks.
It’s currently 6:30am and I really should try to fix my sleeping routine, but after an hour of tossing and turning in bed, I thought “what the heck”. Sorry in advance for the inevitable spelling and grammar issues.
It was finally upon us — 5 months of work, sweat and tears, to reach the night we’ve been all waiting for, Flux Demo Day. Even on the morning of, you could see how frantically the Flux founders were scrambling around to getting the last pieces in place. Banners, displays and booths were of priority, but nothing was more important than the pitches. I don’t blame them… Pitching to a room of a few hundred investors is no mean feat, given the sink or swim nature of the start up world.
A dreadfully long day of setup at the MOTAT air hanger, eventually turned into an awesome night of networking, free booze and perfectly executed pitches, the atmosphere was unlike anything I had ever seen before and it was surprising how easy going and relaxing the entire event was, given the stakes.
All in all, a night surrounded by planes, founders and rich people — a combination that worked remarkably well, and an event worth every single cold morning to work.
Here’s where I get to be even more excited. So recently we’ve been in talks with an angel investor called Alistair. For a bit of context — Alistair is the accountant and lead investor of Matt’s (my business partners) dad’s own company. We reached out to Alistair to meet and discuss the viability of our business and get an angel investors perspective. The meeting went great and we left with an abundance of tips and a list questions we needed to answer.
During the meeting, I made a point to ask him if he was going to the Flux Demo Day event, which he was not so I mentioned I should be able to get him on the invite list. On the night, Matt and I had a great chat with him and an associate of his named Coen. Coen showed an unanticipated amount of interest, and I felt on fire as we were able to answer almost every question he threw at us. It seems as though Alistair has mentioned us to Coen, and the possibility of investing in the company. An investor looking to put money down within one meeting? Unheard of, but just like Pitbull says in his 2012 hit ‘Feel This Moment’ featuring Christina Aguilera… well just read the title of this post…
As the weight of Demo Day was finally off the shoulders of everyone at Flux — my final week has allowed me to reflect on what a ride working for a company such as Flux has truly been.
I’ve thought a lot about where I would even be right now, if not for Flux. The simple answer — absolutely nowhere… It’s odd to think how coincidental the whole experience has been, 6 months ago I didn’t even really know a start-up was, and now having sat in the passenger seats of six separate start-up companies has grown my knowledge and been directly applicable to my own business. The lessons I’ve learnt from second-hand experience is priceless and it’s something you can’t learn from doing anything else but being intimate with the entire process. It’s true what they say — nothing beats experience.
Saying I’m grateful for the ride would be an understatement, I owe everything I know now around start-ups, investing, legals and business sense to Mark, Clinton and the rest of the Flux team and 2017 cohort. The genuine interest in my progress and sense of support is what made Flux such an amazing workplace and highlights the culture, I want to eventually see implemented as Acuris expands.
No ask this week 😀
- Every single pitch was pitch perfect
- Potential funding for Acuris
- Got tickets to The Weeknd in December
- Having to leave Flux
- The weather…
Pics of the week
Last days @ Flux
Flux Demo Day
Touching words from the Flux Fam
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As always, appreciate your thoughts, comments & ideas!