London Brief Interviews #3 — Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson — founder and CEO of TableCrowd, master of many trades, with experience spanning all areas of online businesses. She’s a regular speaker at events in the UK & internationally.

What do you do at the moment?

I’m founder of TableCrowd. We’re a real life business network that brings people together over food and drink. We host private dining experiences with attentive hosts. We invite speakers you usually see on stage, such as Google, Facebook, Deliveroo, VCs, Government ministers, and Olympians to join our dinners, giving members — professionals and entrepreneurs — a chance to meet them informally, as well as to break bread with relevant peers. The relaxed format encourages meaningful conversations, promotes sharing and provides an environment to build relationships.

What/who inspires you?

Apart from my mum of course… many of the people that dine us. This includes of course our after dinner speakers, who share their stories. But I’ve also lost count of the number of people I first met at TableCrowd dinners when they were at the very early stages with an idea, who I later see all over the press. It’s amazing!

Could you share your inspirational quote or motto?

I don’t really have one, but I do quite like this from the endurance cycling world… Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.

What would you suggest to those who just started or are dreaming about being an entrepreneur?

There are countless positives! I think however that being comfortable with and thinking through the negatives is really important. Firstly, there is likely to be financial uncertainly for you as an individual. Secondly, you will never again be able to switch off, your company will be on your mind constantly from the day you start it. That Friday feeling will be gone for ever! There are many other considerations but these are the 2 that stand out for me.

Idea

London Brief Interviews is a biweekly series of success snapshots of entrepreneurs, founders, managers, experts and influencers from the London tech scene. Curated by London Brief. Who should we interview? Let us know at londonbrief@netguru.co.

Piotr Wrzosiński

On behalf of the London Brief Team

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