Tech Tastes Wine: campusboard.io on the spotlight

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By Henry Teitelbaum

Tech Tastes Wine held its second networking/wine tasting event at Google Campus London last week, bringing together tech entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the fashion industry, for a taste of what some of London’s sharpest tech innovators are working on and to sample the fabulous Italian wines imported by Vini Setteponti.

We showcased not only the exceptional quality of the producers’ white, rose, and red wines,  but gave technology start-up entrepreneur Anthony Francis and technology consultant Chandeep Khosa the chance to present their innovative products and services. The event took place at Google Campus Cafe, just off Finsbury Square, in Tech City.

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We started with the tasting of the dry, well-balanced 2013 DOC, Campo del Monte, a white wine from the Valdarno di Sopra region. This wine had the crisp citrus and honeydew overtones of the Malvasia grape, and evoked a positive response from everyone, setting the stage for our first tech presentation.

Anthony Francis, the co-founder of CampusBoard walked us through his online event management platform, which is also a professional matchmaking service for the tech community. He  showed some of the exciting new features of the startup’s platform that helps Google Campus London members, as well as the broader tech community, to find out about tech events, hire consultants, and identify co-founders.

Next we tasted Osato, a 2012 rose,  also from the Valdarno di Sopra region.  This award winning organic dry wine, produced primarily from the Cabernet Franc grape,  displayed enormous charm, conjuring subtle notes of rose and pomegranate.

Our second presenter was Chandeep Khosa, a Drupal front end developer, technologist, educator and mentor in all things Drupal. Mr. Khosa, who has recently returned to London from Brazil, where he was involved in social startups, now runs a digital consultancy, Imagine Creativity. Following his recent appointment as Head of Development at fashion e-commerce NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL), http://www.notjustalabel.co­m, the world’s leading designer platform for showcasing and nurturing today’s pioneers in contemporary fashion, Chandeep treated us to a tour of some of the features available through the  fashion e-commerce site, and spoke about the importance of integration between e-commerce features and content management.

The final two wines presented were reds made from Tuscany’s iconic Sangiovese grape. The first of these, the 2011 La Salceta’s Ruschieto, offered a chance to experience the young and brash flavors of a minimally processed wine, with characteristic cherry notes, good balance and some unapologetic round tannins. And last but not least, we wrapped the night with the Segaticci 2006 Chianti Riserva, a DOCG wine that after 14 months of oak aging and additional years in the bottle, displayed a depth of character and a level of refinement that proved hard to resist.

In attendance at last week’s event were Richard Klin, an investor in the real estate space who is exploring possible investments in food and wine tech, Yoann Turpin, CEO/Founder of Kaifuku Capital Ltd, a hedge fund, Kate Spicer, journalist with the Sunday Times, and Maya Bonkowski — whose startup GetPiTop  is running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. GetPiTop helps children build their own computers from any material.

Henry Teitelbaum is a wine writer and journalist/blogger, market commentator, translator and financial intelligence reporter with 30 years’ of field experience in the US, Europe and the UK. He runs his own website, P3Planet.com, and has published articles and in-depth market intelligence reports for Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters, and The Financial Times Group.