News snippets

• On 3 December Second Chance Tuesday, the London networking event is holding its next shindig on gaming (such as massively multi-player online games, in-game advertising, virtual worlds etc). Gaming guru Alice Taylor will be leading the discussions with a panel of industry experts including Toby Rowland (CEO of, Klass Kersting (CEO of and Michel Cassius (COO Imagini). Here are more details. Disclosure: TechCrunch UK is a media partner. has appointed Musicmobs creator Toby Padilla as VP Desktop & Client Software focusing on refining the desktop client software.

• E-commerce site has launched its site selling outdoor brands with “high resolution multi-angle product shots” for squinty-eyed outdoorsy types. The CEO is James Balmain and Crowdstorm founder Philip Wilkinson is an investor.

• Geoffrey McCaleb, CEO of UK-based ‘social search‘ startup heads to Silicon Valley next week where he’ll be doing the rounds of ‘door knocking’. And before you ask, yes, he’s been talking to investors in the UK as well.

• And as it happens, an ad-hoc group of Irish business and technology people will also be over in the States next week to create closer bonds with companies and people there. The tour, nicknamed “PaddysValley”, will head off on December 2nd and anyone is welcome to come along on the trip including “curious business people and members of the press”. You have to arrange your own meetings though. If you want to sign up for the tour then contact them on PaddysValley < at > Gmail .com or see the site. The main organisers are the uber Irish bloggers Conor O’Neill, James Corbett and Damien Mulley.

Ariadne Capital, the London-based investment and advisory firm, has appointed Clive Rich as head of its Digital Music Practice. He joins after previously heading up the Futures Division at SonyBMG.

• The PizzaOnRails Christmas Party, for London’s Ruby on Rails developers, is on Thursday 29-Nov-2007 at 18:30. See here for details.

Terapad, an online blogging platform out of the UK (not many of those) is relaunching aiming at web designers who want to re-sell their platform. They are holding a reseller event in London on 10th December. Why? There are over 4.5m small businesses in the UK all requiring a cutting edge web presence, but their expectations are high and their budgets are low (figures), so re-selling apps like Terapad might be a useful string to the bow. Contact Joshua Davidson: joshua AT or call 02073943858 for more info or see here.