Bells and whistles be damned. First Tuesday, a London-based company that hooks up high-tech entrepreneurs with venture capital firms, has built its reputation on the ultimate bare-bones events. Forget the classic meeting model — three days, two nights, nice hotel, round of golf — this company has made its name in new economy networking by leveraging the power of the cocktail party. It's the petri dish approach to meetings: Just put the right elements together, sit back, and watch the ...

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