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Don’t ignore the fundamentals as you grow
posted on November 25, 2015

Sarah Davidson writes on behalf of Braintree about how to navigate the minefield of growing your business without compromising on service. Question: What does every startup want? Answer: To grow. This is the most obvious thing in the world but as nearly every startup knows, balancing your ambition to grow without compromising on delivering your…


Will subscription services be Tech City’s next unicorns?
posted on November 10, 2015

Spotify, Netflix and Graze are just a handful of companies referred to as the ‘digital wunderkinds’ of the 2010s, attracting equally large numbers of users and investors across the globe. Quite simply, they have succeeded because they understood how people behave, and how technology can make their experience better. These are companies built for the…


Limiting skilled migration will stifle UK’s digital growth
posted on November 9, 2015

The UK has seen conflicted statements on the health and outlook of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in recent weeks. This week, the Legatum Institute announced in its annual Prosperity Index that the UK is the best place in the EU to start up in business. However, a new report from the Migration Advisory Committee has tempered…


Tech City is Five: So what about the next five years?
posted on November 6, 2015

Tech City UK’s focus on Old Street since the idea was first conceived five years ago has been controversial for many reasons. One is that much of the country would prefer something similar to La French Tech, the French equivalent of Tech City UK, whose branding and mission has been national rather than local right from…


Tech City is Five: Shoreditch homelessness charity is 50
posted on November 6, 2015

Shoreditch is known for sophisticated tech work and wild nightlife, so it’s an odd place for me to teach basic computing skills to people recovering from addictions and homelessness. The course may be simple but challenging and the outcomes can be amazing. Mo came to our charity, the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, after years of addiction….

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Tech City is Five: Episode 1, Pre-money
posted on November 3, 2015

This piece is part of a feature written for the latest issue of Tech City News called: ‘the tech ecosystem formerly known as London’. ‘Tech City’ was first acknowledged by David Cameron in a speech on 4 November 2010, but we know lots was happening before that. Here’s part one of a three-parter. This post looks…

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Join Mayor of London in opposing #cleantech cuts
posted on October 21, 2015

Something amazing’s brewing on the estates of Hoxton in Hackney, or ‘Tech City’ as some now prefer to call it. Or at least something amazing was brewing. Then, this summer, the Department of Energy and Climate Change snuck out cuts to support for renewable energy. And a genius plan cooked up by some flatmates in…


#COP21: Should investors care about Paris climate talks?
posted on October 19, 2015

2014 saw carbon risk move ever higher up the agenda for investors with the launch of the Montreal Pledge by the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment. The Montreal Pledge provides investors with a platform for commitment to the measurement and public-disclosure of the carbon footprints of their investment portfolios on an annual basis,…


eMoov: How to bag a £2.6m crowdfunding round
posted on October 15, 2015

My company, the online estate agency, recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, which ended up raising £2.6m for our business and being the fourth biggest equity share raise in Crowdcube’s history. I have since been asked by a number of entrepreneurs to share my experience… The preparations I first thought about crowdfunding in January as part of our…

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Can the North East become a Euro tech hub?
posted on October 13, 2015

The North East of the UK prides itself on being an innovative region. The fact today’s Venturefest North East was sold out well in advance is testament to the vibrancy of the inventive and entrepreneurial businesses operating here, and their interest in understanding how new technologies, finance and partnership opportunities can help them grow. Innovation is…


The Philippines: An unlikely talent hotspot?
posted on October 12, 2015

London’s strength as a technology hub is not in doubt, with Tech London Advocates highlighting the retail tech and fintech sectors in their most recent report, but there are still areas where the capital could do with some help. As the cost of living in London rises, and the government’s unfriendly immigration policies for non-EU citizens persist,…

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Technology founder? Do more good. Change the world.
posted on October 7, 2015

On 4 November, London’s technologists will get the chance to change the world. Not by scaling their startups. Not by raising more capital. Not with a hackday. Instead, they are being invited to join the boards of trustees of some of the UK’s biggest charities. Connecting the considerable skillsets that exist within the London tech…

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