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11 steps to building the nation’s digital DNA
posted on February 11, 2016

Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK president and Citrix area VP, looks at the current state of the UK tech industry and shares 11 recommendations that will help the UK fulfil its digital potential. The divide between the UK’s digital optimism and its digital realism is growing. The UK has long been renowned as a leader in the…

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Electing a digital Mayor is crucial to the success of London
posted on February 9, 2016

Gavin Poole is CEO of Here East and a Tech London Advocate. In this article, he explores why electing a tech-friendly Mayor of London is crucial to the future success of the city. This mayoral election is unprecedented. For the first time mayoral candidates have to really demonstrate why the development of London as a digital…

Silver bullet

The EU and US data transfer agreement: perhaps a shield, but no silver bullet
posted on February 7, 2016

Rafi Azim-Khan is head of data privacy for Europe at Pillsbury Law. This article, co-authored by Steven Farmer, counsel at Pillsbury Law, explores what the new EU-US Privacy Shield means for tech companies both here and on the other side of the pond. The European Commission and the US Department of Commerce have now reached an accord on a…


Doctor, doctor, how can I use data to drive my marketing strategy?
posted on February 4, 2016

In a recent study by digital marketing research firm Econsultancy, 53% of UK marketers stated that data-driven marketing was their number one priority for 2016. So what does this actually mean? Well, at first glance 53% might not seem overwhelming, but in actual fact the remaining 47% also prioritised data-based areas such as mobile, customer…

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Four ways the UK government can boost the number of female tech entrepreneurs
posted on February 2, 2016

Janvi Patel is a lawyer and entrepreneur who founded alternative law firm Halebury. In this article, she explores what more the UK could be doing to nurture its female tech entrepreneurs. It has been reported that UK entrepreneurs (or “makers” as they are now known) could contribute about £18bn to the UK economy, or even more. RBS estimates that…


Why a bullet-proof communications infrastructure is vital to your startup’s success
posted on January 30, 2016

Monica Visconti-Patel is director of EMEA and marketing at RingCentral, which provides cloud-based unified communications phone systems for offices. In this article, she explains how important it is to have the right communication infrastructure in place as a startup, and how it can provide seamless conversations between management and staff, leading to a more effective business model. Startups are…

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UK tech investment: what’s the deal for 2016?
posted on January 27, 2016

Sam Pearse is a partner in Pillsbury’s corporate and securities team in London. This article, co-authored by Christina Pearson, a counsel in Pillsbury’s corporate and securities technology team in Palo Alto, explores what will be the UK tech investment trends for 2016. The UK benefitted from over £3bn of investment by venture capital firms in 2015,…

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Inspiring the next generation of women in tech
posted on January 26, 2016

Alison Vincent is the CTO of Cisco UK&I. In this article, she discusses the importance of encouraging the next generation of women to join the tech world.  It has never been a more exciting time to be working in the technology sector. Today, technology is changing our lives in so many ways that we couldn’t…


How new recommendations on employing overseas workers could affect UK tech companies
posted on January 23, 2016

Kerry Garcia is partner at Stevens & Bolton LLP. In this article, co-authored by Serena Spink, associate in the Employment team at Stevens & Bolton LLP, she explores how Migration Advisory Committee recommendations on employing overseas workers could impact UK technology firms. Employers in the tech sector often struggle to find suitable candidates to fill key roles, meaning many have to…

Pop-up shop

Perfecting the pop-up: advice for e-commerce business owners
posted on January 22, 2016

Natasha Frangos, is partner and head of creative, media and technology at accountancy firm haysmacintyre. In this article, she explores the challenges and benefits of e-commerce business owners setting up pop-up shops. According to reported figures, online sales are expected to have risen 16.2% in 2015, and show no sign of slowing down. As well…


If your server is down, so is your profit
posted on January 21, 2016

David Richards is CEO and co-founder of US and Sheffield-based WANdisco, a public software company specialising in distributed computing. In this article, he explores how outages, such as that experienced by Twitter this week, can cost tech companies dearly. Whenever a website goes down, it only takes a matter of minutes before the news reaches social…

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The pros and cons of building a remote development team
posted on January 20, 2016

Mike Bartlett is CEO and co-founder of Gitter, a communication tool built on Github, and he is the former director of product management and product strategy at Skype. In this article, he discusses the benefits and challenges of establishing a remote team. Stack Overflow published a report last year that found nearly half of developers (44%)…

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