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Welcome to London Technology Week 2016
posted on June 20, 2016

London is the beating heart of UK tech, so what finer place to host a whole week of events dedicated to developments in technology? London Technology Week 2016 is a festival of events taking place from 20th to 26th June at numerous locations across the capital. Both in and out of work, I’m a tech…

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Slack: Startups should not get distracted by the success of tech unicorns
posted on June 9, 2016

Much has been said about the power of communication in the workplace and Slack, a San Francisco-based cloud collaboration tool, is hoping to harness it to overhaul the way in which team members across the world speak to and work with each other. With more than half a billion dollars in funding raised in nine rounds…

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Doctor, doctor, can insurance help my startup in the case of a data breach or cyber-attack?
posted on May 31, 2016

You’re right to be concerned. As a digital business, you’re a prime candidate for a data breach or cyber-attack, with the latest Government Security Breaches Survey showing that a third of small organisations were affected in 2015. A data breach can have serious repercussions for you and your customers’ reputations, not to mention the cost…

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Imogen Heap: Decentralising the music industry with blockchain
posted on May 14, 2016

Award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap is on a mission to decentralise the music industry. Could blockchain technology hold the key? Yessi Bello Perez reports. Known for her musical prowess and as one half of British electronic duo Frou Frou, Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap is also a technologist and one who’s striving for the decentralisation and…

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5 mistakes startups make with advisory boards (and how to avoid them)
posted on May 3, 2016

This post first appeared on VentureBeat. Sarah Fay, an angel investor and advisor, discusses what mistakes startups should avoid when it comes to setting up an advisory board. Advisory boards are all the rage right now. A startup can make headlines by appointing a tech veteran to their advisory board, and a pedigreed advisory board can…

Brexit

UK tech startups ‘must be prepared for Brexit’
posted on April 28, 2016

Tech startups and other small businesses must be better prepared for the possibility of a future outside the European Union, according to attendees at a Brexit event hosted by cloud-based accountancy software provider Xero. With the Brexit referendum looming, and scheduled to take place on 23rd June, participants at yesterday’s debate in London evaluated the…

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Tech: A double-edged sword for national security
posted on April 26, 2016

Technology is a double-edged sword when it comes to national security – it acts both for and against the government in its quest to protect its citizens. Emily Spaven explores the impact tech has had on national security in the past and continues to have today. “I remember my first day at Mi6. I thought…

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Why Santander InnoVentures is investing in blockchain
posted on April 24, 2016

Blockchain technology is hot and Mariano Belinky, managing partner at Santander InnoVentures, the Spanish bank’s strategic VC fund, knows it. Well-versed with the London FinTech scene and with $100m to play with, Belinky has already made three investments in blockchain companies: Ripple, Digital Asset Holdings – which is headed by former Wall Street executive Blythe…

Biometrics

From science fiction to reality: The rise of biometric security
posted on April 21, 2016

It was once the stuff of science fiction: iris scanners, fingerprint readers, voice recognition software. But a growing number of enterprises are now banking on biometrics – the measurements that make each person unique –  as the next generation of security. In a report from research firm Ovum, 34% of retail banks named biometric technology…

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Future of payments to be ‘defined by collaboration between banks and startups’
posted on April 20, 2016

The future of payments will be defined by the collaboration between banks and FinTech startups, said John Lyons, head of strategy, design and change at Royal Bank of Scotland. Charged with running RBS’s innovation agenda in the realm of payments and speaking to Tech City News from SWIFT’s Business Forum, held in London today, Lyons spoke…

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Dr Sue Black explains how technology won us the second world war
posted on April 19, 2016

Imagine saving over 22 million lives, but not being able to talk about it – not even the slightest brag. Nothing. Well, that was reality for those who worked in the codebreaking department at Bletchley Park. A reality that Dr Sue Black – former head of the Department of Information and Software Systems at the…

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Q&A: James Snook talks the UK government’s cybersecurity strategy
posted on April 18, 2016

James Snook, deputy director of business, crime and skills in the office for cyber security, which is part of the cabinet office, tells Tech City News about the government’s approach to online threats, plus what keeps him awake at night. Q: Cybersecurity threats seem to be ever evolving, what are the biggest the UK Government currently faces? The fact is, the cyber threats to the UK are varied,…

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