Monty Munford
Monty Munford has more than 15 years’ experience in mobile, digital media, web, social, journalism and entrepreneurship.

He returned to the UK in September 2010 after living in India for two years and acting as a Bollywood villain in two big-budget movies.

He writes a weekly tech column for UK broadsheet The Telegraph, writes about start-ups and tech hubs for Mashable and TechCrunch and write technology meets culture pieces for The Economist, Wired, MIT Tech Review and The Indian Express.

Entries by Monty Munford

The Problem With Fashion and Online Shopping...

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (17:24)

It's been 14 years since Natalie Massenet launched her revolutionary ambition on the world: women could buy clothes online. Online! On the internet! Who could imagine? Fast forward to 2014, and it's hard to imagine anything different.

It's harder still to imagine a woman who doesn't check in on her...

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(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (14:23)

My social media relationship with my 11-year-son is a very simple one. Once a year I post a returning-to-school picture of him on Facebook and he is the one who gives me permission to use it and who signs off that picture.

Five years previously when our family went to...

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Palringo Takes Games and Messaging to the Next Level

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (14:52)

This week I was at the Mobile Web Africa conference in Johannesburg moderating panels, meeting African startups and listening about where mobile is in Africa and the challenges that it presents.

While in my ways mobile in Africa is diametrically different to that in the West, not least...

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Beats' and Apple's Core Is Cooler Than Cool, Probably...

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2014 | (10:08)

It's difficult for anybody to scratch their head when they're wearing a pair of headphones, but a lot of people have been doing exactly that when trying to analyse the $3.2 billion that Apple are reportedly paying for Dr Dre's Beats.

Some would call such a deal a Rorschach Blot...

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Personal and Anonymous Social Networks Gain Ground on Facebook and Others

(0) Comments | Posted 23 February 2014 | (20:39)

The science of Dunbar's Number is one that most of us are unfamiliar with, but the number itself is one that people in social media know very well. That number of 150 alleges that these are the maximum number of people or friends that a person's brain can deal with....

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Topsy-turvy as the Trend Is Tech Talent Grabs, Not Land Grabs

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2014 | (13:15)

Last December's acquisition of Topsy Labs by Apple was unexpected and many in the tech industry raised their eyebrows at the reported £122 million price tag.

Topsy Labs is/was a social media analytics company that is one of select few that have access to Twitter's 'firehose' of more than 400...

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Expo 2020 Recognition Is Latest Step in Renewal of Russia's Yekaterinburg

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2013 | (09:54)

At the end of this month in Paris, one of four cities will be chosen to be the Capital of Expo 2020. The cities vying for this honour are Sao Paulo, Dubai, Izmir and Yekaterinburg and this is the final countdown to impress the 167 member voters.

Whoever wins, it...

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The MEF Brings Mobile to the Valley

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (11:08)

The etymology of the word gibberish is alleged to have originated from the Spanish/English language of Llanito spoken in Gibraltar.

Others say that it comes from the Irish word for mouth gab, as in gift of the gab, but whatever its origins, most people know that it is a synonym...

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Award Ceremonies Move on From Bad Comedians to Streams of Stories

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (15:35)

For football fans of a certain age who were brought up believing FA Cup Final day to be the height of human existence, it wasn't just about the game, it was about the 'build-up'.

This began shortly after waking up. The radio, the (fixed-line) phone calls,...

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Welcome to Spraffl, the Anti-Social and Anonymous Social Network

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (16:38)

The adage in social networks that Facebook is look at me while Twitter is look at that and LinkedIn is look at my CV may soon be challenged by the next level of social media.

Look locally and posted by an anonymous user is trending at a time that traditional...

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A Piece of Quiet Marks Some Hope in a Noisy, Noisy World

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2013 | (22:14)

I am writing this piece, like many writers before me, in a cafe. I've found a good space, I can watch people from an anonymous vantage point and the coffee is good. In the old days I would be smoking a cigarette as well, but times move on.

Unfortunately, I'm...

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Russia Opens Its Doors to Foreign Companies, Entrepreneurs and 800 Start-Ups

(2) Comments | Posted 7 January 2013 | (12:28)

Less than an hour's taxi drive through the clogged traffic from Red Square something big is happening in Moscow. Bulldozers, architects, city-planners, academics, start-ups, entrepreneurs and some of the world's biggest companies are part of the Skolkovo Park, a business park that some believe to be the biggest R&D project...

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Think It's Tough Winning an Olympic Medal? Try Being a Writer

(0) Comments | Posted 16 August 2012 | (01:00)

Whether it's less than ten seconds of sprinting, almost two hours of triathlon or two days of horse-riding, winning an Olympics medal takes dedication and discipline.

Training in all weathers, relentless driving by trainers who know exactly what it takes to succeed, watching their mates all going out and getting...

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Forget About the House Burglars, It's the Data Lifters You Should Be Worried About

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2012 | (17:13)

Shortly after the birth of my son nine years ago my house was burgled. Whether it was New-Baby-Fatigue or something else, a window was probably left open and I awoke to my wife's lamentations and a defiled house.

They didn't get away with much. They missed a Mont Blanc pen...

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Super Apps Spell the End for the Football Tournament Wall Chart

(1) Comments | Posted 28 April 2012 | (01:00)

Those with a love of football and of a certain age will remember the 1970 Esso World Cup Collection. These were coins of the England 1970 World Cup squad that were given away whenever a driver bought more than four gallons of petrol.

As a nine-year-old kid and raised on...

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What Happens at a Digital Bootcamp, Stays in a Digital Bootcamp

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2011 | (08:46)

The early morning mist was moving around my feet and eyes as I crossed the bridge to Sweden's Karlskrona military prison. It was difficult to see anything and I kept thinking of that horror movie by Martin Scorcese, Shutter Island.

Rather like Leonardo DiCaprio in that film, I was nervous...

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Brighton and Hove May Be a Digital City, but Where Are All the Members' Clubs?

(2) Comments | Posted 17 November 2011 | (22:11)

A man always know where he is in London, the best city in the world. In younger days he lived anywhere, he flitted across the city like an urban nomad. Continually skint, sometimes living North, sometimes down South, usually East... and if he really made it, across to the gilded...

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Shame About Steve Jobs, but he Was Hardly Bob Dylan

(1) Comments | Posted 21 October 2011 | (12:13)

The dust has settled, the iPad candles have tapered out and a-man-who-employed-more-creative-people-to-put-his-ideas-into-action has gone away; away to a most uncertain fate.

Yes, Steve Jobs is dead. He once called death a great invention. Hopefully he is still of that view, but none of us know. I...

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