Silicon Roundabout

Is Fintech Too Hard for Silicon Valley?

Luc Delany | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Tech
Luc Delany

This isn't just a story about Fintech however. We are constantly hearing about how we should try and replicate Silicon Valley in our European tech clusters. But we shouldn't. Are there lessons we can take from the Valley? Absolutely, but there are many more things we can do better.

We Are Living in the Greatest Generation for Entrepreneurship

Varun Bhanot | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Varun Bhanot

It is no secret that this very moment is perhaps the most fortunate time to start a business in recent times, in Britain.

Why I Chose to Judge Startups With MassChallenge UK

David Akka | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Tech
David Akka

For most people, the word "startup" conjures a generic image of young people working long hours building some frothy, hyped-up social app and making a lot of money when it's inexplicably bought by a large company, but outside of Silicon Valley you get some very different startup cultures.

People Will Drive the London Tech Boom

Dr. Steve Garnett | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. Steve Garnett

The European Union is still predicting 900,000 IT-related job vacancies across its member states by 2015... We should not think that coding is very difficult to learn: it's not... If tech is to continue to be a powerhouse sector then it requires the right skills, from both our generation and the next.

Will Silicon South-East Seize the Digital Day?

Sarah Wood | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Tech
Sarah Wood

South-East England employs more people in tech than the whole of California, but the talent pipeline must be built if the UK is to seize the digital day.

Cameron's Digital UK Needs A Dose Of Chutzpah

Grant Feller | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

As a mischievous teenager I was berated by my grandmother for showing too much chutzpah. I believe she was using the original meaning of the popular Yiddish phrase - insolence. She'd be amused to think that it's now a word we use to shower praise on someone with the confidence and desire to get things done by strength of will and inventive interpretation of the rules.

The Name of the Game Is a Start-App

Jana Bakunina | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jana Bakunina

Today the only acceptable answer to this question among the 'cool' brigade is to be involved in a start-up, preferably your own. And you'd better be tech-savvy and based somewhere near Silicon Roundabout (for those not 'in the know', that would be in Shoreditch).

Helping Women from Low Income Backgrounds to Gain Digital Skills

Sinead Mac Manus | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Tech
Sinead Mac Manus

When I first met Silvana Gambini, who is in her fifties and worked as a careers adviser for 12 years, she had never considered using the internet to earn an income. Like many unemployed women, she used the web to look for work and stay in contact with friends and family through email and Facebook.

The Connected Bike That Helps You Ride Smarter

Paul Williamson | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Williamson

Cambridge Consultants took a high-performance road bike with an electronic gear changer and cut the wires between the controls and the gears, adding a CSR Bluetooth Smart Ready module to connect the gears to buttons on the handle bars. The important thing here is that the wireless connection enables you to bring in the intelligence of your smartphone or media player.

Time for Digital Britain to Look Beyond the Silicon Roundabout

Shaa Wasmund | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Tech
Shaa Wasmund

If the UK economy is to get back on its feet again, digital will be a key growth sector not just for the capital, but the whole country. It's a sector we must nurture - something that will be achieved through broadening, rather than limiting, the scale of our ambitions.

What Does It Take, to Start a Start-up?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Tech
Laxmi Hariharan

When Taavet Hinrikus, moved from Estonia to London, he was shocked at the bank rates he had to pay to send money back to his hometown. Then, a friend and fellow Estonian faced the same problem and talking about it, they came up with an idea to beat the system.

How to Contact a Journalist: Learning the Start-Up Way

Reuben Sagar | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Tech
Reuben Sagar

The task is like applying for jobs, you send out hundreds of emails waiting for replies, and if nothing comes back you don't know whether it was the story you told, the email you sent, or the product you sell that failed to inspire.

Eric Pickles' '50 Ways To Save': How UK Tech Can Help

Reuben Sagar | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Tech
Reuben Sagar

I am happy to say that the tech community has already picked up this baton and there are a growing number of small start-ups in David Cameron's Tech City developing services that answer this challenge.

Tech City: An Insider's Introduction to the People of the Roundabout

Reuben Sagar | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Tech
Reuben Sagar

The past couple of weeks have been big ones in this small, traffic junction heavy part of London. Silicon Roundabout has cemented its position as the centre of the UK's tech industry.

New Tech City Investments Are a Further Boost to Britain's Digital Aspirations

Russ Shaw | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Tech
Russ Shaw

Berlin and other European cities are busily building their own digital clusters and have set their sights on being Europe's preferred destinations for the hottest new firms and the venture capital that will follow.

Massive Makeover For 'Tech City' Hub

PA | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Tech

David Cameron and Boris Johnson have unveiled plans to transform Tech City in east London. The Old Street roundabout is to be given a £50 million ...

Hey, Don't Pitch Me Bro!

Stephen Canning | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

Have you had enough of pitches that rely more on their videos, flashy graphics and buzzwords than their content. Do you want to be able to show others your product in all it's naked glory (or otherwise!) and be able to get honest and constructive feedback where you need it.

London Entrepreneur Wants to Crowdsource a Future for a London Pub

Stephen Canning | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

James Dance, 26, is looking to change his future during the recession and that of one of the many London pubs that are falling on hard times.

Student Upstarts is Seeking Upstarting Students

Stephen Canning | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

If you're a student and interested in starting your own company, have an idea or are already involved in a startup I suggest you get along to the event this Tuesday and find out a little more about what Student Upstarts have on offer.

It's Time For Britain to Stop Doing Itself Down

Russ Shaw | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK
Russ Shaw

It seems to have become fashionable to sneer at the so-called Silicon Roundabout and the digital and technology firms growing there - they're no Silicon Valley we're told. On some measures, the critics would be right, but that says nothing for its huge potential.

Budding Entrepreneur? Launch Your Business in 48 Hours With Launch48

Stephen Canning | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

London has a fast growing tech scene and a healthily growing range of events on its calendar. From the fantastic Silicon Drinkabout team to the great courses of the General Assembly there are many opportunities would be startup entrepreneurs to hone their skills and network.

Eric Brotto Wants to Help You Launch a Startup in a Weekend

Stephen Canning | Posted 08.11.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

Yesterday I caught up with Eric Brotto the lead organiser of London Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a worldwide organisation of entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It claims to be the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

Sorted Wants to Give You What You Want Where By You Want It

Stephen Canning | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

Sorted provides users with access to a hyper local mobile marketplace where you can buy and sell literally anything. If you're after a gardener, football tickets or maybe even just looking to sell some of those old books then Sorted wants to help you. By combining an eBay come Gumtree service with a sleek app interface and a hyper localisation engine they hope they can connect buyers and sellers who want to meet.

Ready to Uber

Stephen Canning | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

Admit it, we all think it. Everyone wonders what that trip out would have been like if you'd had your own chauffeur. Well the classy alternative to the traditional London black can is here. Uber has hopped over the pond to offer Londoners a taste of the chauffeur driven lifestyle and it's pretty unique demand led dynamic pricing model.

A Startup Sizzle

Stephen Canning | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Digital Sizzle 6 organised by a company called 3 Beards who host the remarkably popular staple of the London startup calendar Silicon Drinkabout. The event was held in the fantastic location of the rooftop of the Southbank Centre.