‘As London based Quiqup secure a £20m Series B Round, Co Founder and CEO Bassel El Koussa talks on-demand logistics, e-commerce and comparisons with San Francisco’s Postmates!’


Since the commercialised internet and the myriad products spawned in the wake of digitisation — think the smartphone and its armies of derivative apps — the world has changed a lot. One such change has to do with how consumers interact with retail businesses; the ways in which they access, discover and purchase the products that retailers have on offer, and the expectations on the kind of services they will receive.

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As Rover.com acquire Santa Monica based DogVacay, we catch up with London’s BorrowMyDoggy Founder Rikke Rosenlund as she shares her journey, algorithms, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. Pawsome!


The BorrowMyDoggy idea was developed in July 2012 after I spent the day taking care of a neighbour’s dog, Aston. I realised that lots of dog owners could use a helping paw looking after their dog, and that there are thousands of people who would love to take care of a dog for free, simply because they love them.

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Farmdrop Co-founder Ben Pugh talks about ‘A healthier and sustainable food chain,driven by mobile technology’


Farmdrop is an online grocery platform that connects farmers and producers directly with local customers. By removing the wholesalers and supermarkets from the supply chain, we deliver fresher and healthier food, while paying the producers a much bigger cut than what they would get from a supermarket.

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Steve Babcock, CCO of New York based global digital agency VaynerMedia talks ‘Familiarity before Originality’


I got my start in this business in 1998. As a young, budding creative it was made very clear to me that originality was the prerequisite of creativity. If it wasn’t completely original, it wasn’t any good. It was a suitable guideline considering the one-way communication mediums of the day. The only chance you had to make a splash was to make it with something nobody had ever seen before. That’s how you broke through the clutter and got attention.

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‘Macron’s halo and a London spirit for Paris (FT 27.04.17) The post Brexit opportunity for Paris to match London as a hub for finance, business and entrepreneurship is real. The first lesson of the 2012 Olympics is the winner takes all.(JohnGrapper) | Gavin Poole,CEO of London’s Here East talks Brexit, Paris and his vision for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!


The question that everyone raises with me when discussing the health and future of the tech sector in London is inevitably linked to Brexit and the impact last year’s decision will have. This whole subject has been hugely debated, polls give continually conflicting views and politicians and all sides of the media continue to provide conflicting public positions and perceptions. But looking beyond the day to day tactical news and by taking a pure business approach to the situation we find ourselves in then we should look positively to the future even if many of us hadn’t wished this change of course.

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Ian Hood, CEO and Co-Founder of communications agency Babel discusses how to build a brand in an ever transparent, technology-powered world!


“Technology itself — social media, cameraphones — has also turned the world into a panopticon prison for bad boys, whose misdeeds are now visible almost all the time. It was a dash cam that caught Kalanick’s unsympathetic retort to a struggling Uber driver.”(Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, 15.04.17)

How important is reputation when you’re contributing so much to society? Can an entrepreneur get away with hell just because they’ve created the fastest, the best, the most innovative or even just the shiniest new product, solution or service?

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We are at the point where companies are really understanding there is a lot of money at stake…..there is greed and fear. There will be winners and losers and that could happen pretty soon….’(Bryant Walker Smith,FT 15.04.17) Nina O’Sullivan, Legal Director at Mishcon de Reya LLP, reflects on the growing threat of IP wars disrupting the disruptors.


A series of high profile patent and trade secrets lawsuits has shone a spotlight on the significant challenges facing emerging technology businesses, both in protecting their valuable innovations, but also in ensuring that they do not encroach on their competitors’ rights.  Recent and forthcoming legislative developments are likely to fuel further litigation, perhaps even on the same scale of the ‘smartphone patent wars’ of recent years. The risk of a product being pulled off the market due to IP infringement, together with the significant costs involved in defending a lawsuit, underlines the importance of proper freedom to operate analysis and a comprehensive IP portfolio.

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Banks and the Fintech Community – Compete or Collaborate? Phil Cox, Head of EMEA and President of UK Branch, Silicon Valley Bank explains!


Two years ago, I attended a seminar where more tales of woe for banks were being predicted at the hands of ‘fintech upstarts’. The sector was ripe for disruption, especially those ‘fat cat’ bankers who were too complacent to see it all coming. I wondered if I should be feeling happy, because Silicon Valley Bank was working with so many of these upstarts, or sad that all banks were about to be bypassed, undercut, destroyed or simply rendered irrelevant.

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Architects Hollwich Kushner are behind some of the tech sector’s most exciting developments embracing New York, Munich and Philadelphia. Co Founder Matthias Hollwich talks about his practice, their approach and some incredible projects!


photo c/o Jason Lindberg

Ten years ago we started Hollwich Kushner – to explore the future of Architecture and to build buildings! We were young, curious minded and relentless in our desire to explore the world around us. Over these last ten years each project we have touched has granted us the opportunity to learn something new about ourselves and the effect our buildings have. Sometimes this has led to big revelations and other times more subtle lessons learned through trial and error.

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Two recent projects have placed Architects Fletcher Priest at the heart of two of the UK’s leading centres of both academia and entrepreneurism. Founder Keith Priest talks about the challenges of embracing culture, design and architecture in Oxford and Manchester!


Science and technology-driven entrepreneurs are at the heart of the UK’s plans for future economic growth. Two of the projects that Fletcher Priest is involved with will be high density places where creative collisions between investors, researchers and engineers happen – the conditions that help science and technology businesses thrive. The modern workplace, with its emphasis on flexibility and interaction, is a very different place to the one-size-fits-all office of a decade ago. Change has been driven by leaders in the most competitive sectors of the economy in their efforts to attract talent. In recent years Fletcher Priest has enjoyed the opportunity to work for many of them (for example in media, technology, communications, software and pharma) drawing on skills within our studio across the disciplines of urban design, architecture, interior design and research. We have also produced speculative projects for developers that have been sought out by companies including Google, Facebook and We Work.

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