Author Archives: Silicon Roundabout

Having invested in over 150 businesses over the last 16 years, including Rocket Internet, Wooga, Zalando, Spotcap and Delivery Hero, Holtzbrinck Ventures know the Berlin ecosystem rather well! Barbod Namini (@b_namini), Principal, gives his insight into the current Berlin tech scene.


As a fund that has been setup in 2000 with offices in Munich and Berlin we have been able to observe the emergence of Berlin as one of the main tech hubs of Europe very closely. Most recently a report …

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The Entrepreneurs Podcast with MONOCLE 24 Episode 248 : Live


In this special live episode of ‘The Entrepreneurs’ recorded at our Marylebone HQ, Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli and Andrew Tuck are joined by the visionaries and creative leaders behind inspiring, successful businesses. From industry giants and family outfits to one-man-bands and …

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The Entrepreneurs Podcast with MONOCLE 24 Episode 247 : Thread


London-based online start-up Thread is one of a growing number of companies enteringthe burgeoning fashion-technology space. It combines the know-how of a stylist with the computing power of an algorithm; the aim is to help men find the perfect piece …

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They’re the dinosaurs and I’m the meteor’, he says of the bricks and mortar shops like Citibank, Chase or Bank of America… ’They have a business practice which should be extinct’ Mike Cagney, CEO of San Francisco online loans group SoFi, FT 3/5/16


We asked Tom Blomfield, CEO of Mondo, where he sees the future of Banking. I’ve recently been reading about artificial intelligence and robotics, and I’m fascinated by that stuff. It embodies exactly what I love about technology, the ability to …

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Is it time to declare online lending a fad and head home?


“As stories circulate regarding Lending Club, Prosper and OnDeck that all is not well in the online lending sector, Eyal Lifshitz, CEO of Bluevine, describes why fintech isn’t disappearing anytime soon”

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With over $125m raised in funding, we asked 6 leading CFO’s/Heads of Finance about the challenges they face at some of Europe’s leading tech businesses?!


“At Yoyo Wallet, we believe a company’s key assets are its people. It is no secret that it is a very competitive market for talent in London, and it is difficult to find the right candidate for the job when …

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Five proven ways to get your start-up noticed (in a good way) By Jennifer Janson, owner, Six Degrees and author, The Reputation Playbook


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SilverRail’s new London HQ ; Inspiring and collaborative


The remodelled and refurbished Heal’s Building at 1 Alfred Mews in Central London provided a fantastic opportunity for SilverRail to design a new space for the next phase of their growth.

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We asked 12 leading entrepreneurs ‘What would leaving the EU mean for London and the UK’s tech community?’


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Linda Main, Partner at KPMG, sits on the prestigious Tech City advisory panel responsible for identifying the fastest growing and most disruptive tech companies in the UK. With a significant number located in London we asked Linda ‘what do these businesses really need from the next Mayor?’


What do tech businesses really need from the next Mayor? London is home to a thriving population of tech entrepreneurs and innovators thanks to the rise of Tech City and other digital hubs.  The next mayor must take positive action …

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