Author Archives: Silicon Roundabout

‘Some of Silicon Valley’s most highly valued private technology companies, including Airbnb and Uber, are expressing concern and taking action over a new breed of brokers trying to solicit shares from employees and early investors..’(FT 15.08.16) Stephen Diosi , Partner at Mishcon de Reya, offers his thoughts on the controversy and advice for London’s leading entrepreneurs.


Awarding stock to employees, whether through a formal share plan or otherwise, can be a very powerful tool to reward and incentivise behaviour, playing a key part in the growth and success of a business. Of course, the incentive is …

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As San Francisco’s LendUp announces $47m in funding we asked Richard Wazacz, Head of Octopus Labs to talk London fintech and the new accelerator!


London has an illustrious history as a global financial hub. But over the last decade or so, it’s pulled off a pretty impressive feat – one that few cities have been able to achieve.

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The Entrepreneurs Podcast with Monocle 24 Episode 253; Aegean Summit; how to build a media brand


Photo; Emilio Garcia Aegean Summit: how to build a media brand: Amid paywalls, platforms and advertising woes, few media outlets have cracked the code required to create a successful, sustainable and profitable business model. The Aegean Summit, a new conference …

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Having invested in Fyndiq, Klarna, Matsmart, iZettle, Spotify and Fishbrain, Northzone know the Stockholm ecosystem rather well! Jessica Nilsson (@JessMNilsson), Principal at Northzone, gives her insight into the current Stockholm tech scene.


Having invested in Fyndiq, Klarna, Matsmart, iZettle, Spotify and Fishbrain, Northzone know the Stockholm ecosystem rather well! Jessica Nilsson, Principal at Northzone, gives her insight into the current Stockholm tech scene.

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Global publishing platform and New York Headquartered Playbuzz have raised over $31m in funding. Co Founder ,Tom Pachys, gives us his 3 Crucial Tips for running a Startup!


Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: 3 Crucial Tips for Running a Startup If entrepreneurs had a dime for every tip they received, the entire industry would have been bootstrapping. And so, when I was asked to share a few tips of my …

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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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