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‘Has the ideas machine broken down?’ We asked eight leading entrepreneurs.


On 12th January 2013 The Economist ran a piece ‘Has the ideas machine broken down?’. The briefing said ‘a small but growing group of economists reckon the economic impact of the innovations of today may pale into comparison with those …

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The Europas are tonight in Berlin. We caught up with five nominees ahead of the prestigious awards!


With an attendee list that reads like a who’s who of the most innovative and exciting tech companies in Europe we caught up with Victor Henning (Mendeley), Raf Keustermans (Plumbee), Alice Regester (33Seconds), Alex Depledge (Teddle) and Nic Brisbourne (DFJ …

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Are the Government investing £50m in ‘Silicon Roundabout’ just as soaring office rents are driving the tech community out?


To survey the skyline of Silicon Roundabout is to embrace a varied and growing expanse of building types. One should be under no illusion that the cranes will be descending upon the area in the near future as Landlords, inspired …

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Five founders who have raised over $16 million in funding in the last 12 months share their top tips for a successful pitch


During the last 12 months Qinec, Makielab, Mojiva, Mindshapes and Click A Taxi have raised over $16 million in funding. We asked the five founders what advice they could offer to other startups on delivering the perfect pitch?

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Guest Blog; ‘Bill Earner, Managing Partner of Connect Ventures, provides his top tips for an effective pitch!’


As part of my job I get to see a lot of startups pitch their businesses. So what makes the best ones truly stand out? In my experience the most effective pitches share a few traits in common. I’m going …

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Ten Smart CEOs: (No 3) Chris Morton, Lyst


Chris Morton’s decision to colonise the fashion world as an innovator, whilst timely, represented a shift in career path for the former VC of Balderton Capital. Launched in 2010 this success, having secured funding from DFJ Esprit and Accel, is …

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‘Reports of the death of Magazines are exaggerated’ by Rupert Turnbull,Publisher of Wired Magazine.


As Silicon Roundabout plays host to an increasing number of business models that aim to change our future behaviour including the consumption of news, Rupert Turnbull explains why the ‘Reports of the death of Magazines are exaggerated’. I often find …

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Guest Blog: ‘How to retain talent at your Silicon Roundabout startup!’ by Jon Sutcliffe


Jon Sutcliffe, Partner at Kingston Smith, believes that keeping and incentivising key staff may not be as difficult as you think! Good staff, like good clients, usually have their pick of employers, so thinking of ways to recruit, retain and …

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As Silicon Roundabout startup Flubit prepare to relaunch, we catch up with CEO Bertie Stephens!


Silicon Roundabout-based Flubit originally launched as a demand-driven group buying site in August 2011. From £50,000 in funding 14 months ago, the Flubit business plan has evolved quickly, and having recently secured $1.75m is set to relaunch this summer with …

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Our focus on Silicon Roundabout’s ‘hottest startups’ continues; today it’s Teamly!


Amongst some of the gloomiest reports of European contagion the jubilee celebrations have not been the only ray of sunshine to offer balance and encouragement to us all! Last month Teamly and their founder Scott Allison announced that 500 Startups, …

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