Do you have a question for our panel of digital experts?


Ask the digital experts‘Tech Entrepreneurs week’ was an eye opener in many ways, one of which was the almost insatiable desire from the audience to accumulate as much knowledge as possible from the various ‘keynote speakers’ assembled. Allied to the infectious passion from the many startups we have met in the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area who might be termed visionaries, disruptors etc has led us to add a new dimension to our blog, a feature which we will be launching towards the end of January 2012.

We call it simply ‘Ask the Expert’.

Bringing together a collection of individuals that would grace any top 100 list of ‘influencers’ when it comes to perceptive and hopefully persuasive advice we start announcing our team shortly!

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Top tips to attract a potential investor by Daniel Waterhouse of Wellington


Daniel WaterhouseFollowing  Sherry Coutu’s piece for us last week ‘What to remember about angel investors?’ we thought we would ask Wellington, General Partner, Daniel Waterhouse a question we have been asked over the last few months by numerous ‘Silicon Roundabout’ based startups;

‘What are the magic ingredients a digital startup should possess to become a potential investment!’

Ranked 62 in Wired Magazine’s Top 100 of the UK’s digital powerbrokers and with a portfolio that includes Adviqo, Artfinder, Hailo, Livebookings, Qype and Zopa, Daniel’s thoughts are well worth listening to!

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What to remember about Angel Investors? Top 10 ‘suggestions’ from serial entrepreneur Sherry Coutu!


Sherry CoutuThe incredible ‘vibe’ be it on entering Techhub or The Trampery at Silicon Roundabout, grabbing a coffee at The Bookclub (Leonard Street) or sitting in the audience at Tech Entrepreneurs Week (as we did!) amongst a multitude of startups is more than tangible!

Not unexpected is the constant desire for entrepreneurs to engage with investors. With this in mind we are delighted to bring you a top tip list from arguably the best in the business.

Sherry Coutu was voted by TechCrunch as the best CEO mentor/advisor in Europe in November 2010. In May 2011, she was voted by Wired magazine as one of the top 25 ‘most influential people in the wired world’ and one of the top ten most influential investors and women.

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Blackbridge Communications recently moved to Silicon Roundabout. We pop in to say hello!


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Zetland House, Scrutton Street is in the heart of ‘Silicon Roundabout’. An old print works for The Bank of England, it now provides refurbished loft style open plan offices with original restored timber floorboards, good natural daylight and central courtyard. For founders Tony Andrews and Jamie White it has hopefully provided a point of differentiation from the competition based in Noho, Soho and Covent Garden and another successful relocation by Kushner!

With a developing client base including BAA, STA Travel and Olswang and an increasing staff roster we popped back to catch up with founder Tony Andrews and asked him how things were going and what the future held?

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Just two weeks until Tech Entrepreneurs Week!


Martin WarnerThe momentum behind the growth of ‘Silicon Roundabout’ shows no sign of  abating. Barely has the ink dried on the photographs of David Cameron leaving White Bear Yard, having met amongst others Stylistpick, that Jimmy Wales and Martin Warner are bringing Tech Entrepreneurs Week to London! Taking place over 4 days (5 days for participating finalists in the Investment competition) it is a conference/ networking event that invites companies from all fields of technology and investors together (particularly those at seed or venture stage of growth). Jimmy Wales (Co founder of Wikipedia) will be Head of Jury for those businesses that take up the offer of pitching for £50,000 of venture capital funding. For those not wishing to pitch it will be an opportunity to participate in workshops and network. We caught up with angel investor Martin Warner ahead of the event;

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Five minutes with…..Tristan Celder, founder of Silicon Roundabout based, Zolmo


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Turn on your television, open a magazine, go shopping and he is never far away…..Jamie  Oliver.

A brand and incredible success story but scratch beneath the surface and you will find  amongst others software house, Zolmo co-founded by Tristan Celder, and the  subject of our ‘Five minutes with…..’ this week. From Mr Oliver to Social  media to ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ its an interesting chat!

So lets begin;

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Silicon Roundabout jobs hotspot


Silicon MilkroundaboutThe Evening Standard story on 30th September 2011 headed ‘Silicon Roundabout jobs hotspot on networking boom‘ was, of course very interesting. As Harvey Nash chief exec Albert Ellis was quoted as saying “We want to be closer to that whole Shoreditch area. It’s a big opportunity. The whole tech sector has been robust all the way through the economic crisis, particularly in social networking which has created a whole new job market in software programming….”

The truth is…. he is not the only one to have noticed!!

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Silicon Roundabout’s Ticket Tailor look to ‘disrupt’ traditional ticket sales!


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The market is buzzing with digital startups ‘disrupting’ the status quo across a vast range of business sectors. The world of ticket sales, whether for sporting or music events, is no different.

Our blog followers may already have come across LA  based, Scorebig, which aims to solve the problem of unsold event tickets. In that case the tickets come from the venues, teams and promoters directly and you name your price! If your offer is accepted, you get the tickets.

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Wired 2011 Conference; A stellar line up and a 10% discount!


Wired conference logoIf there is one conference you must attend , the inaugural Wired 2011, has to be it on 13-14th October.

The streets around Silicon Roundabout could be very quiet as a stellar group of speakers and delegates, which reads like a who’s who of those at the forefront of change in our environment on so many levels, meet up at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

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Startups; its the era of the “Unhotel”


For many simply flying into a City and staying in a luxury hotel for a weekend feels, well, a little detached from reality and real life. Too ‘clinical’ perhaps.

Startup onefinestay.com, the creation of Greg Marsh, Tim Davey and Demetrios Zoppos, based in Bowling Green Lane offers something rather different and is creating quite a stir!

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