Having witnessed the 2013-14 changeover from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Bill de Blasio and the rapid growth of New York’s tech ecosystem we caught up with Daniel Glazer, Partner at leading international lawyers Fried Frank and asked: What will London’s new Mayor need to do to make our capital the most tech friendly City in the World?!


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Gregor Pryor is one of the Top 100 most influential people in digital media (Wired Magazine) We asked Gregor what London really needs from its next Mayor?!


London has for many years been one of the world’s best cities; a melting pot of art, music, fashion and technology. But if we are to remain a stomping ground for the most exciting creators, innovators and entrepreneurs, the next Mayor of London must sustain and further promote the city’s entertainment and media sector. As Los Angeles, arguably the home of global entertainment, is now witnessing a technology boom, London too has the opportunity to lead the way.

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BloomNation, UrbanStems and The Bouqs have raised over $7.5m in funding in the USA as the business of On Demand flowers continues to grow! Aron Gelbard ,CEO of London based Bloom and Wild, talks funding, flowers in the mobile age and the future.


It’s an exciting time in the world of startup flowers. In the US, a number of startups are disrupting the $35B flower industry, and Bloom Nation, Urban Stems, The Bouqs, and Bloomthat have all recently raised venture capital funding to offer modernised, user-friendly flower buying experiences.

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‘Social networks will help education to realise its true potential’ (Reid Hoffman ‘The Wired World in 2016’)


‘To get the most out of a highly connected digitalised world, you need platforms that emphasise personal interconnectivity…..In 2016 I believe the education world will embrace this fundamental lesson..’
We asked Ben Grech, Co founder of fast growing Uniplaces, to talk about the future of student accommodation, raising almost $30m in funding and using education as an online platform for other services!

Three trends are very likely to shape the future of education. We have seen them gain momentum the last few years, and they’re set to keep getting stronger: the number of students will keep increasing, they will use social media networks more and more, and will be increasingly mobile.

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Masabi’s New Shoreditch HQ has the wow factor!


Fresh from a new $12m funding round in December 2015, Masabi more than ever were ready to relocate to a new HQ.

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‘Increasing cross channel campaigns, improved customer experience and mobile engagement?…’ OpEd| Having raised over $7m we asked Stephen Upstone, CEO and founder of Loop Me, what 2016 may bring in terms of marketing and communication?!


Marketing in 2016 should focus on finding new solutions to the latest developments in consumer habits. Audiences don’t ‘go online’ anymore, they are constantly connected through their phones, tablets, and smart watches, on top of their desktop and laptop usage. Mobile devices are now used on average of almost three hours a day, significantly eclipsing time spent on desktop.

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With video sharing developing into a huge growth area, Gareth Capon, CEO of Grabyo talks funding, social media sports stars and global advertising.


My first memory of going to watch live sport was a trip to the Cardiff Arms Park Rugby stadium to watch the British and Irish Lions play a Rest of the World XV in a game to commemorate 100 years of the IRB (April 1986 – I was 9 years old). Wikipedia describes the game as “…marred by wet weather” which is pretty apt given the battering I got by the rain that night.

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‘The Blockchain will become our new signature’ (The Wired World in 2016). In their recent article Forde and Casey argue ‘Timestamped Bitcoin transactions can provide a path to data reliability’. We asked the founders of Shoreditch based Blockchain, Peter Smith and Nic Cary, if they agreed and about their journey so far!


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A lot of people are talking about the block chain these days. In its simplest form, the block chain is a database that stores a history of every bitcoin transaction that has ever taken place. It’s the core innovation of the bitcoin protocol and our company’s namesake. Once such a record is stored in the block chain, it can never be reversed. This makes it perfect for tracking records in a decentralised and immutable fashion. Not only is this system great for keeping track of who owns what, but it also has potential to transform digital identity, property rights, and more.

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‘As a chief executive “you don’t have to be a full time operator, you have to be a full time visionary” (Essam Abadir, Chief Executive of Aspire Ventures ,quoted FT 07.10.15) We asked 9 leading entrepreneurs if they agreed?


 

“This depends very much on the type of business you’re running and the level of maturity of the company. In a fast growing start-up, whilst being visionary is important, I think more emphasis needs to be put on putting in place the right processes and building the right team to fuel the growth. The vision is important to get all pieces to stick together and going in the same direction, but to actually grow your sales, you need an operator.”

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StreetHub

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Founded in 2013, Yoyo are already one of Europe’s hottest fintech startups! Alain Falys,CEO, talks global ambition,mobile wallet’s in ‘closed environments’,QR codes,rewards and funding!


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We built Yoyo Wallet after talking to hundreds of retailers of all sizes. This is what we discovered: no one is addressing the retailer’s top 3 issues which are: Who is my customer? How do I create a personal engagement with my customer? How do I sell more?

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