The EdTech Europe Summit 2014 is taking place in London today. We took the opportunity to ask a group of leading innovators, ‘What should be the key priorities when it comes to education technology?’

A greater focus on sustainability/profitability. Sharper alignment of technology with actual market need and not just good ideas. Leading to economic as well as functional viability.

Alan Maguire – Partner at Leaf Investments

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Ahead of the EdTech Europe Summit 2014 we asked leading innovators and investors, “What should be the key priorities when it comes to education technology?


On 12th June EdTech Europe ,a one day event in London hosted by IBIS Capital and Edxus Group, will bring together leading entrepreneurial innovators and private equity/venture capitalists amongst others.

The e-Learning market is one of the fastest growing sectors(‘Funding for educational tech hit a record high in the first quarter of 2014, when investors put $559m into 103 deals, according to researcher CB Insights’Financial Times June 4th 2014) and we caught up with some of the main players asking them ‘ What should be the key priorities when it comes to education technology?’

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Expanding to London from the USA? In Part 4 of the series Richard Goold examines Data Protection and Intellectual Property

Data Protection (“DP”)

DP in the UK and Europe is a hot topic and 2014 should see the finalisation of a new Regulation implementing major reforms across Europe with even tougher regulation and fines for serious data breaches of as much as 2% of global turnover.  There has also been a proposal from one of the European Parliament committees that this should be increased even further to an eye-watering 5% of global annual turnover.  In the meantime, the current UK legislation remains the Data Protection Act 1988 (“DPA”), enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”).

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Opinion | HotelTonight have raised over $80m since December 2010. We asked Heather Leisman,MD for Europe, for her keys to success?!


By Heather Leisman, MD for Europe at HotelTonight

The San Francisco-based company, HotelTonight, was built exclusively for mobile from the ground up. In only three years the app has grown to more than 10 million downloads and 300 destinations worldwide. How does HotelTonight’s “mobile only” business model work?

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Opinion | COO Lloyd Price on how Zesty are transforming access to Healthcare in London!

By Lloyd Price, Co Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Zesty

London is rapidly gaining a reputation as the ‘FinTech” capital of the world as investor appetite for disruptive startups in the financial services market increases beyond Angel and Seed financing rounds to serious multi million dollar Series A and B investment rounds. Payments, money transfer and foreign exchange focused Tech companies are moving fast and positioning themselves as market leaders in multi billion dollar untapped markets with the potential for exponential growth. It’s hard to think there could be even bigger, more lucrative and untapped markets than FinTech right ? Wrong, let me introduce you to one of them, the world of HealthTech …

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Opinion| Why the rulebooks on money transfer are being ripped up!

By Mike Laven, CEO, The Currency Cloud

If ‘FinTech’ is one of technology’s hottest sectors today, then international payments must surely be the hottest niche, at least if we’re judging by level of investor activity. This year in London alone, remittance players WorldRemit and Azimo scooped $40m and $10m in Series A rounds respectively, peer-to-peer hedging firm Kantox took €6.5m, while my own firm The Currency Cloud has just raised $10m in a Series B.

So why are tech entrepreneurs rushing to innovate in international payments, money transfer and foreign exchange? Well, one interpretation is that the retail international payments market is finally beginning to follow the lead of the capital markets.

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An algorithm ….a bidding war? ‘Silicon Valley’ is the brand new US comedy from Mike Judge and we have the trailer!

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Tradeshift have just raised $75m in funding. We asked CEO Christian Lanng what message he had for European entrepreneurs?

The European start-up scene is thriving, full of bright young things trying to turn innovative ideas into real businesses.

But, increasingly I’m starting to feel that things are getting out of kilter: the start-up scene seems to have become more important than the actual building of successful businesses. There’s a fascination in being immersed in the start-up culture – people want to see and be seen – and this is getting in the way of actual work.

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We are thrilled that you can now listen to Monocle magazines fantastic weekly show ‘The Entrepreneurs’ on the blog now!


As part of our philosophy to make our fast growing Silicon Roundabout platform an invaluable resource in the technology ‘ecosystem’ we are delighted to now bring you Monocle Magazines weekly show ‘The Entrepreneurs’. Enjoy!


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Your Seven Days in the World of Technology courtesy of the Podcast!

Wired podcast

Listen this week for an entertaining 30-minute look at the most interesting technology and science stories from the last seven days, with’s Olivia Solon, Liat Clark and Nicholas Tufnell.

Once again is proving to be a hot mess. Remember all that sensitive personal information they promised they wouldn’t give to insurers? They gave it to insurers. Liat takes a look at how medical professionals are trying to treat the strange phenomenon of phantom limbs, and we discuss the news that the European Union and Brazil have agreed to lay a fibre-optic undersea communications cable across the Atlantic in an attempt to “guarantee” net neutrality — is this the beginning of a balkanised web?

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