Author Archives: Silicon Roundabout

Briefing | Leading Commercial Property figures reflect upon how workspaces are changing in an era of evolving tenant demand (Part 2)


‘About 20 years ago, a close friend of mine, a chief executive of one of the bigger UK public property companies appeared at his annual shareholder AGM in a black polo neck sweater, the “dress down“ Fridays trend imported from …

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Briefing | Leading Commercial Property figures reflect upon how workspaces are changing in an era of evolving tenant demand (Part 1)


Whether we are delivery speculative or bespoke office space, the by-words on all tenants lips are ‘flexibility’ and ‘adaptability’. The inability to predict requirements more than a few years ahead – for good or bad – is generally the driver.

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Q and A | Haakon Overli, Co-Founder of Dawn Capital


Software companies increasingly talk about being “AI first” but separating hype from reality is a challenge. Which AI-first startups are actually scaling? At Dawn we still consider AI/ML to be nascent and best understood as a tool to make existing …

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Five leading entrepreneurs reflect on the advice they ignored!


“When starting a new business there are a lot of voices, especially in the B2B space, that will tell you that the product needs to be incredibly refined to attract enterprise clients.

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Hospitality | Three MasterChef finalists on how social media is influencing the culinary industry!


“In terms of getting people through the door I think social media a critical part of any business. There are a lot of different approaches to social media and businesses that offer these services, but I like to keep mine …

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Do entrepreneurs really need a University degree or an MBA?


Technically, no, although, it’s fair to argue that the chances of success will increase with one or both under your belt.

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As Apple’s China warning sends tremors through stock markets (FT 04.01.19), we ask what will be the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs in 2019?


“There’s a lot of uncertainty for businesses around what will happen with Brexit. The challenge for many will be to make sure they’re set up in an agile way, so they can respond to what we’re seeing happen economically. 

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Q & A | Ben Tompkins, Managing Partner at Draper Esprit


What have you learned in 2018 and what are your predictions for tech in 2019, be it in the fields of Medicine, Energy, Data, Business or Government? 2018 has been all about backing ‘belief’ in every area of tech. Ambition …

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We asked eight entrepreneurs about the risks they had taken and the outcomes, good and not so good!


My co founder Tim Boughton and I took the very risky decision not to raise any money until we’d proven the product market fit. This meant living off savings for two years to avoid selling a significant percentage of the …

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Politics | Why are Pittsburgh, Melbourne and Helsinki the future for tech? The Mayors of each tell us!


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