Author Archives: Silicon Roundabout

Lina Wenner, Associate Partner at Firstminute Capital | Q and A


What were your biggest learnings from your time at Boston Consulting Group? Structured thinking! Quickly scoping out a problem space then figuring out what data would be most useful to make a well-calibrated decision in cases where I have incomplete …

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Amanda Jones Floyd, Investor at InReach Ventures | Q and A


What inspired you to become a VC and was there a particular lightbulb moment? I first started thinking seriously about VC when I was at INSEAD about 10 years ago. I realised that the key skills of early stage VC …

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The future of the commute will change our roads forever | James Blackham, CEO of By Miles


The traffic on UK roads has fluctuated hugely over the past twelve months. As the country went into its first lockdown, the public’s relationship with everyday transport methods changed almost instantly.

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Media coverage is only for big established companies, isn’t it? | Nick Braund, Founder of Words + Pixels


The media dominates our lives more than we realise. Yes, it tells us what’s happening in the world and if it’ll be sunny next Tuesday – but it also has the ability to influence and persuade. Right now, reporting on …

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Uber’s defeat in the Supreme Court: A cautionary tale for tech companies with ambitions to upscale | Paul Jennings, Partner at Bates Wells


Dynamic technology platforms are the embodiment of the moto ‘move fast and break things’. Uber is an exemplar of this philosophy; it acquired a dominant market share in London at an incredible pace, however, at precisely the same time, it …

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Covid 19 has exposed the fragility of millennial employment | Wollit Founder Liad Shababo explains!


It’s no secret that even before the pandemic millennials faced a very different financial landscape from their predecessors – with rising living costs, lower financial security and unprecedented levels of personal debt. The average student debt for a graduate in …

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From gohenry to Greenlight,the kid friendly banking sector is growing | Alex Zivoder, CEO of gohenry explains!


As a father to two children I know only too well how difficult it can be to teach kids money skills, let alone in a way that they find interesting and engaging. Schools are not equipped to focus on this …

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Chris Smith, Managing Partner, Playfair Capital | Q and A


What inspired you to become a VC and was there a ‘lightbulb’ moment? It took me 15 years to realise that being a VC was my dream job. It seemed to combine all the bits I loved from what I’d …

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How can disruptive startups avoid alienating policy makers and actively influence regulation? | Leo Ringer, Founding Partner of Form Ventures


The most ambitious tech startups have a vision to disrupt, and rightly so. But disruption is noisy and can create losers as well as winners. As startups disrupt more fundamental parts of our lives, from our money to our healthcare …

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‘Can a $1tn freight forwarding industry be disrupted? Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt and Travis Kalanick think it can! | Beacon CEO Fraser Robinson explains’


Our goal at Beacon is simple: we want to become the global leader in logistics and supply chain finance by making trade simpler, more transparent and more reliable for businesses.

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