London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ will soon benefit from Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Ian Lindsay of Crossrail explains more!


Currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail is one of the most amazing, large and complex projects ever undertaken in the UK, delivering 118 km (73 miles) of new, modern railway linking Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Canary Wharf, Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the East.  That’s 10km longer than the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and involves 21kms of twin tunnels right under the centre of London.

Crossrail will improve the speed, regularity and comfort of your journeys across London, with 37 connections, nine of which are brand new station structures.  There will be 24 trains an hour, or a train every two and a half minutes during the rush hour and some 200 million passengers will use Crossrail every year.

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10 Tips for succeeding in a Startup Accelerator programme by Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Partner at Seedcamp


Carlos EspinalAccelerators come in all different shapes and sizes. With many new Accelerators coming into existence within the last few years, the job of selecting one to join and getting the most out of your chosen accelerator program isn’t always obvious. Some programs, like Seedcamp, cater to high ambition & high growth companies spread across various industries, whereas others focus on specific verticals such as clean energy or healthcare to name a few.

We all have different approaches, but with over 90 companies forming the Seedcamp family we’ve had a chance to see many different industries and what it takes to get those companies to the next level.

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‘Art in the workplace is no longer simply about decoration…’


James Burke, creative director and co-founder of Shoreditch-based Acrylicize, explains why.

James BurkeArt has long been a feature in spaces outside of the art gallery. Offices have typically used art to decorate the workplace, brightening up meeting rooms and making a statement in the reception area for a lasting impression of their company.

Now, however, companies are looking for ways to differentiate and push the creative boundaries and so high-concept art is gaining a great deal of attention as a justifiable way to meet these aims.

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Tech bosses could be the next public enemies (FT 28TH May). We asked five entrepreneurs if they agreed?


Andrew Hill wrote in the Financial Times “Like big banks, tech companies are protected  by a bubble of their own making……and their representatives often exude a sense of entitlement and an overconfidence that technology can solve the worlds problems….”

He went on ”The risk is that technology titans undoubted success will breed complacency, which begets arrogance, and can lead to actual wrongdoing…”

We asked five entrepreneurs if they agreed?

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Duncan Logan, founder of San Francisco based accelerator RocketSpace talks about change and London’s greatest opportunity!


Duncan Logan, RocketSpaceIn years to come I think Silicon Valley and San Francisco will be viewed as the laboratory of the information age but much of the real world growth of tech will be driven from other locations. There has been no letup in the rapid expansion of technology startups in San Francisco since the end of 2010. The vibrancy of this innovation economy is alive and well. What is newer however is the engagement of corporations into the ecosystem and this could be London’s greatest opportunity.

Corporations look at innovation through two lenses, fear and greed. What’s out there that could kill us or better what is out there that could give us the edge.

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We asked Nick Ray, CEO Of aiHit, should we be worried following David Rowan’s piece on the ‘data disenfranchised’?


“In the emerging yottabyte age, let’s ensure the sovereignty of the people over the databases by holding to account those with the keys to the machine…” (David Rowan, Wired Magazine April 2013)

We asked Nick Ray, CEO of aiHit, should we be worried?

Nick Ray“David Rowan’s article perfectly sums up both the potential and the risks of a “big data” world.  Knowledge is power and big data increases that power.

In his article, David worries that the power is concentrated in the hands of big business and not in the hands of the hapless consumer, who’s surfing habits, shopping habits, social media presence, credit score and much more besides is being covertly harvested, aggregated, dissected and analysed.

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Where is the architectural blueprint and vision for a neighbourhood at the forefront of London’s digital revolution?


We asked Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA (London’s Centre For The Built Environment)

London's Centre for The Built Environment“Blueprint?! Vision?! Masterplan!? That’s not how these things work in London! Silicon Roundabout happened because there was NO masterplan. It grew because there were cheap, no nonsense buildings with high ceilings and clear floorplates that suited the pocket and workstyle of new digital companies. These were the sweatshops of the industrial era; in the post-industrial city they became nurseries for growing businesses.”

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‘Has the ideas machine broken down?’ We asked eight leading entrepreneurs.


On 12th January 2013 The Economist ran a piece ‘Has the ideas machine broken down?’.

The briefing said ‘a small but growing group of economists reckon the economic impact of the innovations of today may pale into comparison with those of the past…’. It went on ‘As Mr Thiel and his colleagues at the Founders Fund, a venture-capital company, put it “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters”’.

We asked eight entrepreneurs if they shared the pessimism.

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The Europas are tonight in Berlin. We caught up with five nominees ahead of the prestigious awards!


The EuropasWith an attendee list that reads like a who’s who of the most innovative and exciting tech companies in Europe we caught up with Victor Henning (Mendeley), Raf Keustermans (Plumbee), Alice Regester (33Seconds), Alex Depledge (Teddle) and Nic Brisbourne (DFJ Esprit) and asked them a question often raised by entrepreneurs:

‘How fundamental is a great story to selling a vision?’

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Apply by 8th January for Seedcamp London 2013. Seedcamp Principal Philipp Moehring tells us what it’s all about.


Seedcamp2012 was a busy year for Seedcamp: They hosted 10 events all around the world, made 23 new investments, took their startups on a four-week tour of the US and hosted the flagship week-long Seedcamp Week event in September.

Since launching in 2007, the Seedcamp portfolio now includes more than 80 of Europe’s most promising startups – all ambitiously building global businesses – and has seen several acquisitions (including Mobclix bought by Velti and RentMineOnline bought by RealPage).

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