LONDON AND SECRET LONGING
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Sir Ian Botham
Amir Khan / Boxer
With a glee they can barely contain, they discuss the undertaking as East London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ and consider it at the heart of Britain’s digital drive. The buzz is vital and the British are past masters at it.
For once an area is known for a few hot startups, it attracts more company founders, plus the financiers, the lawyers, the marketers and nobody who senses that money making game is afoot ! And it helps that there are places that they can meet each other and power the network, or simply drink their tea and bask in their respective visions.
Thanks to the ambiance of the aptly named Shepherdness café and the reliance, as well as online members only , communities such as ICE list on which the founders unwind with war stories, job openings for mutual benefits and delight.Still…still, Shoreditch is no Palo Alto. For all David Cameron’s declared intentions to boost London’s role as a world class ‘Technology City’ comes very short.
London just does not have the scale of investments of the Valley Firms such as the giant : Kleiner Perkins, nor the business confidence that created such billion dollar giants like Yahoo and Zynga. But to be fair, there are a number of technology firms, who would do London proud and could most easily grow into billion dollar companies.
Wonga, MindCandy, Badoo are on the roll and heading skywards!
And good old London can certainly attract the international talent that favours London as a startup base, which is why Skype and Spotify are based here rather than in Scandinavia.But in reality Silicon Valley is way, way ahead in terms of pure valley creation. And as you would have a British argue ,
“What has Valley got apart from the sunshine that East London lacks??” Haha !
Well, yes, now that we have asked …. !! For one it’s not every British to declare a brash intention to dominate the world with their entrepreneurial drive!!? But if that so, where the hell did British East India company come from!!? Haha !
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