November 7, 2016

In our tech world there are plenty of views on how much founders should keep hold of at each round. Striking the right balance between keeping hold of enough of your stock to keep you motivated, and giving away enough to get investors interested in the first place, is...

November 3, 2016

I've written a little about lower valuations over the last few weeks. A few people have been in touch to question this (I love a good discussion). 

Here's a report that confirms my views: valuations are indeed down. Law firm Cooley looked at deals where it was involved...

November 1, 2016

It's not been an easy Hallowe'en period for tech.

Twitter has continued its freewill, announcing it was shedding up to 9% of its workforce and shutting down the once-vaunted Vine. 

Apple's iPhone sales continue to shrink, thanks to increased competition in China and lowe...

October 25, 2016

With the recent announcements of a new $1 billion Greylock fund for start-ups, Chinese Google rival Baidu planning to spend $3 billion on internet investments, and, dwarfing them all, Softbanks’s new $100 billion fund, there’s a great deal of money talk in tech right n...

June 29, 2016

Over the last few days there have been a lot of articles about how the UK tech scene will be affected by the Brexit vote.

- Germany is apparently trying to lure companies away from London.

- 'UK start-ups mull uncertain future'

- 'Tech leaders try to paint bright Brexit f...

June 10, 2016

Given the less than courteous view of Microsoft in techie circles, he would probably wince at this, but Vitalik Buterin could well be the next Bill Gates.

I have spent the week focusing on blockchain. Tuesday night was the highlight, going to see Buterin talk about Ethe...

May 27, 2016

A headline in the FT from 18 May was not good PR for tech firms: ‘Google service books IBM, Citigroup and Microsoft ads to jihadi’s website’.


It turns out that designated terrorist Muhammed Jibril Abdul Rahman has been making thousands of dollars by selling advertising...

May 27, 2016

'The CEO is in town next week and was wondering if you would like to meet up.' These are the seductive words that many tech founders dream of. Do they want to buy me out? How much for? What Ferrari should I buy?


M&A is an established part of the tech sector. Many found...

May 26, 2016

We've all heard about robots taking over the working world. This was wishful thinking until recently, Sure, there had been incremental reductions in the workforce over the years as machines took over, but this was generally in basic tasks relating to the assembly line.


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