Manic Boris Johnson Google Hangout with Silicon Valley

As can be seen in the video above, Boris Johnson ‘met’ with heavyweight US tech investors via his first Google Hangout in London last week to learn about what the UK needs to do to accelerate the growth of its tech economy.

Aside from the barmy camera angle and the panellists looking as if they are broadcasting from Mars, it’s worth 15 minutes of your time. The upshot is that everybody (still) loves the right-wing Boris and that UK companies need to ‘buy British’ if they are to emulate the success of Silicon Valley.

They also told Boris that UK investors need to think long-term and acquire tech start-ups on their strategic value. Wow, that is a new one on me, why did nobody think of that before? What an excellent idea, Jesus, let’s all suck eggs.

But I won’t replicate the press release in the post, better for you to watch the video and make up your own mind. The bit about the BBC not buying enough tech companies is a particularly weird one, and you’ll also find out that Google Hangouts have a long way to go.

Monty (480 Posts)

Monty Munford has more than 15 years' experience in mobile, digital media, web and journalism. He is the founder of Mob76, a company that helps tech companies raise money and exit. He speaks regularly at global media events with a focus on Africa, writes a weekly column for The Telegraph, is a regular contributor to The Economist, Wired, Mashable and speaks regularly on the BBC World Service.


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