Brighton email and SMS marketing company Pure360 has attracted £10.6 million in investment with Scottish Equity Partners putting in £6.5 million with the balance from Investec and management.
The news follows recent investor and angel interest in Brighton as VCs look outside London for investment opportunities as well as highlighting how important SMS and email marketing is to the digital ecosystem. Continue reading →
There is a long history in Shoreditch and Hackney of empty buildings being occupied by squatters and this tradition appears to be alive and well in digital 2013.
Squatter, rather like the word blogger, sounds like a pernicious term. But over the past 30 years in this part of London vacant buildings have been transformed by these enlightened, rather than benighted, people. Continue reading →
* Guest writer Dan Crow is CTO of UK startup Songkick
In Saturday’s Telegraph, blogger Damian Thompson tried to make a case that Silicon Roundabout is home to spoilt luvvies who churn out inconsequential iPhone apps, all the while whining about a lack of government handouts.
Is Thompson right, or is there something more substantial going on in London’s tech scene?
Stripped of the hyperbole, Thompson’s criticisms boil down to: the entrepreneurs of Silicon Roundabout are enthusiastic; they haven’t delivered anything of worth (but other parts of the UK have); UK tech entrepreneurs aren’t as aggressive as their Silicon Valley counterparts and spend all their time asking for government handouts instead of building businesses. Continue reading →