Happy to be doing some in-persons with lifestyle and tech writers in New York on behalf of Kiran and Applauze.
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There is no questioning the fact that the 955 Dreams guys are awesome at making iOS apps. So when I heard that they were setting their sights on a market that generally blows on mobile, real world event ticketing, I was naturally excited. As always, they didn’t disappoint.
Yes, CrunchFund is an investor because we generally think it’s a good idea to invest in kickass teams. More about the new app on TechCrunch.
Last week in Shoreditch, the corporate finance firm Cavendish hosted keynote speaker the Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, as well as leading digital business representatives to explain why the UK is an even more attractive hub these days for the media, tech and creative industries.
Among those present, in addition to Ed Vaizey, were Saul Klein from Index Ventures and LoveFilm, DJ Collins, Head of Communications, Google Europe and Ben Southworth, Deputy CEO, Tech City Trade and Investment.
Here are some of the takeaways from the event
According to Vaizey, Britain is leading the way in Europe in creative and digital content production. As digital technology drives the changes in how we consume media, the regulations that are currently in place could never have envisaged the services that we now take for granted.
So we need to update regulations where necessary to fill in these gaps, but also to update the framework, to allow the flexibility to respond to these challenges as they emerge, rather than all at once every ten years.
Not all industry sectors are impacted by digital transformation in the same way, however, in some sectors, changes are profound and rapid: the Media, Personal Finance and Retail sectors provide good examples.
In order to support these sectors, the government has set up The Technology Strategy Board, IC Tomorrow, Digital Catapult and more.
Saul Klein (LoveFilm) reminded the room that although many of his content-driven investments (Last.fm, Playfish and King.com among them) are succeeding…it is still only 8% of GDP that digital accounts for in the UK.
Klein urged the audience to take up initiative with spending decisions defined through FTSE 100 board members and Westminster to be more aligned with IT.
Benjamin Southworth is Deputy CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation, and he’s done a great job so far in regards to improving digital literacy and communication between London’s startup scene and policymakers.
Southworth spoke at length on the issue of tying business KPIs to digital, and his vision for ad personalisation in the future through mobile.
The lively debate ended on a high note with all panelists applauding the government’s efforts to catalyse innovation in media and content-driven digital business through examples like the Hargreaves Review, which has made access to orphan works and extended collective licensing easier for new digital business ventures.
MaintainPR was lucky enough to secure a place at this year’s Le Web London — the inaugral UK event for one of Europe’s top tech shows — and I had a great time yesterday making the most of opportunity.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver proved to the crowd that he is a geek at heart, so don’t let the surf shorts and plaid shirts fool you. Oliver talked up celebrities who understand Twitter, but revealed to the crowd he personally hearts Instagram in a big way.
Speaking of Instagram, MPR hearts a new startup based out of Paris: Starmatic. Think of it like an Instagram killer with deeper tweaking, a gorgeous UI, and the ability to select from a different range of vintage cameras to emulate before you snap.
European entrepreneurs got another confidence boost when news hit from Mike Butcher at Techcrunch that 10 month old UK-based Llustre, an online design store, sold to Fab.com. Congrats to Tracy Doree and Vivienne Bearman, co-founders.
Later in the afternoon, Klout got put on the hot seat by Techcrunch writer Alexia Tsotsis, who I wouldn’t exactly call their biggest fan. MPR’s favourite tweet from the session is here. Nice one Jon.
It was great to meet more young startup entrepreneurs with strong visions/products, including Teleportd and Nearnote, and while we’d love to tell you more, we’re on our way out the door right now for day two!