Silicon Roundabout

The Number 10 adviser behind London’s Tech City project, Rohan Silva, is to leave Downing Street this summer to become an entrepreneur himself.

A champion of innovation, behavioural economics and “open data” in government, Mr Silva confirmed his departure to the Financial Times late on Tuesday night, after reports first emerged on Sky NewsRead more

Technology companies are fast taking up some of the slack in the London property market created by the downsizing of the financial services sector.

IT, telecoms and internet start-up companies doubled their uptake of office space in central London during 2011. In total, the industry took up 1.3m square feet of office space in 2011, compared with 640,000 square feet in 2010, according to data from Knight Frank.

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Notch another win up for London’s Silicon Roundabout. Moo, the online printing service that was one of the first tech companies to set up shop on the Old Street interchange, has beaten international competition to strike a deal with Facebook to become the go-to site for making business cards out of its new Timeline profile picturesRead more

David Cameron, the British prime minister, returned to Shoreditch in East London on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of his Tech City initiativeRead more

It might be the most significant meeting of British royals and geeks since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the web, received his knighthood in 2003.

Thursday evening saw a reception celebrating “innovation through UK entrepreneurship” held at Buckingham Palace, as the great and the good of London’s Silicon Roundabout and beyond gathered to toast digital Britain. Read more

One of the biggest challenges facing any tech start-up, particularly in the UK, is recruiting skilled developers.

Rather than sit around waiting for the government’s East London Tech City initiative to bear more fruit than ministerial meet-and-greets, the residents of Shoreditch’s “Silicon Roundabout” are taking matters into their own hands. And yes, it involves a hilariously bad play on words. Read more

In summer 2008, the FT was the first newspaper to record the new moniker that had been applied to the growing cluster of tech and digital media start-ups around London’s Shoreditch.
Two and a half years later, “Silicon Roundabout” is the centre of a major government growth initiative and entrepreneurs are still flocking to Old Street and its environs.
So the FT returned to the east end to investigate why start-ups are clustering there and what they think of David Cameron’s “Tech City” scheme. Read more

Tweetdeck, the software for social-media ‘power users’, is today unveiling, the latest strand of its plan to ease its dependence on Twitter and become a greater platform in itself.

At a basic level, allows Tweetdeck users to post Twitter updates longer than 140 characters. Read more