In September 2013 the new £200m ‘Walkie Talkie’ building in the City of London hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when the sun’s rays reflected off its concave facade onto a Jaguar motor car causing buckled panels and melted trim.
Guest blog: Leading entrepreneurs on issues affecting the Cambridge technology cluster.
Charles le Strange Meakin, technology partner at KPMG in Cambridge, looks at why 2014 could be a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions across the life sciences industry as corporates seek to take advantage of new technologies and innovation.
In recent years, UK universities have been working hard to develop their alumni networks with a view to raising their endowments, writes Charles Fletcher of Cambridge law firm, Taylor Vinters. They have had to do so in order to mitigate the very real risk of losing ground to competitors in the United States and elsewhere amid a gulf in funding levels.
Much has been said about the huge market opportunities that “big data” represents for the IT industry, writes Hamish Corner of Penningtons Solicitors in Cambridge.
In the context of the internet, this requires new software techniques to enable unstructured internet-based data to be organised and analysed within a structured environment.
Will Mooney, Carter Jonas partner and head of its commercial agency and professional services in the eastern region, sees why politicians are happy to bathe in Cambridge’s reflected glory.
Humanity made an enormous leap forward when it was able to industrialise food production, freeing most of the population to work on other things.
What will you tell your children about the beginning of the 21st century? What will you tell them you did? To help rebuild the planet after the great recession? About ‘the leadership gap’? Unemployment, income inequality and poverty? Public safety and privacy? Intolerance and extremism?
Through the Martlet Corporate Angel fund, I have become part of the Corporate Venturing Capital (CVC) community and recently attended a US conference (450 people), where it is was clear that nearly half the represented organisations had set up a corporate venturing arm in the previous five years. This shows how rapidly corporates are setting up CVCs.
While nowhere near being pensioned-off, Will Mooney, Carter Jonas partner and head of its commercial agency and professional services in the eastern region, contemplates retirement.
In the same week in February, Pope Benedict XVI resigned, in a move unprecedented at the Holy See for 600 years, and his fellow octogenarian, Warren Buffett made his latest business move with another investor for the $28 billion purchase of global food giant, Heinz.
My Business FD and UBS invited eight of the most dynamic young technology companies to join them at UBS’s London offices to debate the crucial issue of securing growth finance for the technology sector.
I am wondering if I am the boy who shouts – “but the emperor is wearing no clothes” – or the masked magician about to reveal the secrets of the magic trick.
Success has many fathers, and Springboard is no exception to this. There is, however, one individual who has had more influence upon Springboard’s inception and core philosophical views than anyone else. David Cohen helped me create and launch The Difference Engine, the predecessor of Springboard, and has had a guiding hand ever since.
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