Edison was generalising but he might well have been epitomising Clive Sinclair in all his anarchic glory when he said: “There are no rules here – we're trying to accomplish something.”
Business Weekly’s Tony Quested on the companies and issues impacting on Cambridge’s economic growth.
The latest incarnation of Robin Hood policy from the Government could have lasting and extremely damaging repercussions for Cambridge, for medical science, for the UK economy and for future generations.
The term Silicon Valley was first coined by a California entrepreneur in 1971 – around the same time the first buildings were going up at Cambridge Science Park in the UK and the first tenants starting to move in.
Acronyms are a device much loved by governments, pressure groups, pseudo intellectuals and people with limited vocabulary where letters or parts of words prevent having to pronounce them out in full.
It was obvious to everyone apart from HP that when they showed Cambridge UK technology entrepreneur Mike Lynch the door following the acquisition of Autonomy they were committing commercial hara-kiri.
There’s not been too much seasonal goodwill around for the nation’s favourite domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson.
A nationality row has failed to erupt over the ethnic composition of the Cambridge Technology Entrepreneurs First XI – the dream team whose bid to dominate world business is only being blocked by the US All Stars in Silicon Valley.
Whisper it softly lest the news triggers national hysteria on a scale that makes the Salem witchcraft wailings seem like a Harpo Marx soliloquy.
You’d think it was the boat race or a Varsity rugger match. “Oxford can overtake Cambridge as a global centre for high technology business,” according to one of its top academics, Professor Peter Dobson, a local newspaper headline trumpets.
It’s hardly in the realms of the Asters and Vanderbilts but business executives in Cambridge are gradually steering the UK’s science and technology cluster into its own Gilded Age with more and more companies set to walk down Billionaire’s Row.
A shortage of skilled workers. A crippling lack of cash. Business opportunities strangled – and more than a hint that the UK Government had got it wrong over its support for the technology cluster.
The self sufficiency of the Cambridge and London technology clusters is apparent from details released by the UK government today on bids received under the new £350 million regional growth funding pot.
- Elephant in HP’s room has a smoking gun
- Digging in for a hi-tech harvest
- What price IP as another one bites the dust?
- Stansted could experience meteoric take-off
- HP should bottle this brand of sauce
- Cambridge finally shakes off medieval mantle
- Cambridge technology entrepreneurs disillusioned
- Tech targets for next US swoop on Cambridge
- Germany ousts US as export hotspot
- Economic growth no fun and Games
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