Feeds

No.10 guru: UK tech scene is AN EXPLODING CHEESE

And we've got exotic offices for you too, in Bangalore

High performance access to file storage

Rohan Silva - Downing Street's backroom adviser credited with hyping east London's Silicon Roundabout of tech startups - has given a rare interview. Speaking to WiReD UK, the "senior policy adviser" to the Prime Minister attempted to find a metaphor for the phenomenon.

This is what he came up with.

I think a tech scene is probably a bit like a fine cheese – there’s a moment when it all comes together. I think it’s really about to explode.

An exploding cheese. What could be more apt?

Silva took the initiative in rebranding Shoreditch's Old Street roundabout as Tech City – and has passionately supported it with a range of measures - such as appointing an "ambassador", creating a new quango, and generous handouts to web-tastic venture capitalists. Rather too much hype, according to older industrialists and innovators including Sir James Dyson.

The Tech City quango created to bang the drum for Silicon Roundabout burned through £1m in its first year. The organisation reclassified clothes shops, law firms, dance studios and marketing agencies as “tech companies”.

More recently, startups in Old Street complained that they’re being priced out of the area. Don't worry, says Silva. He is exploring a scheme for overseas companies where the UK taxpayer will also provide desks in exotic locations, all over the world:

One of the things we’re looking at it with UKTI [UK Trade & Investment – an export quango] is to say particularly to American companies: "Right, if you open an office in Tech City we will give you a desk in UKTI - essentially government buildings in cities in cities around the world. So you open an office in London, you have offices in Bangalore, Mumbai, Tokyo, Beijing."

Come to Old Street – and see the world.

The interview is in the April edition of WiReD, and available on printed paper (or iPads) at the moment. Thanks to Reg columnist Steve Bong - an intimate of Silva - for the tip. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.