Dan Crow was one of the more high-profile hires in recent times for London’s startup community, flying from Silicon Valley and a career including Apple and Google to join Songkick as its chief technology officer. Now he’s written a column for The Guardian on the appeal of London’s Silicon Roundabout location.
“In a time when we seem to be drowning in bad economic news, Silicon Roundabout stands out as a real British success. New companies spring up every week and existing companies are growing fast,” writes Crow, pointing out that October’s Silicon Milkroundabout job fair attracted more than 100 companies and 1,500 developers. He also wants to see universities doing their bit to train the entrepreneurs of the future. “Students should be encouraged to think like entrepreneurs. The University of Stanford in California runs startup competitions, gives students time away to start their own businesses and invests in promising new enterprises; that’s how Google got its start. We’re starting to see universities here do similar things.”