Who needs Silicon Valley when you’ve got Silicon Roundabout?Martin SFP Bryant
London's Old Street roundabout is affectionately known as 'Silicon Roundabout' thanks to the number of internet startups based in the area. Okay, it doesn't look like much and it lacks the sunshine of Silicon Valley but I had a great afternoon on Friday visiting startups here.
Having recently been named Editor of The Next Web UK
, I felt it was well worth heading to the capital to speak to start-ups, show my face and make sure they know we're there and interested in what they're up to. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to doing it again soon. If you'd like to meet up next time just get it touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also while in London I dropped by The Tuttle Club
, a weekly meetup of Social Media-minded individuals. Reading about Tuttle inspired me and some other Mancunians to set up Social Media Cafe Manchester
in Autumn 2008. It's amazing that it took so long for me to make it along to the original London version.
The vibe here is slightly different to Manchester's event – being a daytime event is bound to make a bit of a change from our evening do but everyone was really welcoming and it was great to finally meet people like Lloyd Davis
and James Whatley
who I've been meaning to catch up with in person for about 18 months.I also met a load of really interesting new people and made a load of great new contacts.
The only thing I didn't enjoy about the day was that I packed in so much that I didn't have time to each lunch. The sandwich on the train back was so, so, good…