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TCi names the 100 in its class of 2014

TechCityinsider has unveiled the names of the 100 people redefining digital business in Britain, with the publication of its new TechCityinsider100 Almanac. 

This year is the third year in a row that TCi has produced a list of 100 digital businesses.

shoreditch bridgeIncluded in our list are the key people that contribute to the growth of the tech startup ecosystem: founders, of course, but also investors, educators, policymakers, accelerators and facilitators.

All in their own way are building this most extraordinary business growth phenomenon – a growth that has put London firmly inside the top three tech cities anywhere on earth.

For the full list, see below.

Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of the class of 2014 is that is such an international bunch. Half of this year’s 100 were born outside of the UK. That international make-up is based on an inward migration frowned on by some, but actually massively celebrated in the tech community, who see only benefits.

Companies represented on the list have a stronger leaning towards startups and scale-ups. Among the most exciting business we came across in 2014 were SalesGossip, Blaze, Dattch, Snap Fashion, SocialBro and Hassle.

Big tech names played their part in 2014, too. Included in this category are Airbnb and JustEat, while DataSift and Sports Interactive continue to grow global. We were also delighted to add global tech investor Index Ventures and micro-accelerator Seedcamp. Corporates entries include BBC and John Lewis – reflecting their desire to connect to the startup world.

No serious London-based list would be complete without a sprinkling of fintech. Our 2014 list includes Osper, Reward Technology, Kwanji, Currency Cloud, Azte.co and Calastone.

Education, another of our big strengths, is also well represented, with related entries on Makers Academy, Stemettes, Skills Matter, Fluency, Code Club, Busuu, Hackney Community College and Centre for London’s Connecting Tech City.

Finally, our 100 list features 68 men and 32 women – almost exactly the same split as 2012 and 2013 – and more than double the industry average. Across the TCi Network there are now exactly 100 women.

TechCityinsider100 2014/15

Joanna Alpe, Makelight
Pru Ashby, London & Partners
Ian Ashman, Hackney Community College
Rod Banner, 3LA
Alex Berezovskiy, Leto
Jonathan Berlin, Iconeme
Maggie Berry, Women in Technology
Ghislaine Boddington, body>data>space
Emily Brooke, Blaze
Dan Burgess, Good for Nothing
Javier Buron, SocialBro
Ed Bussey, Quill
David Buttress, Just Eat
Zabetta Camilleri, SalesGossip
Cristiana Camisotti, Silicon Milkroundabout
Gareth Capon, Grabyo
Matt Celuczak, CrowdEmotion
James Clark, BVCA/TLA Triage
Paul Clarke, BusinessBecause
Paul Clement, Resident Advisor
Paul Coby, John Lewis
Jamie Conway, Made Television
Warren Cowan, Greenlight
Myke Crosby, OobEdoO
Matt Cynamon, General Assembly
Alex Depledge, Hassle
Wendy Devolder, Skills Matter
James Eder, The Beans Group
Charmaine Eggbery, Wayra
Robyn Exton, Dattch
Akin Fernandez, Azteco
Claire Flynn Levy, Essentia Analytics
Angel Gambino, Alchemists Collective
Tom Gatten, Growth Intelligence
Drummond Gilbert, GoCarShare
John Goodall, Landbay
Josephine Goube, Migreat
James Governor, Shoreditch Works
Gerard Grech, Tech City UK
Jenny Griffiths, Snap Fashion
Juan Guerra, StudentFunder
Logan Hall, Movebubble
Nick Halstead, DataSift
Peter Hames, Big Health
Julien Hammerson, Calastone
Zia Hayat, Callsign
Even Heggernes, Airbnb
Andrew Hunter, Adzuna
Kay Hutchison, Belle Media
Anne-Marie Imafidon, Stemettes
Anthony Impey, Optimity
Maria Ingold, Mireality
Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive
Pip Jamieson, The Dots
Daniel Kaplansky, OneFineMeal
Howard Kingston, Future Ad Labs
Saul Klein, Index Ventures
Ruben Kostucki, Makers Academy
Steve Lemon, Currency Cloud
Stef Lewandowski, Makeshift
Gavin Littlejohn, MoneyDashboard
Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela, Alva
Sinead Mac Manus, Fluency
Martin Macmillan, Pollen
Ben Males Studio XO
Audrey Mandela, Mandela Associates
Glen Mehn, Bethnal Green Ventures
Juliana Meyer, SupaPass
Julie Meyer, Ariadne Capital
Niall Murphy, Evrythng
Dan Murray, Grabble
Sara Murray, Buddi
Ted Nash, Tapdaq
Bernhard Niesner, Busuu
Renate Nyborg, Pleo
Leslie Onyesoh, Kwanji
Zoe Peden, Insane Logic
Priya Prakash, Design for Social Change
Gregor Pryor, Reed Smith
Rob Rebholz, SpaceWays
Runar Reistrup, Depop
Nick Russell, We Are Pop Up
Tobi Schneidler, Bouncepad
Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates
Paul Sheedy, Reward Technology
Chris Sheldrick, What3Words
Dame Stephanie Shirley, Entrepreneur turned philanthropist
Rohan Silva, Second Home
Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp
Ashon Spooner, Phundee
Lucy Stonehill, BridgeU
Clare Sutcliffe, Code Club
Jess Tyrrell, Centre for London
Tom Valentine, Secret Escapes
Alick Varma, Osper
Nick Walters, Hopster
Ben Whitaker, Masabi
Pete Williams, Localz
Adrian Woolard, BBC Connected Studio
Marc Zornes, Winnow.

For the full membership of the TCi Network visit www.techcityinsider.net/network

About the TCi100

A series of 100 profile interviews published on TechCityinsider.net in 2012 told the business stories behind the people we had met that year. In 2013 we ran a repeat exercise, profiling another 100 tech business leaders. And in 2014 we did the same yet again – meaning that as 2014 came to an end we had reached an alumni of 300 people on our list of digital pioneers.

The 300 people we met between 2012 and 2014 make up what we now call our TechCityinsider Network. It includes some of the most influential and best-informed people working in technology in the UK today. It is an active community that engages across a variety of live and online content initiatives.

Top 100 lists always prompt debate about inclusions and omissions – and we are often asked how we make our selections for each year’s 100 list. The answer is that we combine our own knowledge and judgement of the tech business sector with the wisdom and expertise of the people already in our 100 club So, we grow the list primarily by peer recommendation – and that helps us avoid a usual-suspects feel to the list and more than occasionally we see surprise additions.

The TechCityinsider100 Almanac 2014/15 is out now. Email us if you’d like a copy.