TechCityInsider is pleased to reveal its TechCityInsider100 2013 – the list of 100 people who are helping make digital London tick. TCi editor Julian Blake offers an overview.
The TCi100 is not a ranked list, but an alphabetically presented collection of 100 interviews that we have conducted over the course of the year for TechCityInsider.net. It’s a snapshot of the year in tech, listing the people we think are helping to redefine digital business in London and beyond.
2013 is our second year of discovery and analysis of London’s technology business scene. The 2013 list is an entirely new group of 100, adding to 2012′s initial 100 to make TCi alumni that now numbers 200.
We select the 100 based largely on peer recommendations from other members of the 100. That prevents the list having a usual-suspects feel about it. So, it includes startups alongside more established businesses, education providers, investors, business organisations, bigger players, some media and a couple of government organisations.
The list reflects the breadth of organisations that make up the London technology ecosystem. It’s an ecosystem with a strong sense of community and no small amount of altruism.
Our criteria for inclusion include business idea, founder experience, reputation, contribution to the community and future prospects.
The groups represented in the TCi100 reveal trends we’re seeing in London technology business right now. Here we’ll pick out three.
We have mobilistas – Fetch, PixelPin, Urturn and Powa among them – businesses driven or led by mobile technology. Then we have bank disrupters – Zopa, GoCardless, Market Invoice and Transferwise included – tearing up banks’ old paper systems. And we have evangelists, those people whose presence in the ecosystem is about sharing and building the sense of community. Among them, we include Jennifer Arcuri, Sue Black, Maggie Philbin, Ben Southworth and, arguably, Joanna Shields.
There are 32 women and 68 men in the 2013 list – almost identical to last year’s list. While we’d love to see a 50-50 split, we don’t do positive discrimination – everyone is in the TCi100 on his or her merits.
The TCi100 is no passive group. We get together, over dinner, or at special events like November’s Creative Technology Unlimited BrainStorm.1 event at City University London.
Congratulations to everyone in the TechCityInsider 100 for 2013 – and we look forward to building the 2014 list from January!
Dana Al Salem
Girl Meets Dress
The Goodnight Lamp
Ian Livingstone CBE
Dale Murray CBE
Jane ní Dhulchaointigh
London Borough of Hackney
Tank Top TV
Tech City Investment Organisation
Evangelist & community builder
Wendy Tan White
Eric van der Kleij
November’s inaugural BrainStorm.1 event at City University brought together 100 people from the London technology business community – many of whom feature here – for a day considering how technology can save the world. Experts offered wisdom in six areas – ageing, democracy, economy, education, environment and media & entertainment – for groups of technologists to come up with some solutions to the key challenges in these fields. We’re publishing the best of these ideas in the run-up to Christmas 2013.
Thanks to everyone in the TechCityInsider100 who speak to us during 2013 – and who gave up their time to consider the challenges we set. We look forward to more BrainStorms in 2014.