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gilbert corrales

Leaf connects fans and acts to stream free

Music startup is seeking a holy grail of online music – free streaming as part of a sustainable business model. Chief executive Gilbert Corrales tell us why making the connection between fans and artists is key – and his remarkable startup journey from Costa Rica to Newcastle.

mike galvin

Geniac scales helping others to grow

Business management platform Geniac offers ‘office as a service’ products – HR, legal, accounting and insurance – managed in one place. In 2015, the company raised £22m from Grant Thornton. Chief executive Mike Galvin outlines the challenges ahead in 2016.

Bassel El Koussa

Quiq on the draw for last-mile delivery

On-demand delivery service Quiqup is offering same-hour delivery to customers in London, allowing them to have almost anything – from lunch to champagne to the newest iPhone – delivered straight to their home or office door. Co-founder Bassel El Koussa tells us about the service.

Chris McCullough

Rotas on the road to recovery

Scheduling software company RotaGeek began life as a project by an emergency doctor who thought there must be a better way to notify A&E staff about their shifts. Chief executive Chris McCullough tells us how his platform is taking the stress out of staff scheduling.


Why women backing women matters

October’s news that creative industries network The Dots has closed a £1.5m investment round was a great example of women angels backing a woman founder. Dots chief Pip Jamieson reveals her experience of conscious bias against women in tech.

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London mayor helps firms ‘go to grow’

Thirty-five of the 51 fast-growth companies selected to join the first cohort of the London Mayor’s International Business Programme, announced this week, are from the capital’s technology sector. The programme helps high-growth firms break into new markets overseas.

Alistair Shepherd

Building dream teams with Saberr

‘People analytics’ startup Saberr is helping organisations to make better decisions about how they put internal teams together. Co-founder Alistair Shepherd tells us how his business can predict which individuals will work best together.


Alcove offers mature style and care

Alcove offers an IoT software product putting wearables on the wrists and sensors in the homes of vulnerable adults to help them maintain their independence. Alexandra Eavis tells us how Alcove is giving older adults the reassurance that help is close at hand.


Manifesto wants tech at heart of London

London’s leading mayoral candidates will next week get together at HereEast to debate the London tech manifesto, including its calls for a new chief digital officer to improve services, a tech talent pipeline to boost digital skills and more work visas for tech professionals.

Gonçalo-De-Vasconcelos Syndicate Room

SyndicateRoom helps crowd get wise

Equity crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom empowers the crowd to make “more intelligent investments” by allowing members to co-invest in companies alongside professional angels, on the same terms pound for pound. Chief executive Gonçalo de Vasconcelos talks to us.