Monday, 31 October 2011

Silicon Milkroundabout

Brick Lane, home to London's fashionista crowd and curry houses, gave way to tech geeks yesterday. The long queue outside the Truman Brewery, matched my level of anticipation for the Silicon Milkroundabout technology careers fair. Once past the Thor-like bouncer and super-efficient registration helpers, I paused to take in the ambience. There were hundreds of people in the un-careers fair and the warehouse buzzed with a very familiar tech startup energy. From the Terminator 3 pinball machine to the beanbags and wifi area, and the Foosball machine to the Portuguese water dog, this tech job hunting nirvana felt like it was inspired by the Google offices in Victoria, London.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Startup.IT: Overview of the Italian Venture Capital and Startup Environment

Guest Author: Sarah Raniero

Most of us think 'sovereign debt crisis' when 'Italy' is mentioned. Ok, maybe olive oil, pasta and The Godfather also come to mind but did you know that Italy's early stage funding is pretty active? The importance of turnaround is also growing. Considering the amount invested within the different funding stages, the Italian Association of Venture Capital and Private Equity (AIFI) reported that during the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009