Despite the slow down of global internet growth, half the population are now online (3.6bn). 

Mary Meeker's annual internet trends report is always a highly anticipated slide deck (294 slides) on understanding the tech industry.

 

TL;DR- Here we share 20 key takeaways from this year's report summarised by Techcrunch.

The full report can be downloaded here

 

The Rise of a Superpower

Over the past two decades China has successfully transformed itself into a global technology superpower. It now accounts for 20% of total world R&D spending, publishes more academic papers than any country apart from the United States, and is home to the world’s most valuable unicorn.

 

Amidst China’s technology boom a list of titans have emerged including Tencent, Alibaba, and Baidu. China’s Titans’, although dwarfed by the US Tech Giants in terms of revenue and users, continue to post exceptional growth figures with much potential still to fulfil. In this article, we explore China’s technology ecosystem, the infrastructure and how some of China’s most promising companies compare to those in the US.

 

Data is a valuable commodity given up far too willingly for convenience when signing up to ‘free’ apps and platforms. 

 

How often do you read the pages and pages of terms and conditions before ticking the ‘I agree’ on these social media sites? A 2017 Deloitte survey of 2,000 US consumers found that over 90% accepted legal terms and conditions without reading them.

This Thursday 8th March, it is International Women’s Day (#IWD) a day focused on celebrating inspirational women and their achievements.

As many of you reading this will know, IWD started over 100 years ago (when some women in the UK also got the vote) yet progress has been frustratingly slow. In 2017 Feminism was apparently 2017’s most looked up word so perhaps we are at an inflection point?

 

Here we share a link to Business Weekly's latest article: Start-up Spotlight – in association with Invested Investor.

Business Weekly has introduced a new series featuring entrepreneurs involved with the new Invested Investor initiative launched by Alan and Peter Cowley. Invested Investor is designed to increase the success of early stage startups by sharing angel investor and entrepreneur war stories.

In the first of the series, Simon Thorpe, UKBAA Business Angel of the Year in 2016/17, explains via Q & A why he is inspired by Elon Musk and Martha Lane Fox. Simon has an investment portfolio of close to 30 early stage technology companies and has achieved five exits including Swiftkey, CMOS Sensors, VocalIQ and CentraStage.

He has made a career out of his passion for backing aspiring entrepreneurs creating innovative disruptive technologies. 

 

Data will continue to be the fuel of the digital economy and this year it underpins all our tech themes. We believe blockchain technology has only just started to revolutionise industries, IoT adoption will surge as it drives productivity and government regulation will have to move fast to catch up with past innovation. A year on from our Ten Tech Trends for 2017 - A quantum leap the digital revolution continues to displace and disrupt. 

 

 

 

The UK currently adheres to the UK Data Protection Act 1998. However, this will be superseded by the much tougher GDPR despite Brexit; which was agreed in December 2015 in Brussels. It is imperative that all businesses (whatever the size) who control or process personal data understand the implications and requirements they MUST update or adopt to be fully compliant or face bankruptcy fines.

 

Simon was delighted to support Peter with the Invested Investor initiative; which is publishing online and offline content to help educate angels and entrepreneurs to prevent mistakes and produce more successful exits. 

Here we share their latest podcast 'The Digital Invested Investor' where Simon describes his angel investment journey. He also talks about several topics including the digital economy and the importance of STEM.

Here we share a great inspirational story of mentee Kym Jarvis and her unexpected journey with Viridian Consultants towards innovation supported by Innovate UK.

 

 

Here we post The Sunday Times article - Q&A with Angel investor and SwiftKey backer Simon Thorpe 

published on 17th September 2017.

 

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Whilst on work experience Alex Ainsworth (Yr11 student) from The Bishop's Stortford College explored the growing phenomenon of autonomous vehicles.

In 1908, the Ford Motor Company created the world’s first mass produced automobile, the model T. In 2016 Ford announced its plan to have fully autonomous vehicles in operation by 2021.  As such, with the demise of driving seemingly on the horizon, this raises many questions

The translation and interpretation industry has doubled in the past seven years, advancements in translation technology have enabled translators and interpreters to improve their performance. While on work experience, Wendy Cowen (Yr11 student) from The Bishop’s Stortford High College explored how translation technology is breaking down language barrier

 

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