A decade ago, London’s tech scene was comprised of little more than a dozen start-ups on the newly christened ‘Silicon Roundabout’ in Old Street. Now you can’t move for founders bootstrapping their billion-dollar ideas in co-working spaces across the capital. Indeed, since 2008, the UK, led by London, has produced more ‘unicorns’ (tech companies valued at $1bn or more) than any other country except the US and China. But what’s it really like on the front line of one of the most advanced technology scenes in the world? I spent a day with the tech CEOs redefining London living to find out… 8am: breakfast with Oliver Prill, CEO of Tide, at Cojean, Chancery Lane It might seem a little early for phrases such as ‘orchestrated connectivity’. But Oliver Prill, 48, originally from Hamburg, has back-to-back meetings all day, and is trying to explain as quickly as possible how Tide offers everything — banking and payroll services and a cash-flow forecast — all in one app. His company recently celebrated signing up 100,000 SMEs (small and medium enterprises). With high street banks upping their game and Facebook and Google eyeing up financial services as the next frontier, London has become a… Read full this story
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