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London's 'Tech City'
TechRepublic’s Steve Ranger shot these photos rnduring his in-depth feature of London’s ‘Tech City.’ See some of the most rninteresting spots in this growing startup mecca.
A grimy neighbourhood to the east of London has become the unlikely rnhome to the capital’s dotcom renaissance. The district is making a few rnefforts to recognise and celebrate the tech entrepreneurs in the area, rnsuch as with this street name.
Old Street roundabout
This is the unloved and unlovely Old Street roundabout that inspired rnthe ‘Silicon Roundabout’ name, which first created a common identity for rnthe startups in the area and is now more often called Tech City as rnits ambitions have grown.
Google's basement cafe
Here’srnthe basement cafe at Google’s Campus building in the heart of Tech City,rncrammed with early stage startups working on the next big thing.
Google Campus noticeboard
Thisrnis the noticeboard at Google Campus where startups advertise for staff or otherrnforms of help. It has to be regularly cleared as it fills up rapidly.
A gallery of antique technologies in thernreception area at Google Campus.
Arnrelaxation area in the building and a phonebox for making calls.
ThernHoxton-Shoreditch neighbourhood is home to startups and some impressive streetrnart.
Inspiring neighbourhood art
Thernstartups that have taken root here have taken inspiration from the neighbourhoodrnart and design heritage visible on the streets.
Building in the area
Another example of a striking building in the area (note the Underground tube trains perched on the roof).
While tech entrepreneurs are the latest to move into the neighbourhood, it has been an artistic hotspot for decades.
Little Printer is one of the products to come out the area, which seemsrnto attract companies interested in the fusion of online and physical products.
Makie Labs dolls
Here’s one of Makie Labs dolls, another company based in the area that merges digital and physical products.
Mind Candy, owners of the Moshi Monster computer game, is also based in the area. It’s another brand that bridges the gap between digital and physical products.
“That kind of journey through our streets and alleyways is really important and that leads to a sense of excitement and anticipation all of which translates back into triggering ideas,” says Guy Nicholson of Hackney Council.
Another example of the art in the neighbourhood, which has been home to artists for decades.
Office space for startups
ButrnTech City isn’t all urban grime. Here’s Eric Van Der Kliej,rnformerly CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation at Level 39, at an officernspace for startups in London’s other financial district, Canary Wharf.