The Brexit startup opportunity

July 18, 2018 in Politics, Startups

With the public sector grappling with Brexit, it is encouraging to see the forces of competition, revenue and profit coming in to propose solutions to bigger issues than how many more clicks can we get on an ad.

Home Office Investigatory Powers regulations consultation response on encryption backdoors

May 12, 2017 in Politics, Security

This is my response to the UK Home Office consultation on the Draft Investigatory Powers (Technical Capability) Regulations 2017, not published online. The draft regulations imply that, once passed, there will be a legal requirement for communication providers to build backdoors into encrypted or otherwise secured systems so that the security services can access messages in real […]

A golden age for British start-ups

August 10, 2012 in Politics, Startups

Originally written for the Financial Times. The UK’s golden age is often referred to as being some time in the past when things were better, cheaper and easier. But as far as starting a business is concerned, I believe that time is now. When I started my first company in 2004, aged 16, I remember […]