Posts Tagged 'asia'

Better Startups? Bring back the Grand Tour

Better Startups? Bring back the Grand Tour

The great country houses of Britain are full of beautiful art from other countries, but the UK’s great technology clusters have to paint their own. It is time to start thinking ahead and to put this right because successful startups are the masterpieces of today. Technology is the artefact of our time.

For 200 years up to around 1840 it was customary for well heeled young men to set off from Britain on a Grand Tour around Europe in search of ...

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Team Kapital raises £3.9m for CompanDX in China

Team Kapital raises £3.9m for CompanDX in China

CompanDX Limited, the Nottingham Trent University spinout applying novel bio-informatics technology to the issues of personalised medicine, is pleased to announce the raising of 39,600,000 Renminbi (CN¥) for development of products in China. CompanDX was advised by Team Kapital: TK founder Simon Haworth is currently operating as CEO of CompanDX Limited.

“This is an extraordinary step for an early stage technology company and allows us to put a significant capital sum to work,” says Chief Executive Dr Simon Haworth. “The China ...

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China beckons

China beckons

So the joke in China this week is all about quality of life: “The quality of life in Beijing,” they say “is so good that you don’t even have to buy cigarettes anymore. You simply open your window and smoke to your heart’s content, thanks to the government. And the government has been even more considerate in Shanghai: Turn on the taps in Shanghai and they feed you with delicious pork soup.”

We all know about the terrible smog in Beijing ...

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Chasing the dragon? Setting up in China #1

Chasing the dragon? Setting up in China #1

So, as the ‘white wine’-induced hangover wears off, I realise that I have a new addiction: China.

China is a heady drug for anyone involved in biotech, cleantech or IT, representing a massive potential market, a source of significant funding – both in terms of grant and investment – and offering the potential for rapid product development. It is also a frightening, challenging, bureaucratic, unknown business environment with alien culture and, at first sight, inpenetrable language.

This series of blogs will chart my progress or ...

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Price matters … in green decision making

Price matters … in green decision making

There I am, at  a gas station in the wilds of Michigan and still some miles North of Detroit, filling my giant, rented SUV and the fuel pump … stops. Something is wrong. The car was almost empty – I have driven for a good 30 miles, slowly, fuel indicator unmoving on red, looking for somewhere to fill up. But the dial on the pump says I have put less that $100 in to the tank so either the car’s fuel guage is faulty or the tank is only about half ...

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