Bankers and Financial Services may grab most of the headlines when it comes to business in London, however London is a capital for many other industries, from the well known such as publishing, fashion and media, to smaller niches such as Hollywood films post-production that is done in the alleys of Soho, to high end tailoring on Saville row. However London is fast becoming a hub for the Technology Industry, spearheaded by Old Street’s “Silicon Roundabout”. However beyond the trendy cafes of Shoreditch, another industry brews, less flash yet more robust: Technology Companies for Enterprises.
Ian Ellis, ADMIS class of ’04 has recently returned to London after a few years in New York City. While in the Big Apple, Ian and his colleague, Jonathan Lehr, felt that there was a disconnect in the Technology sector. An ecosystem that lacked conversations amongst its practitioners, so Ellis and Lehr started the New York Enterprise Technology Meetup. A monthly forum for practitioners, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and investors to present and discuss Technology for Enterprises, in a similar manner to the world’s largest Tech Meetup, the NY Tech Meetup.
When Ian relocated to London in September 2012, he extended the initiative and created the London Enterprise Technology Meetup, as an opportunity to bring together a community of like-minded people, the entrepreneurs of London and the UK, to talk about the latest trends and innovations in enterprise tech. With backing from the likes of Bloomberg Ventures, the LSE Department of Management and Aimar Capital, the LNETM hosts between three and four companies that vary from the newly founded startups, to the established emerging technology companies.
On October 17th, the LNETM launched at Bloomberg’s London HQ offices by hosting four companies : Amplience , a company that enables merchandisers and marketers to build device-optimised, rich and engaging customer experiences and channels for all channels and devices, Enterproid a company that helps organizations and individuals get the most out of mobile technology and corporate BYOD policies, Evolven, which redefines configuration management and change management with its groundbreaking Change & Configuration Monitoring solution, and Import.io: a data exchange connecting data suppliers with data users, large and small.
LSE’s Hong Kong Theatre, and under the auspices of LSE ISG Professor Carsten Sorensen, played host to the next four monthly LNETM meetups, hosting a suite of companies covering a range of topics and domains: Centrix Software (next generation workspace solutions for mobiles) JClarity (Java performance tuning products), Perspecsys (privacy, residency and security solutions for the cloud), Bromium (micro-virtualization security) , CipherCloud’s (cloud encryption) , iRise (creative iPhone apps design), Nexenta (core storage platform), Channel Mechanics (Channel Enablement as a Service), iMobMedia (mobile solutions).
Some of the more interesting presentations covering the hot topics in Information Systems studies and Innovation, were Digital Reasoning that has developed an automated understanding for Big Data, DataHug an information analysis software that builds up a dynamic database of company-wide connections and uses analytics to show who knows who. Cloud computing was featured in the likes of WaraTek who developed the first Java Virtual Machine (JVM) specifically designed for Cloud computing and Java-as-a-Service (JaaS). Cybersecurity was covered by Threatspike , a cloud service that allows you to build a secure network with built-in protection against malware, hackers and insider threats without requiring installation of any hardware or software.
Each company gets a fifteen minute slot to talk about what they do, and to give a short demo, with another ten minutes for questions and answers. A networking and drinks event follows each meetup, sponsored by the LNETM and Aimar Capital.
April’s LNETM event will feature demo presentations from Digital Shadows, who offer managed security services focused on preventing threat vectors from social media and Mobeelizer, that provides products to help with synchronising back end systems with mobile applications. In addition, there will be a panel discussion about how to grow high quality European enterprise tech companies, lead by partners from leading venture capital firms, Accel Partners, DFJ Esprit, Hoxton Square Ventures and Intel Capital.
For more information and how to attend visit the LNETM page at:
or contact Ian on firstname.lastname@example.org.