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  • Can We Say Crowdfunding Bubble? U.K. Charity Launches Directory To Help Navigate Nation’s 30+ Local Platforms

    Can We Say Crowdfunding Bubble? U.K. Charity Launches Directory To Help Navigate Nation’s 30+ Local Platforms

    How many crowdfunding platforms is evidence of a crowdfunding bubble? Well, when an organisation feels the need to launch a directory to list and detail all of the options in a single market it’s perhaps a sign that exuberance for crowdsourced financing is running a little high. Nesta, a U.K. innovation charity, has launched just such a directory, detailing 31 local crowdfunding platforms. Read More

  • BaseKit raises a further $6.5m for its website creation service

    BaseKit raises a further $6.5m for its website creation service

    BaseKit, which lets designers build websites without the need to write code, has secured a further $6.5m in funding from Nauta Capital, Eden Ventures and NESTA. This follows a previous A round in June of last year, bringing the total raised by the UK-based company to just over $10m. The funding will be used by BaseKit to “rapidly expand its global reach” and open new offices… Read More

  • Europe lacks the dynamism required to produce the 'next Google'

    Europe lacks the dynamism required to produce the 'next Google'

    Europe’s business environment lacks the dynamism required to produce the next ‘Google’, according to a new report published by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and FORA, which compared the business climate in Europe with that of the US, as well as Canada and New Zealand. Based on detailed analysis of the growth characteristics of six… Read More

  • BaseKit raises $2.6m for its 'Photoshop-to-website' service, launches in UK and US

    BaseKit raises $2.6m for its 'Photoshop-to-website' service, launches in UK and US

    BaseKit, which lets designers build websites from a Photoshop concept without the need to write code, has secured a $2.6m Series A round from Eden Ventures and NESTA (the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Today also sees the startup, which was a Seedcamp winner in 2008, launch in the UK and US. Read More

  • Traveling Geeks – On the road in the UK

    Traveling Geeks – On the road in the UK

    The following is a guest post by Ayelet Noff, who is part of the Traveling Geeks contingent of bloggers. This morning we had a breakfast with Tristan Wilkinson, Intel’s Director of Public Sector and other Intel execs. We had an interesting discussion about the use of  technology in the Western world, in developing countries, in the classroom. For example, we talked about how parents… Read More

  • Six To Start wins big at SXSW

    Six To Start wins big at SXSW

    Congratulations to Dan Hon and his team at Six To Start, one of the surprise winners at this year’s SXSW Interactive Web Awards, not least to themselves, apparently. The alternative reality gaming startup based in London won both the Experimental and Best of Show awards for its digital story-telling mashup with Penguin Books, We Tell Stories, which, at almost exactly this time last year… Read More