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A Tale of Two Cities 
Mark Littlewood, Founder, The BLN 
@MarkLittlewood 
Internet of Things Forum 2015 – 11-12th March 20...
Business of Software Conference 
World Trade Center, Boston 
Cambridge, England 
www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
A Tale of Two Cities 
• A Strong Pool of Founders 
• Local Capital 
• Killer Events 
• Access to Great 
Universities 
• Mo...
Cambridge 
(proper) 
Largest Hi-Tech Cluster in the UK, >1,400 high tech firms 
employing more than 53,000 people 
Cambrid...
Cambridge Has Unique Eco-System 
• World’s top University 
• Research laboratories 
• Technical consultancies 
• Home grow...
Cambridge 
www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
Cambridge 
www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
Most active tech cluster in Europe 
$10bn+ 
$1bn+ 
Exits/Market Cap 
$50m+ 
Sources: EVCA, various research www.TheBLN.com...
Cambridge ideas change the world 
EDSAC 
Raspberry Pi 
Crick & Watson 
Solexa (acquired by 
Illumina in 2006) 
CAT (acquir...
A Low Risk Place to do High Risk Things 
“The diversity of specialised clusters makes 
Cambridge a unique technology 
entr...
What’s coming? 
• SaaS 
• Business Model Innovation 
• Drug Discovery 
• Robotics 
• Big Data 
• AI 
• Personal Medicine 
...
The Rise of the Machines 
www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
The Rise of the Machines 
• aka The Internet of Things 
www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
What is the most important thing 
about technology? 
It works! 
Me 
Users 
www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
Fighting the Rise of the Machines 
Users 
Customers 
Engineers 
Software & Hardware 
Investors 
Entrepreneurs 
Distributor...
Internet of Things Forum 
11-12thMarch 2014, Cambridge, UK 
Where IoT is a people business 
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Cambridge boston cluster discussion sep 2014

  1. 1. A Tale of Two Cities Mark Littlewood, Founder, The BLN @MarkLittlewood Internet of Things Forum 2015 – 11-12th March 2015 Business of Software Europe - 23-24th June 2015 Business of Software USA - 21-23rd September 2015 www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  2. 2. Business of Software Conference World Trade Center, Boston Cambridge, England www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  3. 3. A Tale of Two Cities • A Strong Pool of Founders • Local Capital • Killer Events • Access to Great Universities • Motivated “Champions” • Local Press / Websites / Networks • Alumni • Local Wins • Recycled Capital • Second-Time Entrepreneurs • Ability To Attract a Pool of Talent • ‘Marquee’ Local Companies 12 Things that make clusters work. Brad Feld, Mark Suster. www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  4. 4. Cambridge (proper) Largest Hi-Tech Cluster in the UK, >1,400 high tech firms employing more than 53,000 people Cambridge generates wealth: • GVA/job is £45k (compared to London’s £34.2k in 2009). • Two $10Bn and Eleven $1bn companies have been created in Cambridge over the last 15 years. • Annual revenues of $22Bn (£13Bn) • At least $50Bn of market cap generated by Cambridge. House prices rose by 11% last year Unemployment is 1.5% www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  5. 5. Cambridge Has Unique Eco-System • World’s top University • Research laboratories • Technical consultancies • Home grown biotech, hi-tech & engineering companies • Multinationals • Angel & VC investors (8% of European VC money) • Networking & mentoring organisations www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  6. 6. Cambridge www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  7. 7. Cambridge www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  8. 8. Most active tech cluster in Europe $10bn+ $1bn+ Exits/Market Cap $50m+ Sources: EVCA, various research www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014 8
  9. 9. Cambridge ideas change the world EDSAC Raspberry Pi Crick & Watson Solexa (acquired by Illumina in 2006) CAT (acquired by AstraZeneca (MedImmune)) DNA sequencing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  10. 10. A Low Risk Place to do High Risk Things “The diversity of specialised clusters makes Cambridge a unique technology entrepreneurial ecosystem – local companies include leaders in sectors as diverse as biotechnology, medical technology, gaming, audio, semiconductors, materials & printing.” Cambridge Startup Intelligence Report, Nov 2011 www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  11. 11. What’s coming? • SaaS • Business Model Innovation • Drug Discovery • Robotics • Big Data • AI • Personal Medicine www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  12. 12. The Rise of the Machines www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  13. 13. The Rise of the Machines • aka The Internet of Things www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  14. 14. What is the most important thing about technology? It works! Me Users www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  15. 15. Fighting the Rise of the Machines Users Customers Engineers Software & Hardware Investors Entrepreneurs Distributors www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014
  16. 16. Internet of Things Forum 11-12thMarch 2014, Cambridge, UK Where IoT is a people business Mark@thebln.com @THE_BLN GROUPS>THE BLN www.TheBLN.com #BoS2014

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