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So… (apparently all West Coast folks start a new sentence with so…!)  learning #2 from BubbleBath 2011 was about the West coast attitude to getting things wrong. You know, getting things wrong so much that you lose the company and have to sack your friends and colleagues. In Silicon Valley, failure just means you’ve probably learnt […]

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Light up your life tonight

Anthony Head (@anthonyohead) is the Creative Director of Illuminate Bath which has its last showing tonight (28th January 2012). I’ve had the pleasure of working with Anthony over the last year or so, so I thought it would be good to get a brief overview of Illuminate Bath from the “horse’s mouth”… Let’s start with you […]

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Bath’s not just a Georgian themepark for shoppers

For decades, Bath’s economy was supported by the three pillars of tourism, retail and manufacturing. And for years there often seemed to be little will – political or otherwise – for that to change. Even when crane-maker Stothert and Pitt – once the city’s biggest employer – wound down its operations in the city and shipped out, little […]

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We can do it!

As Bob the Builder says… Can we do it?

Back in November, I led a ‘Mission’ of 7 Bath start-up companies to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. We called it BubbleBath as there is such a ‘bubble’ of amazing Bath-based software businesses at the moment. The plan was to do just 3 things: 1) Understand how to export to the US, 2) Meet potential investors and […]

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Stuff that people from Silicon Valley say

This is a great video of classic “Silicon Valley speak”. Anybody up for making one like this for Bath? With added west country accents…

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10 essential ingredients to develop a strong tech sector

Back in November I was asked to talk to Bath’s local business leaders about why the Tech sector was so important to the city and what needed to be done to nurture it and help it grow. With input from friends in other Tech clusters (London, New York, Santa Monica and San Francisco), I put […]

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XML Bath announces rock star line-up for conference

International media and tech conference, X Media Lab, has announced the line-up of speakers and mentors for its XML Bath event taking place in March. The conference takes place on the 16th March and is followed by a two-day Lab for start-ups (to take place at Peter Gabriel’s extremely cool Real World Studios) where the […]

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Picochip acquired by Mindspeed for up to $76.8m

Bath-based ‘small cell’ manufacturer Picochip, has just been acquired by Mindspeed Technologies, a California-based manufacturer of semi-conductor technologies for a reported $51.8m in cash and shares plus up to $25m in earn out payments. From the press announcement: “Together, Mindspeed and Picochip will offer the most comprehensive portfolio of base station semiconductor solutions on the market, from residential […]

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