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This is a departure from the usual blog entry, but I thought I would share the findings from a little research that I had been conducting recently on tech start-ups near Silicon Roundabout.  I wanted to get a feel for the number and location of these companies.

For international readers, Silicon Roundabout, is the name given to a small and growing tech cluster that has started to mushroom around Old Street roundabout in London.  Start-ups are attracted to this area of London due to the relatively affordable office rental whilst still being in the centre of London.  A number of large international firms such as Google have also been attracted to the area to be at the centre of this cluster.  Google have recently opened their London campus here.

Silicon Roundabout Map Image

Above is an interactive map pinpointing the companies that are within a mile (1.6 km) of Silicon Roundabout.  Clicking each pin reveals details of each company including a link to its web-site.

Although the survey was not especially scientific, a couple of Google searches, I did manage to identify approximately thirty companies.  The data is here to share in the attached Excel file. Tech Companies Survey 2012.

Based on the sample the majority of companies have been created in the last four years.

Silicon Roundabout Start-ups Bar-chart

In constructing the survey I also categorised each company fairly arbitrarily, resulting in the following table showing the frequency of each category.

Analytics

6

Visualization or presentation of data.
Finance

5

Retail financial services.
Fashion

4

Fashion retail.
Service

4

Provision of an end-user service such as booking a cab.
Cloud

2

Cloud provided services.
Software

2

Software companies.
Travel

2

Travel sites.
Advertising

1

Advertising and marketing.
Food

1

Food retail.
Games

1

Games vendors.
Mobile

1

Mobile phone related services.
Retail

1

General retail.
Security

1

Computer and web security.

Although the sample is not big, Analytics and Finance are at the top accounting for a third of start-ups.

I’m unsure what can be concluded with this data, all thoughts are welcome, however I thought I would share what I had found.

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