Happy 4th of July London!

Ten years on, I am still here and loving this town as a founder.

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Jul 04, 2017
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I came here believing that I would stay in the old smoke for two years maximum. I lived like I would be here for two years. We never bought a TV (who does that now anyway), a car and I barely planted roots beyond work in the first five years. 

And yet here we are, ten years on. Still no car, no TV but roots are planted.

London, in-spite of Brexit, continues to thrive as a hub of innovation. 

In December, 2013 I wrote about why we "turned the airplane around" to stay here. 

Jon and I had a choice. 

It was either: take Zapnito to San Francisco or stay in London and take the path less travelled or trodden as the Brits say. Now the interesting thing is, we intend to open up shop in SF soon but that is not going to be the HQ. That will be a hub. Barcelona and potentially Melbourne will be other hubs possibly. Why not pick the best cities you can? 

London to me is at the epicentre (epicenter) of the world global economy. 

2000 years of global trade between continents and culture. Brexit or no Brexit, London will continue to thrive.

London innovation is at the pinnacle of the 21st century. Just point to the various "unicorns" and incubators and progress

I share this sentiment:

A founder of one of the UK’s top tech start-ups wrote that our global start-ups are used to working across countries. “I don’t see that changing one bit.” One investor, despite his disappointment in the vote, wrote: “Game on!”

So Happy 4th of July, London, 10 years on. Though I miss the BBQs and the parades, it is independence day here also.

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Charles Thiede

CEO & Co-Founder, Zapnito

My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.

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Tina Fotherby about 1 year ago

It's great to hear that you enjoy London as a hub of innovation.  Brits tend to be pessimistic in their approach, so it's heartening that London will continue to be your Head Office and San Francisco a hub.  Good on you !

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Charles Thiede about 1 year ago

Thanks Tina. I feel that even the British pessimism is changing. Or maybe I am assimilating! The UK has the potential to be the next great Technology Hub - and beat out California. That would be great to see. But its going to require a revolution here.