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Classroom app ClassDojo wins Best in British Tech Award at the GBx Gala

300-strong British startup community gathers in San Francisco for the annual GBx Gala Classroom communication app ClassDojo has been selected as the Best in British Tech by the British startup community in Silicon Valley. The award was presented last night at the annual GBx Gala by HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mike Butcher, Editor […]

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GBx experts support Brits by the Bay Participants

GBx experts support Brits by the Bay Participants GBx aims to provide a peer to peer network for mutual help and support and a community those from the UK can plug into for insights and advice. GBxers each out to other entrepreneurs, investors, our Friends and Partners on their journey to moving, scaling and fundraising […]

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Vote for the Best in British Tech!

When a Brit endeavors in the United States, only another Brit can understand the kind of pickle one might be found. Accessing the market, fundraising, talking to the media in the U.S, finding connections (hey, GBX here!), and scaling, just to name a few! That’s why every year, the GBx community nominates and votes for […]

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Announcing Brits by the Bay startups

We’re thrilled to announce the Brits in the Bay participants – the most exciting UK startups looking to expand their business into the US. Aiden.AI – Marie Outtier, Co-founder & CEO  Aiden.ai is an Ai-as-a service for growth teams: a unified marketing platform that generates daily actionable recommendations across Facebook, Adwords, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Log-in, approve Aiden’s […]

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Member profile – Alastair Paterson, Digital Shadows

Digitalization has changed our experiences forever. We store our knowledge online and place our trust in the cloud. Companies dealing with big data have a much larger responsibility, as data leaks can destroy reputations permanently. James Chappell and Alastair Paterson, founders of Digital Shadows, a market leader in Digital Risk Protection, learned at an early […]

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Member profile: Zumper’s founders – Anthemos Georgiades and Russell Middleton

Making the first move is always hard. Thanks to technology, most of our daily decisions have become easier and effortless. One click is all it takes. However, when the first move means moving to a new home that’s when stress settles in.   Knowing the pain and hassle of searching for a new apartment, Anthemos Georgiades […]

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Member profile: Nicky Goulimis, Nova Credit

Moving to a different country opens minds and new opportunities, but also brings infinite challenges. Credit access is often the toughest obstacle for most non-Americans. Stanford graduate student Nicky Goulimis had to start her financial life over when she moved from London to the U.S in 2014. Despite her excellent credit in the UK as […]

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Member profile: Robyn Exton of HER

When in 2016, BBC News covered HER, a dating app for lesbian, bi-sexual and queer people, it had 1M users, no revenue and has just moved its headquarters to San Francisco. Two years later, the company is profitable and a home to the world’s largest – 4M and counting – community of queer women. It’s […]

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Member profile: Srin Madipalli, Product Manager, Airbnb, co-founder of Accomable

Transcript from a conversation with Srin Madipalli, Product Manager, Airbnb, co-founder of Accomable. Listen on Soundcloud. Suz: Our guest today is Srin Madipalli in his own words – which I copied from his Twitter bio – an entrepreneur, a coder, a commercial lawyer, a writer, an adventurer, a traveler and a MBA grad from Oxford […]

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Revisiting the Delaware flip

Early-stage (Seed and Series A) US venture capitalists often insist they will invest in a UK company only if the company “flips” its corporate structure and establishes a US (typically Delaware) holding company. We addressed these dynamics in a 2015 article, noting that high US corporate tax rates were leading some early-stage US investors to reconsider […]

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Do you know Alan Partridge?

“Shy bairns get nowt” became the standout phrase from the last time I visited Silicon Valley and San Francisco. A trip during which, I ended up on San Francisco radio and exchanged emails with Marc Benioff. With similar enthusiasm, I joined the GBx network and applied a scatter-gun approach to connecting with the members via […]

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Introducing Youth Think Tank: Young people highlight challenges in agricultural industry

The Youth Think Tank (YTT) is a research initiative launched by Mastercard Foundation and GBx’s partner Restless Development that works with young people from 7 countries in Africa exploring economic opportunities for young people. Development experts, policy makers and the tech sector have become increasingly interested in the last few years in emerging technologies and […]

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Restless Development entrepreneur profile: Eva gets water

Eva Tolage, a young campaigner from Tanzania, launched Stand With Eva back in February 2015 and since then has been campaigning locally and nationally to get a clean supply of water for her community and school. Now, just over a year since Eva launched her campaign, a new water tap has been installed near her […]

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Member profile: Michael Acton Smith of Calm

Meet Michael Acton Smith, co-founder and CEO of Calm. Tell us a little bit about yourself I’m the co-founder and co-CEO of Calm.com. I was the CEO/founder of Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters. I moved to the Bay Area in January 2016. What are you business interests? All aspects of business: Investing, recruiting, […]

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RocketSpace new joiner benefits for GBx members

If you’re a GBx member new to RocketSpace looking for office or meeting space – perm, visiting or virtual, you’re in luck. RocketSpace has teamed up with GBx to offer some fantastic benefits to our community. Invitation to come over to check out the RocketSpace Sansome St location on Friday, March 16, 9.30am – 12pm […]

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Women and GBx

We’ve been listening to women (and men) from the GBx community about the challenges for women in tech and the opportunities for us to do more in our individual organizations and across the GBx community. Now, we’re keen to gather your thoughts and ideas to leverage this incredible community to do more to support women. At […]

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SVC2UK and GBx welcome new GBxers!

Special welcome to new members who have joined GBx as part of our partnership with SVC2UK, as we help to connect the SF Bay Area community with UK entrepreneurs. Reach out if you are interested in connecting with our new members: Ahamed Wadood, Business Development Executive, Aviserv, ahamed@aviserv.co.uk Aviserv is an Aviation Service provider, specializing […]

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SVIP: Gain developers, redress gender imbalance in tech

Opportunity: gain highly qualified software developers while helping to redress gender imbalance in tech Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP) is an organization set up to give something back to the global entrepreneurial community. Founded in 2012, it has been working with the British American Business Council, British Consulate, top global engineering universities and high-growth tech companies […]

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HealthTech event: what we’ve missed about the NHS, and more

Thank you to our awesome panel and the GBxers who contributed to an interesting discussion on HealthTech applying understanding of not only UK or US models and technologies, but an assessment of health care systems across the international stage. Our expert panel moderated by Chrissy Farr (Reporter for CNBC), Ross Breckenridge (CMO at Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals), Matthew Holt (Co-Chairman at Health 2.0), Alexis […]

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Restless Development entrepreneur profile: David starts a fishing business

David joined the Restless Development Youth Empowerment program in 2009 in Uganda. Beyond his success in actively engaging youth in decision making and development processes in his community through his training with Restless Development, David has continued to make active use of the skills and techniques. The training he received at Restless Development encouraged him […]

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Member profile: Alex Young of Virti

Meet Alex Young, founder and CEO of Virti. Tell us a little bit about yourself I’m a surgeon by training and built and sold an events company during med school at Bristol. I then boot-strapped and scaled an award-winning medical education company internationally while still training in the NHS. Last year I founded Virti, a […]

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The importance of the network

Most great achievements come with the support of a strong community. As technology professionals, it is incredibly important to build strong networks with our peers as entrepreneurs and we are well on our way to building GBx to be the most valuable community in the Bay Area for British entrepreneurs. When talent and passion meet […]

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GBx partners with Restless Development for positive change

Half the world is under 30 and 9 out of 10 young people live in developing countries. Restless Development has trained and supported over 20,000 young people to become agents for positive change. They’ve reached over 1.3 million young people with their programs over the last 5 years. Like GBx Restless Development has its origins back […]

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Paying it forward – Cambridge University needs our help

Can you help? The University of Cambridge is looking for mentors based in the US to advise their portfolio companies and help them grow into global leaders. They selected five of their portfolio companies to take part in this pilot programme. All of these companies are starting from brilliant minds and world-leading Cambridge science. With a […]

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GBx launches UK entrepreneur membership at SVC2UK

At the close of 2017, I was fortunate enough to represent GBx and join the SVC2UK delegation visiting Cambridge and London to meet some of the hottest startup and scale-up entrepreneurs from across the UK. I came away, impressed by the depth, breadth and future of the startup ecosystem – fueled at the grass roots […]

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Continuing the conversation…on Faster Close

After each GBx member-only event we’ll include a summary of the burning questions during the session. Respecting the confidentiality of those in the room who shared their stories we aren’t able to offer a detailed transcription. However you can continue this conversation with our members on the Members Forum. In the room we had experience […]

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We need to talk about ‘xit

Brexit news is here to stay, and GBx members have been invited to access to the Brexit Brief by the British Embassy in Washington. The latest edition covers: Theresa May’s vision for new partnership with EU post-Brexit UK-US science and innovation collaboration agreement UK-US Trade & Investment Working Group update Report on the US jobs […]

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Get to know our members

Unless you’re an active participant in our LinkedIn or Facebook groups, you may not know your fellow GBx members that well. In 2018, we’re kicking off a series of profiles featuring our member startup founders, tech execs and investors. First up: Pete Flint, NFx Guild. Also, Zuzanna is running a video project – #oneminutestartup – […]

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So many channels, so little time

At GBx, we want you to stay informed and engaged, but not overwhelmed by content we share with you. With email, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Slack and carrier pigeons, we have plenty of options to keep in touch. But what works best for you? Please help us get it right by taking part in this 30-second […]

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GBx – what’s in the name?

Since its inception in 2016, GBx’s mission has been to build a supportive and expertise-driven community of British entrepreneurs, technology executives and investors, based or looking to expand to the Bay Area. For startup founders it’s a place to ask for help or share their experience in moving or expanding their business to the US. […]

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GBx members-only area is here

Happy Holidays – we got you a present! Welcome to our brand new GBx members-only website. At GBx, our members have been building connections through in-person events, one-to-one ‘coffees and chats’, and now they can also do it through this secure, password-protected members-only website. Use the Member Forum to ask any member a question or […]

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