The Week in Tech: A third of the top 100 most disruptive startups are from the UK
In the wake of the WannaCry cyber-attack that affected the NHS and other institutions from 120 countries, a study has revealed that Britain is the most targeted country in Europe when it comes to cyber-attacks. While 16% of UK firms have seen a 10-12% increase in attacks, the average score in Europe is 12%. However, 37% of UK firms believe they’re prepared and would be able to “cope comfortably” with an attack.
As part of the Mayor of London’s plans to digitise the city, telecoms companies are being invited to bid for a major contract to make the London Underground completely connected, enabling passengers to receive calls and browse the internet on the tube. Wi-Fi is currently available in some stations, but TFL wishes to offer full phone coverage, a service already available in other major cities such as New York, Tokyo and Berlin. The scheme has some critics though – Tanya Goodin, founder of Time To Log Off, says people need to value time away from their phones and emails.
Following the Brexit vote, 72% of senior-marketers interrogated by Meltwater are under additional pressure to measure external factors that could affect their businesses. This pressure comes from uncertainty across the business for 56%, followed by budget constraints (52%) and the prospect of planning campaigns in other markets (36%). Meltwater’s area director commented: “At a time when the political climate is so uncertain, marketers clearly feel more under pressure than ever to keep a tight handle on any external factors which could impact their business”.
In a survey released earlier this year by the British Chamber of Commerce, 76% of businesses admitted they had a shortage of digital skills, with 84% agreeing on its increased importance vs two years ago. To overcome this, bringing employees’ skills together and sharing knowledge with co-workers can be an effective way to conquer new technologies. See our latest blog for tips on how to upskill your team.
Disrupt100 has released its top 100 start-ups able to “influence, change or create new global markets”. The list was selected by executives from top tech companies (such as Uber and Google), experts working with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. One third of the listed companies are from the UK, with Bristol-based AI chip firm, Graphcore, ranking second on the list, just behind StoreDot, an Israeli battery start-up.