While I was in London last week, Telerik’s UK
Country Manager and I took some time to visit the Google
Campus, a massive co-working and startup incubation space. There are six floors
of co-working space where you can apply to be a resident if you are a startup based
in London and an awesome cafeteria/coffee shop where anyone can come in for the day.
On the top floor is Google’s offices. Even though Telerik has a London office, we
registered online and spent a day working at the co-work space, mostly to get a feel
for the co-work space and check out the scene. (Also, Telerik’s KendoUI was featured
at Google I/O 12, so we figured we should give Google some love.)
The co-work space was very cool. From the moment we walked in there was a buzz of
energy. Lots of meetings going on, people nose down doing work, and of course playing
Besides the co-working space, Google is also deeply engaged and helping build a startup
community in London by providing mentoring programs, speaker series, networking events,
and all other types of startup support, open to the public. It is great seeing a large
tech company helping build a startup community, I hope to see more companies do the
same. (Hint Hint Google, Microsoft, Apple in Hong Kong. )
If you a startup person and are passing through London, make sure you drop by. My
favorite thing: the Android “Player.”
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).
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