a16z Podcast: Building Tech Startups in a Place Where Tech Isn’t Everything


The pod continues its U.K. road trip, meeting up with three startup founders — including one startup accelerator programme — to discuss the entrepreneurial ecosystem in London and more broadly the U.K. and Europe.

Let’s be clear upfront: London is not the center of the universe when it comes to technology. But the diversity of industries and thinking in the British capital brings with it advantages when starting a tech company, say our guests on this segment of the podcast, which includes Michelle You, co-founder of Songkick; co-founder of Lifecake, and former Skype engineer Nick Babaian; and Matt Clifford, co-founder of London-based accelerator Entrepreneur First.

So what does it take to build flourishing startup communities?