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Sam Shead


Sam joined Techworld as a reporter in July 2013. He studied Geography with Science Communication at Royal Holloway University before completing a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University.

Sam has worked as a journalist for a range of publications, including The Engineer and MailOnline. Areas that he covers for Techworld include startups, entrepreneurship, wearables, mobile and telecoms.

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Immigration laws still holding back Silicon Valley stars from coming to London

Tech London Advocates has said strict immigration laws are preventing Silicon Valley's tech workers from moving to London. The government is aiming to make it easier for talented entrepreneurs and developers to come to London and the UK but it appears to be having limited success.


Techworld looks ahead: 5 tech predictions for 2015

Techworld has asked the industry what key trends will emerge in 2015 and how they will impact UK startups.


Tech City UK backs IoT startups in London and Cambridge with £1m

Tech City UK believes London is a hotbed for software and Cambridge is a hotbed for hardware.


GameAnalytics startup brings in former AOL MD as it raises £3.5m

Copenhagen's GameAnalytics has been backed with £3.5 million by several big name investors. The company plans to use the money to solve some of the mobile gaming industry's biggest challenges.


Techworld 2014 round-up: The year the UK took a step closer to Silicon Valley

Government initiatives, venture capital money and business accelerators have all helped to fuel the UK's tech startup sector in 2014. Here we've rounded up some of the biggest developments and analysed their impact.


UK home to more startup programmes than anywhere else in Europe

There appears to be a growing demand for incubators and accelerators in the UK. Some 61 percent of the programmes that are currently operating in the UK have been created in the last three yeas.


Spotify-backer Northzone Ventures to invest £208m in European and US startups

A Scandinavian venture capital company plans use its new £208 million investment pot to back European fintech startups.


BT enters exclusive talks to snap up EE for £12.5bn

British Telecom (BT) has entered exclusive negotiations to buy EE for £12.5 billion in a landmark deal that would go down as one of the biggest ever in the UK. EE has close to 25 million customers, accounting for nearly 34 percent of the UK mobile market.


Innovation meets fashion: Getting to know the developers at Net-a-Porter

Techworld met three Net-a-Porter developers at various stages in their career to find out what it's really like working for a retailer that's had 85 million page views.


From glitz to glass: Alibaba to move UK HQ from Mayfair to Canary Wharf

Alibaba, China's answer to Amazon and eBay, is reportedly moving its UK head office from exclusive Mayfair to corporate Canary Wharf. The move will come as a boost to Canary Wharf plc which is aiming to build the area's reputation as a hub for technology companies.


Sedicii wins Ernst & Young "right-to-be-forgotten" startup competition

Ernst & Young has crowned Sedicii as the winner of a data privacy competition.


Vodafones 4G LTE roaming expands to 40 countries

Vodafone is the latest UK mobile operator to make it easier and cheaper for customers to use their phones overseas.


Looking for perfection: Tech companies have the most rigorous interview processes

Candidates for tech jobs are typically asked to go through several rounds of interviews before being awarded the job. As a result they tend to be more confident in interviews but many still make mistakes.


Spotify apps allow users to see friend's most-listened to tracks

Spotify is rolling out an increasing number of features as it looks to take on firms like Deezer and Beats.


UK enterprise collaboration startup Huddle raises £32m

Huddle has raised a monster round of funding by the standards of UK startups. The Series D round, which came from investors in Silicon Valley and Europe, will be used to build out the team and expand the business in the UK and the US.


Tech City UK picks next Future Fifty firms to try and support

Tech City UK is picking 12 new companies to join its Future Fifty scheme, which has come under fire from some of the initiative's existing members.


Le Web 2014: Meditating, connected bras, Swift apps and Uber's arrogance


Google Ventures investor Kevin Rose builds two new apps using Apple Swift

An investor at Google's venture capital unit has gone part time and helped to build two iOS apps using Apple's new programming language, Swift.


Breast awareness: Every bra will be connected to internet one day claims wearable startup

A startup making clothing with integrated sensors has claimed that one day every woman's bra will be connected to the internet.


'Arrogant' Uber needs to mature before going public, says VC

A leading New York venture capitalist told an audience in Paris what he believes Uber needs to do before it goes public.


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