Blog: Launch of Ryze London

It started aroun 6-ish. ‘Bed’ is quite a funky venue in the trendy Smithfields area. People arrived in dribs and drabs till about 6.30pm when about 30 people arrived in one go and the thing just got better and better. With about 130 people turning up, out of 160 RSVPs, eventually there was actually not a lot of room, but people seemed to take it in good stride and it

Suited and booted

Even as the light has long dimmed on the dotcom boom, and the feverish partying is now just a faint hangover, the technology crowd is massing once more. But this time, instead of clamouring at the bar at a packed-out First Tuesday event, Britain’s e-business people are hitting the web sites before hitting the bars. This time it’s not about WANs, Wi-Fi or wireless networking, but real live networking, enhanced

No need to go out to meet people

Thankfully I was wrong. It turned out I hadn’t been recognised by my photo in NMA, but the one on Ecademy.com, the networking site which last week announced its intention to reach 10,000 active members by next year. So this is the state of business in the new millennium. Meeting people who we have encountered on Web sites. As bland and somewhat geekish as that sounds, it’s going to become

Store the front page

When a newspaper’s front page hits the newsstands, it creates, so the saying goes, the first draft of history. But how much history can news websites contribute, when their "front pages" rarely linger more than a single day? And will the trend towards charging for access to online archives eventually destroy the historical archives of the new media industry? It was thoughts like these which began to occur to online

Will it take 50 years for things to get personal?

The Tom Cruise character lives in a world 52 years hence where we have given up many of our innate human rights in return for security and public humiliation in every shopping mall. The real issue here is one of data and of cost. Today we have most of the ‘Minority Report’ technologies, they’re just too expensive to implement. Only the security services have enough cash and political will to

Attempts to make technology fashionable

Charmed.com was not your typical Silicon Valley start-up by any means. For a start its CEO was the 27-year-old Katrina Barillova, an ex-Czechoslovakian spy who’s cover had been to work as a fashion model. When Eastern Europe turned capitalist she left to become a bodyguard and security advisor to billionaires in the Middle East. After leaving for the US, she teamed up with an ex-MIT graduate to form InfoCharms, a