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Jamie Coleman - CodeBase - Scotland - Stanford Engineering - Jan 12 2015

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Jamie Coleman!
Managing Director!
@CodeBaseTech!
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European Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ Stanford Engineering!
Januar...

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Sample of Scottish Inventions!
James Watt’s Steam Engine!
Penicillin, Anaesthesia, Telephone,
Television, Bicycle,
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Effects of Current Oil Prices!
•  Scottish oil sector is vulnerable to downturn!
•  Ageing oil fields with old equipment: m...

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Jamie Coleman - CodeBase - Scotland - Stanford Engineering - Jan 12 2015

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Talk by Jamie Coleman, MD - Codebase, Edinburgh, at Stanford on Jan 12 2015, as a part of our session on 'Entrepreneurship in Oil Economies :: Scotland & Norway'.

Website: http://www.StanfordEuropreneurs.org
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StanfordEuropreneurs

Talk by Jamie Coleman, MD - Codebase, Edinburgh, at Stanford on Jan 12 2015, as a part of our session on 'Entrepreneurship in Oil Economies :: Scotland & Norway'.

Website: http://www.StanfordEuropreneurs.org
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StanfordEuropreneurs

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  1. 1. Jamie Coleman! Managing Director! @CodeBaseTech! ! ! European Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ Stanford Engineering! January 12 2015! Building a Tech Ecosystem in Scotland!
  2. 2. Sample of Scottish Inventions! James Watt’s Steam Engine! Penicillin, Anaesthesia, Telephone, Television, Bicycle, Electromagnetics, Insulin, Radar, Tubular Steel, Coal Gas Lighting, Wave Powered Electricity, Iron Hulled Steam Ship, Steam Hammer, Hot Blast Oven, US Navy, SAS, Cordite, Postage Stamp, MRI Scanner, Ultrasound Scanner, Higgs Boson, Fingerprinting, Modern Economics, Geology, Logarithms, Decimal Point, Golf, Hypodermic Syringe, X Ray, Beta Blockers, EKG, Refrigerator, Flush Toilet, Bank of England, Bank of France, Color Photography, First Cloned Mammal (Dolly the Sheep)!
  3. 3. Effects of Current Oil Prices! •  Scottish oil sector is vulnerable to downturn! •  Ageing oil fields with old equipment: more expensive extraction! •  New fields are in deeper water, requiring new tech for difficult geology! •  The industry has diversified into service and subsea specialisms but those exports also at risk! •  50 fields produce oil under $10 barrel but 19 fields cost over $30 barrel!
  4. 4. Diversified Economy! Oil and Gas! Fishing! Renewables! Electronics! Construction! Whisky! Textiles! Banking! Life Sciences! Tourism!
  5. 5. Tech Ecosystem Recipe! Multinationals! Universities! Nerds! Lifestyle and culture! Homegrown success! Investment! Entrepreneurial density!
  6. 6. UK’s largest and best computing science and informatics department in last two RAE! Over 500 staff, 44% larger than nearest competitor! More world-leading (4*) research than anyone else in the UK - 69% more than nearest competitor!
  7. 7. Edinburgh Tech Ecosystem • Skyscanner billion $ valuation Sequoia Capital! • Rockstar North GTAV >$1 billion first 3 days! • FanDuel just raised $70M set to become next billion dollar tech company in Edinburgh! • Amazon, Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM etc!
  8. 8. The engineering talent of the Scots has moved from building bridges and steam engines to building software!
  9. 9. Scotland is a great place to launch a startup! •  Unparalleled tax incentives SEIS/EIS! •  Staff retention! •  Big fish in a small pond! •  Lower costs (healthcare etc)! •  Investor patience! •  Great education system & talent pool! •  Real safety net!
  10. 10. Difficulties! •  Angel networks who don’t understand tech (capital preservation)! •  We only have 2 local Venture Firms!! •  We lack a core of growth companies in £5-50M range! •  Tech transfer from Universities is not good enough! •  Over reliance on public sector! •  Raising risk capital is extremely difficult, especially for pre revenue tech companies! •  Historic lack of product management in software skills!
  11. 11. Solutions! •  We need smart, targeted funding. Match money into Venture Firms and trust them to invest: not directly in to companies! •  New Funds targeting £500k to £5M investments! •  Skills Academies! •  Visas for entrepreneurs! •  Quality mentorship!
  12. 12. What does this mean for CodeBase?! •  Focus on enterprise B2B! •  Focus on company engineering and rapid growth! •  Create a new Venture Fund in 2015! •  Build skill capacity within the ecosystem! •  Rapidly access international markets! •  Lobby on visas, software industry and skills!
  13. 13. Say Hi! jamie@thisiscodebase.com! @codebasetech!

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