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Along with access cheap red wine, the UK will see several of its economic privileges coming up for negotiation over the next two years. One of these is EU passporting rights, which were established to enable firms to do business freely across European Economic Area (EEA). Quite what these negotiations will mean for British businesses is yet to be determined, but that hasn’t stopped people preparing and forecasting for what’s to come.
Emma Burt earned her project management stripes working in tech firms, government, retail and banks before being snapped up by Labs. Her peer-to-peer lending experience made her an ideal candidate for getting Choice off the ground. But no one at Labs could anticipate the enormous cultural shift Emma would bring by introducing Agile product development to the team.
Octopus Labs is all about customer experience, building online tools that are easy to use, and help people earn better rates by managing their own money. So, when Labs needed a new designer, they wanted to take a similar approach — use online tools to find the best candidates directly, without going through recruitment agencies.
On the 30th March, some of London’s top investors and alternative finance leaders will descend on The Brewery in Central London for this year’s AltFi Europe Summit 2017.
Going to an all-girls school in London was empowering for Jennifer Duong, Octopus Lab’s iOS intern. Students there were never exposed to the idea that science and computers were subjects primarily for boys. Only when Jennifer switched schools, did the problem of boys dominating the sciences become apparent.
Students from INSEAD, one of the world’s top business schools, recently showed up on the doorstep of 33 Holborn looking for insight on London’s fintech scene. They were sent up to Sam Handfield Jones, Director of Labs, and Ruzbeh Bacha, Founder of CityFalcon, for the inside scoop.
Shortly after completing Octopus Labs inaugural accelerator program, both Squirrel and Freetrade exceeded their funding goals.
From standing desks to Cycle-to-Work to spontaneous team push ups — people around Octopus Labs are finding new ways to keep in shape.
What happens when you have more investors looking to make high P2P investment return than there are bricks and mortar backed loans to invest in?
On February 8, the hot white focus of London’s financial technology sector was aimed at the top of The Gherkin building. Five innovative new businesses were celebrating the culmination of their accelerator programme with Octopus Labs. The five startups — MOOLA, cityFALCON, Squirrel, Freetrade and Advicefront — were provided a rare opportunity to pitch directly to an audience of high-profile investors, distributors, customers and influencers in one of London’s most stunning venues.