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Will the US tech success story continue in 2013?

Hailo, a taxi app designed by London cabbies, is the newest UK tech phenomenon to head for the US. Hailo joins other UK rising stars in the US market: MOO, Moshi Monsters and, content collaboration platform, Huddle. 

Although Silicon Valley is still the first place UK tech companies think of when looking for global success, some industry insiders believe 2013 is likely to be a transformative year for tech industry decentralisation.

Developments such as disappointing IPO’s by Facebook and Groupon, the possible beginnings of disenchantment with Apple and talk of a "Series A investment crunch" indicate muted growth in traditional tech markets. 

This is combined with the falling cost of technology innovation and build, improvements in broadband and wireless infrastructure in emerging markets and the growth of global tech talent.

Another factor is thinking outside the traditional tech box, a development commentator Steve Rosenbaum calls "hyphen-tech," where technology acts as an adjunct or enabler to another industry. A good example is Studio XO, a London-based fashion-tech company which specialises in interactive light-up stage costumes for performers such as the Black Eyed Peas and Azealia Banks. Another is the recent collaboration in Artificial Intelligence and advertising, between the University of Brighton and the Crimtan agency.

With its leading creators and a strong track record in “verticals” such as fashion, music, advertising and finance, the UK is well positioned to take advantage of this new area.

However 2013‘s decentralisation of the tech market is likely to have further reaching effects than the US and the UK. 

Important new clusters of innovation are rapidly emerging in locations as geographically diverse as Germany, Sub-Saharan Africa and Korea.

So, although culturally, linguistically and traditionally, the US is still the most attractive partner for international expansion (and the US companies continue to find the UK an effective launchpad),  growing numbers of developers, low start up costs and other incentives mean that new entrepreneurial tech clusters begin to seem increasingly attractive. Thinking purely in terms of the UK and the US is soon unlikely to be enough. 

 

Considering doing business in the USA? UKTI pop up workshop in London today (Monday 14th January)! 

 
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