EVENING STANDARD  April 16th 2014

Part 3 of The Silicon 60: ones to watch on London's start-up scene

We’ve now met the Aristechracy, the Miracle Growers, the Facilitators and the Upstarts. Today we bring you our final list of ones to watch and names to note on London’s start-up scene.

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Some of this lot have just started up, some are still in beta. But already all the top dogs are talking about them.

Robyn Exton, 27

Founder, Dattch

Dattch is a mobile-first lesbian dating service. Exton worked for a marketing agency that runs dating sites and noticed a gap in the market for a women-only dating service. She founded Dattch in late 2012. One of her biggest challenges has been “deal[ing] with guys trying to join the platform”. Exton secured investment of £100,000 from angels including the chairman of YPlan. @robynexton

Aidan Rushby, 28

Co-founder and CEO, Movebubble

London needs solutions to its property crisis, so with co-founders Logan Hall and Tony Edwards Rushby has created a peer-to-peer rentals site for long-term lets. Just out of beta, it links would-be tenants directly with landlords and service providers. It recently raised £500,000 investment. Rushby previously worked in lettings for an estate agent. @aidanrushby

Marc Cameron, 34

Founder and CEO, 2210Fashion

Cameron’s fashion e-commerce site is set to launch in June, selling emerging fashion brands. He has a former head of sales at Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch and a former Net-a-Porter investor on his advisory board. He’s also hosting a panel discussion on funding your digital start-up for London Technology Week in June. @2210cameron

Ben Pugh, 35

Founder, FarmDrop

He used to be a stockbroker, analysing food retailers. His co-founder was a City lawyer. Together they have the high ambition to use the web to flatten out our food-supply chain. Farmdrop has just launched and lets people order food directly from producers, which is sent to a local drop-off point for collection. No middle man or driving down of prices. @BenPugh7

Yonatan Raz-Fridman, 30

Co-founder, Kano

This Israeli-born entrepreneur raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter last year for a coding kit for all ages. Inspiration came from co-founder Alex Klein’s seven-year-old cousin (and son of Index’s Saul Klein) who wished a Raspberry Pi computer was “as simple and fun as Lego”. Alongside the hardware in the box comes a storybook explaining how to put it all together and begin coding. @yonatanrf

Emily Brooke, 27

Founder, Blaze

This Kickstarter project which raised funds in five days is now a reality, on sale a year later. Brooke’s bicycle laserlight projects a symbol of a bike on to the road to improve rider visibility. It has attracted worldwide media attention. The company just received $500,000 seed investment from Index Ventures and the Branson family. Brooke studied product design at Brighton University. @buzzbrooke

Nitzan Yudan, 35

Co-founder and CEO, Flat Club

Israeli Yudan has moved from financial services into student accommodation. Flat Club is a peer-to-peer rentals service through which hosts can choose who sees their properties. You rent within trusted groups. Students and alumni of top universities are a big market as you can let exclusively to students at one establishment. It recently raised $1.5 million in angel investment. @NitzanYudan

Josh Crowder, 23

Founder and CEO, Serious Fox

Not technically new but certainly still young himself, Crowder was meant to study design at university but instead — then aged just 18 — he set up a design and product development agency. Serious Fox created the website for Tech City UK and has carried out work for Barclays and Cisco. Crowder previously worked for Apple while studying. @JoshCrowder

Tushar Agarwal, 25

Co-founder, Spacious

Agarwal, a former investment banker, together with Tom Watson (23, an ex-computer scientist) has set up Spacious, where  young companies can find shared office spaces. It launched last month and already has the Mixcloud and Lyst offices on its books. Rohan Silva, former adviser to David Cameron and entrepreneur in residence at Index, is chairman. @aTooshTweet

George Burgess, 21

Founder, Gojimo

Burgess recently rebranded Education Apps — the exam revision app he set up aged 17 as a St Paul’s schoolboy — as Gojimo with new investment of $1 million. Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed’s JamJar Investments is now a shareholder. Burgess went to Stanford University but dropped out and returned to London to work on Gojimo. @burgesg




They decided the rent is too damn high in Shoreditch or Bermondsey, where they belong. They’re not in the east London/City cluster but they’re still a big deal.

Stephen Rapoport, 32

Founder, Pact Coffee

He first co-founded Crashpadder, a London-based peer-to-peer room rentals site, which was bought and absorbed by Airbnb in 2012 for an undisclosed sum. Rapoport then founded Pact, a coffee subscription service that supplies high-quality grinds to your door. He started it in his kitchen in late 2012. Now based in Bermondsey, it’s growing 40 per cent a month and has sold 25 tonnes of coffee since launch. @stephenrapoport

Tabitha Goldstaub, 27

Co-founder and marketing director, Rightster

Goldstaub became a founding member of Rightster, a distributer of rights for online video content, in 2011. A year later she was named as a leading talent by Media Week. The company raised £20.4 million when it floated in November. It’s HQ’d in Cavendish Square. @tabithagold

Roxanne Varza, 28

Co-founder, Girls in Tech London

Yes, she’s in France, but Varza not only runs Microsoft’s accelerator and software support for start-ups over there, she also co-founded both the French and British sections of Girls in Tech — a network for conferences and meet-ups with the aim of empowering and increasing the visibility of women in technology.@roxannevarza

Riccardo Zacconi, 47

Co-founder and CEO, King Digital

The games-maker’s recent IPO didn’t raise the billions predicted but in 2012 unique users of its games went from 50 million to 280 million. Zacconi founded King in 2003 after a previous company nearly popped in the dotcom bubble. King lives below Google at Central Saint Giles. @RiccardoZacconi

Brett Acker, 37

Chairman, Lovespace

Acker has moved on from Streetcar, the car club he started in Clapham and sold to Zipcar. He’s founded Lovespace, a low-cost self-storage that collects from your house and re-delivers it when and wherever you want. It’s based in Wimbledon. @BrettAkker

Andrey Andreev, 40

Founder, Badoo — Soho

This social-network- cum-location-based dating app has 200 million registered users and an annual revenue of $200 million. Its HQs are in Soho. Andreev, originally from Moscow, has had a string of successful Russian internet businesses: Mamba, SpyLog and Begun. @badoo

Jon Reynolds, 28

Co-founder and CEO, SwiftKey

Reynolds was 22 when he quit his civil service graduate traineeship to create an Android touchscreen keyboard with co-founder Ben Medlock. It became Android’s best-selling app in 2012. The company recently announced £11.3 million Series B investment. It’s based in Southwark and has offices in San Francisco, Beijing and Seoul. @thejonreynolds

Jay Bregman, 35

Co-founder and CEO, Hailo

US-born Bregman joined up with three London cabbies and two entrepreneurs to found this taxi

app that has raised $50 million in investment and matches black-cab drivers to their passengers. He previously set up courier service eCourier. Hailo’s London hub (another is in New York) is at Somerset House. @JayBregman

Martin Stiksel, 39

Co-founder, Lumi

With business partner Felix Miller, Stiksel founded Last.fm, the music discovery platform. They sold it in 2007 for £140 million. Last summer they launched Lumi, which uses your browsing history to suggest content that may interest you. It’s not too far from the main cluster, based at London Fields. @lumiteam

Dupsy Abiola, 32

Founder and CEO, Intern Avenue

This former City barrister is also the daughter of the late Nigerian businessman and politician, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola. Dupsy appeared on Dragons’ Den with her business, Intern Avenue. She parted company with the Dragons and is now running her graduate recruitment platform which algorithmically matches candidates to jobs from her offices near Goodge Street. @DupsyAbiola