By Trampoline Systems | March 19th, 2013Today at an event in Manchester the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) launched its report “Tech Country” assessing the state of technology clusters across the UK. The detailed report, authored by BVCA Policy Manager James Clark, emphasis the importance of developing thriving clusters beyond London and Cambridge. One of its key recommendations is that understanding the complex networks underlying a growing cluster is essential to shape effective policy and Cambridge Cluster Map is highlighted to illustrate this point.
By Trampoline Systems | February 25th, 2013Today’s Guardian includes a lovely feature on Trampoline CEO Charles Armstrong focusing on The Trampery, the shared workspace incubated by Trampoline from 2009 before it was spun off in 2011.
By Trampoline Systems | November 16th, 2012Trampoline CEO Charles Armstrong was in Cambridge today for the official launch of Cambridge Cluster Map (aka “Cambridge 2 You”). The launch event at Cambridge University Computer Lab included speeches by heavyweights from the worlds of entrepreneurship, academia and politics:
- Megan Smith (Google)
- Julian Huppert (MP for Cambridge)
- David Cleevey (entrepreneur)
- George Freeman MP
- Elizabeth Garnsey (University of Cambridge)
- Sherry Coutu (angel investor)
- Charles Armstrong (Trampoline Systems)
Five months on from the Beta the final release has a wealth of new data and functionality:
- View different datasets by sector, network membership and relationship with Cambridge University
- Full data on life science companies
- Integration with LinkedIn to enable users to identify their contacts at any Cambridge company
- Share the page you’re looking at on Twitter
- Compatible with iPad and Android tablets
- New look and feel
- Users can submit details and edits for listed companies
By Trampoline Systems | September 14th, 2012Trampoline has entered an agreement with NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology & Arts) to undertake joint research into network impacts of conferences, meet-ups and other events. The initial project will focus on the LeWeb London conference held in June 2012 and evaluate how attendees’ networks were affected during and after the event.
By Trampoline Systems | August 24th, 2012Trampoline has been contracted by French-based IT Services group Atos SA to provide an internal network analysis capability powered by the SONAR platform. The solution involves some significant customisations and is due to go live in Q1 2013.
By Trampoline Systems | July 31st, 2012Cambridge-based publication Business Weekly has published a special edition to mark the launch of Cambridge Cluster Map. Trampoline CEO Charles Armstrong is featured on the front cover. The edition tells the story of the project’s creation and includes interviews with leading lights from the Cambridge technology community. Click the image to access the edition online (requires Flash).
By Trampoline Systems | July 30th, 2012Trampoline is delighted to announce the beta launch of Cambridge Cluster Map. The project provides comprehensive data and analysis of the technology cluster surrounding the city of Cambridge. It builds on Trampoline’s Tech City Map, launched in November 2011 by Prime Minister David Cameron, adding a host of corporate data for each company including:
- Revenue (current & historic)
- Number of employees (current & historic)
- Directors (current & historic)
- Links to University of Cambridge
The platform was launched by Sherry Coutu, one of the UK’s top angel investors, at an event in Cambridge organised by UK Trade & Investment for investors from the UK and USA. The launch was also attended by leading figures from the Cambridge technology community including Hermann Hauser (Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners) and Warren East (CEO, ARM).
Further ground-breaking functionality is being developed for launch later in 2012. The project was created by Trampoline in collaboration with partners including the University of Cambridge, UK Trade & Investment and Duedil.
By Trampoline Systems | March 27th, 2012Last night Trampoline was honoured to receive the 2012 Company of the Year award from the Cambridge University Computer Lab Ring. Charles Armstrong (CEO) and Craig McMillan (CTO) accepted the award at a dinner held in Queen’s College Cambridge attended by leading figures from the Cambridge technology community.
Presenting the award, Professor Andy Hopper commended Trampoline for its imagination and determination pursuing a disruptive innovation through to success in the market. Receiving the award Charles commented:
“Trampoline’s journey has not always been straightforward. We were probably five years too early in the market with our business network analysis technology. Then the global economic crisis led our main investor to withdrew from the market, leaving us high and dry. But far from losing heart Trampoline has always thrived on challenges. We had a radical innovation and we knew the commercial opportunity was huge. So we invented a new form of venture finance, becoming the world’s first company to raise money through equity crowdfunding; we turned our offices into Shoreditch’s first shared workspace, now famous as The Trampery; we reconfigured our product strategy to match customer opportunities. 2011 was an amazing year for Trampoline with a succession of high-profile projects culminating in the launch of Tech City Map by Prime Minister David Cameron. Now 2012 promises to be even more exciting. We are honoured to receive this award tonight from the University where Trampoline’s story began. Above all we hope it inspires other innovators and entrepreneurs to play the long game and muster the determination required to bring truly disruptive innovation to the market.”
By Trampoline Systems | February 8th, 2012This afternoon Charles delivered the keynote lecture for the annual gathering of Atos’ worldwide Scientific Community in a decidedly chilly Paris. His talk introduced techniques for mapping and analysing informal networks in business communities. He went on to explore how this analysis could be used to improve performance around collaboration and innovation. This was illustrated with case studies from Trampoline’s experience; identifying top influencers in a global business by analysing corporate email using Trampoline’s SONAR technology; and dissecting networks in the East London innovation cluster by analysing Twitter data in the Tech City Map.
Charles concluded with a discussion of Atos’ widely discussed Zero Email initiative which seeks to transition all internal communication away from email by 2014. He examined a possible role for network analysis in benchmarking overall patterns of email use, identifying outliers and using game mechanics to discourage long CC lists and heavy attachments.
By Trampoline Systems | November 10th, 2011Earlier today UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited Shoreditch to launch the Tech City Map, the project created by Trampoline to analyse the fast-growing ecosystem of technology businesses located in East London. The platform uses Trampoline’s SONAR technology to pull in Twitter feeds for more than 800 businesses in the area and analyse their connections, influence and focus on the community. David Cameron said of the project:
“The Tech City Map, which underlines the fantastic level of creativity and innovation taking place in the area, is a great showcase for East London’s start-up community. It’s also a demonstration of how small, innovative businesses can collaborate with leading corporations. It’s fitting that the Tech City Map is 100% home-grown in East London with its creators Trampoline and Playgen both based in Shoreditch.”
The project was developed in partnership with Thomson Reuters, Mother, Cisco, Atos and LinkedIn and the user interface was designed by Shoreditch-based business Playgen. The BCS and London Borough of Hackney also supported the project.
A gallery of photographs from the launch event is available on the Trampery’s Facebook page.