8 UK TravelTech Startups We'll be Watching in 2019

Startups are playing an important role in how the travel industry is shifting and changing - and the UK is host to some of the most promising at the moment.

Looking beyond who might be 'the next SkyScanner' - here are five businesses we're really excited about. They have the potential to kickstart lasting change in the industry and for the way that we travel.

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Our one takeaway: Blue Ocean

It’s often hard to know where to start when it comes to looking at working with new methodologies. We’ve put together a little series that highlights our one key takeaway from each of our favourites. 

Blue Ocean strategy is all about finding uncontested space, either by creating a new market or by extending an existing one. But how can we make it part of our every day?

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Our one takeaway: Lean Startup

It’s often hard to know where to start when it comes to looking at working with new methodologies. We’ve put together a little series that highlights our one key takeaway from each of our favourites. 

We can’t recommend The Lean Startup enough. Steve Blank called it the “road map for innovation for the twenty-first century.” If you just take one idea away as inspiration here is our recommendation. . .

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What can innovators learn from the Chatham House Rule?

We are constantly trying to design new tools and tricks for creating the perfect environment for innovation. How do we uncover the most valuable insight? Get people to really open up within a group? To think broadly? To collaborate? 

Could it be that a simple rule devised in the 1920s can help us by challenging social barriers and structures that so often get in the way of innovation?

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Imogen Berman
12 Top London FinTech Disruptors To Watch In 2018

FinTech is booming in the UK. London’s Silicon Roundabout - just down from our offices - is bustling with startups transforming the technologies and customer experience behind financial services. 

Here’s a lowdown of some of the most exciting FinTech companies around London right now: from the young disruptors to the later stage almost-unicorns eyeing an IPO. 

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Imogen Berman
What you need to know about the Open Banking revolution.

‘Open Banking’, aka ‘PSD2’ launched in mid Jan. We believe it’s a silent revolution in the making. Driven by a new EU directive and new UK competition rules, it means that banks will have to share customer financial data like transaction history and spending patterns when an account holder requests it. 

Here’s our top list of resources to get you up to speed on the start of a FinTech revolution

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Jared Ruddy
4 ways to create meetings that don’t suck.

When you’re busy, meetings feel like a black hole of time and energy. They stop you getting on with what’s important. They’re a talking-shop. They’re draining. Frustrating.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. We think it’s all in the set up. That meetings can be fun. Energising. Short, punchy and effective. Here are some of our tips on making a lot out of just a little.

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Jared Ruddy
5 inspiring reads for entrepreneurial leaders.

A little new thinking can go a long way. If you’re leading a startup or a team in an organisation to create change and challenge the norm, don’t do it alone. There are some great things to be learnt from those who came before you. 

Here are our essential picks on new thinking, high-impact tools and confidence inspiring pragmatism.

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