London’s Tech City project received a boost from Google last night as the search giant announced that it had signed a 10-year lease on a seven-story office block.The new deal, which Google said was the first step in its commitment to support the Tech City start-up community, does not affect the location of Google’s main London HQ in Victoria, but is a coup for the Government-backed project to build the so-called “Silicon Roundabout” area of east London into a rival to Silicon Valley. Google declined to comment on how much the deal was worth but said it was significant.
Some of the world’s largest brands, including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have recently given marketers senior roles in the boardroom. The fast food giant’s UK arm, as well as ING Direct, Match.com and Quorn all have former marketers as their chief executive, while Reckitt Benckiser’s incoming global CEO Rakesh Kapoor has run marketing for the company in various parts of the world. Coca-Cola, meanwhile, has recently promoted former chief marketing officer Beatriz Perez to vice-president.
Whilst over on the Isle of Scillies this weekend, I saw a very simple but very effective execution of the “be helpful” mantra. Seasalt Clothing is a Cornish business that prides itself on beautiful design, ethical processes and high quality fabrics. Its branch on St Mary’s (on the Isle of Scillies) stocks the majority of its range and is in a prime position on the largest island. There are a number of clothing stores located nearby, all offering beach/surf/outdoors wear. When the bus or taxi drops you from the boat or the helicopter in town, the first thing they say is “before you leave for the heliport or harbour, check your return flight/boat is on time by popping into Seasalt and they’ll let you know of any delays.”
“Hmmm…that’s really helpful,” I thought…..
…….whilst simultaneously buying £40 of organic cotton kidswear.
Campus Life at Facebook and Google
It’s like the difference between public and private school: Facebook and Google have very different vibes
Facebook traces its roots to Harvard, but the social networking company’s culture skews more toward public high school—a good one, to be sure, in an area with good demographics that’s also slightly frayed at the edges. Google, on its sprawling suburban campus, is the smug private school in a world of its own. Both companies provide lavish perks, including free food at all hours, but there are clear cultural differences if you look closely.