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Music Q&A

‘The fan has the power now’: Q&A with the founders of Boiler Room, Young Turks and Lost Music

2016 was recently revealed to have been the best year for the music industry in nearly two decades. At Spiritland in King’s Cross, Courier talked streaming, live events and brand money with three people celebrating the news: Blaise Bellville (Boiler Room), Caius Pawson (Young Turks) and Tom Mansbridge (Lost Music). Courier: It seems the constant gloom surrounding the music industry …

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Two is the magic number: business co-founders share the secrets of their partnerships’ success

The relationship between business co-founders can be the most emotionally demanding in a person’s life. It can also be the factor which determines the success or failure of a company: the double act.  In 2009, the Blackberry was so popular it was being referred to as the Crackberry. It accounted for half of all smartphones being sold. It was even credited …

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How renegade political operators adopted startup culture

The tools and methodology used to challenge incumbent businesses have appeared in the world of politics. Sam Tarry (Momentum) and Paul Hilder (Crowdpac) untangle what’s been going on. Courier: When people talk about disruption in politics, what do they mean?  Sam Tarry: It comes in ebbs and flows. Maybe 10 years ago disruption was considered people voting for a shock …

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Q&A Tech

‘We’ve developed a culture of speed’: Q&A with Jason Goldberg

Jason Goldberg is founder and CEO of Pepo, a social platform that connects people with similar interests, with a focus on travel. It officially launched in November last year and, like Goldberg’s previous businesses, it’s been released at rapid speed. In the past decade, he’s also founded Social Median (a social news aggregator), Fab.com (third party e-commerce) and Hem (own-brand …

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Culture Q&A

London’s night mayor Amy Lamé on drugs, developers and diversity

Courier met London’s newly appointed Night Tsar to ask how she’ll tackle the problems facing the capital’s night life scene. In November 2016, London Mayor Sadiq Khan appointed Amy Lamé as the city’s new ‘Night Tsar’. It was a relatively cheap way of landing a few good headlines amid the mournful clamour following the closure of the nightclub Fabric and …