We all know that start-ups are the lifeblood of any economy, but which digital small businesses are the ones that the cognoscenti really rate?
In an effort to answer that question, we’ve launched the MT/eBay Digital SME Power List, and asked a panel of the UK tech scene’s best and brightest to name their favourites. What’s more you get to vote too.
Today it’s the turn of Ariadne Capital chair and original dotcom investor and entrepreneur Julie Meyer. Here is her list for your delectation – pick one and vote for it now.
Julie Meyer’s picks
Made television – Founded by Jamie Conway, the largest operator of city TV stations in the UK is reinventing local television with channels on air in Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and Tyne & Wear. With news, sport and entertainment broadcasting to each location 24 hours a day, the channels have a weekly reach of one million viewers.
SoundOut – David Courtier-Dutton’s business provides predictive insight to a range of industries, including music, fashion, advertising and FMCG. Its Slicethepie hub takes reviews and ratings from a team of over 750,000 reviewers, so new products can be compared against a database of almost 15 million reviews.
Quill – Ed Bussey’s content marketing specialist has a global network of freelancers, as well as its own proprietary software, so it can deliver crowdsourced content that’s bespoke, cost-effective and scalable, on almost any subject. Clients include LA Fitness, Arsenal, 888.com and WPP.
Taggstar – Led by ex-BT senior exec Marjorie Leonidas, This cloud-based platform uses real-time messaging to encourage customers to click the ‘buy’ button on e-commerce sites. How? By telling them how many others are considering buying the product, highlighting when it's selling fast, or reminding them what others think.
The Longest Stay – This online platform founded by Sherry Roberts has been called the Net a Porter of online interiors. It combines an interactive interiors magazine and digital showroom – users can click directly on the homeware products featured in the editorial to add them to their cart. A team of six source the luxury items, everywhere from Scandinavia to South Africa.
Apptivation – Mark Kanji’s fast-growing app developer works with brands to design and build mobile platforms to make lives easier for their customers. They’ve created mobile and wearable banking apps for Lloyds Banking Group, and an app to encourage healthy living for vitamin supplier Healthspan.