Gordon Guthrie

The old engineering economy, the Glasgow of trains and ships is long gone. The engineering future of Edinburgh is in new technologies.

I once took a boat trip down the Clyde with the sculptor George Wyllie on the paddle steamer the Waverley as part of a day of politics focussed on dreaming a new Glasgow.

As we passed the old shipyards he said to me that we should be making space rockets on the Clyde.

Well Glasgow is now a world centre of micro-satellites, dreaming works.

Satellites built in Glasgow ring the earth

This report isn’t about dreaming anymore, we dreamt of a new Edinburgh tech scene and we made it happen, it can be made to happen in Glasgow too.

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Gordon Guthrie is a Vice President of Product Delivery at the American FinTech unicorn BlockFi. He was previously an IT Strategist at the Royal Bank Group, Chief Technical Architect at IF.com. He was a co-founder of the Turing Festival and has been a founder and worked at a range of startups from small to large, including bet365.

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Gordon Guthrie

Gordon Guthrie

Former SNP Parliamentary Candidate — Quondam Computer Boffin