London Brief #4 — Oyster card for drinks

London’s late coffee startup DripApp has sold its ‘Oyster card for drinks’ app to Swipii for an undisclosed amount. Coffee, anyone?


Gemma Godfrey has been invited to help Arnold Schwarzenegger in the next edition of the Celebrity Apprentice. As the previous host of the show has recently taken another job at the White House, Arnie may indeed use the help of our FinTech star leading Moola digital investment platform.

Max Chambers, the ghost-writer behind David Cameron’s speeches, let the public know how good it is to run a startup life. Was it the last chance to get some publicity for Nextdoor, a private social network for neighbourhoods?

It appears to be our editorial policy to mention Sadiq Khan at least once per week. This time, the mayor has earned our attention by investing over £2.5m in startups since the EU referendum.

In the news

Christmas shopping on Oxford street takes your breath away? Airlabs is a startup who will try to help by installing air filters at London bus stops. Each unit, worth about £4K, is able to remove over 87% of dangerous nitrogen dioxide from the filtered pea soup.

Remember London’s startups’ mission to Barcelona? There is yet another chance to get away! This time, the UK’s Department for International Trade is planning to send 12 FinTech representatives to Australia. Apply here.

The Emotion Journal [note: the SSL does not work, but it is OK] has won the Disrupt London Hackathon. The winning team had a great idea for how to use IBM Watson to create a voice journal with real-time sentiment analysis.

Business as usual

Number of the day

£2.5m: the amount Sadiq Khan has invested in startups since the EU referendum.


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Piotr Wrzosiński

On behalf of the London Brief Team

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