10 July 2012

silicon roundabout, tech city, Conversocial, matthew brazil, London, startups

Never mind the hype, there’s real signs of growth in Silicon Roundabout

Naysayers of ‘Silicon Roundabout’ (or Tech City, to use its UK government-sanctioned name) can certainly point to some of the giddy PR surrounding the area as evidence of hype. But when you join up the dots, there’s a definite sense that we’re beginning to see signs of real growth for this tech cluster in the east end of London.

And so it is that news comes today of what looks like another impressive hire for a Silicon Roundabout-based startup: Matthew Brazil, who was previously VP of Business Development for Radian6 (which exited to Salesforce for $326m) has joined social customer service outfit Conversocial as VP of Sales. This follows the recent hiring by neighbouring Songkick of former Googler Dan Crow as its CTO.

Newly hired Brazil will lead Conversocial’s sales and marketing efforts as it gears up for a more aggressive push into the US — which is particularly noteworthy given his links to Radian6, whose offering has plenty of overlap with Conversocial’s own Twitter and Facebook-based customer service tool. In fact, Brazil can be considered responsible for growing Radian6′s UK operation via 6consulting, which he co-founded and that was acquired by the company in 2011 (not long before itself being gobbled up by Salesforce).

>Conversocial co-founder and CEO Joshua March tells Techcrunch that “we’re starting to see Silicon Roundabout growing up”. What was is Steve Jobs said – ‘stay young, stay foolish’?<

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