Research Tours

Silicon Valley Research Tours

Since 1996 we have been participating (with two exceptions) in an annual Research Tour to Silicon Valley where we have met large enterprises, small startups and Venture Capitalists such as Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Intel Capital, Next World Capital & Sequoia Capital, amongst others.

Participation in these tours has given as some unique advantages including:
  • gaining early insight into technology and market trends that will arrive in the UK and Europe some time later,
  • gaining 'first mover' advantage,
  • access to a network of specialist subject matter experts in silicon valley and the tech hubs of Europe, and
  • membership of a tour alumni and professional network whose members span a wide range of public and private market sectors.

Many of the enterprises we have met are the movers and shakers of technological and application development across the world and include:
  • Adobe Systems
  • Cisco Systems
  • EMC
  • Google
  • HPE
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Pivotal Labs
  • Salesforce


2018 Israel Research Tour

Early in November we went to Israel to research their startup ecosystem. Israel has been referred to as The Startup Nation, and for good reason. The country has a unique and vibrant startup ecosystem. It is one that starts out with an international perspective. Our report is available to our clients on request.

2018 Silicon Valley Research Tour (single client)

We organised a private week long Research Tour to Silicon Valley in October 2018 for one of our clients. We organised the logistics and curated the content for the Tour, our clients flew in from Australia and spent a week visiting Venture Capitalists and established enterprise IT suppliers including Kaggle, Splunk, Oracle and Samsung Research America. We also included a number of small startups and incubators, including The Loft and The Australian Landing Pad where we met with the Australian Consul-General. This was one of our most successful Tours with delegates following up with many of the organisations we met.

2018 Silicon Valley Research Tour

The 2018 Research Tour took place from the 20th to the 25th May 2018 based out of
The Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Park, California. After 21 years the Tour moved from The Fairmont Hotel, San Jpse, to the Stanford Park Hotel to reduce the amount of time spent travelling up and down Highways 101 and 280, where traffic volumes (and consequential delays) have increased significantly these past few years, a sign of the growth in activity in Silicon Valley!


European Technology Research Tours

We have also participated in four of the 5 European Technology research Tours where we have met with European startups and growing enterprises as well as researched the startup ecosystems of a number of countries. The host cities we have visited include
Copenhagen, Helsinki, Munich and Prague.


Research Tour Insights & reports

We produce comprehensive reports from each of the Tours we attend, which includes an
Executive Summary of the emerging themes and trends together with insights as to their potential impact on our clients businesses. The comprehensive report includes a summary of each company that presented on the Tour, including selected extracts from their presentations and an analysis of what they presented with more detailed insights into their potential impact on our clients businesses.

If you are not a client but would like to know more about your findings feel free to contact us for more information.


Single Company bespoke Research Tour

Some organisations seek insights into the technology developments that are happening or could potentially disrupt specific vertical markets. We have been involved in helping to organise what we call a single company research tour, with an agenda that is bespoke to that client's specific industry.


Bird & Bird's European Disruptive Technology Challenges

Our founder, gerald Janes has also participated as one of the judging panel in 3 of the recent European Disruptive Technology Challenge events which are held annually by Bird and Bird.

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