Jessica Jia Shin Leau
I have always firmly believed that it is the entrepreneurial culture and spirit that forms the core foundation of a dynamic economy. It is disruptive Technologies that stretch the limit of what we are capable of achieving and challenge our perception of “possibilities”. It is the innovation and bravado of entrepreneurs that produces inventions and breakthroughs that would change our lives.
Being based just by Old Street, I have had the opportunity to observe and also participate in the flourishing Tech industry in the area. I am therefore very excited about the #TechLawHub initiative that would now allow us to be more immersed in the eco-system and be able to engage and support Tech companies right from its inception onwards.
I am fascinated by the connectedness of everyday devices which are increasingly sophisticated – the so called Internet of Things. With almost monthly advancements in artificial intelligence and the sharing economy, this is an exciting time to be involved in tech and the UK’s digital economy.
I am an advocate of disruptive technologies and artificial intelligence – we have seen a number of recent examples of businesses providing traditional services in a modern way. I am interested in smart cities initiatives and how forward planning and green enterprises shape our environment and infrastructure.
The UK’s digital strategy is geared towards embracing emerging technology and creating a space which is conducive to innovation, investment and ensuring the UK is at the forefront of tech initiatives, where entrepreneurs and start-ups can flourish, especially given that Silicon Roundabout is widely considered to be the third largest cluster of technology start-ups in the world, behind San Francisco and New York City.
I have a particular interest in blockchain technology and the ever more prevalent nature of blockchain in mainstream business activities.
I can often be found at networking events around Silicon Roundabout, do say hello if we ever meet!
I am working with DKLM to build their technology practise. I have a passion for innovation with over 30 years experience of working with technology companies, both large and small. I spent my early career with Racal (later Vodafone), Sperry and Perkin Elmer. I was later recruited by Cap Gemini as a management consultant and was involved in a joint venture with Vodafone. More recently, I have been highly active in the London Startup scene as founder of Dreamstake, an equity funding platform and Dreamstake Academy, a startup school.
I am a regular speaker at international startup conferences and judge and mentor for several accelerator programmes. I have an MBA from Kingston University.