Comparing the UK tech scene with that of the US is a lesson in futility as our Stateside cousins dominate the market from Apple to Amazon, Google to Microsoft, via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Salesforce, HP ... and on it goes.
But while we may not have the numbers of tech successes, we do have a few firms worth shouting about that show it can be done this side of the pond. Here's eight of our favourite UK tech firms.
Autonomy was bought by HP in 2011 and was the brainchild of UK tech supremo Mike Lynch (even if the ongoing legal battle with HP over the deal may have made him wish he'd never bothered).
The company was formed in 1996 and focused on tackling large unstructured datasets, effectively big data, and had become the biggest UK software firm by 2011.
It all went a bit wrong when HP bought the firm for £7.5bn, and subsequently wrote-off the deal when it claimed that the accounting was botched and that sales were entered that had never actually been made. These claims have always been denied by Autonomy’s management, including Lynch.
Despite the fallout with HP, the deal underlines how well respected Autonomy was in the market and, sales issues aside, was heavily used by firms in all types of industries.
Lynch clearly didn’t lose interest in the tech game, either, and subsequently invested in Darktrace, another British tech firm, as he looked to help the next-generation of UK tech companies make their mark on the world.
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