Our focus is on the explosive growth and proliferation of data, and the business opportunities and challenges that it presents.
This data revolution originated with the Internet and grew with the billions of consumer devices connected to it. Now it is expanding at even greater velocity through communication between machines and intelligent structures (a process often referred to as the "internet of things"; "machine to machine communication"; and "the industrialization of the internet"). Mass urbanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America and urban regeneration in Europe and North America are catalyzing this trend still further, as city-wide infrastructure becomes more intelligent. Data, analyzed properly, offer a better understanding of what is happening, fostering efficiency and improved resource usage. The “Green” or sustainable, economy is, first and foremost, a more economically rational and efficient one, because it wastes less.
This is "Big Data" – a phenomenon that is now changing every aspect of our social experience, as well as business and finance; creating new challenges of how to capture it, how to interpret it, how to secure and control it, how to use it effectively, and how and where to monetize it, through new business models and new financing structures.
We focus on providing practical insights to clients that help them to identify, address, initiate, and structure business opportunities; and get them financed, make them profitable and workable.
Our approach is driven by our own direct, hands-on experience of building and operating businesses in finance, technology, education, telecommunications and software. We work with a wide range of industry-leading partners, including some of the world's leading practitioners in technology, design, engineering, policy and finance.
Our message is that, in a rapidly developing digital world, where huge demographic and regional changes are underway, in this, the third digital and services cycle of the industrial revolution, there are new opportunities everywhere, and that their form and the connections between them are often unexpected.
This is why we are involved in current projects as seemingly diverse as mass digital education; fund management; green cooling and water making - using waste heat and renewables; advanced inventory management technologies; urban management software; and state-of-the-art modular data centres.
We can help you identify the connections, finance them, optimize them, and succeed, whether you are in the public or private sphere, looking to raise finance, seeking strategic advice, or help with new business creation, or technology deployment and monetization.
We have offices and partners in London; Geneva; New York; Chicago; Seattle; Tokyo; and Singapore.