From Media Dynamics in 1968 to Acorn Computer Ltd in 1979 – and to the latest shooting star, Bromium – 188 companies have been founded by Cambridge University Computer Laboratory staff and graduates to date.
The Acorn legacy has endured through the world leadership of its own spin-out, ARM, and through the Stan Boland connection via Element 14 and now Icera.
A host of other global worthies such as Virata, ANT, nCipher, Zeus, Amino, Bango, Cambridge Broadband, Datanomic, Jagex, Linguamatics, CacheLogic, DisplayLink, blinkx, Camrivox, XenSource, RealVNC and Ubisense are all in the Computer Lab’s hall of fame. And they are in elite company.
Professor Andy Hopper, who heads the Laboratory, shared the full glory of the cross-generational successes with Business Weekly. He reveals that their names are being carved with pride in a roll call to be based at the revamped entrance of the Laboratory.
Hopefully they will act as a testament in perpetuity to the enduring quality of the Laboratory’s research while inspiring future generations. Certainly when placed side by side they present a powerful testimony to the wealth and job generation capacity of the Laboratory. One hopes the Government takes note as it formulates funding strategy for the UK’s top globally-facing innovation centres.
The companies and year founded are as follows.
2003 – Artimi; blinkx; Blue Compass; Censeo Systems Ltd; Codian; DisplayLink; ELECtric SOFTware; Encoded Media; Netronome; Seventh String; SmartInfoSearch; Trampoline Systems; VeriQual