What makes a company a ‘tech’ company?

31 May, 2017

When we launched the Northern Tech 100 league table in March a few people got in touch to express their disapproval at the inclusion of a number of companies they didn’t consider to be tech companies. Which poses the question: what makes a company a tech company?

We spoke to some of the companies on the league table as well as a few industry figures to get their view. Find out what Simon Calver (BGF Ventures), Jacqueline de Rojas (techUK), Dean Sadler (Tribepad), Scott Hitchins (Interact), Mike O’Brien (Opencast Software) think about the matter in the video below.

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  1. How about – “A tech company is one that owns defensible technical IPR” as a definition? Lots of companies use technology to gain competitive advantage but that doesn’t make them tech companies – Greggs is a baker, Boohoo is a retailer. If the IPR isn’t defensible (either with patents or by speed of deployment) then it isn’t very defensible.