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2016: A year in UK tech


If you’re reading this, you’ve survived 2016 (congrats!), and that’s no small feat, considering it will probably go down in history as one the most unpredictable years in recent times.

In the past 12 months, we’ve witnessed a series of unexpected events: the UK’s Brexit vote, Theresa May’s rise to power, the pound’s decline in value and Trump’s US election victory.

But although there’s no denying 2016 has been a whirlwind, it’s also left a lasting legacy in the tech world. So, here it is: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The funding rounds

Edinburgh-based Skyscanner started the year off with a bang when it announced the closure of a whopping $192m funding round in January. The firm, which was later acquired by Chinese firm Ctrip in a deal worth £1.4bn, received backing from five new investment partners and landed tech unicorn status as a result of the raise....