In the season finale of the UKTN Podcast, former BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones revisits career highlights interviewing the biggest names in tech – from Elon Musk to Bill Gates.
The writer and author recalls the frenzy of the dot-com bubble in the UK – and explains the similarities and differences between the plummeting valuations of startups today.
Cellan-Jones left the BBC in 2021 after four decades at the broadcaster, spending the last 14 of those years as technology correspondent. During his career, he witnessed landmark tech moments, including the launch of the iPhone.
Elsewhere on the show, Cellan-Jones explains why cryptocurrency is “infested with snake oil merchants”, shares his thoughts on the metaverse and explains why there are “question marks” over how well large language models will be integrated into businesses.
In 2019, Cellan-Jones announced via Twitter that he had been diagnosed with early Parkinson’s disease. He has since written and spoken about living with the disease and engaged with health tech startups developing tools to alleviate symptoms.
He has written several books, including ‘Dot.Bomb’, which tracked the rise and fall of startups in the dot-com crash, and more recently a memoir. Since leaving the BBC, Cellan-Jones has turned his attention to writing, podcasting and adopting a nervous rescue dog from Romania with his wife – the economist Diane Coyle.
The UKTN Podcast is sponsored by HSBC Innovation Banking, which offers flexible banking solutions for startups, scaleups, growth businesses, investors and those working towards IPO.
Throughout the series, the UKTN Podcast will be speaking to some of the key movers and shakers from UK tech. We’ll learn growth strategies from both seasoned and up-and-coming founders, hear market sentiments from investors, and question policymakers on the decisions shaping technology businesses across the country.
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