Just Eat plans London IPO at valuation of up to $1.5B

The online food-ordering service Just Eat is planning to go public on the main London Stock Exchange or its High Growth Segment in April, the company said Monday. According to the Financial Times, the IPO should give Just Eat a valuation of between £700-£900 million ($1.16-$1.5 billion) with a planned haul of £100 million. Just Eat’s main rival is the Berlin-based Delivery Hero, which took in a whopping $88 million in Series E funding back in January. Though Just Eat was founded in Denmark, it is these days part of London’s “Tech City” hub, and its flotation would provide major validation for that scene.

City of London firms retreat as tech firms take over

For the third year in a row, tech is the sector that’s been demanding the most office space in London, reports Tech City News. Research firm Knight Frank predicts that “tech firms will acquire 1.6 million square feet of office space in 2013. That’s a 23% increase in demand for commercial space from 2012.” The GigaOM crew will descend on London for our Structure:Europe event next month.

Stop crowing, London: it’s time to step it up

The British government’s constant adulation of the London startup scene reached its culmination this week with the news of a huge new redevelopment project. But the reality is that many of Britain’s smartest innovators are locked inside government and the rest look increasingly like poseurs.

TV takes on tech’s roundabout with a triangle

TV and tech folk nowadays talk the same language. But, as London’s eastern Tech City neighborhood gains attention, envious western broadcasters fight back with their own newly-named space.

How can Europe find its own vision of the future?

You can’t beat Silicon Valley by trying to be Silicon Valley — so why does Europe spend so much time trying? If the continent’s entrepreneurs want to become true leaders, they need to shake off the past and stop playing a game that’s stacked against them.

What next for London’s Tech City as boss departs?

Since taking the job heading up the UK government’s project to champion East London as a global technology hub, Eric van der Kleij has taken plenty of brickbats. Now he’s stepping down, who will be there to take on the challenge?