It’s hard to explain to younger people how different the London tech scene used to be, even ten years ago. Like when you explain you used to call someone’s house to find out if they were in.

Back in the mid-Noughties, a man emailled my blog, asking if I’d write…


When I worked in magazines, almost twenty years ago, something we always held true was that sales went up twenty per cent when the words “secret” or “mystery” were on the cover. It taps into basic human psychology; we want to know something others don’t.

It’s for this reason more…


Crossposting from Omidyar Network; cowritten with Aniyia Williams

Back in 2018, we started funding the rise of the responsible tech worker. This is our effort to help tech workers and founders step into their power, and build a world in which technology makes good on its promise of improving everyone’s…


This time last year, January 2020, I was announced as one of Atomico’s picks for their second angel program. …


The technology industry is broken. Regular people like us–or users, as tech calls us– know this. Government knows this. People working in tech know this. Omidyar Network knows this, and that’s why we’re funding a diverse group of thinkers and doers focused on various paths to improve the industry.

A…


Me for Techcrunch, Sept 2020

In the last couple of years, we’ve seen new teams in tech companies emerge that focus on responsible innovation, digital well-being, AI ethics or humane use. Whatever their titles, these individuals are given the task of “leading” ethics at their companies. Whether they’ve been created…


Me for Sifted, Sept 2020

What makes a healthy, thriving startup scene?

Five years ago, when I was at Google leading Campus, their East London space for entrepreneurs, our partners at UP Global/Techstars released a popular whitepaper that emphasized how essential five elements were; talent, regulation, density, capital and culture.


In 2020, we’ve had to depend on technology more than ever before. The products and platforms we use have become lifelines to working, ordering food safely, finding important information, connecting with friends, socializing, learning and more. …


Community’s a funny old word. I spent most of the 2010s hiring people for roles with the word “community” in the title, and used to ask, at every interview, how candidates would define it. At best estimate, I’ve done over two hundred interviews and never heard the same definition twice.


Tl;dr Launching today, Ethical Explorer is a digestible, accessible (& free!) toolkit designed to help founders, product managers, designers and their collaborators build better, more responsible technology.

Back in 2018, my team co-created EthicalOS alongside our friends at Institute for the Future. …

Sarah Drinkwater

Director @OmidyarNetwork's Beneficial Tech. Ex-head Google's @campuslondon. Into communities, London, looks and books.

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