Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.
First up, FanDuel co-founder Lesley Eccles is to “take a step back” from the day-to-day running of the fantasy sports business, according to a report in The Sunday Times. Eccles was executive vice-president in charge of marketing and acquisitions, but will now sit on the board as a non-executive director. “She’s now my boss – no change there then,” said husband and FanDuel’s chief executive Nigel Eccles in a joint interview with the paper. The article recaps the company’s legal travails in the US and more recent rulings in its favour. It details its cash position, down $274m to $48m – the result of extensive advertising in the US – and its “quiet” launch in the UK (subscription required).
Where you are born affects how well you do at school
Next, Edinburgh Napier University’s Professor Bill Buchanan has produced a fascinating – if dispiriting – analysis of datasets relating to children’s background, where they live and how well they do at school. “I’ve been analysing lots of data on health and wellbeing, and where you live matters a great deal on your wellness profile. For it to affect our children’s education is a disgrace, and I only hope that it can be addressed as soon as possible, as we are losing out on great assets for the future.“
Lord Mayor impressed with Edinburgh tech scene
The Lord mayor of London, Jeffrey Mountevens, has called for more investment in infrastructure and connectivity for the north of England and Scotland. After a recent trip to Edinburgh, Mountevens said the city reminded him of Silicon Valley with its “creativity, dynamism, ambition and an abundance of startups in growth industries”. He cited fintech as a sector in which London and Edinburgh were excelling: “My official title might be the lord mayor of London, but it’s my duty to represent the entire country, particularly its financial and professional services, from John O’Groats to Land’s End … London must work with regional partners across the UK, unlocking investment and utilising the diverse specialisms on offer in different regional hubs.”
Addressing inequality in tech
Where are all the women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Science at The Open University, and Open University honorary graduates Professors Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Lesley Yellowlees, are taking part in an event, Frontier Women, at the Festival of Politics on Friday, discussing how to increase the number of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
And finally…if you lose your iPhone, be very cautious if get an alert to say that it has been found.