Britain’s EU exit vote throws techies into a tizzy

Image: London and Microsoft Lumia phone
The “Let’s Go” message on a Microsoft Lumia phone takes on an ironic meaning in the wake of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union. (Credit: MIcrosoft Lumia Conversations UK)

Just a couple of days ago, longtime Seattle tech entrepreneur Marcelo Calbucci wasexcited about moving his family to London. But now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, he’s feeling a different emotion.

“I would use a ‘disappointed’ emoji,” Calbucci told GeekWire today.

He’s still going ahead with the move. His wife will be starting a job at Microsoft in London, and his kids (aged 7 and 10) are ready to go as well. But Calbucci has no idea what “Brexit” will do to the tech environment he was so looking forward to jumping into.

“People were moving to London to build these startups – now they might think twice,” he said.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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