Monty Munford
Monty Munford has more than 15 years’ experience in mobile, digital media, web, social, journalism and entrepreneurship.

He returned to the UK in September 2010 after living in India for two years and acting as a Bollywood villain in two big-budget movies.

He writes a weekly tech column for UK broadsheet The Telegraph, writes about start-ups and tech hubs for Mashable and TechCrunch and write technology meets culture pieces for The Economist, Wired, MIT Tech Review and The Indian Express.

Entries by Monty Munford

The British Are Now a Nation of 'Side-Business' Shopkeepers

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 9:36 AM

The phrase 'a nation of shopkeepers' to describe Great Britain is commonly (and incorrectly) attributed to French empire builder Napoleon Bonaparte when, decades earlier, it was Adam Smith in his The Wealth of Nations magnum opus, who coined the phrase.

While Napoleon was mocking Britain's lack of preparedness for war,...

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Apple and Samsung Need to Make Their Smartphones Rugged and Fit for Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 8:34 AM

Five years on from a seminal report that laid out in plain terms how smartphones were fragile objects that should be handled with absolute care, nothing has changed; they still break too easily.

Smartphones are expensive purchases, but are as brittle as frozen grass when dropped even from a low...

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$310,785 From Ramadan Fundraising Drive Proves the Charity of Mobile Gamers

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 1:14 PM

The notion of giving to charity has changed with the advent of digital technology to the point that I am thinking of changing my homepage to that of Just Giving; the social platform for giving.

At any given time, and especially so in the summer, friends of...

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E-commerce More Than a Refuge to Which Email Clings

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 1:57 PM

For more than 20 years since it first became mainstream, the claims that email is dead have been as mainstream as the medium itself. No more so than email marketing, which has apparently been at death's door since it was born.

The deaths of programmes such as IBM's Lotus Notes,...

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The Problem With Fashion and Online Shopping...

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:24 PM

It's been 14 years since Natalie Massenet launched her revolutionary ambition on the world: women could buy clothes online. Online! On the internet! Who could imagine? Fast forward to 2014, and it's hard to imagine anything different.

It's harder still to imagine a woman who doesn't check in on her...

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(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 9:23 AM

My social media relationship with my 11-year-son is a very simple one. Once a year I post a returning-to-school picture of him on Facebook and he is the one who gives me permission to use it and who signs off that picture.

Five years previously when our family went to...

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Palringo Takes Games and Messaging to the Next Level

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:52 AM

This week I was at the Mobile Web Africa conference in Johannesburg moderating panels, meeting African startups and listening about where mobile is in Africa and the challenges that it presents.

While in my ways mobile in Africa is diametrically different to that in the West, not least...

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Beats' and Apple's Core Is Cooler Than Cool, Probably...

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 5:08 AM

It's difficult for anybody to scratch their head when they're wearing a pair of headphones, but a lot of people have been doing exactly that when trying to analyse the $3.2 billion that Apple are reportedly paying for Dr Dre's Beats.

Some would call such a deal a Rorschach Blot...

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Personal and Anonymous Social Networks Gain Ground on Facebook and Others

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 3:39 PM

The science of Dunbar's Number is one that most of us are unfamiliar with, but the number itself is one that people in social media know very well. That number of 150 alleges that these are the maximum number of people or friends that a person's brain can deal with....

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Topsy-turvy as the Trend Is Tech Talent Grabs, Not Land Grabs

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:15 AM

Last December's acquisition of Topsy Labs by Apple was unexpected and many in the tech industry raised their eyebrows at the reported £122 million price tag.

Topsy Labs is/was a social media analytics company that is one of select few that have access to Twitter's 'firehose' of more than 400...

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Expo 2020 Recognition Is Latest Step in Renewal of Russia's Yekaterinburg

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:54 AM

At the end of this month in Paris, one of four cities will be chosen to be the Capital of Expo 2020. The cities vying for this honour are Sao Paulo, Dubai, Izmir and Yekaterinburg and this is the final countdown to impress the 167 member voters.

Whoever wins, it...

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The MEF Brings Mobile to the Valley

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 6:08 AM

The etymology of the word gibberish is alleged to have originated from the Spanish/English language of Llanito spoken in Gibraltar.

Others say that it comes from the Irish word for mouth gab, as in gift of the gab, but whatever its origins, most people know that it is a synonym...

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Award Ceremonies Move on From Bad Comedians to Streams of Stories

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 10:35 AM

For football fans of a certain age who were brought up believing FA Cup Final day to be the height of human existence, it wasn't just about the game, it was about the 'build-up'.

This began shortly after waking up. The radio, the (fixed-line) phone calls,...

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Welcome to Spraffl, the Anti-Social and Anonymous Social Network

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:38 PM

The adage in social networks that Facebook is look at me while Twitter is look at that and LinkedIn is look at my CV may soon be challenged by the next level of social media.

Look locally and posted by an anonymous user is trending at a time that traditional...

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A Piece of Quiet Marks Some Hope in a Noisy, Noisy World

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 5:14 PM

I am writing this piece, like many writers before me, in a cafe. I've found a good space, I can watch people from an anonymous vantage point and the coffee is good. In the old days I would be smoking a cigarette as well, but times move on.

Unfortunately, I'm...

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Russia Opens Its Doors to Foreign Companies, Entrepreneurs and 800 Start-Ups

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 7:28 AM

Less than an hour's taxi drive through the clogged traffic from Red Square something big is happening in Moscow. Bulldozers, architects, city-planners, academics, start-ups, entrepreneurs and some of the world's biggest companies are part of the Skolkovo Park, a business park that some believe to be the biggest R&D project...

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Think It's Tough Winning an Olympic Medal? Try Being a Writer

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Whether it's less than ten seconds of sprinting, almost two hours of triathlon or two days of horse-riding, winning an Olympics medal takes dedication and discipline.

Training in all weathers, relentless driving by trainers who know exactly what it takes to succeed, watching their mates all going out and getting...

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Forget About the House Burglars, It's the Data Lifters You Should Be Worried About

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Shortly after the birth of my son nine years ago my house was burgled. Whether it was New-Baby-Fatigue or something else, a window was probably left open and I awoke to my wife's lamentations and a defiled house.

They didn't get away with much. They missed a Mont Blanc pen...

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Super Apps Spell the End for the Football Tournament Wall Chart

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Those with a love of football and of a certain age will remember the 1970 Esso World Cup Collection. These were coins of the England 1970 World Cup squad that were given away whenever a driver bought more than four gallons of petrol.

As a nine-year-old kid and raised on...

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The Future's Orange...The Future's Orange Business Services

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 8:14 AM

It's not every day that I am presented with a silk scarf, have to negotiate a terrestrial design of lotus flowers and have a bindi plastered to the middle of my forehead, but sometimes you just have to roll with it.

I was at the Delhi offices of Orange Business...

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