Sumner Murphy: London

Security Check: I studied math and computer science at NYU. After dropping out of school to become a web developer, I hatched the idea for Mobento, a video learning platform, and set up shop in London making it a reality.

What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived there until I moved to London at age 11. I lived in London for 2 years and recently returned to set up Mobento.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
As a New Yorker in London I really miss 24-hour bodegas, delis…the pizza, and a subway line that stays running 24 hours. I think I could also do with a bit more sunshine.

What do I love about London? The fact that I can use the tube as an excuse to work from home many days of the year, proper pints, pork scratchings, the dry English wit and my Canary Wharf office’s wicked fast Internet. In NY I had terrible bandwidth.

How can NYC and London best engage with each other?
Milk Roundabout and all the great co-working spaces in London are playing a long game of getting developers to leave their conservative jobs at banks and the like, but it’s not truly breaking yet.

English programmers should look to North Americans more often to be inspired by taking risk and then maybe I wouldn’t have to set up a core sales/ops team in the UK, but base the tech in the US.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Smith and Mills (TriBeCa)
Favorite London secret spot: The George Tavern on Commercial Road

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Sydney – Beautiful place, great weather and fun people…. Also great banana bread at Bondi beach.

In flight entertainment: The New York Post

From the 3460 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LONDON

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