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Quantum computing experts leave UK for Silicon Valley capital

Quantum computing experts leave UK for Silicon Valley capital (via Qpute.com)


A quantum computing start-up founded by some of Britain’s best-known computer scientists will make its home in Silicon Valley, the Financial Times has revealed.

PsiQ, which hopes to have built a general purpose quantum computer in the next five years, was co-founded by CEO Jeremy O’Brien.

O’Brien was previously a Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and was director of the Centre for Quantum Photonics at Bristol University in the U.K.

Terry Rudolph, a professor at Imperial College London is also a co-founder.

It is reported that some of the co-founder’s PhD graduates have followed the researchers to their new Silicon Valley based, located close to Stanford University.

“Quantum computing promises to solve many important problems that could never be solved on any conventional computer,” the company states on its website.

The expert’s move to the US was driven partly by a need to raise capital, an early investor told the Financial Times.

“The story is that the best of Britain is going to the United States to scale up,” said Hermann Hauser, co-founder of UK-based chip designer Arm, which is now owned by Japan’s SoftBank, and an early investor in PsiQ.

“They rightly concluded that they couldn’t access the capital in Europe so moved to the Valley.”

The company states on its website that it has built a world-class team, and is currently hiring.

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