About FT Labs
FT Labs is an emerging web technologies team at the Financial Times. We experiment with exciting new web technologies and bring the world’s finest journalism to new platforms, technologies and channels.
Smartphones and tablets have brought a revolution in user experience, one we are proud to have brought to the web, and we continue to learn and innovate to deliver a better FT for our readers.
At the same time, we are sharing our knowledge, and this site is here to help other developers connect and collaborate with us.
In January 2012 we were formed via the FT’s acquisition of the consulting firm Assanka. The FT is part of The FT Group, which also comprises Mergermarket, and a number of joint ventures including The Economist Group. The FT Group is in turn part of Pearson, one of the world’s largest publishers and home of Penguin Books and a great many academic publications.
FT Labs has 16 staff, led by Andrew Betts (LinkedIn, Lanyrd, twitter, web) and Robert Shilston (LinkedIn), the original co-founders of Assanka. Between us our team members speak eight languages, hold two PhDs, and help to maintain numerous open source projects as well as being involved in physical meetup groups such as PHP London, London JS, London AJAX, and London Web Performance. You can often catch us at these events, or at conferences like Overtheair, Fluent, State of the Browser, Full Frontal and HTML5DevConf.