What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?
I love to run first thing in the morning, I work out 6 days a week. I use the time to think through the day ahead and what I need to focus on.
What does your normal day look like?
I get bored very easily but I’m lucky that my role is so diverse I get to do new things all the time, no day is the same. It will though involve working with the various parts of the business, I’m a techie at heart and believe you have to truly understand how everything works and how it interacts with your clients, I also meet with clients and prospects most days. Finding new technology that can make a difference to our clients is something I spend a lot of time on so I also get to travel a lot looking for new technology, partners and inspiration.
How did you get to where you are today?
A lot of hard work; building a business is 7 days a week but you also have to have total belief in what you are doing and the desire to be the best at it.
What couldn’t you live your life without?
My family and running.
Which outsiders (professional services, investors, mentors, family etc.) have been most important to the success of your business?
Building a great team of people is the most important aspect of any company, you need to know your own weaknesses and hire people who are better than you at delivering these things. Always be honest and treat people how you want to be treated yourself and you will build a network of contacts that will support and help you grow your business. I’ve been lucky enough to have met and worked with some truly great people across the world who have been very supportive of my businesses as I’ve built them.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Developing a way to find, recruit and retain as many “A” people as possible. Working in a start-up is very different to an established business, it takes a certain type of person, one interesting attribute about these types of people is that once they have worked at a start-up they are very likely to go onto start a business themselves or go and work for another start-up. I have quite a few people working for me now that have work at several of my pervious companies.
What advice would you give to your younger self before embarking on your business journey?
Spend more time on finding and building the right team, when you get this right is when you will see your business flourish.