How I Started A Tech Business - As Told By Seven Of London's Top Entrepreneurs
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We support startups. We wanted to shine a light on London’s ecosystem to show the tenacity, passion and journeys shown by a cross section. We interviewed 7 entrepreneurs, as diverse as can be in age, background, gender, career and startup industry, but with one thing in common, they all left a successful corporate career to found startups.
These corporate-leavers-turned-founders are the demographic most likely to build successful businesses and grow the UK economy, so they’re deserving of the tech community’s support.
We hope their war stories, journeys and nuggets of wisdom serve as a guide to aspiring entrepreneurs sat in blue chip offices, dreaming big ideas, and wondering how to start.
We’ve indexed the interviews into the categories of ex-profession, hard skills, personal challenges, and new startup industry.
In my day to day job I was spending more time in middle management strategy meetings than doing anything interesting. It was really stifling to me in my early thirties - Richie Barter
Corporates help with confidence, in particular perceived confidence. My corporate job trained me really well to found a new business strategically, and launch new products in new markets. - Lu Li
I would change my younger self to have this experience building a product and working with a technical team and include it in my career much earlier on. Have a bit more fun! - Kim Guest
“Paying it forward” in the startup ecosystem is hugely important, the more of us that do it, the better the ecosystem becomes. - Joe Scarboro
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