To celebrate London Technology Week, we are bringing together a panel of leading entrepreneurs to discuss the many ways of creating a viable technology business. They are:
- Andy Doe – Former Director / Had of Classical music at itunes.
- Fraser Harper – Generation Success Board Adviser and Retail Guru
- Gianni O'Connor - Tech Entrepreneur, creator of scial networking sites such as Mzrt
- Moderator – Richard Newton – Former Journalist, bestselling Author on Business
- More speakers to be announced
There has never been a better time to start your own business, especially in the technology sector. Have you ever thought of developing your own product in the most booming and lucrative sector of our time?
If you were ever put off this great endeavour by thinking you might not have the right skills and tools, please think again.
This event is about breaking all those barriers and enabling you to apply all your talents, whether you are tech-savvy or not.
What you will gain:
=> Learn from experienced entrepreneurs. Know how:
They raised millions in funding
Recovered from failure
Started and ran successful business
=> Meet a network of like-minded individuals.
=> Be inspired to take action.
They have established and succeeded in running technology companies without any prior technological skills. This was no barrier for them and now they are willing to share their experience with you. Read their stories below.
Andy Doe is one of the pioneers of the digital music revolution. He was head of classical music at iTunes as it grew from an experimental project to become the world's largest retailer of recorded music. As COO of the Naxos group, he oversaw the launch of the company's first digital books and apps, and the addition of major label catalogues to the company’s streaming services. In the first ten years of his career, he sold more half a billion dollars worth of classical music through outlets that did not exist when he was a student. In 2010 he founded Proper Discord Ltd, providing media strategy consulting and related services to a diverse client list including Sirius XM Radio, Marin Alsop, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kronos Quartet and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge where he holds the post of Director of Recordings and Media.
Andy lives in Sussex with his wife and two children. When not travelling, he works from home in an office the children describe as “Daddy’s playroom”.
Fraser Harper seats on the Generation Success Board and is founder of egistics whose core business is to provide the services of the best carriers on the planet to UK based online retailers via world class cloud based software solutions.
He has worked in 5 different countries for 15 different businesses. The last 5 as CEO / CFO where has been able to turn them around from lose making, to expansion before selling them.
Having grown 2 UK based online businesses internationally and quickly, he is passionate about helping UK retailers export
His entrepreneurial spirit and down to earth character makes him an engaging speaker. His knowledge and experience makes him someone worth l
Richard Newton is an author and entrepreneur who has written two best selling books including The Sunday Times #1Â The Little Book of Thinking Big.
His first book, Stop Talking Start Doing: A Kick In The Pants In Six Parts spent a record year in the number 1 spot at UK retailer WHSmith and has #1Â been published in 15 languages.
He writes for the Financial Times, The Guardian, British Airways Business Life magazine and other publications.
Richard co-founded tech startups in London, Cork and Austin.
He works with organisations on brand storytelling, creativity and encouraging startup passion and behaviour change.
His latest book is called "The End of Nice" and reveals the qualities necessary to thrive in a world of robots, big data and constant change.
Visit him online at richard-newton.com and @richnewton
Gianni O’Connor is a self-motivated Entrepreneur, starting his first tech business at the age of 18 whilst still in education. UCAS, a social networking site he grew to 250,000 users. To increase profitability they decided to charge a £2 subscription fee. Although a success, as they were preparing for their press release, UCAS sued them for £2.2 million for intellectual property theft. They then settled and shut down the site but kept their loyal user base.
Whist still at university, Gianni proceeded to his next venture. Being an avid music fan, Miscu was created (later changed to Mzrt) a social media music site which collated and suggested music based on preference without the user having to sieve through thousands of unwanted songs. After growing and utilising his existing user base, parts of the technology was then sold to a major competitor who now feature it within their software.
Gianni is now a graduate with 2 tech companies under his belt. He is known for his charismatic sales technique as well as his eye for creating innovative tech ideas.
He is currently in the process of launching a new start up that aims to change the way people save and earn. He aims to create great products that make a difference.
Thank you to the following organisations for their continued support:
When & Where
Generation Success is an inspiring network that advances social mobility by empowering people to reach their career aspirations.
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