#Startups: Lessons from 5 Years in the Trenches (Rob Symington) - PART 1
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The second part of this talk will be given again next week - click here.
When's the best time to resign from your job and start your own business?
Should you raise external funding - if so, how?
How do you start a tech business witout being a techie yourself?
Five years ago, Rob and Dom started Escape the City as a blog from their basement.
Today, it is a world-leading platform helping +175,000 members to 'do something different' with their careers.
In 2012, Escape the City equity crowdfunded £600,000 from 395 of its members (at the time, a world record for an online business) and recently opened The Escape School in the heart of the City.
Come join us for an evening with Escape co-founder Rob Symington who will host an honest, no-holds-barred session on what he has learned from the past few years of leaving management consulting in order to build Escape the City.
He will discuss navigating the emotional rollercoaster of starting your own business, the best ways to find web developers, and how to structure the initial stages of developing your business idea in order to grow it into a viable offering.
You will learn how to:
- Define success on your own terms using the Escape mindset;
- Come up with new ideas and relevant business models for each;
- Use free and cheap tools to test your idea;
- Decide if and when to raise external investment.
About the Speaker
Rob (@escroberto) is Escape the City's Co-Founder. He used to be a management consultant at Ernst & Young. When him and his co-founder, Dom, wanted to change jobs they looked for a service to help them find exciting new career opportunities. There wasn't one...
So they built their own. Escape the City is a global community of +175,000 talented professionals seeking exciting new opportunities. It's about entrepreneurial work, exciting brands, and social impact. It's about building businesses, changing jobs, and going on big adventures.
Quotes from Rob
"My cofounder and I worked in the corporate world as management consultants. We realized we weren’t for this 10-15 year slog to wherever the corporate ladder ends. We were casting about for unconventional opportunities, like starting a business, or going on an adventure.
We found everything we could on Google and LinkedIn, but it was difficult. We thought, "Hang on, we’re not the only people who feel like this." You’d poke your head above the cubicle wall, and realize so many people feel the same way. All good startups seek to solve a problem, and that was ours."
Read Rob's interview with Fast Company here.
"You: 'I don’t have any good ideas, if I did I'd start something. Us: 'Explore other people’s ideas and other people. Start doing.'
You may not currently be having any good ideas but that doesn’t mean that you’re not capable of having good ideas. Your job might be taking up all of your time, energy and creativity. You may be discounting new ideas before they can really fully form. You may simply be stuck in a rut. All of this might be true but you are still capable of having good ideas."
Read Rob's essay on making brave changes here.
When & Where
Escape the City - The Escape School
Escape the City is a global community of +250,000 talented professionals who believe that life is too short to do work that doesn't matter.
We help talented professionals escape unfulfilling jobs and transition into more fulfilling work, build careers on their own terms, and start businesses that matter.
Join our Tribe at www.escapethecity.org.