Just after Christmas, my great friend Mike O’Brien and I decided to record one of our usual weekly catch-ups! The brief was that I’d interview him and we need to try not to swear or go down too many esoteric rabbit holes!
We covered a bunch of stuff including:
- Starting up his own company and growing to over 120 employees at the start of 2021
- Anti sales culture
- Cat cafes and entrepreneurship
- The power of serendipity to grow business
- Being a good human in a competitive marketplace
- Building a good human culture and motivating a workforce during COVID19
- Maintaining the start-up feel in a scale-up
- Meeting while walking
- Being an authentic leader
#blog #vlog #podcast #northeast #newcastle #software #company #covid19 #employer #uk #northumberland #chat #catcafe #entrepreneur #innovation #extremesports #skateboard #skateramp #snowboard #mountainbike #bmx #beard #checkedshirt #flannel
I hope you enjoy it!
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