CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER | ELECTRON
This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020.
WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL DURING THE PIVOTAL STAGES OF YOUR LIFE?
I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing founders from a very early age: my parents. Both set up companies straight out of school and my brother and I were brought up with problem-solving sessions around the breakfast table. My brother runs an Edtech company called mytutor.com and is a constant source of energy, support and biting rationality.
I also learn a lot from reading or listening to the experiences of other founders. Generally, I find far more learnings in fallible founder stories (e.g. ‘Lost and Founder’) vs the brave heroics of the successes (e.g. ‘The Hard Thing about Hard Things’).
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER?
I suspect that’s deeply contextual and depends on the type of problem you are solving and the timing of the solution. There has to be a unifying thread through around being able to identify and bring together the right people for that time.
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