What one piece of advice would you tell your younger self when you were starting up Data Duopoly?
Not to worry so much, and just give it a go. The whole point of you joining Launchpad is because you don’t know what you are doing, and that is why you join, to learn and do your masters in entrepreneurship at the same time. So I would say yeah, be a bit easier on myself and just go for it.
Yeah I would echo those thoughts as well I think, definitely just go for it and don’t care what everybody else thinks, just try your best and fail often and fail fast, we all have the inability for perfectionism at least certainly I do, but actually, just be in an agile way, if it doesn’t work you can just move on rather than waiting until you think it is perfect. Because then a market may have moved on. Accept the fact that it is going to be a rollercoaster and you are going to have the highs and lows, if you can get a co-founder the number of times it been great to have someone to commiserate with or celebrate with keeps the momentum up and you can drive of each other in terms with energy levels. And it’s great to look at what we have achieved and how far we have come even though there we really low points and high points along the journey. And I think that you must remember that every day is not going to go great and every day is not going to go bad but there is going to be an amazing story in between and you have just got to enjoy it and do your best every day. I think that’s my biggest piece of advice, just go for it because if you don’t do it now there’s never going to be a great time to do it.
From my point of view, have a bit more faith that you can actually do it. It’s quite daunting when you go into a big room and people ask you what you do and what is your business and we have both felt that we might not good enough or at that stage yet. But if you tell people they are generally really interested or give you some advice or talk to this person, especially in the south-west everyone is well connected, and the more people you talk to the further you go really which is definitely what we have found. Word of mouth has been brilliant.