Category Archives: Q&A

BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Jonny Laughton

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BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Jonny Laughton

Jonny Laughton is owner and investor at Armada Ventures, which specialises in securing Series A to Series C funding for B2B SaaS companies in Europe.   How did you get to where you are today? Early on in my career I founded Star Technology Services where I spent the best part of 10 years building the business. When I decided I needed a new challenge, I convinced the Messagelabs board to take me on as EMEA partner director for four

BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Ben Skuse

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BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Ben Skuse

Ben Skuse is CFO at UserReplay, which empowers companies with an ecommerce presence to increase revenue by optimising the customer experience.   How did you get to where you are today? Strangely enough, I always wanted to be an accountant, which I think is the weirdest thing as I don’t think anyone has always wanted to be an accountant! I took the usual route of getting a university degree in Bristol, and after qualifying I spent a couple of years

BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Emma Sarson

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BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Emma Sarson

Emma Sarson is Director of Sales at Apperio, a smart analytics dashboard that gives law firms and businesses real-time transparency on legal fees.   How did you get to where you are today? I’ve worked in the world of technology for most of my career and more recently legal technology, working for a medium-sized software vendor looking after global law firms. I was head hunted for the Sales Director role at Apperio because of my background in the legal space,

BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Chris Haggis

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BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Chris Haggis

Chris Haggis is VP of Customer Success at NewVoiceMedia, an award-winning cloud customer contact platform that revolutionises the way organisations connect with their customers on a personalised level worldwide.   How did you get to where you are today? Before NewVoiceMedia I was managing the call centre infrastructure for Barclays Bank, this related to all of the end-to-end communication systems used for customer interaction with the bank. Michelle called and told me about the role at NewVoiceMedia and I thought

BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Wayne Gibbins

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BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Wayne Gibbins

Wayne Gibbins is CCO at Wercker, a container-centric automation platform to build, develop and deploy multi-tiered cloud-native applications.   How did you get to where you are today? I was a geek from a very young age which is why I ended up studying software engineering. My career started off at an American tech startup, where I had seven or eight roles in software. I then moved into product management, then to operational and strategic marketing, to branding and finally a

BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Emile Bloemen

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BUSINESS CHALLENGER Q&A: Emile Bloemen

Emile Bloemen is CRO at Volo, a multichannel ecommerce software and service that is building the world’s most successful community of online multichannel sellers.   How did you get to where you are today? Born and raised in Holland, I studied International Business. My first big role was working for a software company in the US, responsible for US East Coast Sales in the 2D design market for six years. I then went to work for 3D CAD SolidWorks, now a Dassault

Business challenger Q&A: Ian Milbourn

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Business challenger Q&A: Ian Milbourn

Ian Milbourn is Partner and CFO at Notion Capital, an entrepreneur-backed venture capital firm focused on seed to Series C investments in B2B SaaS businesses. How did you get to where you are today? I originally trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young but quickly decided that accountancy wasn’t for me. I was in the entrepreneurial services team, and I enjoyed working with mid-size companies so I moved to the lead advisory team once I qualified. I spent a couple of

Business challenger Q&A: Paul McCorquodale

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Business challenger Q&A: Paul McCorquodale

Paul McCorquodale is COO at Volo, a multichannel ecommerce software and service that is building the world’s most successful community of online multichannel sellers.   How did you get to where you are today? I joined Orange on its graduate scheme in 1999 when it was taking over the UK. I spent two years on the scheme doing all sorts, from climbing masts in the Highlands to marketing. I was later approached for a management role and I took to it quite well,

Business challenger Q&A: John Thompson

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Business challenger Q&A: John Thompson

John Thompson is CEO at UserReplay, which empowers companies with an ecommerce presence to increase revenue by optimising the customer experience.   How did you get to where you are today? I’ve been working with early-stage tech companies for 20 years. Before that I was a nerdy graduate in computer science. I worked in research for the MOD for a bit and I happened to meet the people who made the software I used there and they offered me a job.

Business challenger Q&A: Adrian Lloyd

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Business challenger Q&A: Adrian Lloyd

Adrian Lloyd is Founding Partner at Episode 1, a dynamic venture team helping daring entrepreneurs from Seed to Series A.   How did you get to where you are today? I studied Chinese studies at Oxford as I saw the Chinese economy was growing fast long before it happened. I then went on to work for a multinational company operating in European and Asian markets, and I eventually ended up living in China to set up an office there within confines