Julie Meyer spoke to YourBusinessChannel to discuss her motivations for writing 'Welcome to Entrepreneur Country' and why the book acts as an invitation to all that believe entrepreneurship and business growth are vital to the future of UK and Europe.
I’m an immigrant. I chose to live in the UK. During both the US presidential seasons and the UK party conferences, I can’t help but think almost constantly about why I choose to live here rather than there.
The arrival of Julie Meyer’s Entrepreneur Country is very timely: outrage against the banks, which will only end with a definitive realignment of business metrics (a process likely to take several years), is in danger of washing away the baby that will provide our society with its future source of income with the bathwater of a depraved banking elite.
When I was 18, I discovered an important insight about faking it. I wanted to be a DJ but had no experience – although I did have a record collection.
The reason I wrote my recently published book, WELCOME TO ENTREPRENEUR COUNTRY, is that entrepreneurs feel that they go to a different country every day. No one can understand how they feel or what they go through to keep the train on track. Customers don’t pay on time. Banks pull overdrafts. Your house is on the line. Employees want to leave at 6 pm. You can’t remember the last time you took a holiday. We bond with each other over the near death experiences and hail the breakthrough moments with cheers and champagne. But a lot separates us from the rest of the world. Or so I thought.
Many people thought Facebook was bonkers when it announced in April that it was buying Instagram – a profitless, two-year-old photo sharing website with just 13 employees – for $1bn. The real question is: "Why didn't Polaroid or Kodak partner, invest, replicate or buy Instagram or a company like it before their demise? How could two companies who were pioneers in film, cameras and photography so miss the consumer demand for "Fast, beautiful photo sharing for your iPhone" which Instagram fulfills? If the CEO's had met the CEO of Instagram, would they have underestimated him? or would they have understood Instagram's strategic value?
Why the old economy is the key to the new [begins] “The eurozone crisis is the biggest challenge that we all face. It is the thing we have to fix, to sort out, to help restore growth right across the world economy,” declared David Cameron this past week. “Speed is of the essence!”
When Mike Lynch sold his software firm Autonomy to HP for £7.1bn in August last year, there were 30 more millionaires walking around Cambridge.