Shaper: David Richards

Show aired on 31st January 2015


David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco, which he has quickly established as one of the world’s most promising technology companies.

Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco through rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of AltoStor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on the London Stock Exchange.

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“In the past six days, I believe that we have signed three of the world’s top ten banks”

“I really didn’t want to go to university at all.  Did my A levels and wanted to go and earn some money”

“We raised venture capital. Venture capital is often called vulture capital. It’s the yin and the yang”

“The first company, we raised twenty five million or so on the back of a power point presentation…”

“Human beings are amazingly adaptable creatures. We can adapt to almost any situation.”

“I thought I would be able to build a career in banking. That was the biggest mistake of my life, actually. As much as I respect bankers of course.”

“…the first guy that walked through the door was this tall, skinny, six foot four Indian in  pair of hot pants in a pair of hotpants and sandals…”

“I think we’ve got the capacity to become a billion dollar company – a unicorn, as they call them – in the next couple of years.”

“If you are going to do something, you have to be all in.”