Shaper: Emma Sinclair

Show aired on 4th February 2017

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Emma Sinclair

Having formerly worked in M&A, Emma is the youngest person to have floated a company on the London Stock Exchange, having done so at 29. A serial entrepreneur, she was awarded an MBE for services to entrepreneurship in 2016. She now co-leads global software company EnterpriseJungle. Recently voted the most innovative new enterprise software company, it builds major problem solving applications in the Human Capital Management space that use the power of big data and the cloud to give companies competitive advantage. The company’s hero product, EnterpriseAlumni, is helping large enterprises manage Alumni and Retirees to increase talent pools and reduce internal costs. Emma regularly contributes to media stories, having been the launch business columnist for The Telegraph’s Wonder Woman section and in her spare time, she is also an advisor on business and innovation to UNICEF.

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…we built the world’s first alumni platform, which to the layman is essentially some goddamn clever software that very large companies use to manage their alumni pool.

I have always had an appetite for business, you know since the age of four my father took me to school every day… I used to read him a couple of share prices from the FT every morning.

I took my student loans out, obviously I don’t recommend this to anyone, but I traded them on the Stock Exchange because working in McDonald’s wasn’t enough money

…it is about spotting an opportunity and not necessarily a new opportunity just something that perhaps you can do better than other people or approach from a different angle.

It doesn’t matter what your background is or what your experience is, there are a lot of times, days, weeks, months that are really hard and I think a bit of grit helps prop you up.

I think it is important to find your tribe – so people who understand what your daily life consists of and can empathise with what you are going through.

We should all aspire to know ourselves and be comfortable with ourselves and be clear about what we want and what we need from life.

One of the up sides of the stressful life that is entrepreneurialism, is meeting incredible and dynamic people because those are my favourite people.

You can’t really hide and you can’t really be shy when you start a business.