Shaper: George Mackintosh

Show aired on 2nd January 2015


George is a serial entrepreneur in technology markets. He is the founder and CEO of TestPlant, a maker of software test automation tools. It is one of the UK’s fastest growing tech businesses, included in the 2015 Sunday Times Tech Track 100. His company is a Red Herring Global 100 Winner, a Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 100, a CityA.M. Leap 100 company and a two times winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. TestPlant has offices in London, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo and in the US, San Francisco, Boulder and Philadelphia.

A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Edinburgh, George served a corporate apprenticeship with Ford [on the Dagenham shop floor] before switching to the tech industry spending time with Motorola and Cable & Wireless. He has previously run businesses in the UK, Hong Kong, India, Western and Eastern Europe and in the USA.

Born in Inverness, George was brought up on a farm, the eldest of six children. He has been a motor racing competitor of two and four wheels, competing in British and European sports car championships as a semi-pro driver in Lotus, Porsche and Maserati cars. He has five children and lives in North London. A trustee of the national charity Kids in Museums, he is interested in agricultural heritage projects and is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers.

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“Everything we do from our mobile phone to our television and set top boxes are all driven by software”

“Ultimately producing better software at lower cost and quicker – that’s an important thing.”

“The obvious thing was to go and join a big company on a graduate training programme but even as I did it, it wasn’t for me.”

“Now there is very positively a rush to join small business.”

“Being an entrepreneur isn’t about one big bang, one big idea and one rush to the bank and then off to the beach.”

“A little bit of failure is never a bad thing but if you want to do it, you will do it.”

“Creativity in small business is important because that’s innovation and whether you shape a service or a product, it’s got to be different.”

“The UK corporate scene is a bit stubborn and is not so empathetic with the small and medium-size businesses.”

“The environment is very competitive and actually there is a lot of adrenaline flying around.”

“You have to be really passionate about what you are doing even to be lucky or successful enough to raise the money to do it.”

“We are still disrupting the market that we are in and we are still competing with IBMs and HPs and having a lot of fun doing that.”