Born in the UK, British and the 2nd of 4 children, raised and educated in 1990's boom in the Thames Valley, known as the Silicon Valley of the UK.
My father was a programming manager, while my mother an infant school teacher, both now retired.
After my education and a few early years of varied commercial experience I moved to Central London.
I spent both my 20's and 30's enjoying the good, bad and ugly of living and working in the epicentre of such a wonderful but challenging (diverse & commercial) metropolitan capital city.
In 2015, I settled down in a beautiful and quaint Hertfordshire village on the outskirts of London and after 6 years of adventures together, Andrea and I enjoyed a beach wedding on the southern peninsular of Mauritius in late 2019.
British Born, Raised & Educated
Operated in Central London 20 yrs
Outside work I enjoy spending my time on endurance running and cycling challenges.
I play 11-aside football, weekly where I loiter mostly on the right wing trying to create the perfect cross.
Outside playing or watching sport I've a passion for enjoying classic, sports cars and Belgium beer, not at the same time obviously!
Enjoyed Many a 10k Run
Completed 2 Half Marathons
Cycled London-Brighton 9 Times
Experienced Belgium Beer Drinker
I started my first business at 21 years old and have spent the last 20 years creating direct to consumer (DTC) brands to sell and deliver both digital and physical products.
I gravitate towards opportunities containing sophisticated commercial or technical challenges which have previously included selling to large scale consumer audiences and cross border e-commerce.
Challenges of this nature allow me utilise my eclectic mix of technical and commercial experience gained from 20 years of operating successfully in noisy and difficult environments.
Furthermore, if the delivered results are not what I or other stakeholders calculated I have the balls to pivot when required.
20 yrs Bootstrapping
20 yrs Calculating / Managing Risk
18 yrs Direct to Consumer (DTC)
Created & Deployed Various Models
I've been lucky to have enjoyed and been part of some great achievements.
Created & Sold Travel Agent
Created & Sold Pricing Platform
Created & Exited Shopping Platform
Yep, it's not all been fun and success!
I've learnt 'How to Fail' and 'Losing to Win' so have had my fair share of bumps and live with a few war wounds! :-(
Let me know if you wanna hear more about my life lessons as I'm happy to chat over a coffee or a Belgium beer or two! ;-)
In September 2014 while Awesome! was being incubated as a platform, I together with 🔗 Andrea formalised and created the #MakeYouSmile® trademark.
#MakeYouSmile® is now a fully registered trademark used daily in Awesome! and acts as the channel connecting the various collaborators.
In mid 2015, after 15 years of crafting direct to consumer (DTC) brands as a lone wolf I had the vision to create Awesome! and I teamed up with 🔗 Andrea.
We then set out on a journey together with and a team of tech developers and product creators to build something that essentially didn't currently exist.
Awesome! is not a conventional company. It has been crafted from the ground up to help established media owners tackle the difficult challenges of today's digital landscape.
Awesome! operates from private offices on the outskirts of London.
My Role at Awesome!
I created and continue to develop 🔗 Mimram the tech component of Awesome!.
In addition to this I also create and manage all commercial models used in Awesome!
In creating and controlling both the technical component and commercial objectives allows me to weave intricate but linear strands of value throughout the service from lead capture right through to final delivery.
This allows Awesome! to deliver a greater financial return to all stakeholders when pitted against products and services being created and sold by large brand using workforces operating on older more restricted platforms.
Operating Awesome!'s over the top of an established media asset empowers the media owner to acquire the trust and attention of consumers to turn an audience member into a customer while staying at arms length and with commercial minimal risk.
Media Owners, like it or not...
1. You are being throttled by 2 or 3 companies daily who are smarter, hungrier and better resourced than you.
2. You've had 10+ years since their arrival to come up with something, yet you continue to feed your audience to these competitors on a plate every day.
3. The engagement you have with your audience is getting weaker as they're no longer interested in what you originally created.
4. Your competitions are getting stronger every day and automation is next in line with the hammer.
5. The landscape is getting noisier and headwinds stronger by the day.
6. The audiences you own are large, diverse and contain substantial unlocked value.
7. Your audience have a high level of trust your brand.
8. Your audience of consumers are hungry to buy and consume products and services.
9. Advances in both offline and online make for interest and fun product offerings.
10 . My experience together with Awesome! and its team and tools have the experience to work with you to unlock this value.
Don't bury your head in the sand.
Our private office is within an hour of two major motorways and three international airports.
I'm happy to collect you or can travel to most places worldwide within 48 hours to meet and chat with you and your team in the privacy of your office about what we can do together.