What’s It Like To Leave Google And Join A Startup?

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In this episode I caught up with Alex Rose who recently left his role at Google to become the Director of Marketing at Who Can Fix My Car, an innovative startup that acts as a ‘compare the market’ for car servicing.

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I spoke to Alex about all the differences you can expect when you leave a huge global company to join a startup, such as the new found thrill of making key decisions over Skype or Whatsapp and much more. There’s some great insights in the interview but he’s not the only person taking risks. Bee Berrie recently left her job in PR to open her own London bakery.

If you’re a startup owner considering investment, you may be interested in this interview with Citymapper investor Alex Dunsdon.

Some key learnings were:

  • Taking a risk can be exhilarating but make sure it’s the right move for you
  • Focus your effort on immediate returns and don’t be scared to ditch multiple activities if they’re not working
  • Don’t let the ability to do something fast stop you from testing and learning (important if you’re not used to being allowed the freedom of making fast decisions)

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