Q:Why did you start Yourfeed? Where did the idea come from? A:
Jack and I were both frustrated at the difficulty of getting a job without experience at a pub in London. After sharing some embarrassing stories we realised how skilled and talented millennials were unfairly dismissed because of screening questions based on experience. CVs don’t do talented individuals justice and should be a thing of the past. After doing a bit of market research we soon realised how big the need for a platform such as Yourfeed actually was.
Q:What is Yourfeed? A:
In two sentences: Yourfeed is a userfirst interactive platform that connects rising talents to innovative brands. It provides an opportunity to showcase ambition, flair and skills over experience in just three clicks.
But really it’s so much more than that. Yourfeed is about connecting millennials to commercial opportunities that matter to them, giving them a platform to express themselves. We are all uniquely skilled and deserve to get noticed. We use advanced algorithms to connect you to other talent, companies and career opportunities that directly matter to you.
Q:Did you ever consider university at school?
I did really well in school meaning uni should have been on the cards but it wasn’t for me. I decided to go travelling around Asia instead, which definitely gave me some stories to tell. When I returned I did panic about my options and immediately regretted my decision. This is because there wasn’t much advice out there for those who didn’t go to uni and for a while I thought I was doomed. If only Uni’s not for me was around when I was going through that! This was of course made worse by Facebook updates of people graduating and living what seemed like a perfect life. In the end I just mapped out my plans and pursued them by hard work and perseverance. I now don’t regret not going to uni; it’s not for everyone!
Q:Has not going to uni ever held you back?
Not too much. A few job applications in the past were rejected due to not having a degree but going the extra mile and receiving great references has really pushed me forward. The hardest part is getting through the door but once you’re in you can prove your worth whether you have a degree or not.
Q:What’s the best thing about starting your own business?
Freedom. Starting a business has its drawbacks. For starters you work 24/7 and you have to adapt to all areas of business educating yourself in sectors you didn’t even know existed. This is all worth it because having the freedom to pursue your dream in the way you see best for your business is a feeling you can’t describe. We aren’t held back by standard corporate methods and therefore have the freedom to try anything we want. Every Wednesday the whole team has a creative tank session where we pick a topic and everyone lets loose on ideas they have to move that topic forward in the business. It’s brilliant.
“I’d love to say I stay healthy, work out and read books but that would be a lie. I think it is very important once your business is in a steady position to take time for yourself.”
Q:What do you do in your spare time?
I’d love to say I stay healthy, work out and read books but that would be a lie. I think it is very important once your business is in a steady position to take time for yourself. I do love a short getaway and spend my weekends attending festivals, birthdays and gigs. Glasto last year was EPIC although the festival blues after sucked.
Q:Has anyone ever criticised you for not going to university?
No not me personally. I think because I achieved quite good grades in school some of my friends were shocked to hear I didn’t go but nothing negative as of yet. I did ask my mum if she was disappointed in me not going but she said she always knew I would do something great so wasn’t worried. I think as a mum she has to say that though right?
Q:For any aspiring entrepreneurs, it’s fair to say it’s not plain sailing. What’s been the hardest thing about starting your own business?
I think the hardest part is getting through those times where you want to give up. I don’t care how much you love your business and how much you put on a front in interviews those times do happen. I think it’s because for every one task you complete, four more pop up. Lucky for me I work with a top bloke who I’ve known for years so if ever one of us is going through a giving up moment the other is there to pick up the mood. Getting through those moments only makes you stronger and more determined so if anyone is at that moment just persevere and you’ll be grateful!
Q:What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone wanting to start their business?
My advice is that you need to build a team of people around you that you trust ASAP. You can’t do everything alone as much as you want to so get some people around you who you can trust to share the load. You are going to be sharing an exciting and stressful journey with these guys and it’s good to have people to share that with.