|1986 Kingston University , BA , Economics and Spanish|
Serendipitously fell into it...
Twitter, Shutl, eBay
Like many entrepreneurs the most frustrating part is achieving recognition, whether for an idea, some small success or just managing to stay the course. The most rewarding is getting that recognition because it is so damn hard and therefore adds to its value..!
Work hard, harder, hardest.
A sales and marketing professional with a strong entrepreneurial streak Julian started his aged only 8. With a strong work ethic Julian ran three businesses whilst studying for his degree, held down two part time jobs and became a pilot. Even so, he still managed a 2:1 Honours degree and had sold his first business before graduating.
With a background selling and marketing to a multitude of industries and markets, due to his work in publishing, exhibitions and conferences Julian has always enjoyed a wide and varied working day.
If ever there was an ‘entrepreneurial-claim-to-fame’ then Julian would cite his launching the UK's first Internet exhibition and conference back in 1994. An event which saw the BBC broadcast live on their flagship Breakfast show and where the interviewer asked, 'So, what is this thing called the Internet?'
Julian's return to the internet saw him launch and eventually exit what could be argued the first wiki of its kind via emerging smartphones. Bitesized information and stories from a community of 4,000 writers Julian painstakingly built up over a period of 2 years.
With problem solving leading Julian from one concept and business to another it was travel that once again saw him call upon his many years building up communities, to fix a life long issue... travel emergencies. And with a relocation to the West Country Julian returned to his earliest business and first love, retail. Establishing another travel related business he created a white labelled gift service for hotels selling local products. With these businesses operating more like a hobby Julian however would keep on returning to his concept 'Bubbles'.
If ever a stroke of luck was to play its part in moving a concept into focus and up a gear then these hobbies took the Bubbles project from 1st to 3rd gear and eventually led to the birth of the company, its founding investors and a direct understanding of what was needed to evolve online retail.