Today's Entrepreneur: Tim Gilbert

Kristin Karaoglu · October 19, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Not listening to the objections of others

Today's Entrepreneur is Tim Gilbert who is the director of Ltd. According to his VEQ (Vator's entrepreneur assessment test), Tim is a thought leader and is good at team motivation and technology design.

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I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:,, Speed Couriers

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

It works for me.

My favorite startups:

Shutl, SchoolsTrader

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Frustrating: perfect concept and execution being trashed by bad timing.

Rewarding: Consumer uptake validating your vision.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Total belief in the concept should not mean you don't listen to the objections of others.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

The internet loves a good monopoly.

Always run your business as if there's a recession on.

Strive for balance in everything.

What's the most exciting aspect of today's business environment?

The scale and pace of change in almost everything.

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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mtvan gives couriers all the tools they need to trade with each other.

They can use mtvan every day to find extra courier work, to find empty couriers,  to cover your courier work, to track their courier movements with real-time GPS tracking, to take real time signatures for proof of delivery on their PDA, to let their customer book on-line, to invoice their customers, and to make new contacts in the courier industry.

It’s an easy-to-use, all-in-one courier toolkit, with 'Facebook-style' online networking tools, that helps connect couriers and courier companies to help make a more profitable operation for everyone.

mtvan works in almost all countries of the world.


Tim Gilbert

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Key figure in the UK courier industry, now engaged bringing online tools to this market that customers from Generation Y will find appealing.