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    UCL Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture 2011/12: Romain Eude, CTO, my-wardrobe.com

    By Wendy J Tester, on 23 November 2011

    The sixth lecture of this series took place on 17 November. UCL Classics Student Carolina Mostert summarises the talk below.

    This week’s guest lecture was held by Romain Eude, CTO of my-wardrobe.com. Romain lived for many years in Lille, France, where he completed a Master’s degree with thesis in IA from ICAM. Later on, his studies led him to move abroad to Pennsylvania for a Marketing course at Temple University.

    Right at the start, we learnt two important things about Romain: firstly, that he “is obsessed with software”, and secondly that “creating something from nothing” is his greatest love. The lecture began with a very short video, an excerpt from Shrek, the children’s movie about the giant green ogre.

    Referring to this brief video, Romain worded the most important quote of his lecture: just like Shrek the ogre, “entrepreneurs are like onions”. In fact, Romain believes there are common themes to all entrepreneurs that keep coming up throughout their work whatever they do. He calls these common themes the “layers” of entrepreneurs.

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    UCL Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture 2011/12: Andy Phillipps, Chairman, Reevoo

    By Wendy J Tester, on 10 November 2011

    The fifth lecture of this series took place on 3 November. UCL Classics student Carolina Mostert summarises the talk below.

    This week’s entrepreneurship guest lecture was given by Andy Phillipps, whose several achievements filled the first minutes of his introduction. He would be “too modest to say”, the students at the lecture were told, but talking about Andy it is important to know that he won two great awards: he was named Entrepreneur of the Year as well as Best Employer of the Year by the Sunday Times.

    The fact that he won not only one, but both at the same time provides in itself a description of Andy Phillipps. He aims for the best and is extremely ambitious, hence the first award; he is humble and well aware of how much the help of others is crucial to one’s business, hence the second award. Their combination is the key quality of Andy’s success.

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    UCL Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture 2011/12: Scott Allison, CEO, Teamly.com

    By Wendy J Tester, on 27 October 2011

    UCL Classics Student Carolina Mostert summarises the talk below.

    Scott Allison is a busy man. He has just launched Teamly.com, his latest business, he sits on the board of The Entrepreneurial Exchange and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. This guest lecture series started fifteen minutes earlier than usual because straight after UCL Scott Allison was expected at Buckingham Palace for a meeting with the Queen.

    About Scott Allison
    Scott studied Electrical Engineering at university and went on to an elective course in Marketing Management. This, he recalled, was his “first switch to business”. As he was studying he set up Freedom Phones, his first business, which consisted in an online market for mobile phones. A few years later, Freedom Phones developed into the extremely successful Abica, a telecommunications provider which had as core principles quality and service. Abica won the Glasgow Business Award for excellence in customer service.

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    UCL Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture 2011/12 : Lara Morgan

    By Wendy J Tester, on 17 October 2011

    UCL Classics student Carolina Mostert summarises the talk below.

    It starts with selling
    Lara Morgan was introduced to the full lecture theatre as the “star entrepreneur”. Lara comes across as a determined, strong woman right from the very beginning – her vibe is that of someone who knows how far they’ve got and is still pushing further. Were I asked to describe the one-hour entrepreneurship lecture of Thursday 13 October in one sentence, I’d use Lara’s very first words to the students: “It starts with selling”.

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