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James Spenceley in conversation with a community of Business Owners

14 Oct 2019 2:00 PM | Sean Collins (Administrator)

We had a terrific Conversations Event last week led by James Spenceley (former CEO and founder of Vocus Communications....

           

....  which he grew from a $25m at listing to $5b before exiting) and Jon Brett from Stridecorp Equity Partners as our guest interviewer.

These are some of the questions that James dealt with during the formal proceedings:

- How & where did you learn what you needed to have the successful journey you had with Vocus?

- How did you fund Vocus?

- How do you hire & fire?

- Who do you trust to solve the big problems?

- What do you look for in investments?

- What do you look for in CEO's?

- Proudest moment? Low lights? What did you learn?

A few takeaway's...

- Vision, values and purpose are the key to every business.

- They work best when generated internally and are expressed in simple language.

- Success in a business is all about the team.

- Go to your team and empower them to solve the big problems for you. As CEO you don't need to have all the answers.

- “I'm really excited to work with people that have worked in a market for significantly long periods (i.e. >10yrs) and have plans for doing it better.They represent an opportunity for growth & investment.” More to come…

Next Conversations Event  details are here.

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