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Tom Watson - Hubble

 

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My enterprise project

My enterprise skills

Hubble is an online marketplace providing office space. After my studies at the University of Warwick I joined Entrepreneur First where I met Hubble’s co-founder, Tushar Agarwal, and formed the idea. Since we started in January 2014 we have raised half a million pounds in seed funding and have grown the team to 10 people.


 
 
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The best thing that the University of Warwick taught me is how to learn. Yet little of what I learnt during my academic studies helped me with launching a startup. I believe that very little of it can be taught. The only way to truly learn is to just do it.

I studied Computer Science and what I got from my degree was a foundation in logic, problem solving and maybe some specialist knowledge in a particular subject (be it imaging or quantum computing). Only some of these skills help you become a founder. Do you know what to do on day one? Do you know how to find customers? Do you know how to convince those customers you have what they want? And do you even know how to push production code?

As a founder I’ve learnt something new every day. This is what I’ve learnt so far: analytics, sales, pitching, web copywriting, SEO, Google Adwords, customer discovery techniques, interview techniques, hiring, to talk with mentors, UX, design, how the property industry works, shipping production code. The list goes on for so long that I’ve pretty much forgotten what I’ve learnt! I can only describe it as ‘absorbed’.

My enterprise support

My enterprise reflections & visions

When I was at Warwick there were insufficient technical students getting involved. The societies that were encouraging entrepreneurship still had strong corporate links who would be recruiting for management consults. Events like the ‘Warwick Apprentice’ are simple showcasing events that focus insufficiently on building real life businesses. Done the right way, more support and connections with other students would be useful to offer.

The main thing I have learnt is that it is incredibly hard. It is the hardest thing I have ever done and I have no doubt that that will ever change. You need to be comfortable with failure and have particular conviction if you really want to start a business.