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Entrepreneur in Focus: 30 Minute Chat

  1. Can you tell us a bit about 30 Minute Chat, and how did you start?

Sure, 30 Minute Chat (or 3MC, as the cool kids are calling it) is a platform that lets students interested in a legal career request a one-off, 30-minute chat with someone a few steps ahead of them for career insights, CV/application reviews (or both!). 

After my first startup – bkynd – didn’t quite take off, I was walking in the park, wondering what to do. I wished there was another social impact startup founder I could talk to that was a few steps ahead. Just to get their insight. But I couldn’t think of anyone. That feeling of a lack of access to someone doing what I wanted to do took me back to when I was younger and wanting to break into law. And that was really the lightbulb moment. 

I started by making a profile for just me and offering it to law students at my old university. I got my first chat with a PhD student, who was deliberating entering into the social impact tech world, too. The magic moment was the sense of connection I felt after doing something so simple as sharing my career insights to help someone with their own journey. This was when I thought there was something worth building, so I went from there.

  1. What made you want to become an entrepreneur?

I guess it was slightly existential. I got to a point where I wanted to do something that I felt helped people on a big scale. I always felt connected to entrepreneurship, having grown up helping my dad who ran a small shop in Wolverhampton. So I always had an itch to do something entrepreneurial and put two and two together.  

  1. What is the experience like a growing business in the UK?

The UK has a really strong tech scene, so even though being a founder is inherently difficult, it’s made easier by having access to such great resources and knowledge.

  1. How did you finance your business?

I’ve always bootstrapped. I think it’s important to have skin in the game. Whilst I understand the reasons for seeking external funding when starting a business, using your personal savings means you’re even more driven to make it work and operate using lean startup principles. 

  1. Did the pandemic impact your business development, and did you benefit from any of the government grants for businesses?

One of the things I noticed about the pandemic was how a lot of people really reassessed what’s important, gained an increased sense of community and showed real acts of kindness. Both of my startups have benefited from that perspective shift. I didn’t benefit from any of the government grants for either startup. 

  1. As an entrepreneur, what is it that motivates and drives you?

The main thing that motivates me is making a difference in people’s lives through my work.

  1. What is next for 3MC?

I’m just going to keep pushing so 3MC can help as many people as possible and see how things go from there!

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