Dan Craddock, serial entrepreneur and investor in plan.com — which scooped the top spot on last year’s Tech Track 100 league table – spoke at our Tech Track 100 alumni dinner for founders and shareholders in London last night. The dinner was co-hosted by Tony Spillett, national head of technology and media at BDO, and Fast Track’s founder Hamish Stevenson.
Dan talked about how his company’s technology enables corporate customers to better manage the increasing amounts of mobile data consumed by their employees during work hours, in a Q&A with Hamish. This demand saw the Isle of Man-based company drive its sales from £5m in 2015 to £65m last year, generating ebitda of £9.5m.
Speaking to our camera, Dan credited plan.com’s fast growth to its “incredible team,” suggesting that the next step on its journey to £100m turnover will include international expansion.
He also reflected on what he had learnt from building a number of other ventures, with mixed success, and recommended that entrepreneurs diversify their product offer and customer base to make their businesses more resilient to change.
“We work hard to make different products available to different customers across different price points,” he said.
Dan shared his insights with 19 owners and shareholders from 19 Tech Track 100 alumni companies, including Croud, thoughtonomy and boughtbymany.
Nish Kukadia is co-founder and chief executive of SecretSales.com, a flash sales website Nish co-founded with his brother in 2007 and which now launches up to 10 new sales every day. Nish spoke to us about the technological transformation SecretSales has undergone over the past year.
Serial entrepreneur Nick Hynes is co-founder and chief executive of Somo, which helps over 100 global clients, including Audi and Vodafone, accelerate their digital engagement with customers. He spoke to us about the importance of digital transformation in the current fast-paced market, and how Somo is helping its clients grow.
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Guests enjoyed networking dinner and drinks with representatives from BDO. Tony Spillett, national head of technology and media, welcomed guests and said how much his team valued their involvement with Tech Track 100.
He added that BDO enjoyed working closely with their tech clients: “We like being the problem solvers for you, turning the issues you face upside down to provide you with the commercial answers that you need to drive your businesses forward,” he said.
More information on the Tech Track 100
For more information about the league table and events programme, see: https://www.fasttrack.co.uk/league-tables/tech-track-100/
For information about our alumni dinners and opportunities for sponsors, visit our sponsorship page: https://www.fasttrack.co.uk/sponsorship/