I co-founded Blossom because all my friends were leaving for the Valley.
I’ve seen many of my engineering friends move so they can raise money from funds that get it and will back their ambitions. I’d rather they didn’t have to do that. I want to see a European fund with West Coast drive.
I wrote my first code as a six year old. I had no-idea what I was doing, but I managed to make the screen flash in different colours. I was mesmerised. It was like magic. If I put in the right incantation, I could do anything.
In my first job I found myself working as an engineer at Bloomberg, thinking about how we could improve our recruitment process. I wrote a blog post about an interview technique I’d developed called Fizzbuzz. My post unexpectedly went viral with millions of people reading it and thousands of companies adopting the approach. That was the moment I realised technology had the potential to be magical for everyone and not just engineers.
Tech enables millions of people to achieve things previously unimaginable.
In the decade since starting out I’ve built algo trading platforms, worked at early-stage startups and in venture capital. Yet every now and again I run into someone who asks me about fizzbuzz and it still makes me smile.
I want to empower founders who give their users the tools to achieve more, whether that’s in the workplace or in their daily lives.
The feeling of magic never goes away.