Jimmy's Jobs of the Future

Anne Boden - Starling Bank, a Welsh, 5ft woman who founded a unicorn 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🦄

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Jimmy’s Jobs of the Future is presented by me, Jimmy McLoughlin, a former Downing Street adviser on business.

Our last episode was with Dom McGregor, we talked about his story and how it was perhaps the stereotype of how we characterise the entrepreneurship journey … Uni drop out who sent a tweet that became worth hundred of millions ..  

Well Anne Boden from Starling Bank is different, very different.

As she describes herself in this interview 

  • she was in her 50s 
  • She’s from Wales
  • She’s a woman in finance and technology
  • She’s only five foot tall

Since we recorded this interview ten days ago it was announced that Starling have taken £50 million in funding from Goldman Sachs, taking the total valuation of Starling to £1.1 billion and therefore the proverbial unicorn status. 

Her story of founding a bank in 2014 to growing it the size it is today demonstrates that entrepreneurs can come in all shapes and sizes. 

Starling now employs over 1,000 people across the UK, including setting up large hubs in Southampton and Cardiff. Anne talks us through why those places stood out as talent hubs. 

She talks about how you don’t need an Financial Services background to work at Starling, they are hiring software engineers, Data analysts and graphic designers. 

A big part of what drives this show is wanting to tell the brilliant entrepreneurial stories that are happening all across the UK, each episode is full of entrepreneurs creating jobs, they don’t make headlines about creating hundreds or thousands, because so often it is about the incremental steps along the way. 

And of course that is a reminder, that this podcast is making its own first foray as we are taking on our first employees to help power our next stage of growth, so if you are curious about the way our economy is growing, want to work on researching guests and helping us get it into more ears, please check out the show notes for more details 

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