A New Common Sense Emerges

On the 27th February in the heart of Mayfair, London, The Entrepreneur Country Forum welcomed more than 400 entrepreneurs and investors to learn, network and engage with high profile speakers and business owners. These key influencers came together to learn how 'digital enablers' are transforming industries, and in so doing, creating a 'new common sense'.

At entrepreneurcountry, we are striving towards a ‘new common sense’ of how the world works with the entrepreneur at the centre. And, at the forum, we hope to have highlighted ways in which everyone needs to include in their hypotheses how technology creates prosperity. Technology is what creates a ‘new common sense’ – it expands the pie – meaning it drives growth in the economy, if, and it’s a big if, it is embraced.

A stellar list of speakers included Dr Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy. Dr Lynch has long been regarded as a visionary figure within the technology world, described by the Financial Times as “the doyen of European software” and by the Sunday Times as “Britain’s Bill Gates”. He advises the Prime Minister on matters of science policy through the Council on Science and Technology. Dr Lynch founded Autonomy in 1996, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing software company, with a market capitalisation of £7bn, and was its CEO for fifteen years. Mike shared his inside story of the building of Autonomy, and tips on how to build a £7billion firm.

Other speakers included Dr Sally Ernst, co-founder and joint CEO of CloudStaff who spoke on multinational enterprise, and Ed Bussey founder and CEO of iTrigga, who keynoted about why he started his third startup.

The vibrant networking sessions featured a plethora of exciting exhibitors: Skype, Enterprise Ireland, NetSuite, TalkTalk Business, Constant Contact and Crowell and Moring.