Matt is the CEO of CrowdEmotion. A tech start-up in London that tracks human emotional data with the goal of humanising technology to understand who we are and how we feel. It’s an amazing and ambitious project operating in one of the most interesting spaces in technology today.
We discuss the business and the shape of things to come, along with his key lessons from being a CEO of a bootstrapped tech company. A must listen for those interested in AI, psychology, business and the future.
1. Employee’s First
Matt always holds his employee’s before anyone else and cares so deeply about them. This overwhelming principle was the glue that kept the company together when things went tits up and kept us all fighting for the greater cause. Knowing that your team are there for you makes such a difference.
We were always welcome in his house and to chat about our issues whenever we needed. He even did the little things like surprising me by turning up at one of my gigs to showing up at the airport when a new employee from overseas arrived.
2. Trust People and don’t Micromanage
To scale yourself successfully and operate a sound business and keep a sound mind you have to trust others to do their work.
It free’s you up to focus on delivering the core things you need to do. It empowers others to do great work knowing that they are responsible for delivering on important items.
Matt was great at finding young inexperienced individuals with an edge and getting the best out of them by giving them opportunities to grow.
3. Be your honest self
Honesty is a theme that is important in so many areas.
Want to give a good pitch?
= have all the facts to hand and just be honest and yourself.
Want to be a good networker?
= Just do the hobbies you honestly enjoy and don’t put yourself in awkward business meet ups.
Want to be successful employee or leader?
= Find the things you honestly enjoy and commit to doing that the best you can and don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole to please others.
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Matt and CrowdEmotion
Twitter — twitter.com/CrowdEmotion
Medium Publication — Making Senses
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