#27: “Only start a business if you absolutely have to” – Brian Meece

In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Brian Meece – Co-founder of RocketHub, Founder of Wingadoos, and a pretty mean ukulele player! Brian has also spoken at world-renowned events such as SXSW, TEDx, and the World Economic Forum.

Brian has always had a huge interest in music, and for a good chunk of his life (and still to this day) has played in bands, performed, and recorded. It was his love of music that led him to his first venture, RocketHub. RocketHub was created as a crowdfunding platform allowing artists to raise the funds they needed to produce their music and continue doing what they love. After successfully working in the arts space, RocketHub soon attracted the attention of the science sector, and thereafter entrepreneurs looking to raise money. After 5 successful years of growth, this led to an acquisition valuing the company at $15million.

Following the acquisition of RocketHub, Brian worked with Citi Ventures and helped mentor and advise newer startups, with a particular focus on the FinTech sector. As with his musical background previously, Brain used his understanding of the Finance space to work on his next venture: Wingadoos. This venture was created to tackle the huge, and global, issues of under education when it comes to financial empowerment and understanding. Brian and his team aim to work with young students, with the help some clever technology, games, and music, to better educate people when it comes to all things finance!

This episode covers a lot of ground (including raising money for a meth lab… yes really!) and was great fun to record! Let us know what you think 🙂

In this episode we discuss:

  • Following your passion
  • Utilising your network
  • Recruiting the right team and how it’s like a band
  • Fixing pain points
  • Looking for ‘whitespace’ and new opportunities
  • Financial empowerment and education
  • Social impact
  • And as always, plenty more…

Links mentioned in this episode:

Brian Meece TEDx Talk

Brian Meece LinkedIn

RocketHub Website

RocketHub Twitter

Wingadoos



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