Each week, we’ll be interviewing a member of the Startup community to find out about their deepest, darkest secrets! We’ll be profiling developers, as well as CEOs – so no one is safe! This week, Adrian (see photo) has agreed to be our willing victim.
Name: Adrian Smith
Your role: To find talented adult graduates around the world, bring them to Edinburgh and invest in them to start their own companies.
Most unusual startup in the EPIS portfolio at the moment? Probably Euan Lind who is developing a range of modern, design rich, functional furniture within the ECA.
Give us your company culture in 3 words: Entrepreneurial Execution Only
What’s the next big challenge that EPIS has to overcome? Being too small to survive in the public funding maze
In one sentence, what’s the personal dream? To achieve a polo handicap of 3 and play international competitions.
In one sentence, what’s the professional dream? To make it possible for someone to have an EPIS place in every Scottish University so as a nation we are the no 1 destination for start up entrepreneurs.
What do you do for stress relief? Exercise and garden
Your favourite ‘skint’ meal? Two boiled eggs with soldiers
How do you celebrate milestones or awards? Buy a new car
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Buying jewels for the girls in the family
And the coolest event (business / tech related) you’ve been to? A cocktail party in 2001 in San Francisco hosted by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft for Michael Jordan and the NBA Allstars.
Name a quirky fact about yourself: I worked in the emergency services for 10 years before I trained in finance.
Give the choice, would you prefer…
i) Truth or Dare? Dare
ii) Carrot or Stick Carrot
iii) Tea or Coffee? Always tea