Jason, co-founder of Ocado, one of the most talked about and successful technology companies in the UK today, shares his take on mobility trends.
I studied law at Oxford and realized very quickly that I didn’t want to be a lawyer. It’s far too difficult! My first job was at Goldman Sachs in investment banking before I switched to bond trading after 18 months. Despite being completely unrelated to my subsequent career I learnt an enormous amount, was surrounded by incredibly talented people and made some great friends. Two of those friends were my fellow Ocado founders Tim Steiner and Jonathan Faiman.
The world is moving to smartphones. When we started Ocado in 2000 my phone had text messaging and a directory of contacts. Today I can run my entire life on my phone and it does things that only James Bond could dream of doing. The pace of change is accelerating so who knows what’s next.
How much mobile data do I use every month? A scary amount.
I experience “bill shock” all the time. Being a father of four it is something I am adjusting to and learning to accept. I am sure Wandera will be a godsend.
Perhaps the most interesting business trip I had was meeting Jeff Bezos many years ago. Being half Japanese I am prone to taking photos all the time and I think he was quite surprised when I whipped out my phone, put my arm around him and took a photo of us. But he was gracious enough to laugh!
My favorite app is Ocado. Obviously I’m biased but where else can you buy from over 30,000 different products (twice the range of an average supermarket), have it all delivered in a handy one hour delivery slot, pay less than Tesco and do the whole lot in 5 minutes?
My first mobile phone was a Sony because it was Japanese and quite beautiful. I now have a new iPhone.
The best piece of advice I received was from my parents who ran their own business for 25 years. They told me that “today’s problem is often not tomorrow’s problem” and that I shouldn’t worry about things I can’t control. Time and again this has proved to be absolutely right.
My advice would be, always do your homework but don’t spend too long analyzing. You learn much more by doing than thinking.