Allow me to introduce my readers to Matt Gubba, a British entrepreneur who hails from London, England. He is the founder of Business Circuit,which is a networking community for entrepreneurs based in the UK. Unlike other networks, users of Business Circuit are allowed to initiate contact with other entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors absolutely free. Face to face meetings are also encouraged. The site states that it currently holds over eleven thousand users and is growing rapidly. Here is my interview with Matt.
Angela: I am so thrilled that you have decided to be a part of this series on “Up and Coming Entrepreneurs!” First of all, tell me a little about yourself and your business.
Matt: My name is Matt Gubba, and I’m a British entrepreneur from London. I founded the business networking community Business Circuit in 2011. Business Circuit helps entrepreneurs, business owners and investors in the UK to connect with each other online and at networking events.
Angela: What made you decide to become an entrepreneur and run your own business instead of being in a more traditional work environment?
Matt: Ever since I was a teenager I always knew that I wanted to be my own boss. I guess I’ve just always found the idea of working by someone else’s rules restrictive and frustrating.
Matt shared with me that he is single, with no children, which lead me to the following questions:
Angela: If you are single with no kids, how do you find time to socialize? Are you “putting off a relationship for your career?” How do you balance work time and play time?
Matt: Sometimes balancing work and play can be tough, particularly when up against deadlines. My social life more often than not takes a bit of a back seat. I do have a girlfriend, but she is very supportive of what I do, and she understands the sacrifices that must be made in order to succeed. I think it’s critical that those close to you are behind what you are doing.
Angela: How did you get started in the business you are in? Is this work your passion, would you do it even if you were not earning money?
Matt: Business Circuit began when I spotted a gap for a different kind of networking organization in the marketplace. At the time I was running an accountancy firm and was using social media and networking events to promote it. If felt that I could create a betterand more effective networking community, so I set out to do it. I love what I do, and although financial rewards are important, they are not the only reason that I do it.
As you can see, Matt, in his entrepreneurial spirit, saw a need in the community, a way that he could fill a gap and help others to excel. He didn’t just stop with an idea, but turned his thoughts into reality in 2011, when he created Business Circuit. It is that drive, that attention to his surroundings and ability to follow through that makes him such a successful entrepreneur.
Angela: How does your business benefit those in your community?
Matt: Business Circuit helps entrepreneurs and business owners in the community to market themselves in a low cost and highly effective manner. I believe that in the current economic climate, the ability to save on marketing costs is more important than ever.
Angela: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Matt: In five years time I would like to see Business Circuit as the UK’s leading after work open networking community.
And with the growth that his company has seen in its first year, his five year dream could very well become a reality.
Angela Kaye Mason is an online researcher, writer, and contributor at entrepreneurweek.com blog network. She may be reached at email@example.com. Follow Angela on Twitter. Find her on Facebook .
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