Douglas Richard from School for Startups in UK shares his Asia Perspective

Michael MicheliniCorporate, Investment, Podcast0 Comments


We’re in for a treat! This is a special 3 part series for the StartMeUp.Hk’s Venture Forum speakers. I was able to interview Doug right off the plane from London, getting some great insights on his experiences selling his company in USA, moving to UK to start an investment fund, getting to become a Dragon on Dragon’s Den and his new venture School for Startups.

About Douglas Richard, Founder of School for Startups

Doug Richard is a successful entrepreneur with three decades of business experience building, selling and investing in businesses of all shapes and sizes. He believes that entrepreneurs are made and not born and thrives on helping people make the leap and set up their own business. As a serial entrepreneur, effective public speaker, and armed with a degree in psychology from the University of California, Doug is uniquely prepared to create and deliver effective training in how to start and run a profitable business. Through his School for Startups Doug has delivered instruction to more than 10,000 business owners with help from universities, public institutions like the British Library and philanthropic organizations like the Royal Institute of Great Britain. In 2006, Doug received an honorary Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for his work promoting, developing and helping entrepreneurs. In 2010, he received the Enterprise Educator of the year award from the National Council on Graduate Employment for his work through School for Startups with UK Universities.

Topics Covered in this Episode

  • Introduction to Doug Richard and getting to be a Dragon on Dragon’s Den.
  • Thoughts on the market in Asia and his experiences here.
  • Discussion of his book, How to Start a Creative Business
  • About his latest Venture, School for Startups
  • His thought process on expanding School for Startups to Asia, where in Asia, and weighing Asia versus Latin America.
  • How the education industry is under disruption as much as he’s seen in the music industry.
  • Online education versus Traditional brick and mortar.
  • Tips for entrepreneurs when considering relocating to Hong Kong or Asia in general.

People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode

School For Startups

Episode Length: 15:42

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