Posted on October 01 2014
It's that time again! This week's amazing # WednesdayWinner is the incredible Emma Sinclair. A serial entrepreneur and the youngest person in the UK to take her company, Mission Capital, public. An ex-investment banker, she sold her next company, Target Parking, before co-founding EnterpriseJungle with her brother James. She also co-owns health and well-being members club Wakeman Road.
Newnham: Emma, what's your background?
Sinclair: Nothing extraordinary. I’m one of those annoying people who didn’t pay much attention at school but got away with murder: I am the lucky beneficiary of a very good memory which has served me well and helped me get to where I am now. I’ve always worked and had drive. My first job was at McDonalds on Saturdays and during school holidays, bars and restaurants during uni in the UK and the Virgin Megastore whilst studying abroad. Finally, I had internships in the City during uni holidays which paid very well and were fantastic experiences. I started my formal career in mergers and acquisitions in London and New York, left at 27 and IPO’d my first company at 29. I’ve got a few businesses under my belt now.
Newnham: What do you do now?
Sinclair: I wear a number of hats. My day job is co-founder of EntepriseJungle, an enterprise software company with offices in the UK, USA and Australia. A co-innovation with SAP, we are a white label service that sits atop an ESN/HRIS or proprietary collaboration platform bringing expertise, access to tribal knowledge, peer recommendations and social context to the workforce. I also co-founded Wakeman Road, London’s first health and well-being members club bringing together exceptional brands, therapists, consultants and events. That aside I do a fair amount of writing and speaking. I contribute to a collection of newspapers in the USA and UK such as the Telegraph and WSJ and comment on news and business for TV.
Newnham: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Sinclair: I get asked this a lot and the honest answer is I don’t have an answer for you. Touching people’s lives and having a voice is a gift and a blessing so being able to do that – often through entrepreneurship and related advice – is a wonderful by product of hard work. My life has been infinitely more interesting than I could ever have dreamed and I am still in my 30s. I am responsible for that so I guess if pressed, that would be my answer.
Newnham: What advice would you give a younger Emma?
Take probiotics if you absolutely HAVE to take antibiotics, always trust your gut instinct because it’s always right, breathe and as my friend Tamara Lohan (co-founder of Mr and Mrs Smith) recently wrote in the Guardian … don’t forget to floss. It’ll save a fortune on dental bills as you get older. Nothing else because I wouldn’t have listened!