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FP Live: Errol Damelin


Head of PR & Comms


The latest FP Live event saw Errol Damelin, renowned entrepreneur, angel and founder of Wonga, join Forward Partners' Nic Brisbourne to discuss his entrepreneurial career to date.

The room at Old Street's 'The Trampery' was bustling with a mixture of established and aspiring fintech founders, London tech scenesters, lots of Forward Partners portfolio companies as well as the FP team. We were all keen to hear from Errol who has carved out a reputation as not only a formidable entrepreneur in his own right but also a incredibly innovative angel investor, supporter of entrepreneurs and of the UK founder community. 

Errol's account of building the Wonga brand in the era of 'free money', when a lot of traditional banks were cultivating huge credit card debts from customers, was fascinating and pulled no punches. It was great to hear the Wonga perspective on achieving formidable growth and to the vast media commentary that the brand has inspired.

During the evening Errol gave an interesting take on the Lean approach to starting up, citing that although valid in some instances, it should not be an excuse for mediocre or half-baked execution - wise words! 

The video of the evening will be available shortly so stay tuned if you weren't able to join. We'll be announcing our next FP Live very soon!