Episode 168: 5th August 2021

Kevin Plank, Under Armour, Rebel Ideas and Starting A Business at 40plus

So often when we hear of budding entrepreneurs, and we have profiled quite a few over the years, we usually think of young go getters with new ideas and masses of energy who embark on a focussed journey to success. But is setting up a business at a young age a sure-fire route to success or is there something to be said for gathering experience and knowledge first?

Online publication, Inc.com featured an article which suggests that older can sometime be better. A study of 2.7million business start ups threw out some interesting data which turns the ‘start early’ idea on its head. It’s an interesting article and certainly food for thought.

Former Olympic table tennis player Matthew Syed has turned his hand to writing in recent years and we have talked about his book Black Box Thinking in the past however, his latest offering is encouraging us to think differently.

Rebel Ideas, The Power Of Thinking Differently explores some of the reason why man makes mistakes, sometimes with world changing consequence, and he uses the art of storytelling to help us understand the points he makes.

His live virtual book launch at the start of Covid 19 provides an insight into the way he thinks and demonstrates to us the many reasons why his book is worth reading.

Since Heather heavily invested in sports clothing company Under Armour via Revolut she’s been keeping a close eye on billionaire founder Kevin Plank in the hope that some of his luck might rub off on her significant investments.

Plank set up the clothing giant almost by accident and it has literally taken over as one of the most sought after brands for stylish exercise. Even if you aren’t familiar with the brand you will know it if you see the logo. Planks story is an interesting one and could probably be put in the young entrepreneur category we discussed earlier.

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