With the Business Rocks Summit looming, we thought we’d check in with some of the event speakers to ask them three quick-fire questions ahead of the event. Here’s Heather Wilde – executive coach, former Evernote director and Roceteer CTO, entrepreneur, and ‘finder of unicorns’.
Business Rocks takes place in Manchester Central on 21 – 22 April and promises to be a ‘global tech and investment summit, brought to life with music’. With Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as the headline speaker, it’s an event that’s set to put Manchester and Northern tech on the international map.
In the next few weeks we’ll be posting ‘3 questions with’ interviews with some of the event’s speakers. Here’s Heather Wilde.
What’s your view of the digital tech scene in the north of England?
If you look at the landscape of the technology clusters forming in the northern part of England, you’ll find a lot of interesting things – companies that have a lot of similarities (access to capital and talent is not as easy to come by as it would be in London) but they’re also a lot more innovative, coming up with novel solutions to problems we wouldn’t see elsewhere. Peak and RentalCars.com are great companies that wouldn’t have come about in a larger area.
What will you be talking about at the Business Rocks event?
In addition to some mentor roundtables, I’ll be talking about “How to Unleash Your Inner Unicorn” – how to find out what makes you uniquely you, and using that to focus everything you do.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m an executive coach, so when I’m not guiding leaders through the ups and downs of everyday business life or running workshops for companies, you can find me at my nonprofit, the NeverGiveUp foundation, or helping out one of the companies or schools of which I am a Board Member. In my downtime, I write, and I’m working on finishing my book.