Jenny Fielding:


044 – Combining Startup and Corporate with Jenny Fielding of Techstars

Jenny Fielding:


044 – Combining Startup and Corporate with Jenny Fielding of Techstars

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In this episode we are joined by Jenny Fielding Managing Director at Techstars a global venture capital fund for innovative tech startups. Jenny has extensive experience in both the startup and corporate worlds and a strong passion for “marrying startups with corporates” to create innovation and cultural shifts.

In this episode we cover:

  • Jenny’s extraordinary success scaling and exiting her first startup Switch-Mobile in three years
  • How she moved a legacy organisation like BBC into the new digital era and founded BBC Labs, the UK’s first corporate incubator.
  • Why infusing corporate and startup culture is so powerful and how she continues to do it at Techstars with her IoT dream team including the likes of GE, Bosch, Verizon, SAP and PWC.

[3:15] Why did Jenny make the switch from lawyer to co-founding startups?
[10:00] How did Jenny get involved with BBC Worldwide?
[13:05] There wasn’t a lot of resistance for innovation at the top level, but there certainly were some challenges on the mid-levels at BBC.
[18:55] How did Techstars catch Jenny’s attention?
[21:50] What makes Techstars different from other accelerators?
[28:20] What kind of struggles are founders experiencing right now?
[29:55] Jenny recommends that founders surround themselves with mentors who have already been there and done that.
[31:30] What has Jenny changed her mind about recently?
[33:15] What does Jenny do to remain creative and innovative?
[35:20] What does Jenny attribute her success to, in life?

Summary

In this episode we are joined by Jenny Fielding Managing Director at Techstars a global venture capital fund for innovative tech startups. Jenny has extensive experience in both the startup and corporate worlds and a strong passion for “marrying startups with corporates” to create innovation and cultural shifts.

In this episode we cover:

  • Jenny’s extraordinary success scaling and exiting her first startup Switch-Mobile in three years
  • How she moved a legacy organisation like BBC into the new digital era and founded BBC Labs, the UK’s first corporate incubator.
  • Why infusing corporate and startup culture is so powerful and how she continues to do it at Techstars with her IoT dream team including the likes of GE, Bosch, Verizon, SAP and PWC.
Jenny Fielding

Problem solver drawing on a diverse background in law, finance, operations, business development, and venturecapital

What Was Covered

[3:15] Why did Jenny make the switch from lawyer to co-founding startups?
[10:00] How did Jenny get involved with BBC Worldwide?
[13:05] There wasn’t a lot of resistance for innovation at the top level, but there certainly were some challenges on the mid-levels at BBC.
[18:55] How did Techstars catch Jenny’s attention?
[21:50] What makes Techstars different from other accelerators?
[28:20] What kind of struggles are founders experiencing right now?
[29:55] Jenny recommends that founders surround themselves with mentors who have already been there and done that.
[31:30] What has Jenny changed her mind about recently?
[33:15] What does Jenny do to remain creative and innovative?
[35:20] What does Jenny attribute her success to, in life?

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