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Andrew Pearce

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Name: Andrew Pearce

Age: 40

Company: Free conference callprovider Powwownow

Turnover: ?7.6m

First job: Vegetable seller

Dream job: England rugby team manager 

Car: Range Rover Sport

Economy, business or first-class: Business

Most extravagant purchase: Audi R8 Spyder

Most played song on your iPod: “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol 

Business book: I enjoy reading other entrepreneurs’ biographies and autobiographies. Jack Welch’s and James Dyson’s are especially good.

Worst business moment: When running an earlier company, we auto-dialled the directors of T-Mobile and tried to sell them the O2 contracts. We were given a list of “leads” that weren?t checked properly. Needless to say, it was both embarrassing and stressful. 

Proudest business moment: Creating a business (telemarketing firm Inkfish) that grew from scratch to £26m, with over 2,500 staff in 7.5 years. 

Business mentor: My first FD John Firley, who was also our business angel. He taught me the basics of business and was a great support in the early days. 

Next big thing: Linking social channels with collaboration tools so businesses can better communicate both internal and externally.

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