Name: Paul Aitken

Age: 38


First job: Buying PC components for RM. This involved lots of travel to the Far East, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Dream job: Centre-forward for Liverpool FC, followed by a career as a journalist covering international sports events.

Car: Audi A4 Cabriolet.

Economy, business or first class: Economy. I can sleep anywhere, and would prefer to spend the money saved on great hotels, food and wine.

Most extravagant purchase: I am not a material person, but I do have an ongoing addiction for travelling, visiting new places and doing new things.

Most-played song on your iPod: I am currently training for a 100 mile cycle ride, which is the equivalent of running a marathon.  “I gotta feelin” by the Black Eyed Peas keeps me going.

Best business book: Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson.

Worst business moment: Being interviewed on national TV and realising that I have a face and hairline for radio.

Proudest business moment: winning Alternative Lender of the Year 2011, just two years after we started lending.

Your business mentor: I don’t have a business mentor as such, but Yoav Leitersdorf, my former business partner from Movota (a business we sold to Bertelsmann) is someone I speak to regularly on my business challenges. Each of the board members of add huge value – Mark Blandford (founder of Sportingbet), Paul Gratton (co-founder of Egg), Tim Levene (Betfair), and Ben Tompkins (Eden Ventures).

Next big thing: We want to be the UK’s largest lender of our type, online or offline, by 2014. We’ll also be expanding internationally by the end of this year.

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