Your favourite quote?
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane, by those who could not hear the music" (Friedrich Nietzche).
Advice to an entrepreneur starting out?
Be willing to adapt your product or service based on feedback from your users, but stay true to the reason why you started out in the first place. Your 'why' is the reason you will keep pushing forward, when the days might start to feel dark.
Your favourite entrepreneur?
Currently, the person who I admire the most is Tara Westover, as she has overcome so much in her life to achieve incredible success.
What is your company’s mission?
To be the client management service of choice for family lawyers.
How did you start off and when?
Steve and I started the company in 2016 after a chance meeting at the gym, where we started chatting about our experiences over the years, as clients with various lawyers. We quickly realised that there was a real opportunity to be able to make a difference not only for other clients but for legal professionals too.
Where is Transparently at in the business journey now?
Last year we were successful in securing an Innovate UK grant and also closed out our first funding round, which together, came to just under £500k. We are currently in our alpha release phase and have already been written into several court orders. We were recently asked to review the draft Domestic Abuse Bill and were also asked to join a working group looking at creating new legislation which will better protect vulnerable individuals.
What does the future hold for your company – what are your plans?
The next stage for us is to work with our partner law firms under a detailed beta test programme, prior to public release. Our priorities will then be concentrated on bringing on law firms and clients, and working our way towards a judicial trail. We also currently have a number of projects in the pipeline with Hampshire Police, which are focussed around increasing access to justice, protection of vulnerable individuals and providing enhanced witness protection.
What’s the next big challenge?
Finalising the final quarter's reporting for the Innovate Grant project, working towards closing out our second funding round for ongoing development and scale-up and getting our service out to law firms.
As an Entrepreneur what tips do you have for entrepreneurs starting out on their journey.
Don't. Give. Up.