126a: CEO mindset - Graham Hobson, Founder - Photobox

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July 17th, 2020

35 mins 22 secs

Season 6

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About this Episode

Graham Hobson

Experienced entrepreneur, board member and technologist with startup through to Private Equity experience. Supporter of social impact businesses. Advisor for business scaling and technology. Previously an angel investor.

In 2000, Graham co-founded Photobox.com - a photo printing and personalisation business - with friend and colleague Mark Chapman, and assumed the CEO position until 2006. At this point both Graham and Mark merged the company with Photoways in France and took VC funding.

Graham was then CTO for the Group through to 2014 during which period they acquired Moonpig. In 2016 the Photobox Group was acquired and ever since worked with several startups in advisory or CTO roles.

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ABOUT THE HOST

My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.

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