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The Similarities Between Being In A Rock Band And Heading Up A Startup with Brian Coburn

Episode Summary

When was the last time you met somebody who’d spent 30 years in the same company? Meet Brian Coburn. Brian started at Stagecoach as a 16 year old trainee and went on to be their Chief Technology Officer. Today, Brian is CEO of payment orchestration service for e-commerce enterprises, Bridge. How has he done this? Download and listen to this latest episode. Key Takeaways: A 30 year career at Stagecoach Digitalising Stagecoach Playing in a band CEO of Bridge Startup business advice

Episode Notes

When was the last time you met somebody who’d spent 30 years in the same company? 

Meet Brian Coburn. Brian started at Stagecoach as a 16 year old trainee and went on to be their Chief Technology Officer. Today, Brian is CEO of payment orchestration service for e-commerce enterprises, Bridge. 

With that information alone there are so many questions to be asked: how do you go from being the trainee to the CTO? What changes do you have to make along the way? What jobs do you get that allow you to go from 16 year old trainee to Chief Technology Officer at a multi billion pound turnover global business like Stagecoach? 

Did we mention Brian has done all of this without ever going to university? So what does the school of hard knocks look like? What does it teach you along the way? 

One of the most fascinating parts of the conversation is where Brian explains that his business inspiration at Stagecoach and now, at Bridge, come from being in a rock band in his youth. 

This is a really fantastic conversation with some great insights from Brian. We really enjoyed talking to him. We’re sure you will too.

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