Think Globally, Act Fast: Launching the Next Great Tech Company
Filmed at GLG London
As the pace of innovation continues to ramp up each year, the burden on tech companies to roll out novel ideas grows. With so many developers vying to create the next big thing, the speed of execution can be the difference between a great idea and a great company. Former Uber executive Niall Wass believes there will be another Facebook or Ebay in the coming years. He sits down with GLG in London to discuss technology as a catalyst for improvement and why Europe is the new breeding ground for tech entrepreneurs.
Niall Wass is currently an independent consultant and advisor specializing in technology-enabled consumer businesses. Having spent the last 15 years as an executive managing some of the world’s fastest-growing and successful firms, Wass now sits on the board of a number of early-stage businesses. He is also an independent advisor for new investments at Atomico–Niklas Zennstrom’s (Skype) VC firm.
As an executive, Wass most recently served as SVP for Uber in EMEA and APAC from 2014 to 2015. In this role, he managed over 1,000 employees and oversaw the company’s operations in more than 50 countries. During his tenure, Uber saw the percentage of rides taken internationally grow from single digits to more than 50%. Uber is now valued at more than $50 billion.
From 2012 to 2013, Wass served as CEO (formerly COO) of the Wonga Group, a British digital lending company. In this role, he was responsible for aligning the business to new UK regulatory framework and for scaling operations around the world. Previously, Wass served as Chief Commercial Officer at Betfair Group PLC, a global internet betting exchange. Wass holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.