Neil is a British entrepreneur and startup mentor who has been working across Europe, most notably in the Balkans, for several years. His background in the music industry led to him starting a series of tech businesses in the merchandise sector. He has bootstrapped three businesses to six-figure revenues.
His first business was a record label, on which he was also a DJ and producer. He toured the world for several years before closing the label to be the co-founder of Dizzyjam, an e-commerce and merchandising service for the independent music industry, and RampTshirts.com, the smartest online service for buying promotional merchandise for events and businesses.
As a creative and digital/tech industries consultant, and startup ecosystem developer, Neil has also worked with many international organizations and governments, as well as being a many time event and conference organiser. As co-founder of TEDxCardiff he built its reputation to the point that it would regularly sell out in under 1 minute.
Earlier this year, RampTshirts.com launched an innovative cold email campaign that has brought them new customers, international attention, and has been written about in multiple languages as an example of how you can test smart marketing campaigns with zero budget.
Longer (and less up to date) biography
My first business was Plastic Raygun records, set up with friends soon after graduating. I spent the following years travelling the world as one half of Phantom Beats, releasing records, DJing for hundreds of thousands of drunk people, and having a top ten hit with one of our artists. And that was the start….
I am now a creative and digital/tech industries consultant, working with lots of organisations (including Downing Street, Tech City, Welsh Government, Cardiff Council etc), and delivering talks on creative business etc…
I’m the founder and managing director of Dizzyjam, an ecommerce and merchandising service for the independent music industry.
I sit on the board of directors for the Welsh Music Foundation, helping it represent, support and develop the commercially viable music sector in Wales.
Alongside Claire Scantlebury I founded Ignite Cardiff, a regular informal community event that encourages people to share their ideas, passions and thoughts in 5 minute rapid-fire talks, and TEDxCardiff an event that brings world class speakers to Cardiff in order to inspire, inform and entertain. Both events are free, and organised voluntarily to encourage networking and knowledge transfer among the creative, web and business communities.
In early 2009 I set up a quick, temporary wifi map just for Cardiff, but the idea rapidly expanded to other cities and other countries. I am now in the process of setting up a global wifi map with Chris Duran. He lives in Australia, and we have never met. An internet business in the truest sense! It will be a “wikipedia of wifimaps”, and truly user generated.
I’m an occasional social media trainer (but very much don’t consider myself a true expert) and have helped my friend DK deliver sessions all over Europe to the likes of UNICEF.
I’m also training for a triathlon, and tend to like doing something a bit physically challenging each year. The more outrageous the better. 100km endurance walks and marathons completed I’m looking for 2011’s challenge already. Got an idea for skiing across the arctic circle, or walking to Outer Mongolia in moon boots? Let me know, as I might want to join you!
There’s lots of other bits and pieces. If you’d like to know more just get in touch…