Tech company Telcom are the providers of ultrafast internet for The Albert Estate. Since launching in 2014, Doug Ward and Shaun Gibson have been busy building smarter networks and delivering ultrafast internet across buildings in Manchester and the rest of the UK.
1. What is the vision of Telcom?
We are the kids that are going change the UK's internet from third world to globally remarkable
2. What's the best thing about your job?
We’re building the infrastructure of tomorrow which is pretty cool! We are setting a new standard of business in our industry. Our product enables our customers to be able to communicate with customers and team members around the world and to access essential information from the internet. Knowing that we’re having an impact on society as well as the economy 24/7 makes us very proud.
3. Who has influenced your career most?
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Travis Kalanick because of their size of thinking, boldness, long term discipline, ambition and mind-set to create positive history. Richard Branson with the creation of the B Team highlights that you can balance profit with purpose and that is crucial for our future world.
4. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Presenting at Buckingham Palace with our Tech Britain research, having our first meeting at No.10 advising the Government, meeting the Royal family and lunch with the Chinese Premier have all got to be tied as highlights. We launched the first national map of UK tech clusters with Tech Britain, which is now in the country’s leading report, Tech Nation.
5. What was your best meeting ever?
Meeting each other! We’ve now been business partners for 9 years. We committed to keep going together until we had achieved our simple goal, to make positive British history.
6. What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
The rise of Artificial intelligence, stem cell technology, the movements in bio tech.
7. Tell us something that might surprise us about you both.
We built our first tech start-up in 2008 in Sydney, Australia and lived in our first co-working space that we co-founded for 19 months!