Flavilla spoke to Kate Patton, Entrepreneurial Engagement Manager position at Tech Nation, about the scaling power of entering a Tech Collective. Here is a little bit more about Kate.

 

Briefly, tell us how your journey took where you are right now

My journey to where I am now is not a linear one. I have lived on 3 continents and held a variety of positions. These include marketing, key account management, International Business Development, and Sole trader. However, the one consistency is that all of these interactions included technology. The sectors varied, but what has held the same is the ability to be creative, resilient, and to hold onto the belief that disruptive tech is the way forward for all of us. For us to build a better future.

 

What was your aha moment which led you to create your business?

When I was a business owner, it was because I had the desire to push myself out into unknown territory. I had to learn the hard lessons in success but also in failure. Being an entrepreneur is the quickest way to know your own strength. It also lets you know how to survive despite the lack of a guarantee.

 

What has been your biggest lesson learnt from growing your business?

I always knew that customer service was at the heart of my businesses. But it taught me more than ever before that one of my greatest skills is brokering lasting relationships, listening and not just doing what I thought was best, but more what is best for my customer and myself. Finding that balance was essential.

 

What do you wish more people knew? 

I wish people knew how to say no more in their businesses as part of that listening skill. Because you need to know what isn’t best for yourself, your capacity to deliver. Additionally, that money is not the only end goal.

 

Thinking about your legacy, how do you want to be remembered? 

That I lived a life filled with passion, purpose, and never lost the ability to be kind.

 

About the speaker

Kate is a native Texan who has made the UK her home. She has over a decade of experience in the dynamic Scottish tech scene. Now, she utilises her varied and substantial 20-year experience in her Entrepreneurial Engagement Manager position at Tech Nation. Kate strives to identify tech business founders in Northeast England and to support their ambitious growth plans to rapidly scale their businesses.

 

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