Dan, London

Dan is an entrepreneur, Angel investor, co-founder of Grabble and Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Winner. He featured in Drapers 30 under 30 in 2015. He loves cats.

What makes you happy?
People like you. People who get inspired by people, know it will be tough and go for it anyway…. My cats. Hiring awesome people who then tell me what I’m doing wrong and how I could do it better…

Is there something that you spent a long time believing you couldn’t do…. only to try it and realise that you can actually could do it? What made you try it?
Losing my virginity, technically that took the longest if you’re counting years, and then to find out I could do it after all, was really enlightening. I guess being attracted to women made me try it. Oh, you want a serious answer? Starting a tech company without knowing how to write code or having any network of even a single developer. What made me try it? YOLO. Literally.

If you were taking yourself on a night out, what would you arrange for yourself?
Guess I’d start at the cat themed cafe, before having a drink at an unknown pop up cocktail bar no one else knew about followed by a film at Picturehouse Central cos I love it there and culminating in a rave til 6am. Oh, and I forgot to eat, but whatever.

What’s one thing you do regularly in order to look after yourself?
I go [to the] gym 3 times a week and play squash most weekends.

Share one thing that used to make you really anxious, that you no longer worry about.
I dont think there’s anything that I no longer worry about honestly, but pets are amazing for stress and anxiety so on the whole I dont really worry too much generally…

Time is precious. What do you dedicate yours to?
Work cos work for me is great fun. I wish I wrote more.

Give your 18 year old self a piece of advice:
Dont go to uni. Just start working.

Will you grow old gracefully or disgracefully?
Probably the latter – find it unlikely I’ll be changing my old habits any time soon.

What do you hope people say about you when you eventually leave this mortal coil?
At least he had fun and enjoyed a laugh, plus… he really did love those cats, and nailed their instagram account (www.instagram.com/archieandbells)

How did answering these questions make you feel?
Pensive!

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