I was at a business to business networking event with a little piece of paper in my back pocket with a picture of what iTeddy could look like. I met a girl scouting for Dragons' Den and told her all about my idea. She told me to get together a prototype and come back to the show. So I did.
Having Peter and Theo as mentors and shareholders in the business meant that straight away I can open up doors which I wouldn't have expected to open up or that would have been a little slower in opening up.
It also meant that every time we had to make a strategic decision, I had the benefit of some great entrepreneurial input. Whenever they gave me any advice, you could tell that somewhere along the line it was based on a decision they'd had to make. I was getting the benefit of all that experience.
Mentors like that bring a hell of a lot of experience to the table. At the same time, it is a real pleasure working with them both because there's a great banter between Peter and Theo as well.
As Theo says: "When you're in business, you've got to make money, but you've got to have fun... but don't forget to make the money as well!"
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