Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of Lastminute.com and Lucky Voice, is one of the UK's most successful female entrepreneurs. Her and business partner Brett Hoberman set up Lastminute.com which is an online travel agency and e-tailor which became an icon of the UK internet boom in the late nineties and early noughties. The company caused huge controversy when it floated in 2000 and was sold to Travelocity for £557 million. Martha Lane Fox has gone on to set up Lucky Voice, the karaoke chain bar and Antigone.org.uk, a grant giving foundation for start ups or early stage charities in healthcare, education and criminal justice.
In this video interview the famous entrepreneur talks about her days with lastminute.com and her successful business partnership with Hoberman. She talks us through how the partners secured finance through VC's, how taking a risk can pay off and the importance of spotting web trends. She also speaks about how she dealt with the backlash from the shareholders when the company floated, and her portrayal by the media and herself as a successful business woman.
Martha Lane Fox also speaks of her latest business venture Lucky Voice and how Karaoke shouldn't be popular in just Asia. She details her plans for expansion, concentrating on the hybrid business model and she gives expert advice on how even off-line companies should pay close attention to their web based activity.
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