The Startupbootcamp Mentor Spotlight is a series of interviews profiling inspiring stories from our extended network of mentors at Qatar SportsTech. This time, we sit down with Anthony McGuire, Co-Founder @ Frontier X.
After traveling the world, working at some of the most exciting companies, founding the blockchain entertainment company, TaTaTu and raising $575 million in ICO, Anthony shares his wisdom on how to remain inspired as an entrepreneur.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am originally from New Zealand but have an international identity crisis–having lived, worked, and studied in eight different countries – New Zealand, Japan, Russia, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, the US, and the UK. After spending five years at Facebook (New York and London) managing global partnerships with clients including Procter & Gamble, Volkswagen, and Heineken, I left to co-found Frontier X, a company focused on blockchain, entertainment, and education. I was part of the founding team of TaTaTu, a blockchain entertainment company that raised $575 million in a token sale and am about to publish a book called Music On A Blockchain, which addresses how blockchain can help solve problems in the creative fields.
Q: What made you interested in joining Qatar SportsTech as a mentor?
Considering that Qatar is hosting the upcoming World Cup, this program is well placed to emerge as an exciting global hub for sports technology. I look forward to meeting anyone with ambitious goals to harness technology in order to create new opportunities in sports and entertainment.
Q: Where does your interest in startups come from?
After university, my first job was at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. For someone with no tech background, this was an incredible crash course in all the most exciting things happening in fields such as biotechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence. This experience helped me realize that the greatest socio-economic growth comes from startups using technology to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Since then, I have immersed myself in the exciting world of tech startups.
Q: How can you support the teams that you are will be mentoring?
My background has given me strong experience in sales & marketing, company culture, and international business development. I hope to add value to any startups looking for advice in those areas, whether their area of focus is small businesses or large corporates.
Q: What would you recommend for startups working within SportsTech? Any final words of wisdom you would like to give?
Avoid conventional thinking, think as big as possible, and hold on tight to your optimism. Steve Jobs said “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
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