SportsTech Mentor Spotlight – Stuart Brown

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The SportsTech Mentor Spotlight is a series of interview profiling inspiring stories from our extended network of mentors at Qatar SportsTech. This time, the light shines on Stuart Brown, Founding Partner @ Frontier X. Together with Anthony McGuire, Stuart recently succeeded in raising $575 million in ICO for their blockchain entertainment company TaTaTu. 

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Like many other 80’s geeks – I was inspired by the 1983 smash hit film War Games, and have been drawn into the world of technology since.

In parallel, sport was instrumental in my family life which was ingrained in me since my childhood. My interests range from cycling, swimming, climbing, and athletics – where I was fortunate enough to compete as part of the British Triathlon Team in the early 2000s.

Fast forward to present day, I am the Founding Partner of Frontier X. Our focus is on incubating our own products with our thesis on Healthy Living and People Performance – cutting across wellness, healthcare, talent, and education. We have also verged outside of these verticals onto specific product areas, such as our recent success with Blockchains-powered media company TaTaTu.

Q: What made interested in joining Qatar SportsTech as a mentor?

I was the Founding Team Member of a Health Tech incubator focused on sport and increasing physical activity. We have success stories and learnings which I am excited to share and educate others with, which makes Qatar SportsTech a great platform and opportunity for me to combine my experience and passion for technology and sport.

Q: Where does your interest in startups come from?

I’m a hacker and designer at heart, my natural instinct is to build product and teams.

Q: How can you support the teams that you are will be mentoring?

I have my startup stripes so have the experience to navigate founders through the good times and bad. I’m a product designer and company builder first so can advise on product strategy, Go-To-Market, and building a great team.

Q: What would you recommend for startups working within SportsTech? Any final words of wisdom you would like to give?

Love the problem space. The greatest startups of the future will come from tackling society’s greatest problems, so be bold with your vision and sweat the little details.

 

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