Updated: Mar 29, 2019
Anthony Odogwu is an award-winning entrepreneur, digital vanguard & polymath. He is a previous winner of the Sony Mobile Technology Enterprise Award and was featured in the London Evening Standard newspaper as one of London's rising young entrepreneurs. In November 2018, Anthony received the Royal Bank of Scotland & NatWest Bank ‘BeMogul’ Tech Entrepreneur of the Year award alongside the special award 'Man to Watch' for 2018/19.
This is Anthony chatting with us whilst on the move between meetings in London.
How are you Anthony?
I’m great thank you. Thanks for asking!
Tell us about your business.
We are Future Space Technologies, an award-winning social media agency that focuses on social media management for businesses. Our expertise is in engaging and connecting with emerging audiences, whether Generation Z or millennials. We help businesses grow with the effective use of social media and mobile apps so that they generate leads that can be converted into sales.
What inspired you to start your own tech company?
I think growing up, the spark for entrepreneurship and technology was always there. As a youngster, it kicked off with a love for Gameboy, PlayStation and hip-hop moguls like P Diddy and Russell Simmons. Then, when I had to choose a subject to study at university it had to be technology-focused, and more specifically, computer science.
As things progressed, the new economy was now starting with social media at the forefront - first Facebook, then the launch of the first-generation iPhone, then YouTube and so on, and I thought ‘Hey, I can do this’. It was something I thought I could be good at and I believed I had a shot. So, Future Space Technologies was born.
How long has Future Space Technologies been going?
We’ve been in operation for 4 years now.
What’s a key challenge you’ve faced and how have you handled it?
I think one of the key challenges I’ve faced has been really learning how to navigate the space and understand how it all works and getting into the mindset of what it means to be an entrepreneur. I had to ask myself all over again ‘What is entrepreneurship?’
Then came the realisation that not everyone is up to speed with what new technologies are all about. I realised I had to educate key stakeholders including buyers, who were not really au fait or in tune, surprisingly, with what they wanted. So, I had to learn to communicate what we do at Future Space Technologies. I have learnt and accepted that entrepreneurship is a walk rather than a sprint!
What excites you?
I’m excited by knowledge, so learning new things that can help me grow and add value to my business. I look forward to the prospect of what the future will bring. The future looks great and there are some great innovations coming from us.
Just growing and expanding into new spaces and new demographics is something I look forward to. Taking Future Space Technologies globally is something that really excites me too.
The first thing you do when you wake up is…
Have some quiet time, pray, speak positively into the day and from there, press on!
And the last thing before going to sleep?
I’ll probably be mixing! I love music, so I’ll definitely be DJing, putting some new mixes together for the office and my headphones.
On a day off, what would you do?
I’d be switched off. Taking it easy. I really love to travel so if I’ve planned a trip I’ll probably be on the plane, jet-setting somewhere. But yeah – just taking it easy.
Three people you would like to have a chat with are:
Number one would be the first black tech-entrepreneur who was an African-American, the Founder of Vista Equity Partners, Robert F Smith. Next is Damon Dash, Co-Founder of the Rocafella Empire. Last but not least is Debra Lee, CEO at BET.
We appreciate your time Anthony, and for the good news for parents whose children love gaming: gaming can lead to a productive career!
You can find out more about Future Space Technologies at:
M: +44 (0) 784 155 7749 E: email@example.com
Twitter & IG: futurespacetechnologies
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