Piers Linney is a successful entrepreneur, famed for being an investor on Dragon’s Den as an investor. Piers has honed his skills as a businessman, which he today uses to inform audiences on topics of financing high growth companies and thinking like an entrepreneur in his online speaking events. Piers has also worked as a Non-Executive Director of the British Business Bank, is the owner of Genesis Communications and the Co-CEO of Outsourcery.
Piers first worked as a solicitor after studying law and accounting. He then went on to work in banking and finance, holding positions at Credit Suisse and Barclays de Zoete Wedd. By 2000, Piers left the banking sector and began his journey as an entrepreneur founding an internet-based business. From that point on Piers has been heavily involved in various business start-ups, spanning the sectors of communications, technology and media. Piers is now an expert in important topics such as finance, the impact of technology and risk management, all of which he covers as an online speaker.
Piers is also widely known for appearing on the programme Secret Millionaire, and for investing in the business Wonderbly which has gone on to become the number one fastest-growing company in Tech Track as of 2017. He has also acted as a trustee of the charity Nesta and website Plotr and has forged a reputation for public speaking about helping budding entrepreneurs to start-up their businesses. Piers has continually received recognition for his work, including being listed in the Top 100 Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology by the Financial Times and in the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business 2018 list. He has also been recognised in the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Tech and the Top 100 Most Influential Black Britons on the JP Morgan Powerlist.
Today, Piers is highly sought as a speaker for a range of virtual events, engaging audiences with tales of business success and how they can think with an entrepreneurial mindset. Having forged a credible business career, Piers is an expert in topics such as financing high growth businesses, scaling up businesses, the impact of technology, risk management and the future of business. Piers also pushes the importance of having a diverse workforce in his speeches, encouraging a more inclusive future for the workplace.
Piers Linney is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:
“We invited Piers to talk to our colleagues about diversity and its importance in business at our first ever digital internal conference. We’re at the start of our journey when it comes to talking about race and ethnic diversity in the workplace and Piers pitched his session perfectly for our colleagues. His session was informative, insightful and inspiring and garnered fantastic engagement and feedback from colleagues, with several describing it as the best presentation they’ve seen during their time with the business. We’d have Piers back again in a heartbeat, on any one of the wide variety of subjects on which he’s an expert!”- Lauren, The Very Group
“Piers is a fantastic speaker and has an easy, upbeat and frank way of speaking about serious issues. With Piers, we had an open, honest and enlightening conversation with really good engagement from the online audience. It was very interesting hearing his own story which was truly inspiring. It was a popular event and the feedback on the session has been extremely positive. More importantly, Piers left us with lots to think about. One big take away from the session was ‘when hiring, don’t just hire yourself’. It was a fantastic session!”- African-Caribbean Network, EBRD
“Wanted to just drop you a quick note to thank you for spending time with us all this morning- as I said in the wrap up way to many golden nuggets in there to even try and pick them out, most of all having an external voice really bring things to life around making things happen- regardless of Growthathon- was brilliant. Thank you again and definitely hope our paths cross at some point soon”- Nick, CEO of Allocate Software