Mike Lynch, Autonomy
In just 13 years, Mike Lynch has seen his company grow from a tiny start-up into one of the largest technology firms in the UK.
- Turnover: $740 million (2009)
- Number of employees: 1,800
- HQ location: Cambridge, UK and San Francisco, USA
- Year founded: 1996
- Ownership: Listed on the London Stock Exchange
Customers (who include large corporations like Boeing, IBM and Pfizer) use Autonomy's software to extract useful information from "unstructured" sources such as phone-calls or emails.Key Advice
"Unless you are prepared to be obsessed... you probably won't be successful; so you have to ask yourself honestly… are you actually obsessive enough to really, really want to do this."