Mike Lynch, Autonomy

"Unless you are prepared to be obsessed... you probably won't be that successful" says Mike Lynch

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.

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Autonomy

  • 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."

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