• Question: If your experiment turns out well, would you start your own company?

    Asked by 692spcn38 to Leah-Nani, Kathryn, Ian, Andrew on 22 Jun 2018.
    • Photo: Kathryn Burrows

      Kathryn Burrows answered on 22 Jun 2018:

      No, starting a company is a big achievement but it takes a lot of time and effort! I am happy being part of NPL.

    • Photo: Leah-Nani Alconcel

      Leah-Nani Alconcel answered on 22 Jun 2018:

      Starting your own company requires a skill set I don’t (yet) have! Certainly I would want more direct management experience before doing that. I’d happily join a start-up to get that experience, but I wouldn’t try to start my own company from scratch just yet.

    • Photo: Ian Jones

      Ian Jones answered on 22 Jun 2018:

      I have started a company. It takes a lot of effort – hard work, determination and good luck too. We’re now growing quickly and its great to be able to widen the range of projects that we’re doing and to help some new engineers to get started on their careers.

    • Photo: Andrew Margetts-Kelly

      Andrew Margetts-Kelly answered on 22 Jun 2018:

      If when experimenting we find something really useful but that things isn’t really the core interest of the company (like we discover socks, but we build spacecraft), we can create something called a “spin off” company (so a new sock company is born for example).

      Will I ever do that? I don’t know. It depends if I still want to build spacecraft or make socks.