In the coming weeks, we will be releasing interviews with our team to show you who we are and why we do what we do. Stay with us throughout and at the end, we will have some big news to share with you!
Episode 1: David Stapleton,our Chief Executive Officer
There is no better way to start but to introduce our CEO, David Stapleton.
Who is David Stapleton?
David is originally from Birmingham, a Chartered Surveyor and Barrister. His family have been in the construction industry for generations. “My Great-Grandfather started a construction business in 1860 with a ladder and a wheelbarrow. My Grandfather and Father followed in his footsteps and bizarrely, I found myself in the same situation”. David spent most of his professional life in property acquisition and development before coming up with the idea of TenderSpace in 2014.
So what inspired TenderSpace?
Ever since University I’ve considered myself entrepreneurial. My personal experience and frustrations in the construction industry led me to that light bulb moment, it was time to change the tune. I wanted to create a product that I could be incredibly proud of and together with the team ultimately change the second least digitalised industry in the world. There are similarities between construction and software development; you start off with a vision which turns into specification,which then turns into architecture. The similarities end here though, as software is never a finished product.
What does your role entail at TenderSpace?
Each day is like being a composer and a conductor of an orchestra. There are a lot of parties involved in creating the software and you have to make sure that your team works in harmony. We are lean and mean, so we all have to turn our hands to every job or issue that might pop-up so I’m responsible for addressing these issues and facilitating the completion of relevant tasks.
What do you do outside of work?
My Wife, Emma (Co-Founder) and I are “lucky” enough to have two, seven-year-old twins and not to forget our puppy, Humphrey. The garage is now full with my old hobbies covering dust. We are all about family and the business now so we pretty much live and breathe TenderSpace at home too but I do enjoy tennis and sailing if there is ever time for it.
What would you say to yourself if you were just starting out in the business?
Go into banking! In all seriousness, I would tell myself not to assume if something was done the same way, it should be done the same way!
Finally, what is your favourite quote?
This links back to what I said about challenging the same.
“After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.” – Alfred E. Perlman