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GetCast: From flying jets to launching apps – FreeAgent’s CEO on getting an idea off the ground

Few people make the leap from fighter pilot to CEO of a cloud business software company. Ed Molyneux made this journey from the clouds to the cloud, setting up small business accounting software FreeAgent. We caught up with him to discover how a simple need to manage his own finances turned into the launch of a successful cloud app.

[00:02:47] Lessons from 11 years as a Harrier Jet pilot.

“The excitement that you get from being part of a really effective team isn’t that dissimilar to those days [as a Harrier pilot].”

[00:07:49] Building a team.

“You recognize the gaps in your abilities and you hire people who can do the things, and are excited about doing the things, that you just can’t do.”

[00:10:53] Bridging the gap between engineers and pilots.

“If you understand the problem domain and you understand technology, then you can be very effective at solving some of those problems.”

[00:17:03] How FreeAgent came to be.

“The very first inception of FreeAgent was me solving my own problem which was: ‘how do I manage my own finances in a way that I understand?’”

[00:21:28] Apps used by FreeAgent.

[00:23:40-00:24:33] Trello use case for a 70-person team.

[00:27:34] An app problem FreeAgent is struggling with.

[00:30:25] Ed’s role at Administrate.

[00:33:16] Three questions a growing company needs to ask itself.

[00:36:30] Beware of the shiny app promising to solve all your problems.

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Jimmy Flores :Jimmy loves apps. He's always finding an excuse to record a podcast or video about apps. He also pays for far too many of them. So many that his wife wonders where all those PayPal invoices are coming from each month. He excels at annoying everyone by constantly spouting his paleo nonsense.