Steven is the 24 year old CEO and co founder of Social Chain. In the last few years, he has become an award winning entrepreneur, speaker and investor and now leads a company of 100+ like minded individuals who are quickly disrupting the ever-changing social sphere. Social Chain’s presence is now felt in Manchester, London, Berlin, New York and worldwide! But above all, his passion lies in engaging and inspiring the next generation.
By 20, Steven had dropped out of University following one business lecture, with plans to create an online community for students. People often talk about having nothing and starting from the bottom, but this story is very familiar to Steven, as he has lived it. Whilst living in a small room above a take-away, working on a computer held together with tape and wire, Steven began his first company- Wallpark.
Wallpark was an online platform designed to connect students based on common interests surrounding university life, connecting students to other students, and it began to bridge the gap between brands and online communities. As it developed, Steven began to realise it did not need a middleman- why not bring the brands directly to the communities? And Social Chain was born.
Together with his business partner, who at the time ran Student Problems, a Twitter page with huge popularity, they scoured the country, and the world for the owners of the biggest social media communities. Tapping into both their resource pools and knowledge. Bringing together the largest online communities under one roof brought a convergence of the biggest engagement and influence ever seen online… Social Chain now speaks for itself, it works with some of the biggest brands in the world, monopolising social marketing and launching brands into the social space. But as with every venture, it’s not always up. Even starting out, nights were spent sleeping on benches in London so they could attend business meetings. But with this level of perseverance and drive, comes an eventual upturn.
As Steven’s career has developed, people have become more and more interested in his story, asking how he has achieved what he has at such a young age. There is no one answer for this. You cannot simply instruct someone to be successful, there is no entrepreneurial blueprint and ideas aren’t thought up overnight. So Steven is sharing his journey and progression online, in an attempt to engage young people and inspire them to resist convention and follow their dreams.
Steven is often asked, why he does it. Unlike a lot of his entrepreneurial peers, it has very little to do with projecting his image into the public sphere. He does this, to prove to his 18 year old self, that it can be done. You can pull yourself from some of the darkest places, both mentally and physically.. If you have the right drive and determination, it can be done. Steven wants to inspire a generation to overcome their fear and negativity, and to believe that they can too.
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