#0 Matt Clifford on Scaling Your Ambition

By Nasos Papadopoulos, EF Head of Content

At Entrepreneur First, we’re committed to helping the most ambitious people create the world’s most important companies — from before they even have an idea or co-founder, to when they’re looking to turbo-charge their business.

The Scaling Ambition podcast is part of that mission. 

On the show you’ll hear from founders looking to fulfil their potential by starting a globally ambitious company and discover the principles needed to succeed as an entrepreneur - not from abstract advice or sweeping statements but from real stories of founders who made the leap and overcame the challenges on their path to start and scale a game-changing business.

In today’s episode I kick off the podcast by speaking to EF Co-Founder Matt Clifford.

Matt Co-Founded EF with Alice Bentinck back in 2011 and since then EF has gone from strength to strength, building hundreds of companies worth over $400m including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable and StackHut.

After starting London, EF has now set up additional programmes in Singapore and Berlin and recently raising funding from LinkedIn Co-Founder and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman to continue scaling the EF mission globally.

In this episode Matt and I discuss:

- Why the risk of starting a company isn’t as big as you think and the two kinds of risk that prospective founders often confuse
- How the world has moved from writing cheques to writing code and why technology entrepreneurship is the best career path for ambitious people
- How EF has formalised its offering to serve the different parts of the startup path – from helping you find a co founder to getting you funded

This was a fascinating a conversation as always with Matt and you’ll definitely get a sense of some of the driving ideas behind EF and insights into the current state of tech entrepreneurship.

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