Cambridge News do a printed write-up ‘A day in the life of’ and our founder Rob featured a couple of weeks back. Below is a snapshot of Robs typical working day!
Serial tech investor, Rob Precious is Founder and CEO of Incubyte, a digital business incubator based on the Cambridge Innovation Park in Waterbeach. Rob provides growth mentoring, Incubyte provides entrepreneurs and early-stage companies with a dedicated co-working environment and Incubyte.space which was launched earlier this year provides flexible term scale-up accommodation for companies experiencing rapid growth.
My son started reception class this Autumn so the morning routine has changed to accommodate the school run. It’s the perfect way to motivate and inspire me for the day ahead, seeing him happy to meet up with his new friends and looking forward to whatever the day will bring him.
I commute from Norfolk down the A10 and luckily the school run means I miss most of the morning traffic. Hands-free calling in the car means I can use the time productively to talk to any prospective clients or the accountant! My office routine has changed, for the better, thanks to the addition of a nifty Nespresso coffee machine which usually receives my full attention first thing. Incubyte is based on Cambridge Innovation Park which has a cafe and bistro onsite so there is normally a nice buzz which always helps kick me into gear.
After tackling the inbox and planning for the week ahead, I’m pleased to report that most of my days are filled with office show-arounds. In September of this year Paragon Land & Estates completed the fit-out of dedicated and private offices located in a co-working environment at Stirling House. Prospects I show around range from creative and digital freelancers through to international companies seeking to add Cambridge to their list of office HQs.
After another quick blitz of the inbox, it’s time for a bite to eat. When there’s a cafe 10 metres from your office, and another bistro cafe a minutes walk away….I rarely bring lunch into work. Lorna at the Hive cafe makes a mean steak panini and Fridays are burrito day, so I really have no choice in the matter.
Incubyte members come from a variety of sectors; agriculture, digital marketing, hospitality, legal and finance, gaming and AI to name a few. Some companies just need office space but others benefit from business mentoring which I really enjoy providing. I’d say 60% of my working week is dedicated to sitting down with the members (or Skype, as some aren’t local to Cambridge) and discussing their business strategy and everything in between; whether its raising finance, exploring the best exit for a company, recruitment, product development challenges, sales strategies and many other areas.
Based in Cambridge, one of the busiest innovation hubs in the UK, there is always a networking event worth attending. Last month I attended the well organised Pitchfest event (pictured below) at St John’s Innovation Centre which saw 16 startups pitch their company to a room of investors.
The week before that was Prowler.io’s Decision Summit at the beautiful Downing College where not only did I hear some excellent insight into how AI can be harnessed to make decisions that actually matter in todays society, I managed to bag some decent Prowler branded goodies 😉
If I’m not attending an event, I try to leave the office at a sensible hour to beat the Cambridge traffic. However, I’ve made a deal with my colleagues that next year… I’ll get back in the gym. Inspire Health & Fitness (gym and spa) is quite literally a stones throw from the office, there really is no excuse, is there? For our members, we’re able to offer complimentary gym membership to those who take up office space or a hot desk at IncubyteSpace.
To explore the available packages at IncubyteSpace – click here for the pdf.