The 40 Minute Mentor podcast, hosted by James Mitra, CEO of JBM, celebrates the career advice from some of the most influential leaders and the latest is Gary Stewart.
Gary is founder and CEO of FounderTribes, Non Executive Director at Capital Enterprise, and named on the Powerlist of the 100 most influential black people in the UK.
Speaking to James, Gary shares the importance of thinking about business from a global perspective, he says, “My current business FounderTribes is all about giving entrepreneurs around the world access to feedback, networks, and then eventually to Capital.
“From my experience, as an immigrant and a gay man, I’m used to having many different contested identities thrown at me.
“I understand that in business, it’s very easy to be misunderstood, so I always try to put myself in someone else’s shoes. By doing that one action, it becomes really easy to get people to want to do business with you because they feel seen and heard and respected. I think that’s really the key to everything.”
Given the reported lack of diversity in the tech industry, when asked about what tech companies can do to promote a more diverse workforce, Gary says, “Generally the problem with diversity is that people conceive of difference as risk and not as opportunity.
“We have to get over this presumption that if you take on a woman, or a person of colour, they’re inferior, and therefore you’re taking an additional risk, or you’re doing it because you’re a good charitable person. I don’t want to be your charity case, and I don’t need to be either.”
You can hear more from Gary in the 40 Minute Mentor podcast which is available on Apple, Spotify, Soundcloud, and all major podcast platforms.