Meet the Team: Chris Empson, Business Development Executive
5th July 2019
I left school at 18 and after a year at Plymouth University I decided it wasn’t for me, so instead joined the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Business Banking division and spent two years working with start-ups. During this time I got to understand the market, write business plans to secure lending and ultimately help grow businesses. I did this for two years before leaving the country for another year to teach English in China, Korea and eventually Cambodia. On my return to the UK, I decided to join a re-seller and solution provider just outside of Bristol, since then I’ve worked for a Cloud Service Provider in London, and have now returned to Bristol to work for Stripe!
I actually learnt to scuba-dive a couple of years ago, which was an amazing experience, I’d highly recommend to anyone who loves the sea! I also once ate a triple cheeseburger in under thirty seconds… Definitely a physical achievement.
Well, they chose me! But in all honesty I really liked the energy that came across when I was interviewed, everyone at Stripe is extremely focused, knowledgeable and passionate. For me that makes a great combo and a great business. I feel like I’ve joined at a really exciting time!
My day mostly consists of meeting up with prospects and clients, building relationships and driving business for the territory. I love my job and I love the momentum it requires, no day is the same when you’re working in business development!
I’m a massive film geek and love Scorsese and the Coen Brothers, beyond that I love getting along to gigs as often as I can. I took my dad to see Eric Clapton, Santana and Steve Winwood last year, it’s been a dream of ours since I was a nipper!
Tom Petty; he had an unreal voice until the day he died and boy could he write a tune! He was the soundtrack to my childhood, so I’d have to buy him a beer for that. If Tom’s not around, I’d like to meet Stanley Kubrick, but let’s be honest, he was a bit of a grump by all accounts!