It’s time for another Behind the Biz interview! This is my weekly interview series where I share a new interview each week with founders of fantastic companies, start-ups and more.
In today’s interview I’m chatting with Allan Large, the founder of FIZ.
FIZ is a totally new concept. It brings TV and radio together to allow users to listen to their favourite TV shows through their audio streaming app. This really caught my attention because when I’m at the gym I’ll often have Netflix or YouTube playing but keep my phone upside down or in my pocket. I like to listen to my favourite shows but carry on with working out, cleaning or walking into the city.
Please tell us about FIZ.
Fiz throws the entertainment door wide open by providing an audio streaming service that enables listeners to enjoy the very best audio content from any television channel, via a downloadable, dedicated app.
Where did the inspiration for Fiz come from?
The inspiration for FIZ has been rattling around my brain for 2 to 3 years. I really enjoy watching the news channels, BBC news or Sky News and when I was out and about in my car I often thought to myself how cool it would be to listen to those channels on the radio. You can listen to radio 4 for example but it’s not quite the same is it? So although the germ of a great idea was nagging away inside my head I wasn’t well placed to do anything about it. And yet good ideas refuse to go away. The more I thought about it the more I thought how brilliant it would be if I could listen to some of my favourite programs in the car for example: Only Fools & Horses, Friends, The Simpsons….. listening choices that could change the face of “radio“.
How did you decide upon the name of your brand?
What did you do before starting Fiz?
Did you always plan to be self-employed?
What has been the highlight of your business journey to date?
What role does social media play for your business and do you have a favourite social platform?
What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
In terms of what advice I would give to aspiring entrepreneurs, you have to remember that I’m still a long way from making my own project happen. In the past I have helped companies in my capacity as a business development consultant and I know how difficult it is to get a an idea or a product of the ground. Actually ‘difficult’ doesn’t even come close to describe how tough it is to make it happen, it is virtually impossible to these days to find anyone who would invest in an idea or product and in fact this has become a pet subject for me that I would like to pursue should I become in any way successful with my project. What I mean is that I would like to do more to help aspiring entrepreneurs because there are so many false leads and dead ends that you come across when you are trying to get something off the ground. I could write a book about it.
Where do you hope to take your business in 2018?
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