For him, the benefits of mentoring – as well as presently juggling three board-level roles – are simple. “I rather glibly say it’s because I don’t like golf much,” joked David (left), before adding: “Why do people volunteer for anything really? It’s rewarding and working with people like Ola is interesting. It keeps you thinking, it’s just stimulating, it’s fun.”
While David said he thinks Solveteq could have succeeded even without the guidance of mentors, he believes it likely would have taken a lot longer. Ola said she agreed with that sentiment - but also noted that, at some points along the way, she was tempted not to take that initial leap of faith.
“Learning from people who have seen it before, done it before and who have that experience, I was incredibly lucky and grateful,” she said. “They gave me honest and unbiased input; they told me what it might look like. If I did not have that input, I would probably not have changed my career but even if I had done that, I probably would have made a lot more mistakes along the way.”