Dan McGuire: Broadbean Technology
Focus: Online job ad distribution
Dan McGuire, 27
Company: Broadbean Technology
McGuire joined Broadbean, set up by serial entrepreneur Kelly Robinson, at 21. He believed in the concept so much he took out a loan to buy a 25% equity chunk of the business, and ran it successfully on a £35,000 overdraft for the first 24 months. It’s now a market leader, turning over £3.5m and with offices in London, Amsterdam and, soon, LA. Broadbean’s innovative technology distributes job ads to multiple locations online and allows recruiters to track their exact return from online ad spend. Broadbean counts many of Europe’s top recruitment firms among its clients, and McGuire recently signed an industry-first global deal with Manpower. The business has an exceptional client and staff retention record, and revenue should soar to £5.5m next year.
2012 update: Following the sale of Broadbean to Daily Mail General Trust’s digital arm in 2008, McGuire started a visual analytics business in 2011. Officially launched in May 2012 after a £0.5m personal investment, cube19 develops cloud-based graphics, used to simplify complex data. Having secured funding of $1.75m from private investors in November 2012, McGuire now plans to hit the global staffing and sales markets.