Meet Colin Baker - Executive Chairman of 365 Aviation
27 February 2017
Luxury magazine, The Sybarite interviewed Colin Baker, Executive Chairman of 365 Aviation and discussed travelling the world, his impressive career history and tips for entrepreneurs.
Colin Baker still refers to himself as a Londoner, “born-and-bred”, despite having spent most of his adult life living overseas – primarily in Eastern Asia. Before setting up 365 Aviation, Colin had a long career as a stockbroker, a job that took him to some incredible places around the world. However, finance wasn’t his first port of call; he originally intended to study law. “I kind of fancied myself as a barrister for some reason,” he recalls. But money excited him and Baker soon hot footed it to the capital’s finance hub, the City, where he worked on the old London Stock Exchange trading floor.
Having worked for companies for so long, Colin relished life as an entrepreneur and active early investor. “There literally is no tangible product in finance and trading,” he says. “There’s a kick out of thinking about an idea and a sense of satisfaction in backing an idea, whether it’s yours or someone else’s. Entrepreneurs don’t live in bubbles, quite often they collaborate or invest in each other’s businesses."
However, it’s not always smooth sailing, and Baker admits there have been low points during his time as an entrepreneur too.
His advice to budding entrepreneurs? “People matter. Human beings matter a lot more than just a business idea. The best business idea in the world will not succeed if you do not have the right people in place.” He also believes that a successful business is 20 percent idea and 80 percent people.
Read the full interview here.