Who is Steven Bartlett?
by Alfie Powell, on 9 March, 2018
In this age of entrepreneurialism and content coming from every single angle you can think of (and even decimal angles like 78.3o) it’s no surprise that people everywhere are looking for someone to lead by example and inspire us into creating the next “big thing”.
I watched an interview with one particular entrepreneur the other day (because that's the sort of person I am now) and, to his face, he was genuinely described as a “super-human god-like creature”. People like looking up to people…
That’s where Steven Bartlett comes in. If, like me, you come from the world of digital content and publishing – it’s a long shot but you might be – then you’ll have heard Steven Bartlett’s name more than a few times and you’ll be acutely aware that every single CEO of a social publishing company under the age of 45 tries their hardest to be him.
When you look at what Bartlett has achieved at the age of just 28, it’s absolutely no surprise that he has become a figure of such intense envy and unmarred respect and by all accounts, he will not be slowing down any time soon.
As a little background, Bartlett was born in Botswana and many years later, found himself as a university dropout working from his bedroom in Manchester. It was in this bedroom that the then 22-year-old put his creative knowhow to the test and ended up creating Social Chain and Media Chain; companies that would grow to become some of the largest ever in their field.
Now in its sixth year of operation, Social Chain - which Steven Bartlett and co-founder Dominic McGregor parted ways from last summer - has a few clients that you may just have heard of, including the likes of Apple, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Superdry and Nokia, all the while Media Chain reaches up to and beyond 1.8 billion people a month through a series of online brands that it owns.
Not too bad, eh?
As per his website, Bartlett has spoken at the United Nations, SXSW 2019, VTEX Day alongside Barack Obama, Ted Talk and many, many more events and organisations.
Very recently, Bartlett made history as he became the youngest ever "dragon" on the BBC investing show Dragons' Den, where he will be appearing alongside Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman and Sara Davies.
Bartlett also has a book called Happy Sexy Millionaire, which chronicles his journey from his bedroom in Manchester where he wrote that he wants to be a “happy, sexy millionaire” by the time he was 25 in his diary, to where he is now, and how he achieved so much more than that.
You can read our write up of that right here, you lucky thing!