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One of the reasons we named the company Lucy was after my daughter Lucia, who at 10 years old has no experience of the world dampening her unbounded enthusiasm and drive. That spirit is what we want to re-ignite in all of our customers as they start and grow their businesses.

UK

Luke Janssen

When I was in my late 20s I quit my job as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and started Tigerspike, a mobile technology company that ended up (13+ years later) with over 300 people in offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney. We sold Tigerspike in 2017 and I moved to Bali to decide next steps.

After some soul searching, I decided that the right thing to do was to try to help improve the lives of as many people as possible. After lots of calculations I realised that the most effective way for me to do that was to support entrepreneurs. If someone like me (i.e. not the smartest person in the class) could have a reasonably large impact with Tigerspike, then supporting entrepreneurs was the right area to focus on.

I also knew from experience (and the data confirms this) that women entrepreneurs build longer term, lower risk and more sustainable businesses, and on top of that, they also give more back to their families and communities. So to maximise my impact in the short time I have in the world, I realised that supporting women entrepreneurs had to become my mission. Inexplicably, not many financial companies were helping women entrepreneurs so I got together with Hal and Debbie and we founded Lucy. One of the reasons we named the company Lucy was after my daughter Lucia, who at 10 years old has no experience of the world dampening her unbounded enthusiasm and drive. That spirit is what we want to re-ignite in all of our customers as they start and grow their businesses.

In my spare time I am a qualified yacht master, scuba diver, skydiver, freediver, pilot, and Chartered Accountant. My second love after my family is music. I sing, play guitar and piano, and am the world whistling champion!
Artist: Katya, from Russia