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Michael Acton Smith

Entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith, founder of both Firebox and Mind Candy shares his journey from quirky idea and £1000, to multi-million pound company, helping his audiences learn from his mistakes, and understand how to absorb information and learn quickly to ensure success. His key note and after dinner speeches are delivered with enthusiasm and a sense of fun. 

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Michael Acton Smith Biography

Michael Acton Smith is the dynamic young entrepreneur who founded the popular gadget company Firebox. His next venture, Mind Candy, was launched to great reviews. Michael Smith is an inspirational and charismatic after dinner speaker in the field of entrepreneurship.

The internet based gadget shop Firebox.com is an internationally recognized household name, offering funky, innovative and quirky gadgets from around the world. The company now turns over in excess of £10 million, but it has not always been plain sailing for the young entrepreneur that co-founded the company, originally named Hot Box.

Michael Acton Smith has been fascinated by games and puzzles ever since receiving a copy of Masquerade for his seventh birthday. At University, Michael and his friends hit upon the idea of launching their own web based games company. In 1998. With £1000 cash given to them by...

Michael Acton Smith is the dynamic young entrepreneur who founded the popular gadget company Firebox. His next venture, Mind Candy, was launched to great reviews. Michael Smith is an inspirational and charismatic after dinner speaker in the field of entrepreneurship.

The internet based gadget shop Firebox.com is an internationally recognized household name, offering funky, innovative and quirky gadgets from around the world. The company now turns over in excess of £10 million, but it has not always been plain sailing for the young entrepreneur that co-founded the company, originally named Hot Box.

Michael Acton Smith has been fascinated by games and puzzles ever since receiving a copy of Masquerade for his seventh birthday. At University, Michael and his friends hit upon the idea of launching their own web based games company. In 1998. With £1000 cash given to them by Michael’s mother and using the free attic of one of their parents, Hot Box was launched.

The biggest breakthrough in their success came from the “Shot Glass Chess Set”, an idea that was born during a drunken night at the Union Bar. In 1998 the company moved to London and having made a startling discovery about another company called Hot Box, the pair rebranded and Firebox.com was born.

Michael confesses to his naivety about business in the beginning, but was determined that, with no other competitors in the market, their idea couldn’t fail. They set about absorbing information from every publication and source they could get their hands on in order to gain the help they needed to drive the company forward.

In fact, their growth was so spectacular that, in late 2004 Firebox was listed by The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 as the 13th fastest growing, privately owned business in the UK.

Today, following the immense success of Firebox and his latest equally quirky company Mind Candy, Michael is often asked to share his success stories with the corporate sector, as one can expect of a young gifted entrepreneur, Michael’s presentation style is fun, enthusiastic and has a powerful  underlying message of overcoming obstacles, sailing through the turbulent times and never giving up on the dream.

Speaking Topics

As a dynamic and hugely successful young entrepreneur Michael is perfectly placed to motivate an audience of entrepreneurs.

  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneur

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