A Leading International Speaker Consultation & Booking Service

International Speaker Bureau

Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 7070

Search

Nick Jenkins

Entrepreneur Nick Jenkins founded Moonpig.com in July 2000 after spending eight years working in Moscow as a commodities trader. He returned to the UK in 1998 and, keen to start his own business, Nick wanted to utilise possibilities of the internet to find a gap in the market and provide a commodity that just wasn’t available on the high street.

If you are interested in booking Nick Jenkins for your live event or require any additional information regarding Nick Jenkins then please fill in the enquiry form and one of the Speakers Corner booking agents will contact you within 24 hours.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070
or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Nick Jenkins Biography

Entrepreneur Nick Jenkins founded Moonpig.com in July 2000 after spending eight years working in Moscow as a commodities trader. He returned to the UK in 1998 and, keen to start his own business, Nick wanted to utilise possibilities of the internet to find a gap in the market and provide a commodity that just wasn’t available on the high street.

While studying for an MBA at Cranfield, the idea for Moonpig.com stemmed from a process of eliminating various other business models. Nick wanted to use the capabilities of the internet to make a personalised greetings card, something that you couldn’t buy in the average card shop. It was still early days in the e-commerce world, so Nick’s online venture was truly innovative for its time.

Nick Jenkins’ instincts proved fruitful. He spotted his opportunity while buying greeting cards – he’d Tipp-ex out the...

Entrepreneur Nick Jenkins founded Moonpig.com in July 2000 after spending eight years working in Moscow as a commodities trader. He returned to the UK in 1998 and, keen to start his own business, Nick wanted to utilise possibilities of the internet to find a gap in the market and provide a commodity that just wasn’t available on the high street.

While studying for an MBA at Cranfield, the idea for Moonpig.com stemmed from a process of eliminating various other business models. Nick wanted to use the capabilities of the internet to make a personalised greetings card, something that you couldn’t buy in the average card shop. It was still early days in the e-commerce world, so Nick’s online venture was truly innovative for its time.

Nick Jenkins’ instincts proved fruitful. He spotted his opportunity while buying greeting cards – he’d Tipp-ex out the card’s caption and write in one of his own. Allowing customers to create their own cards over the internet was his brainwave. In 1999, he bought some factory space and invested  his own money into the business. Having hired a web company and recruited a printing specialist, in August 1999 Nick signed up greetings card publisher Paperlink as an investor. In return, they gave Moonpig.com the rights to sell its card designs online.

The original launch of Moonpig.com in 2000 coincided with the collapse of the dot-com bubble which meant progress was difficult at first, but the company raised further investment from private investors and venture capital, and the advent of broadband and digital cameras together with news spreading by word-of-mouth meant sales steadily increased, with the first profits being made in 2005, after five years and four rounds of fundraising. Moonpig.com had created a new sector within the greeting card industry.

After making their first profits, Moonpig rose from strength to strength, dominating brand recognition and the online greetings card market. By February 2008 it had over three million customers, selling 12 million cards a year and is now one of Britain’s fastest growing companies.

Moonpig.com expanded into the Australian market in 2004, and in 2010 it launched in the United States. It was purchased by Photobox in 2011 for £120 million.

Nick is now a Dragon on the BBC Two show Dragon’s Den. After proving himself that he can take a start-up to a million-pound venture, he now scouts the potential in others too. An ideal business speaker who can share his entrepreneurial experience, Nick is perfect for the corporate circuit.

For further information or to book Aldo Zilli, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

 

Read more

Related blog

New website features: searching for your speaker

We have new features on our website! When somebody contacts us to make an enquiry, we like to get right down…

Are You Creating Friction for Your Online Customers?

Anders Sörman-Nilsson, a global futurist and innovation strategist, helps leaders and Fortune 500 companies…

View all blogs

Other speakers you might like

  • David Blakeley

    David Blakeley

    Captain David Blakeley was a commander in the secretive British military unit The Pathfinders, also known…

  • Steve Morrison

    Steve Morrison

    Former head of Granada TV and non-exec chairman of All3Media, Steve Morrison set up the Creative Entrepreneurs…

  • Mike Harris

    Mike Harris

    Founder & former CEO of First Direct & Egg, Mike Harris offers customised keynote speeches on entrepreneurism,…

  • Luis Huete

    Luis Huete

    Professor Luis Huete was recommended by The Institute for International Research who reported 3 out of…

  • Speakers Corner (London) Ltd
    Unit 31, Highbury Studios
    10 Hornsey Street
    London
    N7 8EL

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 7070 
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7700 8847 
    info@speakerscorner.co.uk

  • Extremely efficient in organising. Support was excellent and I never felt anything could go wrong. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

  • Footer Logos

    logo-1.png

Agile web development by Byte9

Top