Business In:Brief with Jason Wilby (Huddle)
Co-Founder and director of Huddle, 2016-present
Jason Wilby is the co-founder and joint chief executive at Huddle, a tech-driven insurance company. Prior to this, Jason spent years consulting to Australia's leading banks and insurance brands on strategy and product design. His consulting practice had him regularly advise C-suite executives, with career highlights including the development of IAG Ventures and the design of Westpac's digital employee experience.
What was your first job?
I started work at 13 doing an assortment of jobs at the beautiful Isle of Wight Botanic Gardens, UK, which is where I grew up.
What's your proudest achievement?
Founding and watching Huddle insurance grow and develop, and seeing the team's dedication to helping people take control of their money. We're using technology to create financial communities that have the power to make decisions about how their money is spent, and how to best support their community in moments of need. Our technology and team are already providing over $1 billion in cover for tens of thousands of members. And we're only just getting started.
What's the biggest lesson you've learnt?
We are all human. We all make mistakes. It's how we learn from them that counts.
What other business leader do you most admire and why?
Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia. He has built an incredible business by genuinely ensuring it reflects who he, and the broader team are. This is confidently reflected in the product and experiences that Patagonia creates, and in turn, has fuelled the business to form a highly engaged and loyal community.
What's the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
Don't cut corners, otherwise they will come back to bite you.
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