Alister Esam – Bio
Alister Esam is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and business development strategist with a proven track record in the technology sector.
His transformative journey in the business world began after earning a degree in Mathematics from Nottingham University, leading him to train as an Actuary.
His role as an Actuary, providing strategic advice to pension fund boards, offered him an initial glimpse into the inefficiencies of businesses and board meetings.
After nine years, Alister transitioned to a Business Development Director role. However, he noticed the persistent systemic inefficiencies in this new environment. As the pension crisis loomed, Alister took the initiative to establish eShare, aiming to enhance the effectiveness of pension boards. Despite no financial backing, eShare grew to become the largest UK-based provider of board portal technology.
The journey was not without its challenges. Alister found himself engrossed in an 80-hour workweek, which not only took a toll on his own wellbeing but also affected his employees. His initial approach to micromanagement led to a decline in employee motivation and productivity. This realisation prompted a significant shift in his leadership style.
Alister began to appreciate the value of allowing work to happen naturally within a supportive ecosystem that fosters growth and continuous improvement. This approach revolutionised his business, reducing his work hours from 80 to 14 per week, while motivating and empowering 75 employees to effectively run the business.
His transformative leadership resulted in a successful sale of eShare in 2018. The experience taught Alister that many businesses face similar struggles, sparking his desire to share his insights and promote a more efficient, human-centred work culture.
Alister’s mission is clear: to transform the current work paradigm because, in his words, “Work, doesn’t Work.”
Key qualifications and achievements
Founder, The SaaS Peer Group
Founded The SAAS Peer Group, where tech companies meet monthly to solve each other’s business issues.
CEO and Founder, beSlick
Established a new venture, beSlick, embodying his innovative work principles as a software and services business that transforms a company's culture and growth prospects for the better.
Mentor and Investor
Investor and mentor to 20+ start-companies, primarily tech businesses.
CEO and Founder, eShare
Founded eShare, a company that became the largest UK-based provider of board portal technology, without any external financial backing. Implemented a transformative leadership style, which reduced personal work hours, while increasing employee motivation and productivity. Successfully sold eShare in 2018.
Business Development Director
As business development director we went from £0.5m and 2 clients to £6m and 50 clients in 2 years.
Spent nine years as an Actuary providing strategic advice to pension fund boards.
BSc Mathematics, University of Nottingham
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