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How to shorten a six-month recruitment period to three weeks?


Derek Colvin

Derek Colvin

Group CTO

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In this episode of the Breakfast Bar Podcast Series, Stephen May speaks with Derek Colvin, the Group Chief Technology Officer at Marcol. The company is a pan-European operating investor focused on propelling existing businesses to the next stage of growth. Derek's diverse experiences, including internet engineering at Microsoft for MSN, the design and rollout of Xbox Live, ventures into startups and scale-ups, followed by a significant stint at the BBC, highlight his adaptability and commitment to innovation. This story is certain to capture interest and motivate budding developers, tech enthusiasts, and industry professionals alike.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Derek Colvin’s career path, his role at Marcol, and his most significant accomplishments.

  • How Derek Colvin stays updated with the latest tech and developments.

  • Genuine enthusiasm within the field and an unconventional career journey.

  • The preferable computer language or development framework and the extent of standardization required.

  • Important attributes of good software or IT system design.

  • Advice for developers on skill expansion.

  • The challenges of finding a skilled specialist and what led Derek to the concept of IT outstaffing utilization.

  • The primary issues addressed by outstaffing and the pros and cons of outsourcing.

  • Expert guidance for those considering the IT outstaffing solution.

Join the Breakfast Bar to listen to engaging discussions guided by a prominent industry expert who willingly imparts a treasure trove of knowledge and experience.

Derek Colvin


Derek Colvin

Group CTO

Derek is a seasoned leader in technology investment and operations, boasting a remarkable 25-year career of scaling businesses from pre-revenue stages to multi million-pound turnovers.

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