Food delivery disruptor Just Eat went from making just £36 in its first month to a valuation of £5.5 billion at its IPO. David Buttress, the company’s Co-founder and former CEO, shares his inspiring story of entrepreneurship and growing a business with Hanover’s Guto Harri. 

“If you can engineer within yourself a desire way beyond what’s rational in terms of wanting to succeed, you probably have a fair chance of doing something that is a little bit out of the ordinary. And I think everyone has it in them. It’s just whether you can find that internal fire and desire to really push yourself beyond what’s normal. And that’s what entrepreneurs do.” 


David joined Just Eat in March 2006 to launch its UK business, and was appointed CEO in January 2013. David led Just Eat in the UK from startup to becoming Europe’s largest technology IPO in a decade.

As CEO of Just Eat David was responsible for leading several major investments and acquisitions. Highlights include acquiring leading technology businesses in Australia (menulog), Spain (la nevera roja) , Italy (Pizza Bo), Canada (Skip the Dishes), UK (hungryhouse and Flypay) and LATAM (ifood).

In 2014, David was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Investor Allstars Awards and he was also named as one of Britain's most influential people in the Debrett's 500 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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