Meditation for clarity of thought
Firdaus Nagree, angel investor, founder and CEO of FCI London’s largest design showroom for high-end furniture and interiors with offices in India, UAE and Nigeria, joins us this week. Firdaus shares his journey from a family business to celebrated multi-award winner. Firdaus openly discusses how he learnt from mistakes made in his early career and how his change in attitude towards business relationships enabled him to shape his decision making processes today. He goes deeper to explain how a eureka moment has since formed his current inclusive managerial style and has enabled him to better mentor start-ups within his role at Entrepreneurs' Organization, the international entrepreneurial network.
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Firdaus Nagree is the CEO of FCI London, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, father, husband and passionate scuba diver who has founded or funded numerous successful companies since 1999. After beginning his career as a strategy consultant with Accenture, Firdaus quickly became involved in the London property scene, trading properties from the age of 21. He began investing in equities in 1999; Google and Apple being some of his early investments.
He has been actively involved as an executive, board member or investor in a variety of sectors including digital hospitality, F&B, construction, interior design, retail, bridge finance, proptech, education, aggregated logistics, property, on-demand food delivery and insurance.
As an entrepreneurial executive himself, Firdaus is the founder and CEO of FCI London, a multi-award winning interiors and lifestyle house with offices and showrooms in the UK, UAE, Nigeria & India. In addition, he is CEO of digital agencies Serious e-Media and Afro E-Media. Firdaus was the lead investor for YourWelcome, Minicabster, The Grid, Onlicar, serves as a special adviser to the LKN, Kanban and Bridge Invest, and is an active early stage investor in startups including AllPlants, Stirr, Path 81, Vidorra, Svami, RainCan, LuckNow 49, Healthunlocked, Abacus Insights, Propio, F45 and many more.
Firdaus is passionate about helping individuals and organisations maximise their potential and acts as a mentor and business adviser to startups and new CEOs.
He is well known in the London business community and sits on the board of the international entrepreneurial group, EO. EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs; the invitation only organisation helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to world class thought leaders.
Firdaus attended UMIST in Manchester and London Business School and spends most of his time in London, Dubai and Mumbai.
He is actively involved with a number of charitable organisations including YUVA, EKTA, WeForest and Bright Futures UK. He is always extremely eager to speak to companies and individuals who are able to help support these charities through financial donations or goods & services.
He is an expert scuba diver, scrambled egg maker and piggyback provider. Firdaus enjoys science fiction and practices meditation and bio-hacking.
Produced by Mark Tomlin
Interview with CDCLifestyle.com - Multitasking And Maintaining Family Life With Entrepreneur Firdaus Nagree Of FCI