Ed Thompson is the co-founder and CTO at Altrincham-headquartered tech company Matillion.
Initially starting out with a career as an IBM software consultant, Thompson spent 11 years consulting for blue-chip companies across the UK.
He launched Matillion alongside CEO Matthew Scullion in 2011, which now has more than 650 employees across dual headquarters in both Greater Manchester and Denver.
As one of the North’s regional success stories and tech ‘unicorns’, companies that have a valuation of over $1bn, Matillion works with global organisations of all sizes to integrate and transform data with its products.
Recently securing further investment from the US, Matillion has plans to “fuel growth” of its cloud-native data integration platform.
Thompson shared how a recent week in his life went at Matillion’s Northern HQ…
I have three children and three dogs, so my day begins with getting everyone out of the door in some fashion! So between my wife and I, we take the dogs for a morning walk and take the children to school.
My working day starts at 9 or slightly after, but a lot of the people I work with day-to-day are based in the US, so I often end up adjusting my hours to align better with their time zone. Matillion is dual-headquartered between Manchester and Denver, and it’s that connection between colleagues on either side of the pond that makes our company special.
Later in the morning, I attend weekly stand-up meetings with our senior technical and architectural teams to get a closer look at how our software is being built and updated, and help them through that process.
Early in the week I usually bring together the office of the CTO team, which I oversee. It’s a part of the job I really enjoy; bringing together a small team of seasoned engineers along with some of our newer, less experienced talent. The aim is to create an environment where we can be more experimental, try out new ideas and innovate in a way that ultimately helps Matillion and our customers.
We do things wrong and fail some of the time but I firmly believe that’s the best way to discover how to do things right and truly innovate.
Next we have an exec team meeting, and that’s an opportunity to understand the wider business and how it’s progressing commercially. Normally that involves discussing what’s going on in sales, marketing, operations or elsewhere, so we can see if there are any particular areas or issues that need attention. As a rapidly growing business there’s always some good news, and the fellow exec leaders and I get a real thrill from sharing in our success.