As a new graduate in her native US, Meghan Farren knew she wanted to work in business and live in New York City. And with that ambition in mind, she ended up working on a credit derivatives desk at investment bank JP Morgan.
After learning a lot about herself, but relatively little about business, Farren opted to become a management consultant. As a banker she had learned that she liked maths, was good with a spreadsheet and “loved a bit of quantitative analysis”.
Management consultancy enabled her to develop broad experience working for a variety of clients in the FMCG and retail sectors, which then saw her move to London. But she became restless.
“After a while I just really wanted to make something happen,” Farren explains. “In consulting you spend a lot of time writing strategy and learning a lot of things about new industries and new business models, but you don’t really actually do anything.”
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