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Reflect | Career workshops

Being an infopreneur

Up a Hill and Down a Mountain – Notes from a brief journey through independent research

June 30 – 13:00 to 14:00pm

Rob Stubbs

Catalyst Insight

Rob Stubbs
Catalyst Insight

About this session

Many of us daydream about running our own research businesses. Picking the clients we want to work with, the projects we want to do, and having the freedom to craft the best content.

At the start of 2020, as the global pandemic began to take hold, I was reluctantly presented with an opportunity to turn dreams into reality.

Fortunately for me, the story has a happy ending. With a clear vision of what I wanted to do, the support and encouragement of friends and family, and a measure of determination, I achieved my goal.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, and in this presentation I’ll talk about my brief journey through ‘infopreneurship’, what I learned along the way, the things that worked, and the things that didn’t.

Finally, as I prepare to head back to a more traditional Head of Research role, I’ll also reflect on what I got out of the experience, both personally and professionally, and why I believe this is a great time for information professionals to be looking at going independent.

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About Rob

Rob Stubbs is an experienced research lead and industry analyst, spending much of the past 15 years managing research teams and generating client insights at firms such as EY, BCG and Accenture. In 2020, Rob founded his own business – Catalyst Insight – to support clients with research, writing, coaching, and consulting services in the areas of Financial Services, Risk and Technology. He is a member of several industry advisory boards in the areas of Risk Technology and AI, and recently accepted a new Head of Research role in the financial technology space.