Chris Phippen

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Internet & Software
Job title: Director and CEO
Subject of study: Computer Science and Mathematics
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Hatless Studios Ltd

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I am continuing the development of Hatless Studios, which I founded during my second year of study.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I chose this because it provided me and colleagues the opportunity to build something important.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was cumulatively part of over 20 societies through my time. No sports. But I made a great deal of use of the music facilities!

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Meeting all of the amazing people! Biggest highlight was getting my start-up off the ground!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The people, without a shadow of a doubt.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Exeter is the only city I’ve ever felt truly comfortable in. I loved the prevalence of French-speakers as it gave me an opportunity to practice!

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Interpersonal skills and networking.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Put in the hours. Meet new people. Grow your relationships. Never underestimate the power of serendipity.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue building my little rocket ship called Hatless! Continue to mentor and coach the awesome young people in Exeter.


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