C-suite career advice: Benedikt von Thüngen, Speechmatics
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C-suite career advice: Benedikt von Thüngen, Speechmatics



Name: Benedikt von Thüngen

Company: Speechmatics

Job Title: CEO

Location: Cambridge, UK


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
While this may sound like a cliché, the piece of advice that has resonated with me throughout my career is ‘Just do it!’. It has been a constant reminder to remain courageous in the way I make decisions relating to my career and not to dwell on things when they don’t go as planned.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
There is a tendency in business to choose the safe, formulaic approach and as a new entrant in the industry, I was advised to follow what other people have done in order to become successful. While I do believe in the power of what best practice can teach us, I also think business people need to be encouraged to think for themselves and challenge the established way of doing things. If the past teaches us anything, it’s that disruptors, not conformists, become success stories.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
The tech industry is one of the most exciting areas to work in nowadays and there is room for anyone to innovate. However, that also means that competition is fierce! If you want to stand out from the crowd, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Firstly, because you most likely will, and secondly, because mistakes push you to become even more creative and efficient, and that can only benefit your business.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
There are many different ways in which each C-level position can be defined amongst the team – find your own style that plays to your strengths. However, you should be prepared to be challenged on everything and accept the fact that you will not be able to make everyone happy.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
The best advice I can give is what I was also told at the beginning of my career - ‘Just do it!’. Being comfortable, safe and overthinking the next step are both natural instincts and your worst career enemies, so make sure you work towards keeping yourself in a successful mindset.


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