A new episode of our podcast - Talking Future - is now available!
Created by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Talking Future focuses on the lives and work of North East entrepreneurs, their views of the future and how they are innovating as they plan ahead.
In this episode of Talking Future, Yvonne Bell speaks to Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC Semiconductor, about ultra-low-cost and flexible electronics, the future of the semiconductor industry and ultra running. With thanks to Kieron Goldsborough and Narrative for being this episode's sponsor.
About Scott White
Headquartered in Cambridge and with a billion-unit production facility in in Sedgefield, Pragmatic Semiconductor are a world leader in ultra-low-cost and flexible electronics.
Their unique technology platform delivers flexible integrated circuits that are thinner than a human hair and are easily embedded into everyday objects, making it possible for trillions of smart objects to engage with consumers and their environments.
Leading the business is CEO Scott White who, prior to setting up Pragmatic Semiconductor in 2010, successfully developed and scaled five other technology businesses, including an artificial intelligence company and an international telecommunications equipment business. Pragmatic Semiconductor is his sixth technology venture.
When not working, Scott enjoys running long distances in the mountains, often accompanied by his border collies. He is a 3-time finisher of the prestigious Lakeland 100 mile race, and has completed a classic fell-running round of 42 mountain peaks within 24 hours. Later this year he is taking on the Dragon’s Back, reputed to be the toughest mountain race in the world, covering 240 miles across Wales over 6 days.
About Yvonne Bell
Yvonne Bell comes from a background in transport, where the Bell family company spans 4 generations.
During her career, Yvonne spent most of her time in the Mercedes Truck, Van and Car franchises, mainly heading up the marketing function and generally steering the company through the growth that, by the time it was sold in 2017, meant it covered the North East Region from Teesside up to North Northumberland with a staff of almost 200.
Outside of business, she has always been keen to get involved in other things such as community and Hospital radio presenting, local magazine editing, audio editing for a local historical Trust and being instrumental in the setting up a local gym specifically for wheelchair users.
As a long-time member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, she was pleased to be asked to take a seat on the board a few years ago where she is able to offer her own business experience to other members.