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Investing in a human future: how to thrive in the year 5000 – Tom McGillyCuddy, Co-Founder, Circa5000

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Tom McGillycuddy is co-founder of CIRCA5000, describing itself as “the investment platform of the human future.”

With a vision of a thriving planet in the year 5000, the company asks us to question whether people will be included in that future. And the answer to a certain human future? Impact investing. 

CIRCA5000 offers its customers the chance to invest in the sustainable businesses enriching the planet. Launched in 2019 as tickr, alongside business partner Matt Latham, the company now has more than 150,000 investors and has had its own purposeful credentials recognised through B Corp status.

Tom McGillyCuddy, Co-Founder, Circa5000

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

Elon Musk’s biography by Ashlee Vance. Taught me to stop being comfortable and take some risks.

What are you watching at the moment?

Better Call Saul. Breaking Bad is my favourite show of all time.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

In life generally, my parents and grandparents. Came from nothing, didn’t make any excuses, smiled and built great lives for themselves.

In business, Elon Musk. For continually rolling the dice with his own money for the benefit of humanity.

In one sentence, describe your ‘new normal’.

Living in the North, working half in London and half back where I grew up.

What is your best tip for life?

Delete your social media. Go outside.

A quote for life?

Don’t take anything anyone says to you personally. Good or bad.

What five tracks are you listening to right now?

Massive hip-hop fan, so bingeing a few new albums right now:

  1. Kendrick Lamar – N95
  2. Kendrick Lamar – Rich spirit
  3. Kendrick Lamar – Mother I sober
  4. Pusha-T – Just so you remember
  5. Malaa – Notorious 

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