A conversation with Jamal Edwards MBE and Riccardo Zacconi


Jamal Edwards MBE and Riccardo Zacconi are successful entrepreneurs that have been awarded by the BIMA association.

Jamal Edwards started his company SB.TV as a teenager in 2006. He saw a gap in the market to serve the type of music that he heard in his are while growing up, he began filming local musicians on his camcorder and then created a YouTube account to share the content. The early content featured pioneers in an underground form of music called Grime, which originated in London and derived from earlier forms of music such as garage, drum & bass, and 2-step. The early influential musicians were Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Chipmunk, and others. Other artists that would be featured on SB.TV would be Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, and Pixie Lott. The channel gained a significant following and Edwards launched a label for upcoming musicians called Just Jam. Edwards has collaborated with a number of influential brands including Burberry, Virgin, BAFTA, Cannes Lions and Topman in a number of business ventures.

Riccardo Zacconi was born in Rome in 1967 and achieved a degree in economics in 1993 at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali. After that he worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He got involved with a number of ventures in the nineties and participated in successful exit with a company called Spray that was sold to Lycos in 2000, and then he was a co-founder of King Digital Entertainment in 2003, which has grown into a multi-billion pound company with over 1,400 employees. One of the company’s biggest successes was the game Candy Crush Saga.

Both entrepreneurs speak about their perspectives on various issues to do with entrepreneurship and technology

BIMA Hall of Fame: Interview with Jamal Edwards MBE and Riccardo Zacconi

Entrepreneur: Jamal Edwards

Company: SBTV

Entrepreneur: Riccardo Zacconi

Company: King

Awards: BIMA Awards

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