Working for a big corporation has its advantages, especially for budding entrepreneurs.
Mike Alfant has worked for some of the biggest companies in the world – Citibank, Bankers Trust and AT&T Bell Labs to name but a few. But he always had a plan to get out there on his own one day.
In the early 1990s, when he was heading towards 30, that opportunity came. His then employer and one of America’s largest banks at the time, Security Pacific, sent Alfant out to Japan to manage the organisation’s trading platforms. Alfant grabbed the opportunity, in a country he loved almost immediately, to take his chance and go it alone.