Steven Bartlett is the inspirational founder of the social media marketing agency Social Chain.
From a bedroom in Manchester, this university drop-out built what would become one of the world’s most influential social media companies when he was just 21 years old, before taking his company public at 27 years old with a current market valuation of over $600M.
Steven Bartlett is a speaker, investor, author, content creator and the host of one of Europe’s biggest podcasts, ‘The Diary of a CEO‘.
The Diary of A CEO
This chart-topping podcast, hosted by Steven Bartlett, is an unfiltered journey into the remarkable stories of people who have defined culture, achieved greatness and created stories worth studying.
Steven sits with some of the world’s most influential people, experts and thinkers. He embarks on a curiosity-driven journey to discover untold truths, unlearned lessons and essential insights that will make his and the audience’s lives more enjoyable, prosperous and fulfilled.
Happy Sexy Millionaire
In 2021 Steven released his debut book ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’, a Sunday Times Best-Seller.
As an 18-year-old, black, broke, lonely, insecure university drop-out from a bankrupt family, Steven wrote in his diary that he wanted to be a ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’ by age 25. By 25, he was a multi-millionaire, having created a business worth over $300m. Ironically, in achieving everything he’d set out to, Steven learnt that he was wrong about almost everything… The world had lied to him. It lied to him about how you attain fulfilment, love and success, why those things matter, and what those words actually mean.
In his book, Bartlett dismantles the most popular, unaddressed lies about happiness that we’ve been led to believe. He exposes the source of these lies, examines the incentives that fuel them and replaces them with a practical set of scientifically proven and unconventional ideas that will help you to live a truly fulfilled life, a life full of the love you seek and the success you deserve.
Entrepreneur and Investor
Steven founded and led Social Chain from 2014 – 2020. A global innovation-centric social media agency and e-commerce group with 750+ team members across seven offices worldwide.
Listed on the stock market in 2019 with a $350m market cap, Steve resigned as CEO in 2020 at 27 years old after running the company for almost seven years.
At his departure time, Social Chain’s market cap had grown to $500m, and the global team was almost 1,000 people strong.
Steven is particularly focused on inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and creators from a BAME background.
As an investor, Steven has invested in and joined the board of Huel, which is the UK’s fastest-growing e-commerce company internationally.
He’s also invested in and is an advisor at ATAI Life Sciences – a biotech company working to cure mental health disorders.
Bartlett’s other investments focus on blockchain technologies, biotech, space, Web 3 and social media.
Steven has recently launched two new businesses, Flight Story and Third Web.
- Flight Story is a company focused on building resilient retail investor communities around great public companies.
- Third Web is a platform that makes it easy to build web3 applications.
Steven Bartlett Dragons Den
Steven joined the BBC One hit show Dragon’s Den in January 2022 as the youngest ever Dragon in the show’s history.
Following business pitches from entrepreneurs, Steven joins Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Sara Davies and Touker Souleyman as they seek to invest their own money in exchange for equity.
Steven Bartlett Speaker
One of the UK’s most in-demand inspirational speakers, Steven Bartlett is widely considered one of Europe’s most talented and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers.
He is available to participate in fireside chats and audience Q&A sessions focusing on business, entrepreneurship, inspirational and motivational topics.