It’s been a bad month for statues. But anyone witless enough to carve European tech founders in stone might consider Jitse Groen for the second plinth, once Daniel Ek is fully polished. Anyone serious about winning in tech needs to study the example of the relentless Dutch billionaire as closely as the visionary Swede.
When Just Eat Takeaway’s acquisition of GrubHub completes, Groen will lead a circa $20bn company. How did he do it? First and foremost, by being a great operator. Surveying our global footprint in early 2012, a year after I started as Just Eat’s global COO, it was clear we were winning in virtually every market we’d entered.