On 21st March, ORT UK’s 215 guests heard why Tim Steiner decided to give up his successful career at Goldman Sachs to found Ocado and “sell baked beans”.
During a candid interview by broadcaster Samantha Simmonds, Tim said that “starting a business was always an interest of mine….. If you can get [the customers] to shop with you and know them and they know you, hopefully it is harder for someone to come and steal your market share”.
Mr Steiner and ORT have the same view on the importance of technology, “I believe that having a computer science and technology education is vital in today’s world” he said, echoing Anthony Silverman’s, ORT Trustee, earlier address, “We at ORT focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education in schools because we believe that these are key building blocks for navigating the complex employment market in the 21st century.”
The £55,000 raised at the event will go to further the work of ORT in the former Soviet Union. An example of the important projects running in the FSU was illustrated in a short film about the ORT schools in Moscow and Kazan in Russia.
“ORT believes in Changing Lives Through Education. It is the focus on science and education that will enable these young people to lead economically independent lives free of the poverty and difficulties that many of their parents and grandparents faced,” explained Simon Alberga, ORT UK’s Chairman
Juliet Karp, of Bank Hapoalim- BHI Swiss Private Banking, commented that the breakfast was , “A great opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s most innovative business leaders and to support a truly wonderful charity supporting children in the former Soviet Union, Israel and around the world.”