“Screw It, Let’s Do It!” -By Justin Scott, Director Communications, Virgin Mobile USA
“Screw it, let’ do it!” That’s Richard Branson’s line and we live it at Virgin Mobile® USA. We are just one company under the Virgin Group, Richard’s global mega brand that started in the early 1970s with mail-order records. From Virgin Records® to Virgin Galactic®, Richard’s entrepreneurial spirit is legendary. And his attitude permeates the 60 Virgin companies that generate $24 billion, employ 71,000 people and serve 60 million customers.
No industry is more entrepreneurial than mobile, which continues to grow at astonishing rates. By 2020, there will be 5.8 billion smartphones worldwide — an increase of 2.6 billion in just three years — and the global mobile economy will reach $3.7 trillion.*
Combine this growth with the omnipresence of mobile devices in our daily lives, and you can understand why we’re always innovating at Virgin Mobile. Right now, we’re evolving our brand to drive real change and invention in the mobile world. Our goal is to bring the “the Virgin way” to mobile and challenge the status quo by providing services beyond just access to talk, text and data. We’re going to launch groundbreaking services to reach new market segments, and while we can’t spill the beans just yet, stay tuned in the coming months.
In the meantime, as a sponsor of the Sprint Accelerator, we’re looking for pattern breakers and smart disruptors with restless startup energy and ideas that will add real value to people’s lives through mobile products and services.
So, can your company help us deliver the best customer experience? Do you make technology that will enhance our website? Does your company make an app that makes mobile better? If yes, then let’s hang out at the Sprint Accelerator and you can show us what you’ve got. In return, we’ll help get your business started, connect you to influencers and show you the Virgin way.
Participants in this year’s Sprint Accelerator program will be our guests for some meetings at our new U.S. headquarters in downtown Kansas City, where we’ve hired 27 people since July 2016 and are aggressively looking to hire 33 more people that can put purpose and passion into working at Virgin. Richard once said, “If you look after your people, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple.” We couldn’t agree more. Heartfelt service is the “red thread” that unites Virgin organizations. We pride ourselves on the experience we deliver and how our customers feel. But the brand starts with our people, and we bring it to life through an authentic employee experience.
Downtown Kansas City is an explosion of entrepreneurial talent and startups that we hope to harness by working with cutting-edge companies at the Sprint Accelerator. And you can help us spread the word about the new opportunities to work at Virgin. We’re hiring people with experience in customer service, marketing, operations, logistics, finance and IT. You can check out some of these opportunities on our website.
As a sponsor of the Sprint Accelerator, we are excited to innovate, collaborate and engage with top entrepreneurial minds. And who knows, maybe we’ll meet the next Richard Branson.
Applications for the 2017 program are open and can be found here.
*The 2016 Mobile Economy, Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association (GSMA)