Giving back is a tradition that has long been fostered by the East coast boarding school community, I am always looking at new challenges and how to incorporate my business skills with an interest in start-ups, to not only expand my investment portfolio but also help other entrepreneurs succeed at there long term and short term goals. “If you're lucky enough to do well, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down” Kevin Spacey.

Business Community Involvement

Alain Garner • Intern Group

Internship Coordinator

Following an approach through my personal network I was provided with the opportunity to arrange a China Intern Program for a number of students from a American University. Given the internship counted towards degree course credits the work program needed to be a challenging real world research and analysis assignment. It was also important to introduce the students to the culture of China through a program of language classes, calligraphy, music and sightseeing. The internships proved very successful and I believe provided an appreciation and deeper understanding of the country.
Alain Garner • HSBC Keynotes

HSBC Business Keynotes

I was pleased to be asked by HSBC Hong Kong to give keynote addresses to invited audiences of MBA students and local business managers. My main topic was to provide a Western perspective on the challenges Chinese businesses face when expanding outside of China and to provide some case study examples of companies utilising successful strategies. Followed up by a lively question and answer sessions of the more general differences between western and Chinese business culture.

Personal StartUp Investments

Programming Toy for Children

Programming Toy for Children

A physical toy that teaches children programming logic without the need for literacy or screens fostering problem solving skills through a step-by-step progression
Car Sharing Platform

Car Sharing Platform

Person to person car sharing platform for car hire between people, aiming to turn the millions of private cars sitting idle on drives & streets into a virtual fleet of cars for hire.
Drinks Subscription Service

Drinks Subscription Service

Cocktail boxes filled with smaller sized spirits, mixers and recipes to expand home mixology. The boxes are available via a monthly subscription and through high-end retailers

Property Management Tech

Property Management Tech

Online alternative to make the process of renting faster and cheeper for landlords with a complete solution from marketing to management on a percentage basis rather than a fixed fee.
Recipe Kit Subscription

Recipe Kit Subscription

A subscription service that provides customers with a multiplicity of 20 minute recipes from around the world that they can get delivered straight to their doors with ingredient kits.
Luxury Travel Platform

Luxury Travel Platform

An online luxury travel market place that provides personalised trips, and also provides hoteliers with customer profiles to facilitate a superior bespoke service for guests.


Alain Garner • CMI


Chartered Management Institute

Alain Garner • IoD


Institute of Directors

Alain Garner • CIM


Chartered Institute of Marketing

Alain Garner • Apple Dev

Apple Dev

Apple Developer Program


Where I Shop - Documentary

A 45 minute documentary on Britain’s changing retail environment after the 2008 global recession. With my colleague Michael Annor we interviewed and filmed a wide range of industry professionals including senior government officials, directors of two of the U.K.‘s largest shopping centre groups and executives from many online & offline retailers. The project required Cold Calling and Networking with CEO’s and Government officials to persuade them to appear on camera as well as acquire filming access and government approvals for information, road closures and more. Quantitative and qualitative research was undertaken including data modelling and analysis with the results detailed in a lengthy report available upon request.
Where I Shop - Documentary - Alain Garner

Inspirational Literature

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup
Eric Ries

The Art of War

The Art of War
Sun Tzu

Crossing The Chasm

Crossing The Chasm
Geoffrey Moore

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The China Twist
Wen-Szu Lin

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How to Win Friends & Influence People
Dale Carnegie