Duane Jackson is a London and Brighton-based technology entrepreneur..
Duane grew up in childrens’ homes in the East End of London, left school with no qualifications and ended up serving a 5 year prison sentence for drug trafficking. He served time in US and UK prisons.
On his release, with a baby on the way, he decided to “go straight”. It was at this point that he turned to the Prince’s Trust for help.
In 2003 Duane received support from the Princes Trust to start in business as a web developer. He struggled to use products like Sage and Quickbooks to keep accounts so developed a web-based application for his own use. He eventually spotted the opportunity to sell this product to other small businesses and KashFlow was born.
KashFlow was one of the first Software-as-a-service (SaaS) products and was at the forefront of the move of software from he desktop to the Cloud.
By 2013, KashFlow employed 40 people and was serving nearly 20,000 customers. In October 2013 the business was sold to IRIS for an undisclosed sum that has been reported as being “in the tens of millions”.
In 2015, Duane received the Pride of Britain Achiever Award.
Throughout this journey Duane was mentored by Lord Young of Graffham.