Pip WilsonPip Wilson is a tech investor, start-up mentor and co-founder of, amicable, a lawyer free digital divorce service that facilitates harmonious separation without the extortionate legal costs.

Since its launch in 2015, amicable has become a high growth tech-start up disrupting the divorce law sector and changing the process of divorce with a method that reduces conflict and acrimony by focusing on the couple’s future and what’s best for the entire family.

Pip has a huge passion for technology and investing in businesses that want to solve social and commercial issues. She lives and breathes her ‘investment formula’ which involves only investing in businesses that have diverse boards and operate with social purpose at its core.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

Since the moment I graduated from university, I knew wanted to create something new and innovative. I worked for a big company initially, then a smaller one and in my late twenties co-founded IT consultancy, Bluefin Solutions, which we finally exited six years ago.

Once I sold Bluefin in 2015, I went on to co-found lawyer-free divorce service amicable, a company that has disrupted the family law sector and helped thousands of couples to divorce, separate and co-parent in a better, kinder way that doesn’t cost the earth. Creating amicable fulfilled my desire to create something new and innovative that is improving people’s lives and helping them through one of the most stressful life moments

The traditional route to separate is for a couple to hire separate lawyers to represent each of their needs. Of course, conflict is bound to happen when you have two people fighting for their own best-case scenario. amicable exists to provide an  alternative way to divorce and separate that enables couples to avoid acrimony, extortionate legal fees. By harnessing the power of technology, removing the ‘my lawyer vs your lawyer’ approach and prioritising the emotional journey, we make the process as smooth and efficient as possible.

Additionally I’ve been an active angel investor for the last six years. I’m especially interested in start-ups that have a social purpose and clear financial model with growth potential. My previous investments include mental health start-up Sanctus, Ohne, who send organic, mail-order period products and Juggle Jobs, who help businesses find diverse and flexible talent.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not really, no! After studying Maths at university, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, although being entrepreneurial always appealed and I knew I loved the challenge of solving problems.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

I am constantly having to overcome new challenges – they keep me on my toes and excited about my career and what new opportunities are around the corner.

The biggest challenge I regularly face is being incredibly busy, and I can often build up a workload that can easily become unmanageable if I ignore it. I ask myself how I can adapt to make the situation more sustainable and have learnt to evolve, whether that’s bringing in additional talent or introducing new processes. The key is to not panic or overthink. Break it down into digestible chunks and deal with each part individually.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

Seeing the people who have worked for me or alongside me to go on to do great things.

When I owned my consultancy, we set up a new graduate programme and took on around six or seven graduates a year of different genders and backgrounds as we felt this was crucial for the future growth of the company.

We were able to teach the grads how to fulfil technical roles and helped develop them into successful young professionals. Many of them have gone on to secure senior roles and done really well at their career

I really believe in the philosophy of giving people the opportunity to succeed. we’ve actively fostering this culture at amicable, where we’ve hired people at all levels who show real potential and a strong work ethic.

I feel a genuine sense of achievement knowing I have been a part of someone’s personal career journey and that I’ve contributed to their learning and development.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

I’ve never been afraid of decision making. This was instilled in me early on when I was put in a leadership position in my first role straight out of university. Despite having no prior managerial experience, I found myself in charge of a team of 12 who reported directly to me. It’s safe to say I quickly learnt how to be a decisive leader.

Too many people fear making mistakes when it comes to decision making. Not all my decisions have been the right ones, but in those cases, I’ve learnt invaluable lessons which I’ve carried forward in my career.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

Always be curious, possess the desire to learn, and be open to new experiences. Boredom halts progression and leaves you demotivated.It’s impossible to excel if you’re comfortable with the status quo.

My advice would be to seek out ways to stretch and challenge yourself. Be eager to try something new that pushes you outside of your comfort zone and scares you a little. Be as proactive as possible and ask for ways to get involved. Very few people regret giving something a go.

It’s also important to use your voice and never assume you’re too junior to make a difference. Everyone can make a difference and good ideas are borne out of a collaborative environment.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

Absolutely! Employers say they “want” women, however only 10 per cent of computer graduates are female. I think it begins at school – girls aren’t encouraged enough to explore subjects like computer sciences, and often discount them. If GCSE computer science was mandatory for all, I think we’d see an uptick in young females choosing to go on and study the subject at A Level and university.

While the number of female role models within tech has increased, there still aren’t enough of us. Young girls don’t see successful female entrepreneurs or computer scientists being championed enough in the media. We need to curate this new generation of talent and profile more inspirational females working in the tech sector to inspire the younger members of our society.

There is currently only 17 per cent of women working in tech, if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

Funding. The treasury reported a few years ago that female entrepreneurs receive 157 times less funding than men. The pandemic has widened this gap even further. Moving forward, we need to channel resource into female-led start-ups and ensuring that VC firms have an equal representation of female partners to encourage investment in female-founded startups receiving more financial backing.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech, eg Podcasts, networking events, books, conferences, websites etc?

Unsurprisingly, I listen to the ‘She Talks Tech’ podcast by We Are Tech Women. The episode with Sonya Barlow discussing how to encourage more young girls to pursue a career in STEM is definitely worth a listen.

Angel Academy and Blooming Founders newsletters are particularly good at promoting female-backed startups, and offer advice and guidance to businesswomen who are looking to raise funding.

In terms of women working in tech, I have a lot of admiration for Emma Sinclair. She was the youngest person to IPO a company and closed a large funding round with a 50/ 50 split of male and female investors.


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