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meet me room Jon Lucas, Hyve Jon Lucas along with his business partner Jake Madders, founded Hyve Managed Hosting in 2001. In his role as director, Jon places a high priority on the culture at Hyve, and encourages a relaxed working environment in order to get the most from its employees – even investing in company jet skis to take advantage of their proximity to the Brighton coast line! Jon has worked in the IT sector for nearly 20 years, and before founding Hyve, worked as a software developer for companies such as Barclays, M&C Saatchi and Goldman Sachs. What were you doing before you joined Hyve and how did you first get involved in the industry? I have always had an interest in gaming and this love for video games made me decide I wanted to learn how to make them myself. It was because of this that I went to university to study Computing. When I was there, though, I discovered I was more interested in the business side of things, rather than the games. After university, I started working in programming in London, but eventually got tired of the commuting. It was around this time that I met my business partner, and together we decided to set up Hyve. Working for Hyve has given Jon more flexibility and time with his family What are your company’s aims for the next 12 months? Our bigge