Chris Thorpe, a successful Yorkshire entrepreneur and business angel founded WeNeed1 in 2009 as a reverse marketing platform, to introduce buyers to sellers of goods and services in the UK. One evening whilst out having a meal with his children they began discussing business ideas, the idea was ‘born’ A web site where the buyer was in charge and could dictate what he wanted to pay for a product or service with the seller coming to them and biding for that business. The opposite of a price comparison site where you have to accept the price offered, almost an auction in reverse. A site where you can say, ‘I want one of these who out there has got one, at a price I want to pay.’ Weneed1 would become a search engine for buyers. Why would anyone in future make a purchase, without checking out on Weneed1 who will supply them at the best price?
Initially he began working with offshore developers to create the site, but knew he needed to find someone within the UK who could see the opportunity and share in his vision, whilst developing the site and launching it. At the that time due to other business commitments taking a lot of his time up, he was unable to devote sufficient time to find that person with the correct skills and commitment to develop this further, therefore progress was slow. After selling his main import business in 2012, he still felt passionately about the idea and began searching again to find the person he needed.
One evening after watching BBC News in Yorkshire, he discovered Mohammed Ali (not the boxer), a young tech entrepreneur and computer programmer aged 16 from Yorkshire, who has created the popular game Project 2006, and the CEO of his own media agency which developed web applications and mobile apps. He was also the CTO of World Currency Gold Rates, in addition he has delivered speeches to inspire other entrepreneurs worldwide in countries such as Dubai. Chris swiftly arranged a meeting with with Ali and immediately knew he was the person he had been looking for. Chris and Ali hit it off immediately and this turned out to be a pivotal moment in the development of Weneed1. Ali coded the WeNeed1 platform single-handedly in his bedroom based in Dewsbury whilst studying for his A-levels. He is a huge fan of Ferraris so if you are selling one, do fufill his need! He self-taught himself programming languages: Java, web language, C++, XML, Swift. And with the help of books became proficient with security. His favorite programming language is Java.