is a British entrepreneur
Mike Southon was educated at Papplewick School, Ascot (where he was a contemporary of Richard Curtis) and Wellington College, Crowthorne (where in 1967 he met Chris West, who was to become his co-author). He subsequently attended Imperial College London to read mechanical engineering, but left after a year. He worked at Tate & Lyle Research in Reading for a while and then went on to the University of Bradford to read chemical engineering and economics.
Southon has started a number of companies, the most successful of which was The Instruction Set, a Unix training company that was bought out in 1989 by Hoskyns (now Cap Gemini Ernst & Young).
More recently, he has written books aimed at entrepreneurs with Chris West, the first of which was The Beermat Entrepreneur. He gives presentations on entrepreneurship and sales and writes columns for the Daily Telegraph, featuring interviews with well-known business people, and the Financial Times
Mike's alter ego is Mike Fab-Gere, a 60s and 70s rock star. He was also previously the front man and singer for the Oxcentrics jazz band in Oxford, in which Chris West also played on drums.
- The Beermat Entrepreneur: Turn a Good Idea into a Great Business, Mike Southon and Chris West. Prentice Hall, 2002. ISBN 0-273-65929-4. Also 2005, ISBN 0-273-70454-0.
- The Beermat Entrepreneur — Live, Mike Southon and Chris West. Financial Times / Prentice Hall, 2002. ISBN 0-273-66379-8. (Audio CD.)
- The Boardroom Entrepreneur, Mike Southon and Chris West. Random House Business Books, 2005. ISBN 1-84413-818-6.
- Sales on a Beermat, Mike Southon and Chris West. Random House Business Books, 2005. ISBN 1-84413-819-4.
- Finance on a Beermat, Mike Southon and Chris West. Random House Business Books, 2006. ISBN 1-905211-03-1.