My firstminute is a series of informal talks with global leaders sharing stories about the earliest days of their career, how they overcame some of their toughest challenges, and how they now enjoy supporting the next generation. On Friday 29th May 2020, Camilla Mazzolini, Investor at firstminute capital, hosted a special edition of “my firstminute” with Rio Ferdinand (Former England and Manchester United Captain) in conversation with Michael Acton Smith OBE (Co-founder & CEO of Calm). This episode's discussion ranged in focus, starting with Rio's journey from West Ham's youth team to playing professionally for Manchester United and as part of England's World Cup squads, leading on to his life and career post-football and his current interest in technology and investment. This was complimented by the exploration of Michael Acton Smith's journey in Founding Firebox.com, Mind Candy and most recently Calm ($1bn private valuation). Two exceptional leaders with a passion for health and technology, making for an insightful and inspiring conversation!