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Startups of London
30 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
How Experienced Founders Think Differently
In this episode of the SOL Podcast, we are having Kelly Klifa, Founder & CEO of Ally Health, representing co-founders, their company, and the whole team. Tune in to the SOL Podcast to hear about Kelly's entrepreneurial experience and her journey with Ally Health which helps people of all ages with their healthcare needs by addressing the UK's healthcare system problems. Our discussion revolved around their company culture, vision, the value of interaction, growth story, helping society, and the use of tools and technology in healthcare. Click below to learn more about another founder’s insights into the startup ecosystem.
32 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Why You Should Build What You Know
In this episode of the SOL Podcast, our guest is Manfred Olbrich, Founder & CEO of LessonWise. Tune in to the SOL Podcast to hear about Manfred's entrepreneurial experience and his journey with LessonWise which helps students by providing them with affordable access to the expertise they need, delivered by tutors of their choice. Our discussion revolved around his company culture, vision, the value of interaction, growth story, helping society, and the use of tools and technology in education. Click below to learn more about another founder’s insights into the startup ecosystem.
31 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
How Best Founders Work 'on' Their Business Not 'in' It
Tune in to this week’s SOL Podcast for our incredibly insightful chat with Alexis Kingsbury, Co-Founder of AirManual. Founded in 2021, AirManual’s aim is to streamline the routine and time-consuming processes businesses have by clearing them. With their guided checklists AirManual provides a practical and scalable way to create and upkeep documentation as well as accelerate onboarding and other processes. We asked, and he answered: the thinking process of an entrepreneur, how to say no or pivot, creating/adjusting the tools and technology for gaps in the market, startups’ impact on society and the importance of having a greater purpose, hardships whilst hiring, when to do or when to delegate as a founder, skillsets to acquire to reduce dependence and overall, how Alexis and his co-founder Paddy founded AirManual to help businesses de-stress through clear processes. Listen to our podcast if you want to learn more about and get inspired by another London startup’s journey.
32 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Genius of Using Commercial Real Estate as Platform
In this episode of the SOL Podcast, our guest is Steve Coulson, Founder & CEO of Kitt. Founded in 2018, Kitt is a full-service office platform that helps companies with their office journey from start to finish. Their services extend not only to finding office spaces that are suitable for your brand but also to designing and managing them. We discussed the reality of limited office solutions for larger companies, the importance of boundaries when it comes to working remotely, the effects of COVID on social life and commercial real estate, make-or-break points for businesses, pivoting at the right time, value to investors, anxieties of being an entrepreneur, post-market-product fit stage of a startup, and creating an environment for your team to grow. Listen to our insightful chat with Steve Coulson to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
29 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Why Meaning-Driven Startups Win
In this episode of the SOL Podcast, our guest is Joshua Sprigg, Founder & CEO of Enferm. Founded in 2015, Enferm is a Total Healthcare Workforce Solution. They are a nursing and healthcare staffing agency that works with NHS Trusts, third sector and private sector organisations. Their candidate-first approach coupled with their expertise and extensive knowledge aims to disrupt the healthcare industry for the better. Joshua says, “We solve problems together, not in isolation,” and we had a deeply insightful chat about characteristics of company culture, teamwork, vision, designing a team around company culture and values, impacts of past experiences whilst becoming an entrepreneur, developing solutions and technologies according to the current needs, the intricacies of being self-funded vs investment. Listen to our podcast if you want to learn more about and get inspired by another London startup’s journey.
32 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
Second Time's the Charm: How Pivoting Raised Dogiz from Its Ashes After COVID
In this episode of the SOL Podcast, our guest is Danny Djanogly, Co-Founder of Dogiz. Dogiz is a mobile app that helps dog owners to get a better understanding of their dogs’ health and gives rewards for keeping their dogs active. Dog owners can track their dogs' fitness activity and health and by doing so earn coins to spend on Dogiz shop where they can find services and products for their dogs. With their technology, Dogiz aims to help dogs live longer, healthier and happier lives. Our discussion revolved impacts of past experiences and one’s own pain points whilst becoming an entrepreneur, bouncing back from the negative effects of a global pandemic, pivoting a business based on the changing market, the ways in which being an entrepreneur affects the daily lives, teaching power of mistakes, the perception around startups, and especially failure, within London’s startup ecosystem. Click below to learn more about another startup’s journey and its founders’ insights about the startup ecosystem.
32 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Open Data Is the Greatest Movement You Have Been Missing
This week on the SOL Podcast, we welcome Camille Lehujeur, Co-Founder and CTO of Work With Data. With their motto “for people building the future on open data,” Work With Data is aiming to transform the way people handle data. They gather complicated data from reliable sources and turn them into comprehensible knowledge graphs which users can seamlessly access through their easy-to-use interface for free. They also provide other upgraded services that involve AI and machine learning with affordable subscriptions. Our discussion revolved around open data, vision, developing technology according to current needs, making data more accessible to individuals and organisations, financing and monetisation, teaching power of entrepreneurship, roles founders assume when needed and the struggles that can come with it. Listen to our insightful chat with Camille Lehujeur to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
28 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Big Win Potentials in B2B Cloud Transition
This week on the SOL Podcast we welcome Mahdi Yahya, Founder & CEO at Ori. The B2B solution Ori is a distributed cloud platform that aims to help large enterprises manage and deploy their applications across multi-cloud. By serving as a bridge between your application portfolio and your distributed infrastructure, Ori Global Cloud enables you to accelerate your journey to cloud transformation. We addressed issues such as investment, hardships during the early stages of a startup, identifying an opportunity and building a business around it through research, finding the right people for your team, developing technology according to current needs, and differences between the UK and US startup ecosystems. Listen to our insightful chat with Mahdi Yahya to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
26 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
What Does Local Community Mean for Flexible Working: Are Large Co-Working Spaces Really Answering the Needs?
In this episode of the SOL Podcast, our guest is Georgie Randon, Head of Marketing & Customer Experience of HomeWork. HomeWork is a coworking space that prides itself on its locality. They provide all one needs from an office space while remaining as cosy as a coffee shop. With its small community and plans that can fit all, they aim to make working as flexible as possible. They currently operate in Putney, Southfields, and Fulham and plan to expand nationwide. We discussed how HomeWork sets itself apart from other coworking spaces in the market, their vision of local coworking space and how the idea of community comes into play, their growth journey and the impact of the pandemic on the coworking business, and whether/how their customer demographic has changed since they started, and how they create/adjust the tools and technology they require for their niche needs. Listen to our podcast if you want to learn more about and get inspired by another London startup’s journey.
27 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Losing Sight of Your Foundations Can Hinder Your Company's Growth
This week on SOL Podcast we welcome Sid Baveja, Founder and CEO of Humanery.
35 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
What Are the Three Types of People You Need to Work with as an Entrepreneur, with Simon Leslie CEO of Ink Global
Tune in to the SOL Podcast to hear about Simon's 28 years of entrepreneurial experience and his journey with Ink Global which delivers engaging creative content and dynamic commercial solutions across its digital-first product set.
30 minutes | Aug 18, 2022
How Did Y Combinator Affect Business Growth for Devyce, with Nick Browne Co-Founder at Devyce
Devyce is a VoIP operating system built to offer businesses a communication system with flexibility, scalability and dependability. As a 100% cloud-based system, Devyce supports remote and hybrid working while allowing businesses, big and small, to maintain communication with employees, customers and clients without hassle.
30 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
The Computer in Your Keyboard: Redefining Technology Production with Pentaform, With Joon-sang Lee Co-Founder
This week’s SOL Podcast welcomes Joon-sang Lee, Co-Founder of Pentaform Computers. Pentaform is revolutionising the way we look at the production of technology. Their computer-within-a-keyboard Abacus is a much more sustainable and affordable alternative to most traditional computers whilst offering all the functionality a regular computer would. In this episode, we address issues like releasing a product, developing technology according to current needs, how to navigate the market demand, and competition with other businesses in the market,. Listen to our insightful chat with Joon-sang Lee if you want to learn more about and get inspired by another London startup’s journey.
28 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Is Vulnerability the Best Weapon a CEO Can Have?,With Richard Mabey CEO at Juro
In this episode of the SOL Podcast, our guest is Richard Mabey, CEO & Co-Founder of Juro. Juro is the go to contract platform for companies that need to process large numbers of legal contracts. It enables legal teams to seamlessly create, approve, manage, and sign contracts in a single workspace. We asked, and they answered: the hardships whilst scaling up, releasing a product, finding the right people for your team, investment journey, how to build an authentic network of investors, and the impact different type of CEOs can have on the growth of the business, the company culture and practices that empower it. Listen to our podcast if you want to learn more about and get inspired by another London startup’s journey.
30 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
The KPI Toolkit for High-Growth Startups: An Innovative Approach to Measuring Success, with Priyanka Lilaramani Founder of TrueAlpha
This week on the SOL Podcast we welcome Priyanka Lilaramani, CEO & Founder of Truealpha. Truealpha is an out-of-the-box modern KPI platform that enables high-growth startups to organise their data in an automated and easily accessible way whilts their metric engines handle to work. Lilaramani states that “When does a company think it needs a platform like this? The reality as it stands today is that more often than not, it tends to be when it's too late.” We addressed issues like impacts of past experiences whilst becoming an entrepreneur, designing a product around ones own pain point, developing technology according to current needs, market-fit research, educating the market, the kinds of organisations they target, and the everchanging dynamics of building startups. Listen to our insightful chat with Priyanka Lilaramani to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
25 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
How Great Founders Think About Finance, with Asif Ahmed, Founder of Acclivity
Tune in to this week’s SOL Podcast to listen to our conversation with Asif Ahmed, Founder of Acclivity. Acclivity is a boutique advisory firm specialising in accountancy, taxation and consultancy. Their services are specifically catered to entrepreneurs and high-growth, early-stage businesses. They work with businesses all over the world. We asked, and he answered: the general importance of finance and the advantages of having financial knowledge for founders, the impact of having financial knowledge during decision making process and successfully generating growth strategies, finding the right consultants to aid in your journey to success, as well as how finances raise your business’s value to investors. Listen to our podcast if you want to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
29 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Jamie Barber's Startup MySupperHero delivers Restaurant quality home cooking experiences
This week’s SOL Podcast welcomes James Barber, Co-Founder of MySupperHero. MySupperHero is built on the idea that people don’t necessarily have to order uninspiring take-out food in order to be quick and efficient with meals. They provide people with the option to experience restaurant-quality food at home without worrying about waste and the origin of the materials. Your meal comes to you fresh, sustainable, affordable and with only a 10-minute preparation time which you can use to make the final touch. We addressed issues like releasing a product, competition with other businesses in the market, keeping up with technology according to current needs, successfully generating growth strategies, how to build an authentic relationship with your customers, and impacts of past experiences whilst becoming an entrepreneur. Listen to our insightful chat with James Barber to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
34 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Workspace That Creates a Community for Remote-Workers, with Tom Wordie Co-Founder & Head of Marketing of AndCo
Tune in to the SOL Podcast to listen to our chat with Tom Wordie, Co-Founder & Head of Marketing of AndCo. AndCo is a new type of workspace subscription service that transforms already existing venues into ideal workspaces for people who don't want to work from home or their company offices. They strive to create a community of people who seek to work remotely without risking isolation and provide them with workspace that affordable, flexible, convenient and safe. We addressed issues such as misconceptions about the startup world, how startups ecosystems (and views about them) differ in the US and the UK, what kind of a mentality a founder has to employ in order to succeed, how AndCo differentiates itself from other remote working spaces, and many other insightful points. Listen to our podcast if you want to learn more about how companies and employees are navigating a changing work environment and get inspired by another London startup’s journey.
27 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Contract Data: Overlooked Source for Business Insight with Charles Brecque, Founder of Legislate
This week the SOL Podcast welcomes Charles Brecque, CEO & Founder of Legislate. Headquartered in Oxford, Legislate is a legal technology startup. Their SaaS platform enables non-lawyer individuals to create low value, high volume contracts with lawyer-approved templates as well as access and manage their contract data from one source. Our discussion revolved around impacts of past experiences whilst becoming an entrepreneur, pinpointing what people need when it comes to legal matters and developing technology according to current market demand, their growth story, and how Charles’ investment journey differs from the norm. Listen to our insightful chat with Charles Brecque to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
27 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Why You Need to Join an Accelerator to Get Funding, with Sara-Louise Martin, Co-Founder of Impact Central
Tune in to the SOL Podcast to hear about Impact Central from Sara-Louise Martin, who is one of the Co-Founders. "Being driven by passion is different from anything else," says Sara-Louise explaining the defining characteristic of impact-driven startups. And Impact Central is an accelerator that provides well-designed programmes and a mentoring community for impact founders who are ready for success. We asked, and they answered: the differences between purpose-driven and profit-driven startups, the hardships faced by the former, passion as a double-edged sword, competition with other businesses in the market, value to investors, and how to recalibrate your thinking to come up with alternative solutions for growth besides funding, such as successfully generating growth strategies or building an authentic network of people. Listen to our podcast if you want to broaden your horizons about entrepreneurship through the experiences of another startup.
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