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49 minutes | a month ago
Tom McGillcuddy | Founder & CEO of Tickr
In this episode we are joined by Tom McGillcuddy. From early beginnings as a graduate at Barclays Wealth Tom knew he was destined for something bigger. A chance elevator ride with Eric Ries changed his life forever. Through Tickr Tom has devoted himself to encouraging a new wave of investors into impact. He shares with us what it means to start a company with such a strong mission at its core and shares his optimism for how capitalism can help climate change.
64 minutes | 2 months ago
Scott Omelianuk - Editor in Chief at Inc Magazine
Scott opens up a fascinating discussion with us encompassing everything from tailoring to tech supremacy. He discusses Inc's continued mission to empower the small business owners in America from the grass roots up. Inc are empowering a generation of entrepreneurs to change the world and it is reassuring to know Scott is at the helm of that ship.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Olly Jones | Co-founder of elmo on the Next 12 Podcast
At the end of 2020, Olly was interviewed by Kevin Tyler on the Next 12 Podcast and we’ve decided to share that interview here. Olly gets the opportunity to discuss elmo - a company he co-founded with Luke Gavin in 2019. elmo is net zero and all-inclusive subscription platform for electric cars - with a mission to reimagine car leasing to suit the needs of the modern consumer while accelerating mass adoption of electric cars and helping to reduce transport carbon emissions. Olly talks about the challenges they’ve faced and the exciting growth they’ve enjoyed launching a car subscription platform in the year of COVID.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
David Gurle | Founder & CEO of Symphony
David is the CEO and founder of business messaging unicorn Symphony. He is one of the pioneers of IP communications. In other words, he is one of the reasons platforms like Zoom even exist. Starting as an engineer for France Telecom to pitching projects to Bill Gates, David has dedicated his life to helping the world connect through the internet. This episode is a journey through those experiences. By the end you'll understand how much David has given of himself, so that we have the technological connectivity we enjoy today. David was in Hong Kong at the time of recording so we apologise for any lag!
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Freddy Macnamara | Founder & CEO of Cuvva
Recorded remotely while safely ensconced in a Scottish castle, Freddy talks us through Cuvva’s master plan for fixing a broken insurance industry. Their unique, consumer-first and flexible approach to insurance offers a glimpse of what the future of consumer insurance products will look like and has won the company huge popularity among customers and investors alike.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Anthony Rose | Seedlegals Revisited
In this episode, we go back to where we started nearly 3 years ago with the brilliant Anthony Rose, founder of Seedlegals. In Anthony's signature style, we romp through the company's extraordinary progress over the last 3 years and explore the future of startup fundraising.
57 minutes | 8 months ago
Gabi Matic | Director of ATI Boeing Accelerator Programme
Gabi is the Programme Director for the ATI Boeing Accelerator launched earlier in the year for aerospace startups and now in its second cohort. As an ex-founder and veteran of several accelerator programmes (including Ignite and Techstars), she has been tasked with designing the best programme for companies building the future of UK aerospace.
111 minutes | 9 months ago
Robert Llewellyn - A FullyCharged Life
Robert has walked many paths and worn many guises in his extraordinary career. Known for portraying Kryten in Red Dwarf, as the presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, but now best known for the FullyCharged Show - a YouTube channel which he launched 10 years ago to advocate electric vehicles and renewable energy systems. The channel now has over 600,000 subscribers, gets 2M hits a week and stages packed-out live shows in the UK and US. For avid followers of Fullycharged, this conversation will add further colour to the background of an extremely colourful character. We discuss his first ‘engineering’ experiences on a hippy commune in Wales, how shoemaking led him to performing at the Edinburgh fringe and from there into TV, and what a conversation between him and Jeremy Clarkson might look like. On a personal note (or as my notes say, ‘insert shameless plug’), I’ve recently launched elmodrive.com - a platform allowing users to drive an electric car on a flexible subscription with the option to include everything from insurance to ‘fuel’ in the monthly payment. As part of this, I have worked with the Fullycharged team in promoting elmo’s Electric Car Suitability Tool (have a look at www.elmodrive.com/questionnaire), so this was a conversation I couldn’t wait to have and it didn’t disappoint…
72 minutes | a year ago
Renée Elliott | Founder of Planet Organic & Beluga Bean
Renée grew up a country girl in Mississippi, but fell in love with an Englishman on a night bus and moved to the UK. She brought with her not only an unshakeable self-belief and a drive to find meaning and purpose in life, but also a concern for food provenance after being horrified by meat farming back in the US. This led her to found Planet Organic in 1994 and open the UK’s first all-organic supermarket in Nottinghill the following year. This is the story of that journey and ultimately, how her conscious awareness for her own life and those close to her, led her to step away from the company in 2013 and embark on a new challenge with Beluga Bean - a mentoring and personal development programme for both business and life skills.
67 minutes | a year ago
Ari Last, Founder Bubble - A Lesson in Digitising Trust
Ari is the founder of Bubble, an on-demand childcare platform, helping thousands of parents quickly and conveniently arrange trusted childcare. We discuss the marketplace problem, the stigma around how you should look after your children and the value of patient capital. With investors including the founders of BetFair, Boohoo.com and Photobox and several hundred thousand active users to date, Ari and Bubble are on an exciting trajectory.
75 minutes | a year ago
Steve King, CEO Black Swan - The Accidental CEO Predicting the Future
Steve is the founder and CEO of Black Swan, one of the most exciting and fastest-growing tech companies in Europe. Black Swan uses AI to predict the next big trend. By analysing the incessant stream of social media conversations, the product is able to predict what customers will want in 12-18 months time. Steve, who studied cognitive science and describes himself as the ‘accidental CEO’, was previously a house DJ, lost his dad’s pension on a music business and came up with the idea for Black Swan while 4 pints to the good on a trip to Canada.
65 minutes | a year ago
Mark Loftus, CEO Characterscope - Building Character for Optimal Teams
Mark’s life ‘itch’ during over 30 years as a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant has been understanding people and understanding character. Now, as CEO and founder of CharacterScope, he is digitising all of his and his team’s experience to build advanced psychological tools which help companies to develop teams with optimal cultures and team members with strong leadership qualities. Defining those terms is something discussed at length throughout the conversation.
73 minutes | a year ago
Lord Karan Bilimoria, CEO Cobra Beer - Brewed Smooth
Against the advice of family and friends, Lord Bilimoria started Cobra Beer in 1989 from a thirst for a truly exceptional beer to go with Indian food. Cobra now has a market share of 98% of all licensed Indian restaurants in the UK. But the journey was no easy ride, with the business a hair’s breadth from failure on no less than three occasions over the years. This is the fascinating story of passion, ingenuity and determination to realise the dream of building one of the world’s best beer brands.
52 minutes | a year ago
Stephen Welton, CEO Business Growth Fund - An Alternative Recipe for Driving UK Growth
Stephen is the founder and CEO of the Business Growth Fund. Under his management the BGF has invested over £2bn into growth businesses in the UK and Ireland, making it the largest fund of its kind, in the world. Stephen talks us through the founding story which involved raising £2bn from some of the biggest banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis. He also provides an insightful and optimistic take on the UK’s business outlook for the future, whatever happens in whatever Brexit takes place. It’s a fascinating and articulate account of the state of the industry!
54 minutes | a year ago
Rod Beer, MD UKBAA - Why Angel Investment Matters for the UK
Rod is the MD of the UK Business Angels Association. The UKBAA is the national trade association representing the interests of business angels and the early-stage investment space. The mission is to connect the angel investment eco-system into a coherent landscape for financing high-potential entrepreneurs. Rod talks through his experiences as an investor, how that lead to his current role and why the work they are doing at the UKBAA is so important for the future of our industry and our country.
68 minutes | 2 years ago
Luke Heron, CEO Testcard - The Rise of Predictive Healthcare
Luke is the founder of Testcard, an award-winning and venture-backed medtech startup which allows users to test themselves for a number of medical conditions at home and receive instant results. Luke is a highly experienced founder and he gives us a candid and humorous account of the successes, failures and learnings that have led him to this point in his career.
74 minutes | 2 years ago
Lu Li, CEO Blooming Founders - By Female Founders for Female Founders
Lu is the founder and CEO of Blooming Founders, a co-working space and support network focused on nurturing and scaling women-led businesses. She is also the author of ‘Dear Female Founder’, a collection of letters written to their younger selves by female founders around the world. Our discussion focuses on Lu’s experiences as a female founder and the particular challenges faced by the growing number of female entrepreneurs in the business community.
65 minutes | 2 years ago
Rupert Hunt, Founder SpareRoom - How to Make or Break a Flatshare
Rupert is the founder of Spareroom which he started in 1999. He had moved to London seeking fame and fortune as a musician with the best band name of all time. But the biggest struggle he faced was finding somewhere great to live. He is one of the seminal examples of a startup founder solving their own problem. 20 years later Spareroom has 2 million visitors a month, is rapidly expanding in the US and has never raised a penny of investment…
70 minutes | 2 years ago
Dr Jack Kreindler, Founder CHHP - Optimising Entrepreneurial Health & Performance
Jack is the founder of the Centre for Human Health and Performance on Harley Street in London. Formally trained as a doctor but not constrained by it, Jack vexed his superiors by persistently dabbling in ‘silly computer stuff’ and spending time with Douglas Adams, creating the universe in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. This 'silly computer stuff' turned into several venture-backed companies and couple of exits. But the 160-hour working weeks it required to be a doctor and an entrepreneur, left Jack physically and mentally spent. He used the returns from his companies to start the Centre for Human Health and Performance where his world-class team helps elite athletes, cancer patients and now entrepreneurs to optimise their health, wellbeing and performance.
76 minutes | 2 years ago
Pär Hedberg, Founder STING - Planting Sweden's Startup Fields of Gold
Pär is the founder of Sting, an eco-system for startups based in Stockholm that empowers entrepreneurs to build global companies. Since 2002, Sting has supported 241 startups (an astonishing 70% of which are still active), helping them attract a combined 429M euros in private capital. We discuss Sting’s systems-based approach to startup coaching and their innovative financing vehicles improving outcomes for entrepreneurs, investors and even the Swedish government. We also talk about why Sweden has more unicorns per capita than any other country; and discuss the Dali Report which explores the cognitive traits common to successful founders.
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