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47 minutes | May 24, 2021
21: Vijay Tella, Founder and CEO, Workato
The founder and CEO of Workato, Vijay Tella, joins us in this new episode of our unicorn leaders series on the Without Borders podcast. Workato, the leading enterprise automation platform that helps organisations work faster and smarter without compromising security and governance, is Vijay Tella’s fourth start-up. After around three decades as an entrepreneur in the integration space, Vijay is able to share some great advice on how to build a successful company. He selects culture as the most important element and stresses the value of thinking deliberately about the founding team as it is going to establish the cultural cornerstones of the company. Vijay also suggests prioritising core guiding principles over values – having some guardrails for how things can operate in the company. Another key lesson from Vijay is that communication and being connected is the hardest challenge a company faces. In his own words, ‘you can never communicate enough’. That is why for him it is so important to always be on the front foot looking for new ways to enhance the connectedness of the team and have everyone on the same page. Not for nothing, Workato has a highly engaged workforce – they are the number one computer software industry company for whose employees are amplifying their presence on social the most. Workato employees are consistently sharing their company's content within their own networks, increasing awareness, website traffic and generating new business. The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast.
46 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
20: Mario Ciabarra, Founder and CEO, Quantum Metric
In this episode of the Without Borders podcast as part of our series speaking to unicorn leaders, we are joined by Mario Ciabarra, Founder and CEO of Quantum Metric. The CPD (Continuous Product Design) company claimed to be the first unicorn of 2021 after raising $200M in Series B financing in January, a unique achievement for a Colorado Springs-based company. Yet, Mario explains why he would rather be a dragon than a unicorn. Throughout this inspiring interview with Quantum Metric’s leader, Mario reiterates the importance of hiring the best talent wherever it is and the three attributes that he hires on: passion, persistence and integrity. Mario elaborates on why ‘it’s mission-critical to have a mission’ -especially when your company grows at scale-, how his number one company objective is “happy people, healthy culture” and what his 13-year-old daughter taught him about friction points in eCommerce during the pandemic. We even had time to talk about Braveheart, carpentry and skiing on Colorado slopes. The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast.
37 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
19: Felix Van de Maele, Founder and CEO, Collibra
In this episode of the Without Borders podcast as part of our series speaking to unicorn leaders, we are joined by the founder and CEO of Collibra, Felix Van de Maele. After creating the data governance category more than a decade ago, Collibra is now on a mission to make data more human and help people become data literate. Van de Maele reflects on the significant role communications plays in educating the market and standing out from the crowd. Collibra’s CEO discusses how starting with your communications journey and putting a real focus on it early on will pay dividends and highlights the utter importance of surrounding yourself with a team of experts to be successful. Listen today to hear why growing Collibra can be compared to a climb and why Van de Maele decided to move the company headquarters from Belgium to New York. The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast.
38 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
18: Chen Amit, Co-Founder & CEO, Tipalti
Chen Amit, Co-Founder and CEO of Tipalti joins Tyto CEO Brendon Craigie and csuite podcast host Russell Goldsmith in a new episode of our series of exclusive interviews with unicorn start-up CEOs. Reaching unicorns status in October 2020 following a $150m Series E round, Chen analyzes the impact of becoming a unicorn company and Tipalti’s plans for the future. In this episode, we also chat about the importance of hiring the right people to have a consistent company culture and how ‘being yourself’ is key to demonstrating authenticity and gaining people’s trust. Tune in to hear expert communications advice alongside a discussion about the future of the accounts payable software industry.
30 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
11: Clay Wilkes, CEO, Galileo
This episode’s unicorn interview sees us joined from Utah by Clay Wilkes, CEO of Galileo.With Galileo being acquired by SoFi in April 2020, Clay talks about the successes Galileo has seen during the pandemic, and that working with SoFi has been an incredible opportunity for business.Clay also discusses the importance he places on reading regularly, outlining that learning from great minds is the key not only to personal success, but fostering a company wide culture of self-improvement.Listen to this episode for a fascinating insight into how a global payments company is run and how Galileo dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic.The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast
36 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
16: Mike Massaro, CEO, Flywire
In this episode of the Without Borders podcast, we speak to the CEO of Flywire, Mike Massaro.After raising $120 million in a Series E round of investment, led by Goldman Sachs, earlier in 2020, we discuss life as an American unicorn, communications challenges and the future of transactions.This episode also covers what makes the high-value payments business a success and how it merges software with transactions in a fast and friction-free way to help organisations. Listen today to hear expert communications advice alongside a discussion about the future of payment tech.The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast
49 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
15: Adrien Nussenbaum, Co-founder, Mirakl
We speak to Mirakl Co-founder Adrien Nussenbaum in this episode of our Without Borders podcast episode – part of our series speaking to European unicorn leaders.Following a recent $300 million funding round, the e-commerce marketplace platform is now using its advanced technology to revolutionise online B2B purchasing, helping companies to scale online.Having recently become a unicorn, we discuss with Adrien the unique company culture, communication challenges and the future of e-commerce.Listen to this instalment to find out the factors behind the company's recent success and what the phrase ‘platform pioneer’ means. Available now on your favourite podcast platform.The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast
50 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
14: Charles McManus, CEO, ClearBank
In this episode of the Without Borders podcast and part of our European unicorn series, we speak to Charles McManus, CEO of ClearBank.The UK's first clearing bank in more than 250 years, ClearBank eschews entrenched legacy platforms and instead utilises the cloud to make Banking-as-a-Service efficient, fast and cost-effective.Founded in 2017, it now supports over 80 financial institutions on its payment platform and is close to unicorn status.Listen to this instalment to find out about where ClearBank sits on passporting rights after the Brexit negotiations, a successful transition to remote working, communication challenges and why it took the UK so long to found a clearing bank.The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast.
37 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
13: Avinash Rugoobur, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Arrival
Part of our Without Borders podcast unicorn series, in this episode we speak to Avinash Rugoobur, President & Chief Strategy Officer of electric mobility provider, Arrival. We discuss partnerships, portfolio diversification and communication challenges.Following a recent €100 million investment from Hyundai Motor Group earlier in 2020, Arrival remains a very agile company. With only 1,200 employees, it is pioneering a new way of manufacturing transport, decentralising what is traditionally a deeply centralised process thanks to vertical integration of key technologies and the use of micro-factories.How are Avinash and the team avoiding Silicon Valley-esque hype circles and what effect does the current pandemic have on the business? Listen to our latest episode to find out more.The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast.
33 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
12: Dr. Tim Sievers, CEO & Founder of Deposit Solutions
Part of our Without Borders podcast unicorn series, in this episode we speak to CEO and founder of Deposit Solutions, Dr. Tim Sievers. The pioneering open banking platform recently reached unicorn status after receiving significant investment from Deutsche Bank. Currently operating in 20 European countries, we ask if expansion into the USA is on the cards, how challenging the COVID-19 pandemic has been and what was the primary focus for the business was in the early years. In this enlightening interview, Dr. Tim Sievers provides clarity as to what he thinks the future holds for banking and how Deposit Solutions got its big break. The interview, as ever, was co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast.
58 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
11: Greg Jackson, CEO, Octopus Energy
Find out what it’s like to be a disruptive company in a sector many previously believed could not be disrupted – the energy sector. Tyto Co-Founder and Managing Partner Brendon Craigie speaks with Greg Jackson, CEO of Octopus Energy, to find out how one of the UK’s most recent unicorn companies has used technology to drive down energy prices, improve customer service and help in the mission to decarbonise energy generation and transmission systems. Jackson also discusses the company’s unique company culture, flat structure (no org chart!) and shares some wise words for business from country Western legend Kenny Rogers. As always, the interview is co-hosted with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast.
42 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
10: Arik Shtilman, CEO, Rapyd
In this episode of Without Borders, Tyto co-founder and managing partner Brendon Craigie, along with Russell Goldsmith of the csuite podcast are joined by Arik Shtilman, CEO of fintech company Rapyd. Find out how Shtilman built and led this ‘fintech-as-a-service’ platform to recently reach the billion-dollar mark, cementing its unicorn status, and why the long-term vision is to go even bigger. Coinciding with Rapyd’s UK launch, Shtilman shares his wisdom around why mistakes are super valuable and why a good company is a company that knows how to fix mistakes quickly, why it’s good to have investors, and why you always need to hire people who are smarter than you. Don’t miss this latest episode in the series, where we interview unicorn CEOs and founders.
45 minutes | May 27, 2020
9: Charles Towers-Clark - A new wave of automation - New Horizons Special 07
The latest of Tyto's online New Horizons events looks at how COVID-19 might be responsible for ushering in a new wave of automation in business and industry. We speak to AI and 'future of work' expert, Charles Towers-Clark, about whether the uncertain times we are living in might provide the catalyst for a new wave of digital transformation.Charles is Chairman of IoT specialist business, Pod Group, a regular Forbes contributor, international speaker, and author of 'The WEIRD CEO'. He is also an expert and regular contributor to the national and international press (BBC, Daily Express, City A.M.) about the future of work and the effects of AI. Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.
56 minutes | May 19, 2020
8: Gabriela Lungu - Creativity loves constraint - New Horizons Special 06
The latest of Tyto's online New Horizons events looks at how marketers can make the most of these times of more limited budgets and resources.We speak to WINGS Creative Leadership founder and creative expert, Gabriela Lungu, about ‘why creativity loves constraint’. Here Gabriela explain why such limitations can create breeding grounds for the most innovative of ideas. WINGS Creative Leadership Lab supports both agency and client teams from the marketing and comms world to elevate their creativity through training, workshops, bespoke consultancy, and uplifting talks.Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.
46 minutes | May 4, 2020
7: Morten Brogger - Reimagining the future of work - New Horizons Special 05
The latest of Tyto's online New Horizons events looks at the future of work in a post COVID-19 world.We speak to Morten Brøgger, CEO of Wire - the world’s most secure workplace messaging and collaboration platform that is transforming the way that organisations and people work. We will be talking to Morten about whether the acute coronavirus crisis may have changed the way we work forever, beginning a new era for the working world. Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.
45 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
4: S02E03: Martina King, CEO, Featurespace
In our series of conversations with founders of European startups, we speak with Martina King of UK-based machine learning software company, Featurespace, which is well on its way to unicorn status. The world leader in fraud and financial crime prevention, Featurespace is the creator of the ARIC™ platform, a machine learning software system developed out of the University of Cambridge.
41 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
6: Andy Bryant - The end of money as we know it? - New Horizons Special 04
The latest of Tyto's online New Horizons events looks at how the global economic landscape is changing as a result of the uncertain times in which we are living.We speak to finance expert, Andy Bryant, COO of the European arm of bitFlyer Group, the Japan's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume. A expert in all things finance and the economy, Andy speaks to us about the changing economic climate, how to weather it, and if it has the potential to signal the end of money as we know it.Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.
47 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
5: Stephen Kelly - Navigating Uncharted Waters - New Horizons Special 03
The third of Tyto's online New Horizons events looks at how businesses can navigate uncharted waters in this challenging times.Join us as we speak with business veteran, Stephen Kelly, ex-CEO of Sage, MicroFocus and Chordiant, and ex-COO of the UK Government. Stephen has enjoyed an amazing career - leading three successful turnarounds as a ‘hands-on’ CEO and growing market value by approx. $10bn. In addition, he spent the early 2010s as Chief Operating Officer of the UK Government and has invested in over approximately 20 start-ups, where in some, he has been a Director and Mentor. He’s truly seen it all when it comes to business and offers invaluable advice for businesses and leaders when it comes to navigating the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves today.Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.
49 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
4: Simon Clarkson - Authentic Optimism - New Horizons Special 02
The second of Tyto's online New Horizons events looks at how can we be authentically optimistic at this time of crisis.Join us as we speak with a mental skills coach working with one of England’s top Premier League football teams, Simon Clarkson. Translating learnings on the pitch to the business world.Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.
50 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
3: Dee Caffari MBE - Motivation in Isolation - New Horizons Special 01
The first of Tyto's online New Horizons events is focused on ‘Motivation in Isolation’ with Dee Caffari MBE – the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions.Having spent periods of months isolated at sea, Dee is able to provide valuable lessons and insights when it comes to coping with solitude as we isolate from each other both personally and professionally during in the COVID-19 outbreak.Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.
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