The Entrepreneurs podcast

Entrepreneurship is constantly changing, businesses are launched daily, innovative technologies are disrupting industries and new products and solutions are constantly revolutionizing our lives. Through our podcast series with Monocle magazine, stay on top of this fascinating ecosystem.

The Entrepreneurs podcast

In partnership with Monocle magazine, ‘The Entrepreneurs’ is a weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, whether they are starting from scratch, reinvigorating the family firm or developing new technology.

In this 30 minute weekly podcast, meet the people behind the businesses, the investors who fund startups and learn from experts that work on a daily basis with entrepreneurs.

Visit our website each week or follow us on our LinkedIn to download and listen to our weekly podcast.

7 January 2019

Having spent a career building fashion brands, working in high-end tailoring on Savile Row, running factories and consulting with the country’s largest department stores, British fashion designer Patrick Grant wanted to start from scratch. He launched Community Clothing in 2016 with the aim of crafting affordable clothes for both men and women in a more sustainable way.

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7 January 2019

Karoli Hindriks is co-founder and CEO of Jobbatical, an employment network helping companies to build stronger and more diverse workforces by hiring talent from abroad. Well-known in her native Estonia as an inventor, media personality and successful entrepreneur, Hindriks set her sights on working with businesses and governments to move skilled workers across borders.

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11 December 2018

While managing a Mayfair gallery, Bernadine Bröcker Wieder was looking for better ways to connect with collectors. With Francesca Polo, she founded a global platform that allows art to be securely sourced and loaned to exhibitions.

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29 November 2018

After leaving the world of finance, Henry Cookson became a record-setting polar explorer, and has since built a multi-million-dollar business, Cookson Adventures, specialising in bespoke journeys for clients. Many of the trips are considered "world-first" experiences, including the first commercial submersible dive in Antarctica.

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23 November 2018

Fokke de Jong founded menswear label Suitsupply from the boot of a car in the Netherlands in 2000 after a chance encounter threw him into the world of Italian textiles. We discover how the affordable tailoring firm has found the right marriage between online and bricks-and-mortar retail as it prepares to open its 100th shop.

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20 November 2018

Amastan is reshaping the idea of a hotel stay in Paris. It is the vision of self-starter Zied Sanhaji who, armed with his family’s entrepreneurial spirit and his own know-how from a range of hospitality jobs, opened the doors a few years back. The boutique property encourages creativity and connection, with all the charm and top service you’d expect from a venue with just 24 rooms.

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7 November 2018

In this episode, serial entrepreneur Cal Henderson talks about his entrepreneurial journey, from founding Flickr and successfully selling it to Yahoo!, to his most recent business venture, Slack. Slack was initially created as a messaging platform to enable the creation of an online video game. The video game never succeeded, but Slack today is a communication and collaboration platform with more than eight million daily users in over a hundred countries.

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17 October 2018

Cities are becoming more desirable places to live but renting a flat is still a stressful experience. Ryan Prince, co-founder of Uncle, has set out to change all that. His property-management service has found success by regarding its tenants as customers.

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10 October 2018

Sylvain Labs was launched in 2010 in the so-called ‘innovation consulting’ market – somewhere between a creative agency and business consultancy. At its heart is a focus on strategy, helping companies to develop and launch new products and solidify their brands, while communicating their purpose and ethos.

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4 October 2018

'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help women'. Find out how Madeleine Albright's famous quote inspired Debbie Wosskow and Anna Jones to create The Allbright. In this podcast, Debbie shares how The Allbright provides opportunities for women to thrive and flourish through their clubs, academy and events.

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2 October 2018

East London label LNDR makes sophisticated women's clothing for the gym or high street. Launched by Sarah Donnelly, Donna Harris and Joanna Turner in 2015, they join us to tell us about the challenges & opportunities of growing a brand known for quality products and customer care in a crowded market.

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14 September 2018

Meet Tim Brown, social entrepreneur and co-founder of Allbirds. Tim was a professional footballer in his native New Zealand before he decided to change tack completely. After years of researching and tinkering, Tim teamed up with Joey Zwillinger, an engineer and renewables expert. Together, they crafted a revolutionary wool fabric made specifically for footwear. The outcome? An entirely new category of shoes inspired by natural materials

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10 September 2018

Seedlip is a non-alcoholic spirit born out of Ben Branson's passion for natural botanicals and hobby distilling. Seedlip has since become a huge success and is stocked in high-end London retailers and served in bars and restaurants across the globe. In this week's podcast, Branson explains how he used a decade's worth of creative agency experience to build the brand and reveals why he's confident the market for non-alcoholic drinks is only just getting started.

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30 August 2018

In this week's podcast, we assess the importance of business mentors. As anyone who has founded a company will know, having an experienced adviser who can lend advice and an ear during the tough times can be key. But it's a two-way street: as an older entrepreneur you can learn a lot from having a younger mentee.

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30 August 2018

Bremont watches

Giles and Nick English are the brothers behind UK watch brand Bremont. Both aviation enthusiasts, the co-founders launched the firm in 2002 and named it after a French farmer whose fields they once accidentally landed in during a foggy cross-Channel flight. Giles and Nick are passionate proponents of British engineering and craftsmanship, and have set out to make as many of their watch components as possible in their factory in Henley-on-Thames. Over the past 16 years, they’ve built Bremont into a respected and successful name in an industry still dominated by strong Swiss brands.

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23 August 2018

How to secure funding for your business idea.

Finding initial and ongoing capital investment is a challenge, particularly for the inexperienced business founder. We asked a panel of experts for tips on raising funding and what investors might be looking for. Listen to Jade Francine, co-founder of WeMaintain, Antoine Baschiera, co-founder of Early Metrics and Aurélien Drain, head of Business Development at HSBC Private Banking France.

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15 August 2018

Jo Malone CBE made her name – quite literally – as the eponymous entrepreneur behind her iconic perfume brand. A sensation in the 1990s, Malone later sold the brand to cosmetics giant Estée Lauder Companies.

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