In this episode, we speak to James Lonergan, Design Operations Lead at BP all about how they have been building a design team to shape the future of energy consumption.
We talk about;
How James started his career in Design
Moving into an Ops role
What an Ops role really involves
What BP is doing to help shape how we consume energy, including working towards a net zero strategy
The importance that the design team will play in shaping the strategy
So for all of this and loads more hit the play button now.
James can be found - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameslonergan/
In this episode, we talk to Ed Stration, Co-Founder of GeneHub about his journey to starting his business and what they are doing to help people make better decisions around medical treatment.
Ed's early career - making the switch into something he's passionate about
Finding his co-founder at Antler
An idea starting with solving a problem for both of them
Timing being key
Being prepared to break things to make them work
Building a secure way to help people's health and allow them to own their data
Why they are building GeneHub and how they are doing it.
For all of this and lot's more hit play now!
This week we are having a short break, however, we want to hear from YOU about the topics you want to hear, the guests you want to see & hear from.
Please get in touch (email@example.com) to let us know.
We will be back in 2 weeks with another awesome guest!
In this episode, we speak to Tom Foster-Carter, CEO and Co-Founder at Lollipop.
This is a jam-packed epsiode where we talk about;
Being part of Osper - a fintech for children
Co-Founding Curve and why he left
Joining Monzo as their COO
His desire to move into a CEO role and what that transition has been like
Finding what he's good at and what he really enjoys
How Lollipop is creating a better online grocery shopping experience
Enabling consumers to make healthier choices
The importance of GREAT UX
Taking tough decisions to start again when going in the wrong direction
Remembering to celebrate success
The shocking stats around underrepresented founders in the UK
What Tom's doing to change the narrative on underrepresentation with All In
So for all this and LOADS more hit play!
You can follow Toms journey online https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomfostercarter/ or https://twitter.com/scaleupdad as well as finding out more about how you can pledge to build a diverse workforce - https://www.allin.works/
In this episode, we talk to Gareth Thomas former Head of Design at Carwow. Gareth helped them scale their design team significantly in his time there working closely with the founders to realise their vision.
We talk to Gareth about;
His career path and getting into design
Being a self-taught designer
Scaling the Design Team at Carwow
The "dark arts" of Design leadership and getting the balance right
How Product Design is going through an identity crisis and what can be done about it.
So for all of this and more, check it out now.
You can find Gareth on LinkedIn; https://www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-thomas-designer/
In this episode we speak to Barry Shrier Founder of Giant Health, "Europe's largest, most valuable festival of health-tech innovation". Barry is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for launching, scaling and selling business
We talk to Barry about;
Launching a wireless telecoms business
Taking steps to address global warming and climate change
What he looks for when he sets up a business
Starting with an exit in mind
Where innovation comes from
Why he got into Healthcare and Healthtech
You can connect with Barry on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/barryshrier/or via his EA
In this episode, we talk to Richard Alberg, CEO of aptem a SaaS platform with a focus on vocational training. We talk to Richard about;
Starting his career in Advertising & Marketing moving by default into the tech space
Finding something that interests you
Being able to cope with the pressure and the lows
How to find what you're good at and building a team of others to do the parts you're not good at
Suddenly not being the funniest person in the room
How he set up his own firm to be his first customer
Taking pride in delegation
What Richard looks for as an advisor and investor
So for all of this and lots more, hit play now to check it out!
In this episode, we speak to Nelson Wooton CEO and Co-Founder of SaaScada, a technology business that helps companies deliver core banking services at an accelerated speed.
In our chat we discuss;
Nelson starting in the tech world in the 90's
Being a guitarist in a band to building websites
Going from hands-on roles to leadership
Building a digital bank in 2 years
The "Snake Oil Salesmen"
Building core banking systems at speed and a lower cost
What he's learned about banking systems and how they work
Some of Nelsons biggest learns as he's moved from CTO to CEO as well as when building the business
So for all of this and lots more, hit play now!
In this week's episode, we speak to Victor Kula-Szilagyi, Head of Product at SEDNA.
SEDNA transforms business processes by connecting work email with your core third-party apps - from tools specific to maritime shipping, where SEDNA got its start, to industry-agnostic tools like Salesforce
Victor's career path starting in Design and moving into Product
How he made the transition and how you can too
Some of the complexity around working on B2B products
Victors move from consumer-focused products into the B2B world
A look at how the role of design has changed in the last 20 years
Designing for the future - time horizons
The problems they are solving at SEDNA
Helping make changes in industries that have been doing things the same way for years
For all of this and lots more, hit play now!
In this episode, we speak to Zandra Moore - Co-Founder and CEO at Panintelligence. We get to discuss Zandra's experience and why/how she got into the tech industry.
Among the topics of conversation we discuss;
Having a role model to show her what the tech industry was all about
Working in Software Sales
Being a female leader in a male-dominated industry
Seizing the opportunity to become a founder at Paninitelligence
What they are doing to help companies make better use of data
The gap between men and women in tech
Some of the current challenges that are faced today getting women into tech
What Zandra has been doing to break this cycle
The importance of networking, including some groups she has set up and is involved in.
So for all of this and lots more, hit play now!
Julia Salasky - CEO at Legl is someone who has been involved in helping shape the future of legal services and how they are accessed by consumers. Her current company (Legl) is helping law firms become more agile by helping them digitise there operational tasks.
In this episode we were fortunate to talk to her about;
How Julia got into Law
Getting to work for the UN as one of her dream jobs
The transition from Law to Tech
Trying to solve the problem of making legal services more accessible.
Legal being behind most int tech but them making up that time now and how they are doing it.
A big push on client/customer experience
Creating her first, award winning, business (Crowd Justice)
The UK being ahead of many with the safeguards we have
Helping law firms become digital with the creation of her business Legl
Building a great team around her to ensure success
For all of this and more, hit play and enjoy!
In this episode we speak to Tom Lavery, CEO and Founder of sales software company Jiminny. This episode is packed full of insight into building a great sales culture.
We talk about;
Toms's career running and building high-performing sales teams
Simplifying the day to day
The importance of relationships
How Jiminny is helping sales teams be better
Knowing your customers
Making incremental changes to increase performance
What's in store for 2023 in software sales.
So for all of this and loads more learns, hit play and take a listen.
In this episode, we talk to Rob Sewell, CEO of Smartframe Technologies.
We talk about;
his vision of where he wanted to go in life, which he had from a very young age
different lessons he's learnt along the way
his humble beginnings and different ventures
having a mindset that has enabled him to succeed
the power of networking
some techniques he's used to help him get to where he is now
So for all this and lots more tune in now.
In this episode, we talk to John Readman - Founder of Ask Bosco a software platform that helps companies make better spending decisions for online marketing.
✅Bosco and how the platform works
✅John being part of companies that have scaled and sold on numerous occasions
✅His cycling charity and their ride from London to Australia
✅Starting out in events, leading to sales and marketing
✅The current state of the Retail market and where it might be going
So, sit back and enjoy this episode for all of this and lots more.
In this episode, Rupert talks to Vivi Friedgut CEO and Founder of Blackbullion about her journey where she's failed to fail!
They talk about;
The importance of sales skills
What good sales skills look like
Building relationships and solving problems
The advance of AI
An obsession with Financial literacy
How Blackbullion is helping young people understand the financial decisions they make
Preparing for the future.
For all of this and LOTS more, hit play and take a listen.
In this episode, Rupert talks to Antony Thompson, former Royal Marine about his journey to becoming a tech founder.
They talk about Antony's time in the marines, along with him founding Loopin with a fellow former marine Ben Williams.
Talking about the challenges that face anyone coming out of the forces as well as what Antony did to overcome these. Including life in the "real world".
As well as this they discuss Loopin's mission to provide managers with the ability to prevent burnout and staff turnover. Discussing the importance of not only hiring right but retaining those people. For all of this and lots more check it out and hit play now!
In this week's episode, we talk to Felix Atkin - Founder of Sharesy about the power of community.
Sharesy - what the platform is about, where the idea came from and how it's helping people and their community
The investment choices Felix has taken so far
The power of community and opportunity for growth
Getting the right people into a start-up and what to look for when hiring
The pressure of being a (solo) founder
For all of this and lots more hit play now to check it out!
In this episode, Rupert talks to Mark Stephens, Founding Director at Smart Recruit Online.
His career so far – moving from Rec Agency to Fixed Price Recruitment Services to Technology.
The elements that he would do differently – his failures and how he learned from them
Preparing for a downturn
How he took his company from a 2 million to an 8 million valuation in 12 months
The mentality around funding and when to get it What characteristics make a good founder
For all this and more hit play now!
In this episode, we speak to Tommy Toner - Co-Founder and VP of Product at Cuckoo.
Cuckoo is looking to change the landscape of the broadband world. By changing a few simple things they are already leading the way as a challenger to some of the major players in this space.
We talk about;
How they came together as founders
Looking to break the traditional mould
Coming up with the Brand
The Cukoo Compass (Their Principals)
Hiring the right people
So for all this and lot's more hit play now!
In this episode, we talk to entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder of GetWelp, James Roycroft about his journey so far in finding his way as a young founder. We talk about;
The broken system post school
Starting in recruitment
Founding a business with his mum
Everyone only portraying positives and the damage that social media can cause
Getting his mental health back on track
Starting his own podcast and getting to speak to world class sports people and TV presenters
Working out market fit for GetWelp and finding the ideal Co-Founder
So for all this and much more then plug in and enjoy.
In this episode, we talk to Trenton Moss, Partner at Team Sterka and former founder of Webcredible.
The rollercoaster ride of setting up Webcredible
Finding UX by accident and being driven by a passion for the customer
How the UX Industry has changed
The race to the bottom so time to get out
Turning a loss-making business around
Being acquired by a larger business
Why Team Sterka has been set up
People skills are being overlooked as training points.
Creating a world where everyone has access to leadership and people skills development
Writing his book
Making himself redundant
So for all of this and plenty more, hit play and check it out!
In this episode, we have an in-person interview with Adit Trivedi Co-Founder and CEO at Kaizera (also former Co-Founder of Lingumi).
Over a cold beer we discuss;
Why he moved on from his last business
The story behind Kaizera
Going for a raise
What he's learnt from doing it once
What he will do differently this time around
The importance of a great team
Helping people find purpose in the work they do
So for all of this and loads more, grab a drink, relax and enjoy!
In this episode, we talk to Co-Founder of WellEasy an online membership marketplace that makes healthy living easy and affordable.
Being a founder from day 1 of his working career
Starting a business during a pandemic
Learning as you go
Launching a business from his parent's garage
Starting a second business shortly after
Hanging around the right people
Working on something that you're passionate about
So for all this and loads more, then hit play now to check it out.
In this weeks episode, we talk to Dan Robins and Nick Russell, Co-Founders of Dualo an insights repository to help showcase the value of research in product teams.
We chat about;
Their meeting as childhood friends
Starting out in Design and Product roles
Both being driven by the challenges they faced working in product teams
Remote work being powerful provided you use the right tools
Unlocking value in research to make business decisions
Finding the right partners
Working in a lean way before going for funding
"User Research is broken"
So for all this and more hit the play button now!
After a short summer break, we are back with another inspiring story for this weeks episode. We speak to Charlie Wells - CEO & Founder of Mental Health-Tech company HelloSelf.
In this episode we cover;
Moving from Science to Advertising in his early career
Scaling and selling his first business
The day that changed everything
3 Principals that Charlie now lives by
What the future of Mental Healthcare looks like
So for all this and lots more, chill out, sit back and hit play!
In this weeks episode we are delighted to welcome the amazing Tessa Clarke, CEO and Co-Founder of Olio.
We talk about;
Their quest to reduce waste to a net-zero
Failure not being an option
The importance for her having an amazing Co-Founder
Their current raise to Series B
Bias in the start up world
Why failure isn't an option
How you can help!
So for all of this and loads more, put the kettle on and check it out!
In this weeks episode we talk to Sam Luckett, Co-Founder of Connectd about their company which connects Investors, Founders and NED's to help get companies off the ground faster!
We also talk about;
His journey via the corporate world
Corporates being more entrepreneurial than some might think
Finding the right Co-Founder
The hard work that comes with running a business
What Investors are looking for
What's next for him and their product
So for all of this and lots more, click play and enojy!
In this weeks episode, we talk to Lloyd Salmons, Co-Founder of PepTalk about his journey from founder, to advisor/investor and back to founder again!
We talk about the following;
Getting enjoyment out of what you are doing
Being in the music industry
founding a business at a young age and nailing it (but it took time)
Exiting his first business
Finding a buyer that was right for the company culturally
Being an adviser and investor - the good and the bad
Founding Pep Talk to get teams together and help people grow.
So for all this and lots, lots more sit back and tune in!
In this episode, we speak to Levi Epstein Co-Founder at Inflow about his quest to help millions of people who suffer from ADHD.
We talk about;
Having the right people around you
Finishing Uni and not knowing what next
setting up a business whilst still young
building an affordable platform to solve a real problem
Coming up with an alternative to medication
So for all this and lots more, sit back and enjoy the episode!
In this episode, we talk to Hussian Hilli, Co-Founder of both Skrap & Byoot about the founding of his two business'
We also talk about;
being an entrepreneur at a young age
looking for business disruption
construction being stuck in the past
making a positive change
complexity in the construction industry and how tech can add value
running 2 different business'
accolades are great but not the be-all and end-all
So for all this and lots more, tune in and check it out!
In this episode, we talk to Yonatan Malka, Co-Founder & CEO of Reaction about his journey from being a professional athlete to running a Tech business!
In this episode we talk about;
Helping companies to keep their employees engaged in healthcare
His time as a professional athlete, including missing out on an Olympics due to injury
Working for Nike and learning from the best
How they validate ideas
Failing fast and constantly iterating
So for all this and lots more, hit play and enjoy!
In this weeks episode, Mark Taylor, Co-Founder of Biznest talks to us about his journey from working in Construction Management into the Tech Startup scene.
We look at what inspired him to set up Biznest
What the platform is all about and how it can help budding entrepreneurs
Some of their business goals over the next few years
Those all-important lessons learnt from starting the company
So strap in for another amazing journey!
In this episode we talk to Max Rofagha, founder of DeinDeal(exit in 2015), 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 & Founder of Finimize about building the worlds largest finance community and his journey to do this.
Max talks about setting the company up through his own frustrations in a lack of advice in the market. He also talks about creating the 2nd biggest eCommerce company in Switzerland, along with his exit from the business.
He tells us about the lessons learnt from all of this up to where he is now with Finimize.
We speak to Guillaume Moubeche - CEO and Co-Founder of Lemlist about how they have built their company up from the ground by bootstrapping!
He talks about selling their first business to help focus on Lemlist and grow it organically.
Guillaume also tells us all why he and his Co-Founders said NO to a $30,000,000 investment!
Certainly, one not to miss!
In this weeks episode, we talk to the extraordinary Steph Hamill about how her company are looking to make sure that AI is used in the right way!
Our Education System
Bias in today's society
What does A.I actually mean?
The Human benefits of A.I
Using A.I for good
Business runs the world not Politicians
All this and lots, lots more so sit back, tune in and enjoy the show.
In this weeks episode, we talk to Brand Pinto, CEO and Founder of Insurtech start-up Insuroo.
We get to chat about;
Starting his career in Sales
The challenges of cold calling when starting out
Setting up his first business selling beauty products
Evolving the customer experience
The skills shortage of Financial Advisors but clients needs growing
Starting a business and going back into the corporate world
The challenges of bootstrapping, including hiring
VC's reaching out to them
So for all this and lots more, grab a cold one and listen in!
This week we talk to Co-Founder at Braingineers, Max van Kaathoven about his company that uses neurology to help companies understand their customers better.
We take an in-depth look at how Max started the business and look at where they are now. He talks to us about the impact COVID had and influenced some change in the future of what they do.
As Braingineers look to make this type of testing available and accessible to everyone we explore how they will do this.
For all this and lots, lots more hit that play button and listen!
In this weeks episode we speak to Thomas Fairey, Co-Founder of Stakester.
We talk about;
Starting out in sales
Having a winning mindset
Leaving a great job to work for start-up
Coming up with the idea whilst doing martial arts.
Building a platform to make gaming more entertaining
Getting funding and being surprised
Working on your pitch to get the right investors
Data is more powerful than ego
Feedback being a gift
So tune in for all this, some great advice and lots of laughs along the way!
This weeks episode marks the end of season 1 of Fireside with Founders and to top the series off we've got Dean Fankhauser former CEO and Co-Founder of E-commerce platform Nuji. We talk about his entire journey from the conception to the final sale to Fintech super company Klarna.
Starting a business in his early 20's
The multiple evolutions of the company
What it's really like to go through a sale
Challenges of funding
What he would do differently if starting again
The iPhone being thought of as a craze that would fade
Focusing on unit economics
Changing the business model for the 3rd time 5 years in
With more funding comes greater pressure
Celebrating the wins
Finding an exit route
Sit back and enjoy the last of this seasons fireside talks.
This week we are joined by Kerim Derhalli - CEO & Founder of Invstr who talks to us about the product they've created to help people learn how to invest and then put this learning into practice.
We talk about;
Creating the ultimate experience for investors
Investing in human capital
The Invstr Academy
Financial literacy and the challenges it poses
Kerims long history in Finance and the move to Tech
Building multi billion dollar businesses
His biggest learn in their 9 year history
The challenges around building a diverse workforce
The $100,000 challenge
Being a Dolphin
All of this and lots, lots more. So hit play to hear the full story!
Kaitlin Fritz, COO and Co-Founder at Musemio talks to us about their product which helps brings History and Arts to children aged 7-11 via the power of Virtual Reality
We cover off a number of topics including;
Making art and culture more accessible
Using apps to bring that accessibility
Making at home learning fun!
How you can stand out from the crowd whilst building a company
Being a female leader in a female lead team
Bringing change and being part of the solution to help female leaders to become entrepreneurs
The technical challenges and growing pains when running a Tech start up.
Making sure you celebrate the wins!
So for all of this and more then hit play now to listen.
In this weeks episode, we speak to Jordan McRae - CEO and Founder of Mobilus Labs - The man that puts the voice inside your head!
This week we talk about;
Coming up with an idea through a near-death experience
Voice playing a major part in the future of tech
Helping people look up & experience the physical world
Wanting to become an Astronaut
Not just being a founder but and inventor
Starting his first company to help people communicate underwater
Being part of Entrepreneur First and breaking the mould
Having the patience and confidence to realise your dreams
The pain of fundraising during a recession
Adapting their technology to work with PPE in the medical sector
There's plenty more to hear in the episode, so make sure you check it out now!
In this weeks episode, we get to talk to one of the Sifteds recently recognised, start-up pioneers of 2020. Sam Short, CEO and Co-Founder of Moneyed.
We talk to Sam about;
Helping people take care of their financial wellbeing as well as mental wellbeing
Starting her business with her Co-Founder to solve a problem they had
Going from PHD's in Particle Physics to running a Tech company
Timing is everything (is there ever a great time to leave your job)
Managing her own expectations
Making sure you're solving a problem that people care about
Having a great network around you to help share challenges.
All this and loads more, so sit back and tune in to hear her story!
This week we talk to James McAulay CEO and Co-Founder of Encore Musicians about his business and how they managed to pivot when all live events were shut down during COVID.
James talks about;
Having their best-ever month in March 2020 then traffic simply drying up
Helping musicians earn money during COVID whilst not being able to do event
Raising money for the NHS
Bookings increasing with 2021 set to be a bumper year!
Him being an entrepreneur from a very young age
The desire to be profitable as a start-up and not drain cash & an understanding of the people you need in your team to help you do this.
All this and lots more so sit back a listen to the journey so far!
This week we are joined by Antton Peña, Founder of Flock where we start by talking about his current business and what they do.
In this episode we also discuss;
Antton leaving his first startup and starting something new
Making sure you have a real passion for what you do
Going from Design to Insurance and the learning curve
Flocks partnership with one of the worlds leading insurance companies
Some of the challenges facing the regulators in the airspace world as drone use increases
The future of drone use and what we might see in our sky soon.
Make sure you listen for all this and more!
In this weeks episode, we are joined by Matt Sawyer, a former employee at companies including Just Eat & Trainline, now Co-Founder and CEO of Kleene.ai.
We talk about Matts time working in his former companies and how that shaped his journey to becoming a founder.
In this episode we also discuss;
Lowering the barrier to entry to centralise data and surface it back to the business for meaningful use.
Meeting his co-founder Andrew Thomas at Just Eat whilst they were on their growth journey
The only slight regret is not starting the business sooner
Mapping out the business on beer mats whilst in the pub
Being settled in the rest of your life to allow you to take the plunge and start a business.
The journey of a bootstrapped startup
A newfound respect for salespeople
Hiring remotely during COVID
A Constant learning process
All this and more so tune in to hear all about it!
Charlotte Melkert, Co-Founder & CEO at Equalture talks about setting up an HR technology company out of frustrations she saw in when running a recruitment business.
We also discuss founding not 1 but 2 companies with her twin sister and the dynamic that's helped them drive the business forward. Charlotte talks about how they set up a tech company with no tech knowledge, but it didn't matter.
In this episode, we discuss how you shouldn't let fear stop you from doing something and how you should keep a crisis mindset to really help your business grow, in good and bad times!
Digby Vollrath, CEO & Co-Founder of Feast It, an online events marketplace, talks about his journey in building an award-winning company over the last 4 years.
We talk about the effect that COVID19 has had on the industry and what they are doing to support their customers and clients in the future. We explore some of the Celebrities that use their platform, from Lewis Hamilton to Angelina Jolie.
In this episode, we discuss world domination and look at how Feast It has a goal of becoming the biggest events company in the world.
All this and much, much more!
In this episode, we are joined by Will Goodwin, Co-Founder and Head of Product to talk about his company Tumelo.
Tumelo is a SaaS-based platform that allows investors to see exactly what they are investing in to ensure they are able to help protect the planet whilst receiving a better service.
Will talks about the leap from academia straight into setting up a business and the challenges that have come up along the way. We talk about them pivoting the business from its early days of being an investment platform and look at where the company is going next.
This week Jackelin Palma, COO at CircaGene talks to us about their revolutionary genetics product and how they are using encryption to ensure that peoples genetic data stays safe.
We also talk about the shocking discrimination that Jackeline faced when looking for work in the UK, as well as talking about her multicultural background and how that drove her to become an entrepreneur.
This epsoide is a real eye-opener. We hope you enjoy!
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