Energy is in something of a crisis. Start-ups with brilliant tech may hold the key. But they need help to scale. That’s where Launchpad comes in. A business builder that unlocks BP’s unique advantage to scale fast globally - for maximum impact.
So we’re putting on a series of podcasts called Frankly where experienced entrepreneurs and energy experts deal it to founders straight. No BS. Help them grow their businesses so they can help solve the energy crisis.
We will hear the war stories direct from entrepreneurs and hustlers who have built - or who are building - energy start-ups. And from investors who focus on the energy industry – what do they look for and avoid?
Frankly is a series of podcasts where we bring together entrepreneurs and hustlers who are building energy start-ups. And also investors who focus on the energy industry - what do they look for and how do they measure success. Frankly is one way we give back to the ecosystem and share what we learn.
The purpose of these podcasts is to educate and to inform. Views and opinions expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of bp or its affiliates. Reference to any product, technology or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by bp or its affiliates.
Episode 16. Making a career move from a big corporation into a CEO of a rapidly scaling start-up
Frankly is back from summer holidays with our Operating Partner Steve Cook talking to CEOs and founders of Launchpad's portfolio and picking up their brains about things they have learned, some of the practical challenges they have dealt with as they scaled their companies over the past 2-3 years.
In this episode Steve talks to Mike Popham, CEO at STRYDE, who is building a new seismic company, reinventing subsurface imaging. The two discuss how seismic is used outside of oil&gas in such industries such as geothermal, mining, carbon capture and storage. Mike reveals his journey from a corporate into a startup and what he has learned on the way - how to expand internationally in a short period of time and keep the right culture in the team, when you need to take data-driven decisions and how sometimes you need to trust your gut feelings.
Tune in to learn about bringing people in and how to make sure people are interested in your mission and your values resonate with them.
Episode 15. What it takes to transform business at the leading edge of finance and technology with Christine Moy
In this episode Siobhan Clarke talks with Christine Moy, Global Head of Liink, Onyx by J.P. Morgan who is building new financial infrastructure with 16+ yrs sweat equity in the trenches of banking, markets, operations, and technology and is responsible for developing and driving the adoption of the blockchain technology across the entire firm.
Siobhan and Christine discuss how to introduce new technologies into the new market, what learning loops are consistent and the importance of the team and people with intellectual curiosity, resilience who focuses on impact.
Tune in to learn about the concept of a blank page in the experiment cycles, the skills and the behaviours that enable taking 'don't knows' into execution and the key attributes for scaling.
Episode 14. What Are the Challenges for Being a Hardware And Software Start-up?
It's time for our last Tech Series episode of Frankly, hosted by our CTO, Tom Grey.
Today, we get to hear from Dr John Coultate, Head of Product Development at Onyx.
John and Tom talk in detail about similarities and differences when being both hardware and software start-ups and how focus on quality and supply plays a vital role. John also shares the two angles to hardware testing.
Tune in to find out from John what it takes to put something developed using 'hobby grade' components live as a product and how does it need to change.
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Episode 13. What is Design Thinking and How Do You Know When You Need It?
Tune in to another episode of Frankly Tech Series, hosted by our CTO, Tom Grey.
This time, we get a 20 minute crash course on design thinking from Marlene Weber, User Experience Specialist at Launchpad. Marlene holds a doctorate in human centred design. Practiced at Jaguar Land Rover, she works with clients to map human AI with people first products designed for their businesses.
Marlene talks us through her own definition of design thinking, how it is used to challenge assumptions to do user research, to test with customers and to prototype and on top of it explains the differences between UX and UI.
Tom and Marlene also discuss when is the best time to bring a designer in your team and if there is a trade off between hiring a designer or developer.
Episode 12. Blockchain in Practice with Karen Scarbrough, Senior Technology Associate at bp
It's time for another Tech Series episode of Frankly, hosted by our CTO, Tom Grey.
Today, we get to hear from Karen Scarbrough, Senior Technology Associate at bp, leading development of bp external and internal blockchain network, developing and presenting educational materials on Blockchain, Zero Knowledge Proofs, and decentralised finance across the organisation.
Karen and Tom talk in detail about the differences between private and public blockchains, its application that are being built right now, what takes energy consumption of these blockchains down to 1% and decentralised finance.
Also, Karen is a co-founder of molecu, a bp incubated company.
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Episode 11. How to Make Science Education and Making STEM Careers More Accessible to People with Different Backgrounds?
Tune in to the second episode of our Tech Series hosted by Tom Grey, our Chief Technology Officer, where we focus on the technology we develop at Launchpad and our Portfolio Companies.
In this episode Tom talks to Arabela Silva, IT and Security Manager at Fotech Solutions, on how young people most times “fall into” tech roles totally unprepared and stay feeling inadequate for a long time. Hence Arabela started being involved in programmes supporting young people in developing their full potential. We will discuss that diversity, not only in gender or race, enables innovation and the importance of understanding science and technology by people at large.