19 episodes

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.

Frankly. The energy podcast for founders‪.‬ franklyforfounders

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

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 20. Running a startup optimising energy use for commercial customers

    Episode 20. Running a startup optimising energy use for commercial customers

    It's time for another episode of Frankly, hosted by  Steve Cook. 

    In this episode Steve talks to David Hill, Commercial Director at Open Energi. David reveals to us an interesting origin story of Open Energi that has an unusual structure of running with an executive Chair rather than a CEO – we will know what the benefits and challenges of that model are. 

    Tune in to learn about how David's approach to selling into very large complex customers.

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    • 19 min
    Episode 19. How to assess your readiness to scale and go through a transformational journey.

    Episode 19. How to assess your readiness to scale and go through a transformational journey.

    It's time for another episode of Frankly, hosted by our Operating Partner Steve Cook. 

    In this episode Steve talks to Daryn Edgar, CEO at LYTT, recognised by ComputerWeekly’s Most Influential Women in UK IT and the Women in Technology Awards, Daryn speaks on a range of topics in digital technology, business development and diversity. As an active startup mentor, Board member and angel investor, Daryn is skilled at building relationships to produce value and influence direction.

    In today's episode Steve and Daryn discuss that Lytt was a spun out of bp and Daryn came in as CEO shortly after – what were the challenges and advantages that came with it?

    Tune in to learn about Daryn's take on the battle for tech talent right now -  LYTT has successfully hired a CTO – how they are making a compelling proposition to potential hires?

    Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast to stay in the know!

    Also on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

    • 26 min
    Episode 18. Challenges of being a CEO during the lockdowns.

    Episode 18. Challenges of being a CEO during the lockdowns.

    It's time for another episode of Frankly, hosted by our Operating Partner Steve Cook. 

    In this episode Steve talks to Bruce Hall, CEO at Onyx Insight, who has grown rapidly over 100 people and recently won UK Queens awards for enterprise – one for innovation and one for export. Steve and Bruce try to answer the following questions: how to ensure that the team stays cohesive and culturally consistent during a rapid growth? How to attract and retain talent and why it might be a good idea for some start ups to consider unconventional locations for their business? 

    Tune in to learn about one leadership lesson Bruce has learned that has been important for him?

    Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast to stay in the know!

    Also on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

    • 26 min
    Episode 17. CEO journey and how to deal with the constant ups and downs of start-up life

    Episode 17. CEO journey and how to deal with the constant ups and downs of start-up life

    It's time for another episode of Frankly, hosted by our Operating Partner Steve Cook. 

    In this episode Steve talks to Chris Shannon, CEO at Fotech Group, established serial entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in a rapid growth, innovative, international environment. After spending a large part of his career as a CEO for various start-ups, Chris shares with us his advice on making it through a start-up rollercoaster, how it is important to stay focused, calm and positive. 

    Tune in to learn about how to get the team know and understand each other and build level of trust. 

    There is a big growth agenda for Fotech Group - and to help power that Fotech Group has recently hired a new COO, CTO and Head of Sales. Chris will tell us what has been done to get that new top management team working together effectively in a short period of time. 

    • 24 min
    Episode 16. Making a career move from a big corporation into a CEO of a rapidly scaling start-up

    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. 

     

    • 21 min
    Episode 15. What it takes to transform business at the leading edge of finance and technology with Christine Moy

    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. 

    • 30 min

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