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Every week, join Josh Davey and Alex Dunning, as they present you with inspiring and candid conversations from the best entrepreneurs, investors and leaders right now. This is a podcast powered by Seedrs, Europe's largest equity crowdfunding platform.

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    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

Every week, join Josh Davey and Alex Dunning, as they present you with inspiring and candid conversations from the best entrepreneurs, investors and leaders right now. This is a podcast powered by Seedrs, Europe's largest equity crowdfunding platform.

    Martha Lane Fox’s £577 million Lastminute.com empire

    Martha Lane Fox’s £577 million Lastminute.com empire

    Martha Lane Fox is the founder of Lastminute.com. A period in her life which she describes as ‘total chaos’.

    At 25 years old, with co-founder Brent Hoberman, she embarked on a very exciting journey creating one of the first European startups combining e-commerce and travel.

    However, when you’re the first to do something, there’s always a lot of naysayers. People didn’t think Lastminute.com was going to be successful. Little did they know they were just getting started. In 2005, they sold the company for £577 million.

    Martha took what she had built with Lastminute.com to create GDS (Government Digital Service). This is a section inside the Cabinet Office of the British government responsible for improving access to online public services.

    Martha's other interests are explored in this episode, including how technology and the internet can be improved for everyone in the UK, women and venture capital, and Martha's future vision for Dot Everyone, her most recent venture.

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    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

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    • 27 min
    Bboxx: Solving the World’s Biggest Problems through Entrepreneurship with Founder and CEO, Mansoor Hamayun

    Bboxx: Solving the World’s Biggest Problems through Entrepreneurship with Founder and CEO, Mansoor Hamayun

    Mansoor Hamayun is one of three co-founders of energy tech company Bboxx. The trio met during their studies at Imperial College London where they ran a student led organisation named Equinox. This set them up with enough experience to eventually become business partners.

    Mansoor recalls seeing a 2008 advertisement stating that 1.6 billion people in the world had no electricity. This shocked him and triggered the idea process that eventually led them to launch Bboxx in 2010. They have since installed around 200,000 solar energy systems in homes and businesses across East Africa.

    In this episode, it’s clear that Mansoor has an appetite for risk – operating in countries where people otherwise would not – but then again “risk equals reward.”

    Mansoor discusses Bboxx’s fundraising journey, how decentralisation and digitalisation go hand in hand, and cost effective ways to produce energy in the home. They also discuss the developing technology of mobile payments in Africa and company culture.

    This forward-thinking episode will appeal to those who aim to solve a problem! We’ll leave you with Mansoor’s outlook: “If you’re not solving someone’s problems or needs, you’re not really in business.”

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Mansoor Hamayun here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here.

    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 37 min
    Starling Bank: How Anne Boden Built a $1.5 Billion Banking Empire

    Starling Bank: How Anne Boden Built a $1.5 Billion Banking Empire

    Anne Boden is CEO and founder of Starling Bank. Anne had accumulated 30 years of experience in traditional banking when she realised there was a whole world out there that was embracing new technology and entrepreneurship, and she just  had to learn about it. This led her to travel to the U.S, spark conversations and further spend a year in Fintech.

    In January 2014, Anne quit her job and established Starling Bank, transforming the world of mobile banking from scratch. However, she recalls the initial fundraising wasn’t an easy journey, going from door to door looking for people to believe in her vision for the future of banking.

    In this episode, Anne Boden discusses the hustle of raising funds, the culture of banking pre-financial crisis and post-crash, the challenges of legacy banks trying to build something new, leading on the Make Money Equal campaign, and how to attract the best technological minds for a team.

    She is also passionate about her technological vision for the future of banking. This podcast episode is for those who want to change the scope of the world; as Anne simply states: “I believe people make things happen, not process…. Leaders need to lead - they can change the culture.”

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Anne Boden here.

    Learn more about Seedrs here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here.

    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 37 min
    Innocent Drinks: Turning £500 into a Multi-Million Pound Business with Richard Reed

    Innocent Drinks: Turning £500 into a Multi-Million Pound Business with Richard Reed

    Richard Reed is one of three co-founders of the brand, Innocent Drinks. After seven years of pondering back and forth on what business to create, it took just one hangover for the trio to decide they wanted to launch a smoothie company.

    The decision took some time to get to, and so did the growth. Reed mentioned on this episode, “If I had known just how difficult those [first] 15 months were going to be, I would’ve gone - ‘you know what, I’ll just stay in my job. It’s quite good fun.’”

    Reed opened up about the hardships of growing Innocent Drinks, including the financial difficulties which eventually led to Coca Cola buying the brand in 2009. Whilst they had a successful exit in the end, Reed credits this highly to his team. He spoke enthusiastically about his best friends, his co-founders, and his team who even after selling their brand, were well looked after.

    We won’t give away too much on this inspiring conversation but this is the perfect episode for anyone at the ideation or start-up stage, needing a guarantee that you know what - it will be fine in the end.

    Make sure you leave a review on Apple Podcasts to be in for the chance to win £50 of credit to invest in an amazing start-up crowdfunding on Seedrs… and share this with a mate because it helps get our message out there.

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Richard Reed here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here.

    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 47 min
    Building Seedcamp and Fundraising Advice for Founders with Reshma Sohoni

    Building Seedcamp and Fundraising Advice for Founders with Reshma Sohoni

    Reshma Sohoni is the Founder and Managing Partner of Seedcamp. As an immigrant coming to work in a British firm, Reshma felt like she ‘didn’t fit in’ and quickly realised that if she wanted to be part of a world she’d like to live in, then she would have to go out and make it. This led her to establish Seedcamp in 2007.

    Seedcamp have since backed over 300 businesses and are considered to be one of the largest Seed investment companies in Europe. Whilst with all their success, Reshma reminds herself and team to ‘stay hungry and alive’ as an organisation. The ecosystem is maturing and the competition is as high as ever.

    This episode truly focuses on the evolution, from Seedcamp’s early days as an accelerator into a funding business, the emergence of its own economy portfolio and their future growth and partnerships.

    Reshma also doesn’t shy away from giving great fundraising advice too, reminding us that “the great founders are out there hustling and building relationships, not just promoting their product”. You’ll be left feeling motivated!

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Reshma Sohoni here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here.

    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 32 min
    Russia's Most Wanted Man, Co-Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, Bill Browder

    Russia's Most Wanted Man, Co-Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, Bill Browder

    Bill Browder is the CEO and Co-Founder of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, which at one time was the largest foreign portfolio fund in Russia.

    Bill studied at Stanford Business School and upon graduation in 1989, mixed with some soul searching, Bill joined the Boston Consulting Group. During an assignment in Poland the following year, he came across the mass privatisation of companies at one half of one year’s earnings. He took his life savings of $2,000, invested it and made 10x his money back.

    This led Bill to co-found HCM in 1996, citing “big successes don’t come from people spotting business opportunities, but being interested in something which becomes a business opportunity”.

    Described as one of Putin’s biggest critics, and this podcast may confirm just that, his journey has been far from simple. In this episode, Bill tells us about his life as a businessman and an activist, and paints a picture of his conflict with Russia. He also touches on how he moved the business to a global market.

    Today’s episode highlights the sheer determination of taking risks, and that spotting an opportunity can lead to great success even in dire circumstances.

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Bill Browder here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here.

    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Lil crash 92 ,

Great podcast

Great episode with Richard Reed, great to see some truly great entrepreneurs get their message out there!

Jaje158(478 ,

Cut the verbiage

I love podcasts but the first three minutes of my first time listening were the hosts babbling on about how they got lost trying to find the host, and then about a cat. Just get to the point, please.

HMDare ,

5 * interview with Bill Browder

Great interview with Bill Browder. Insightful and troubling in equal measure.

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