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Former Downing Street adviser, Jimmy McLoughlin interviews top entrepreneurs about where they are creating jobs of the future presented in the form of a Prime Ministerial briefing.

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    • 5.0 • 890 Ratings

Former Downing Street adviser, Jimmy McLoughlin interviews top entrepreneurs about where they are creating jobs of the future presented in the form of a Prime Ministerial briefing.

    Cracking the code of hybrid working - Dan Bladen - Kadence

    Cracking the code of hybrid working - Dan Bladen - Kadence

    Our guest today is Dan Bladen, the founder of Kadence, an online software helping manage hybrid workspaces.


    When I first met Dan in Number 10, he was running his wireless charging business - Chargify - until the pandemic decimated everything he had built.


    In the years since, Dan has become a thought leader in the future of work, with his silicon valley startup, Kadence, backed by Intel and Hewlett Packard to name a few.


     In this episode, we talk about how Dan pivoted from a hardware business to software, why the current form of hybrid working is doomed to fail and how his faith makes him comfortable with taking risks.


    And of course, make sure you listen to the end to hear which book changed his life.


    Also make sure you subscribe to The Shift- you can find it here on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts.


    You can sign up to Jimmy's Notebook here.


    Once again thank you to our series partner Octopus Group, a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas, and industries that will change the world.

    In this episode we talk about:


    How the pandemic decimated his first startup- and how he shifted from a Hardware business to Software.


    How his background as a musician and love of Peloton resulted in the name Kadence.


    The importance of Rhythm in building our working lives.


    Why did it take a whole pandemic for us to take the future of work seriously?


    Building for the connected age.


    What does the future of work look like to Dan- will we ever get an answer or will we always keep changing our desires?


    The framework of hybrid working - and why the current form of hybrid working is doomed to fail.


    Why do US and UK workers have such different views of the office?


    What is Silicon Valley’s attitude to the office in particular?


    Kadence’s all-star lineup of investors - and did they follow him through the pivot? 


    How his faith makes him very comfortable with taking risks.


    The attitude to religion in the US vs UK startup cultures.


    An inspiring piece of content -  Andy Crouch - The Life We're Looking For

    • 40 min
    Why Government must reset its relationship with business - Alex Depledge - RESI

    Why Government must reset its relationship with business - Alex Depledge - RESI

    Today's episode sees the return of Alex Depledge, CEO and co-founder of RESI.

    Not only is she one of the UK's most impressive female entrepreneurs, she previously came on Jimmy's Jobs in our second season.

    Our show has grown massively since then and so has RESI- so we thought we'd catch up and do another episode about the founding of RESI and their business journey along the way.

    We also cover how people can insulate their homes and renovate them in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 

    We also delve into why the government must reset its relationship with businesses. Alex is part of Liz Truss's taskforce for Fast Growth Female Enterprises so when she says that relationship is at an all-time low, she isn't kidding. 

    Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes, released every Wednesday.
    You can sign up to Jimmy's Notebook here.
    Once again thank you to our series partner Octopus Group, a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas, and industries that will change the world.
    In this episode with Alex we talk about:
    Where did the name RESI come from?

    Where did the idea for it start?

    What does RESI do?

    How do customers discover RESI?

    How COVID helped RESI be accepted by consumers

    The technology that helps RESI visualise builds

    How many builds has RESI done so far?

    What do RESI consumers most benefit from? 

    RESI’s increasing focus on the environment.

    Alex’s advice to entrepreneurs looking to raise money.

    The next stages of where RESI goes.

    The key skills of an entrepreneur and how RESI hires for them.

    What makes a good Business Development hire

    Where does resilience come into being an entrepreneur?

    Have we started to ignore macroeconomic shocks as there have been so many?

    Why the new government needs to reset its relationship with business.

    Pass the mic- the female entrepreneurs that really impress Alex. 

    If Alex was 22 in 2022, what sector would she work in?

    A piece of content that Alex finds inspiring.

    A quote she lives by. 

     

    • 33 min
    Netflix of Children’s Books - Simon & Charlene Hood -Sooper Books 📚 Husband and wife co-founders

    Netflix of Children’s Books - Simon & Charlene Hood -Sooper Books 📚 Husband and wife co-founders

    Today's guests are Simon Hood and Charlene Mitchell-Hood, the Founders of Sooper Books - an online children's book platform transforming the way parents and kids engage with reading.
    It has even been described as the Netflix for children’s books.
    They currently have over 1 million monthly users on their website and rank #1 on Google for bedtime stories in over 50 countries, attracting the attention of Penguin, Disney, BBC, Netflix, and Harper Collins.
    This episode is their first ever podcast and we talk about how they took the leap from traditional city jobs to launching their own startup, how they grew the business to 1 million monthly users in just 6 weeks and their new campaign to get kids reading for free.
    Quitting their full-time jobs to pursue their passion was only the tip of the iceberg. 
    The market was competitive and dominated by publishing giants unwilling to change- through their disruptive approach using analytics and audience retention, they were able to overcome burnout and build a double Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated team.
    This is a fascinating episode - make sure you listen to the end to hear their thoughts on the future of jobs in publishing.
    Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes, released every Wednesday.
    You can sign up to Jimmy's Notebook here.
    Once again thank you to our series partner Octopus Group, a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas, and industries that will change the world.
    In this episode we talk to Simon and Charlene about:
    How did they come up with the name Sooper Books?

    Their journey from big city jobs to starting the business.

    Going from zero to 1 million views in just 6 weeks.

    The moment they decided to quit their full-time jobs. 

    How bringing data into reading is changing the publishing industry. 

    The formula they use to create infinite storylines.

    What it's like to be Husband and Wife co-founders- and why the work-life balance becomes even more crucial.

    Where are the jobs of the future in publishing?

    The first hires of their business.

    Their plans for the future and building the Netflix for Children’s books

    Why did they do a round of Angel investing?

    How you can read for free everyday with Sooper Books.

    Their inspiration from Roald Dahl.

    • 37 min
    Code First Girls - Anna Brailsford - one million coding opportunities

    Code First Girls - Anna Brailsford - one million coding opportunities

    Today's guest is Anna Brailsford, the CEO of Code First Girls, a UK-based coding school giving free coding education to women.

    They have just raised £4.5m and are using it to create 1 million learning opportunities for women .

    Code First Girls was set up to alleviate the colossal gender gap that exists in coding. It is actually quite frightening: 93% of all professional tech developers identify as men.

    The consequences of this are very real too - GCHQ has partnered with Code First Girls to improve their diversity in order to tackle threats ranging from foreign states to child online safety.

    With coding guaranteed to be one of THE jobs of the future, this is a fascinating episode with the woman in charge of making sure that everyone can access this vital skill set.

    Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes, releasing every wednesday.

    You can sign up to Jimmy's Notebook here.

    Once again thank you to our series partner Octopus Group, a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas and industries that will change the world.

    In this episode with Anna we discuss: 
    Code First Girls - Where did the name come from?Why the name is beloved by the CFG communityHow big the CFG community has grown to become a global communityHow do they define coding as a skill?The challenge of explaining coding to a 10-year-oldAnna’s career-long passion for ed-tech inspired by her mum’s entrepreneurial lifestyleImportant skills people need to have for the futureIf Anna was 22 in 2022 what sector would she look to work inAnd why you don’t need a computer science degreeThe difference between being a CEO versus a founder and what makes an entrepreneurAnd why forgiving yourself is so importantCode First Girl’s huge news announcement… a £4.5m raise and a £1 billion economic opportunity for women.What jobs are CFG hiring for?Why having more women in our security services makes the UK harder to attack.Their collaboration with BAE systemsWhy has coding been dominated by men in the past?How did Anna find female mentors?Anna’s advice for young people graduating now: Understand your own worth and realise that not everything comes at once.What book would she recommend - Black Box Thinking by Matthew SyedPass the mic- other female entrepreneurs that deserve more spotlight - Michelle Kennedy

    • 33 min
    💥💥 Season 6 Launch 💥💥 PensionBee - Romi Savova - Transforming Lives and the Pension Industry

    💥💥 Season 6 Launch 💥💥 PensionBee - Romi Savova - Transforming Lives and the Pension Industry

    The brand new series of Jimmy's Jobs of the Future is here - and you're going to love it.

    We're launching with one of the most inspiring UK entrepreneurial stories with Romi Savova from PensionBee.

    In series 5 we talked to some of the biggest institutions in the UK, including the Bank of England and the next Prime Minister of the UK, Liz Truss.

    In this series we are going back to our roots with a female founder who has taken a business from seed funding right through to IPO, transforming lives and the pension industry with it. 

    Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss any new episodes, including next week's guest Anna Brailsford, CEO of Code First Girls.

    You can sign up to Jimmy's Notebook here.

    Once again thank you to our series partner Octopus Group, a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas and industries that will change the world.

    In this episode, we talk with Romi about:
    Where did the name PensionBee come from? The early stages of PensionBee- how she raised such a large seed round.The first hires Romi made and why this was always made with the ecosystem in mind.Her lifelong passion for pensions.Transforming lives with the biggest financial decisions of their life.Where has Romi made hires where she didn’t expect to?Transforming pension marketing.How Romi brings in the value of love into the workplace.The distinctive culture and how that attracts certain types of talent- but also may repel others.Taking her children to the listing on the London Stock Exchange.How did she deal with the pandemic?Adapting her own skillset.Changing from a big finance background to a solo entrepreneur- what skills did she learn and what did she leave behind? The rise of ESG investing and why it is getting even more necessary.How the government can help entrepreneurial journeys- and why that means government stability.If she was starting now, what would’ve been the greatest help to the entrepreneurial ecosystem?Balancing children and taking a business from seed to IPO.What content does she find most inspiring?Pass the mic- Seen On Screen founder, Bonnie Lister Parsons. 

    • 51 min
    Freddie Fforde, Patch, how to work between the office and home. 1st live episode (bonus)

    Freddie Fforde, Patch, how to work between the office and home. 1st live episode (bonus)

    In August we hosted the first-ever live show of Jimmy's Jobs of the Future at The Selkirk in Tooting.

    It was amazing to see so many listeners in real life and the whole evening was an unforgettable experience and milestone in the journey of the show.

    We can't do it all again soon.

    This episode is the recording of the live show to give you a taste of what you may have missed out on: a brilliant discussion with Patch Founder Freddie Fforde.

    Freddie is an inspiring entrepreneur looking to solve the office Vs work-from-home dilemma by offering something of a middle ground- Work Near Home.
      
    It's a great concept and in a world of increasingly polarised extremes it's nice to see sometimes the solution to a complex issue is down the middle of the road.

    We're releasing this as an extended teaser for our new season that is launching on Wednesday 7th September - subscribe to make sure you don't miss it!

    • 35 min

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