80 episodes

Secret Leaders is the UK's top business podcast featuring the stories & struggles to success from founders of companies likes Slack, Deliveroo, Calm, Shazam, Jo Malone, & more. It also features some of the investors crazy enough to back them, and group interviews from sold out live events on managing mental health, equality, financing, managing in times of crisis and more. Check out our other show "Represented" for black startup founders pitching for funding from great investors.

Secret Leaders Dan Murray-Serter, Rich Martell

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    • 4.5 • 195 Ratings

Secret Leaders is the UK's top business podcast featuring the stories & struggles to success from founders of companies likes Slack, Deliveroo, Calm, Shazam, Jo Malone, & more. It also features some of the investors crazy enough to back them, and group interviews from sold out live events on managing mental health, equality, financing, managing in times of crisis and more. Check out our other show "Represented" for black startup founders pitching for funding from great investors.

    Series 6 - Coming Soon

    Series 6 - Coming Soon

    Welcome back to your favorite place to listen in to brilliant leadership and the UK's #1 business podcast!

    We learned last season that people really love hearing more on a specific topic from experts, so we've listened. We'll learn about using creativity to make business decisions from John Cleese, building better habits with James Clear, creating winning customer experiences with Brian Halligan, and so much more.

    Tune in... or you'll miss out.

    • 2 min
    Beauty Pie: Meet The Forrest Gump Of Serial Entrepreneurs

    Beauty Pie: Meet The Forrest Gump Of Serial Entrepreneurs

    Marcia Kilgore is a serial entrepreneur in the truest sense of the term. Not content with creating one globally renowned brand, Marcia is responsible for Bliss Spa, Soap and Glory, FitFlop, Soaper Duper and now Beauty Pie. But how did she become Queen of Startups?

    Key takeaways
    What set her on her entrepreneurial path
    That urban legend about Jean-Claude Van Damme
    How LBMH wooed her
    Stopping your brand getting watered down
    Learning to deal with the big companies
    Lifting the lid on the beauty industry

    • 1 hr
    Basecamp: The One Stop Shop For Remote Working

    Basecamp: The One Stop Shop For Remote Working

    Do you work successfully remotely? If you haven’t figured it out yet, or you’re looking for a better way to work remotely, then listen to Ruby on Rails creator and Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson share his thoughts on all things remote working.

    Key takeaways:
    How Ruby on Rails came about
    Why he trod the entrepreneur path
    The inspiration behind Basecamp
    Working remotely with Basecamp
    The impact of the pandemic on our attitudes to remote working
    The drawbacks of remote working

    • 1 hr
    Pleo: The Startup That Became A Major European Company

    Pleo: The Startup That Became A Major European Company

    Pleo was founded in early 2015 by fintech veterans Jeppe Rindom and Niccolo Perra. You may have a good understanding of who Pleo are, but how much do you know about their actual journey?

    Key takeaways:
    The trials of naming your company
    The inspiration and motivation for starting Pleo
    The purpose, values and vision for Pleo
    Raising money before having an Alpha or Beta in the market
    Going through leadership development process as a leadership team
    Find what makes you happy in life - don’t settle

    • 49 min
    Bulb: Starting The UK’s Fastest Growing Private Company

    Bulb: Starting The UK’s Fastest Growing Private Company

    Do you want to cut your carbon emissions to zero and save money on your energy bills? Today’s guest is the co-founder of Bulb, the UK’s biggest supplier of green energy, Hayden Wood. So what does it take to build Britain's fastest growing company?

    Key takeaways:
    The genesis of the idea for Bulb
    Angel investors and EIS
    Struggling to get customer sign ups
    Developing as a leader and giving employees autonomy
    Handling the pandemic and pivoting on a sixpence
    The importance of company mission in recruiting

    • 49 min
    GoCardless: Finding The Hockey Stick Growth Curve

    GoCardless: Finding The Hockey Stick Growth Curve

    Ever wonder how entrepreneurs without a specific idea go on to found a unicorn startup from their bedrooms? This episode is for you. Today’s guest is one third of the British equivalent of the PayPal mafia, Hiroki Takeuchi, co-founder and CEO of GoCardless.

    Key takeaways:
    The hardest part of starting a business
    The hockey stick growth curve
    How to mentally prepare to fundraise
    When co-founders leave the business
    Choosing a CEO and building a leadership team
    The future vision for GoCardless

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

Jimmys Jobs ,

Outstanding show

I first listened to this a few months ago and have since gone through the entire back catalogue!

higini19 ,

Must hear

Superb. Guests are relevant and the content/discussions are exquisitely informative.

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Love It!

Love this podcast, brilliant entrepreneurs, learnt a lot!

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