203 episodes

Find out what it's really like being a top entrepreneur and how to get there.
Founders of startups like Monzo, BrewDog, Slack and Jo Malone tell us about their biggest challenges, key decisions and life-defining moments.
How would you respond if you arrived in the UK as a penniless refugee? Or had to fire your Mum? Or had a billion dollar deal fall through your hands at the last minute?
Learn how to lead from business greats.

Secret Leaders Kindling Media

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    • 4.6 • 257 Ratings

Find out what it's really like being a top entrepreneur and how to get there.
Founders of startups like Monzo, BrewDog, Slack and Jo Malone tell us about their biggest challenges, key decisions and life-defining moments.
How would you respond if you arrived in the UK as a penniless refugee? Or had to fire your Mum? Or had a billion dollar deal fall through your hands at the last minute?
Learn how to lead from business greats.

    How I Failed: Losing $1.5 million on someone else’s dream, with entrepreneur Simon Squibb

    How I Failed: Losing $1.5 million on someone else’s dream, with entrepreneur Simon Squibb

    Simon Squibb is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur and angel investor. After being homeless at 15, he has gone on to found 19 businesses and invest in 76 companies to date. After selling his business to PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) he retired at 40 and is now on a mission to help 10 million people start their own businesses through the Purposeful Project.
    But it wasn’t a straight line to success, and one of those businesses, a comic book business, failed, losing $1.5 million.
    What went wrong?
    Listen to find out.
    If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear it. What would make the show better?

    hello@secretleaders.com 

    Sponsor links:
    quickbooks.co.uk/secretleaders

    • 15 min
    How 7 interviews changed my life - our 200th episode, with Dan Murray-Serter

    How 7 interviews changed my life - our 200th episode, with Dan Murray-Serter

    This is Secret Leader’s 200th episode! Over the last 5 years we've featured over 50 unicorn leaders and household names such as Monzo, Slack, Duolingo, Brewdog, Lastminute.com.
    In today’s episode host Dan Murray-Serter takes listeners through the interviews that have had the biggest impact on him. Guests include host of Diary of a CEO, entrepreneur, and angel investor, Steven Bartlett; Co-Founder of Little Moons Vivien Wong on how they went viral during the pandemic; Eve Sleep Kuba Wieczorek on what it cost being one of the fastest UK companies to IPO ever; and Jo Malone talking about how leaving her company after her recovery from cancer was the biggest mistake of her life. 
    Listen to the full episodes here:


    Steven Bartlett, host of ‘Diary of a CEO’ and entrepreneur 


    Lemonade Co-Founder Daniel Schreiber 


    Little Moons Co-Founder Vivien Wong


    Eve Sleep Co-Founder Kuba Wieczorek


    Fiverr Co-Founder Micha Kauffman 


    Trinny Woodall, Founder of Trinny London


    Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone innit :P


    Dan reflects on what those interviews have taught him:

    How to stay consistently true to your path and mission statement whilst not believing your own b******t with Founder and Host of ‘Diary of a CEO’ Steven Bartlett

    How to redefine an archaic industry by tapping into consumer psychology with Lemonade Founder Daniel Schreiber 

    How to handle the challenges of surprise growth in hard times with Vivien Wong from Little Moons

    The pitfalls of hypergrowth when you put the scaling your business ahead of your mental health (everything can fall like a house of cards),with Eve Sleep’s Kuba Wieczorek

    How to avoid obsessing over the wrong things, with Fiverr Co-Founder Micha Kauffman 

    How to stay humble, be vulnerable and start again with Trinny Woodall

    How to build resilience and not be a victim of your greatest regrets, with Jo Malone 

     
    We'd love your feedback
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    • 58 min
    How I failed: So close to achieving my dream and then walking away, with Emma Sexton

    How I failed: So close to achieving my dream and then walking away, with Emma Sexton

    In 2013 Emma set up strategic brand agency Hands Down in her spare bedroom, on her laptop, with just £1,000 in savings. She’d never run a business before and had been an employee for the past twenty years, since she was 18. Learning on the job, she put all her energy into growing the business over the next ten years. She had one goal in mind, to make £1 million a year. Despite the pandemic, the business was on set to reach this goal in 2022…but in July she decided to close Hands Down down. 
    What went wrong? Listen to find out what. 
    If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear it. What would make the show better?

    hello@secretleaders.com 

    Sponsor links:
    quickbooks.co.uk/secretleaders

    • 14 min
    The biggest problem in business - property legend and Yoo Co-Founder John Hitchcox

    The biggest problem in business - property legend and Yoo Co-Founder John Hitchcox

    John Hitchcox is the Chairman and Founder of Yoo Group, the property company behind the £1.3 billion pound regeneration of Olympia London and considered by many the global leader in the branded residence space. 
    John founded Yoo in 1999 with one of the world’s most famous designers, Philippe Starck. Together they have grown Yoo to where it is today, operating in over fifty cities and thirty countries worldwide. 
    John has been in the property market since the early eighties, when he was just 17. He’s had to bring a lot of confidence to be so successful but is honest about the challenges of being an entrepreneur. He has also ridden through multiple financial crises. With the market going bananas and uncertainty over interest rates and inflation going through the roof, it’s a good time to talk to someone who knows more than most. 
    What does he see in his crystal ball? And what happened when he tried to do his first property deal at the age of 14?
    Listen to find out.

    We'd love your feedback
    hello@secretleaders.com

    Sponsor links:

    evelyn.com/secretleaders


    oto.com/power (get 20% off with code secret)

    vorboss.com/secretleaders

    vanta.com/secretleaders

    • 37 min
    An Uncommon Criminal - Bad Money X Secret Leaders

    An Uncommon Criminal - Bad Money X Secret Leaders

    This a new one for us - we've just launched our first true crime show at Kindling Media (we make Secret Leaders).
    It's called Bad Money and it's about the Hong Kong gangster, Big Spender. Obsessed with money, he went further than anyone before to get rich. In fact, he became so wealthy he could've had his own episode on Secret Leaders.
    This is a story of how money and power really work - and this is the first episode.
    You can listen to the rest of the show here: https://link.chtbl.com/badmoney_sl
    Or search for Bad Money wherever you listen to your pods.
    Hope you enjoy!

    • 27 min
    How I failed: Half a million in debt and living in my car, with Founder Konrad Bergström

    How I failed: Half a million in debt and living in my car, with Founder Konrad Bergström

    Konrad Bergström is the founder of Swedish electric boat manufacturer X Shore and Zound Industries, the Swedish tech giant that sells consumer electronics for Marshall Amplification and Adidas. 
    But before that, he was half a million euros in debt and living out of his car after his previous business, Megascine Agency, failed. Konrad set up the business which distributed brands like Quicksilver and Burton in Sweden in the late 90s. The company grew quickly and made a name for themselves, organising events such as the world’s largest indoor snowboarding competition and the first European edition of the World Cup in wakeboarding. 
    So what went wrong? Listen to find out what. 
    If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear it. What would make the show better?

    hello@secretleaders.com 
    Sponsor links:
    quickbooks.co.uk/secretleaders

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
257 Ratings

257 Ratings

Sam_WW ,

Love this podcast!

I just listened to the episode with James Vincent CEO/Founder of FNDR. The episode was informative and also really authentic.

Leannemclellan ,

Great guests

Love listening to these stories. Great guest and conversation. Thank you Dan 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿☀️😃

Larissareview ,

Really enjoyable and informative

Great guests and great hosts .

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