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
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.
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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?
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
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.
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
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?
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
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?
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
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.
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
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