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Find out what it's really like to be 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.

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Find out what it's really like to be 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.

    (Bitesize) How I failed: Alex Farrell on winding down her startup after taking on a new industry

    (Bitesize) How I failed: Alex Farrell on winding down her startup after taking on a new industry

    Alex Farrell is a successful entrepreneur, NED and investor but amongst the successes, there have also been some losses. 
    Alex founded Gift Wink in 2015, a platform where users could get timely and excellent gift ideas. So when your Mum’s birthday was coming up, you’d actually get her something awesome which arrived on time.
    That was the idea anyway, but four years later, after pushing against headwinds, Alex was forced to let the staff go and close the business.
    Find out what happened…

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    Tackling a problem that will affect half the planet as a first-time Founder, with Vira Health Co-Founder Andrea Berchowitz

    Tackling a problem that will affect half the planet as a first-time Founder, with Vira Health Co-Founder Andrea Berchowitz

    Andrea Berchowitz is the Co-Founder of Vira Health, a tech startup taking on problems in women’s health, starting with menopause.
    Andrea worked at McKinsey and then the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation but this is her first time as a Founder. What’s tougher than she expected? What’s surprised her about the switch? And what would she advise others thinking of making the move?
    Plus we discuss:

    How to pick what to do with your career  

    The reality of menopause

    Stereotypes of engineers 

    The kind of work that’s difficult to do remotely

    How to manage people

    Feedback isn’t what people think it is 


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    • 51 min
    (Bitesize) How I failed: Giles Harrison quit his job to start his own thing but hit a big reality check

    (Bitesize) How I failed: Giles Harrison quit his job to start his own thing but hit a big reality check

    Giles Harrison, the Co-Founder of Sculpd, is riding high now but his first startup ground to a painful halt. 
    Having quit his job in a bullish mood to found a matcha tea business, he soon found out how difficult startups are - and how much more difficult physical goods businesses are compared to digital ones.
    Find out how he failed - what went wrong - and what he learnt from it. 

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    • 12 min
    The Sandbox: wtf is the metaverse and how will it change the world, with Co-Founder and COO Sebastien Borget

    The Sandbox: wtf is the metaverse and how will it change the world, with Co-Founder and COO Sebastien Borget

    So you’ve heard people talking about the metaverse and have been wondering what they’re on about? You think you get it one minute but then someone else says something and you’re none the wiser? Yeah, sounds about right.
    This is why we’re pumped to be interviewing Sebastien Borger, the Co-Founder and COO of The Sandbox, who are a market leader in the metaverse. The Sandbox is the place where brands like Starbucks, Gucci and Nike have been buying virtual land so they can deliver experiences to their fans. 
    Sebastien is a serial entrepreneur who’s always been obsessed with the idea of making his own games and turning players into owners. After three successful startups, he’s on the brink of greatness with The Sandbox, but the chances of them ending up one of the ultimate winners of the metaverse is still very small.
    How many of the early internet businesses are around today? It didn’t work out for the likes of Napster, Yahoo and MySpace. Will it work out for The Sandbox? 
    We talk about:

    What you learn as a serial Founder

    Why meta isn’t a threat

    Why don’t we take digital ownership seriously

    Turning players into owners

    When will The Sandbox go mainstream?


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    • 27 min
    (Bitesize) How I failed: Amanda Perry went bankrupt after losing her baking business

    (Bitesize) How I failed: Amanda Perry went bankrupt after losing her baking business

    Amanda Perry tells us what it’s like to go bankrupt after flying high with her baking business. She’d been featured in Vogue; her cupcakes were flying off the shelves - she thought business was easy. Until it wasn’t, and it was her who was personally on the hook…
    How do you even go bankrupt from starting a company? What impact does it have on you? And how do you recover from something like that? 
    Amanda’s now the successful Founder of Soup Agency but this is a cautionary tale for anyone thinking about starting a business.

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    Outbrain: closing a funding round with gunfire in the background -Co-Founder & Co-CEO Yaron Galai

    Outbrain: closing a funding round with gunfire in the background -Co-Founder & Co-CEO Yaron Galai

    It’s pretty rare that investors have to ask the Founder they’re speaking to if they’re in a warzone, or insist they have to leave their country for somewhere a little more ‘peaceful’ but that’s exactly what happened to Yaron Galai, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Outbrain. Yaron was a captain in the Israeli Navy before smashing it out the park with a few startups he founded. 
    Yaron’s latest company Outbrain (founded in 2006) is one you may not have heard of but you’ve probably used - they power recommended articles on loads of the world’s top news sites. 
    They nearly merged with their biggest competitor (Taboola) a year ago only for that deal to not work out and float instead on the Nasdaq for $1.25 billion. 
    As Yaron says, an exit is a great outcome but a terrible plan, so what was his plan? How has he got multiple exits under his belt? What are the secrets to his success? 
    We talk about:

    The struggle for funding

    Israeli military/life/work balance

    Parents investing to make sure their children got paid

    Exiting for $400m 

    Why it’s easier to make acquisitions when you’re public


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    • 56 min

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