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Hopelessly dedicated to both your business and your children? So is Amrit Santhirasenan, host of Startup Dads.

As the CEO of a rapidly growing fin-tech startup and the father of a young daughter, Amrit is regularly taking lessons from one to apply to the other.

Every week, he'll discuss these observations with business leaders and devoted parents, discovering their techniques to scale up both their business and children successfully.

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Hopelessly dedicated to both your business and your children? So is Amrit Santhirasenan, host of Startup Dads.

As the CEO of a rapidly growing fin-tech startup and the father of a young daughter, Amrit is regularly taking lessons from one to apply to the other.

Every week, he'll discuss these observations with business leaders and devoted parents, discovering their techniques to scale up both their business and children successfully.

    Riding a unicorn: Tom Blomfield, Monzo

    Riding a unicorn: Tom Blomfield, Monzo

    An episode from our friends at Founders Uncut this week! We hope you enjoy...
    On the outside, it probably seemed that Tom was living his best life. The reality was very different.
    Tom grew Monzo from 0 to over 2,000 employees and was one of the youngest CEOs of a UK regulated bank ever. He raised over $500M on the Monzo journey and over 5 million people use the product they built at Monzo. Tom was also a co-founder of GoCardless. Today, Tom Blomfield is a prolific angel, and a visiting partner for YC.
    In this episode, you will hear more from Tom about:
    1) The reality of the startup founder journey
    What did the end of the Monzo journey feel like for him?
    What does burnout feel like?
    Why doesn’t he think the word burnout is the right description?
    How do you maintain headspace as a founder?
    What could he have done to make the journey more sustainable?
    Would he still be running Monzo if he’d done those things?

    2) How do you know your startup is living its values?
    How do you see/feel values in real life?
    What were some of Monzo’s core values?
    How did he as the CEO encourage and discourage certain behaviour when it was or wasn’t aligned with the values?

    3) Tom’s Leadership Style and Lessons
    Why showing vulnerability is important in leadership
    Why crying or showing emotion as a leader is a strength not a weakness
    What’s the difference between leadership versus management?
    How do you know if your team is growing at the pace the company needs during startup hypergrowth scaling?
    What do you do when someone is not fitting in?

    4) Fundraising and Who You Need by Your Side in the Startup Founding Journey
    What does it feel like to fundraise?
    Why you actually might want VC naysayers and doubters in your corner and not just venture capital cheerleaders.

    Check out more from him, including his famous fundraising guide, athttp://tomblomfield.com/ ( tomblomfield.com).
    This podcast was produced byhttps://fascinateproductions.co.uk/ ( Fascinate Productions)
    https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/ (https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/)
    A https://fascinateproductions.co.uk/ (Fascinate) Production.

    • 39 min
    Leading through Crisis: Jacob Waern, eduMe

    Leading through Crisis: Jacob Waern, eduMe

    After a successful career in digital media, Jacob Waern became the CEO and founder of eduMe, a groundbreaking platform offering mobile training for desk-less workforces.
    Tune in to listen to Jacob’s fascinating takes on the importance of staying present with your team and family, the transition from corporate CEO to startup founder and how quick decision-making and transparency are vital when taking a company through prolonged crises.
    Keep up to date with everything Startup Dads related on Twitter - https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/ (https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/)
    Check out eduMe: https://www.edume.com/ (https://www.edume.com/)
    This week’s Startup Shout Outs:
    https://www.spill.chat/ (Spill) - mental health support for employees via Slack
    https://www.withjuno.com/ (Juno) - workplace health and wellbeing programmes for employees

    A https://fascinateproductions.co.uk/ (Fascinate) Production.

    • 32 min
    Develop the mental grit to prosper in crypto, business & life: Piers Ridyard, RDX Works

    Develop the mental grit to prosper in crypto, business & life: Piers Ridyard, RDX Works

    “One of the biggest differentials in success is the combination of curiosity and mental toughness.” Welcome Piers Ridyard; the first crypto guest on Startup Dads.
    In today’s chat with Amrit, Piers talks about the importance of honouring your commitments as a CEO and a dad, the weight of your words and the power of separating your ideas from yourself. This episode gets pretty intellectual!
    Piers Ridyard is the CEO of https://www.radixdlt.com (RDX Works), the only decentralized network where developers will be able to build quickly without the constant threat of exploits and hacks, where every improvement will get rewarded, and where scale will never be a bottleneck.
    Keep up to date with everything Startup Dads related on Twitter - https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/ (https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/)
    Book mentioned in today’s episode:
    Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead and Kevin Maney
    Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations by Jules Evans

    This week’s Startup Shout Outs:
    https://www.mindstone.com (Mindstone) - Organize, share and take notes on web pages, PDFs, videos and podcastsso you can learn faster, remember more and get things done. Learn more about Mindstone and its CEO and Co-founder Joshua Wöhle on https://open.spotify.com/episode/6qhhHGb1Hg1840rruNQ8P7?si=2dbb1e3c074348bb (Startup Dads’ Episode 46)!

    A Fascinate Production.

    • 32 min
    Embrace and learn from failure: Mike Quinn, Boost Technology

    Embrace and learn from failure: Mike Quinn, Boost Technology

    “I genuinely believe that failure can become a superpower". Prior to founding Boost Technology, Mike was a co-founder and CEO of Zoona, one of Africa's earliest fintechs, having processed $2.5 billion of transactions, generated $26 million in income for 3,000 micro-entrepreneurs across Zambia and Malawi, and raised $35 million in investment. He is also the author of Failing to Win: Hard-Earned Lessons from a Purpose-Driven Start-Up. Raised in Calgary, he has lived in Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, and the UK. He has an amazing wife and two awesome kids, and loves to hike, run, mountain bike, and play guitar.
    In today’s chat with Amrit, Mike talks about building with the fewest right people you can, learning how to learn and the difference between conversations and meetings in a Zoom world.
    Mike Quinn is the co-founder and CEO of https://www.withboost.co (Boost Technology), a company that helps 10 million informal small businesses thrive in Africa’s digital economy, becoming an engine for job creation and growth.
    Keep up to date with everything Startup Dads related on Twitter - https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/ (https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/)
    Book mentioned in today’s episode:
    Failing to Win: Hard-Earned Lessons from a Purpose-Driven Start-Up by Mike Quinn
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

    This week’s Startup Shout Outs:
    https://azafinance.com (Aza Finance) - leading provider of cross-border payment solutions for businesses, lowering the cost and increasing the speed and reliability of transactions, through innovative infrastructure.

    A https://fascinateproductions.co.uk/ (Fascinate) Production.

    • 30 min
    Discover happiness as an entrepreneur: Reshma Sohoni, SeedCamp

    Discover happiness as an entrepreneur: Reshma Sohoni, SeedCamp

    “The definition of happiness is reality exceeding expectations.” A lover of numbers and people, Reshma Sohoni is continuously excited to see hard work and game changing connections come together. Her team helps push early stage founders through those difficult early days into being household names.
    In today’s chat with Amrit, Reshma talks about giving up the CEO title, the zero sum versus positive sum delegation, how success changes you and engineering a legacy for your business.
    Reshma Sohoni is the founding partner of https://seedcamp.com (Seedcamp), Europe's seed fund, investing early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology.
    Keep up to date with everything Startup Dads related on Twitter - https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/ (https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/)
    This week’s Startup Shout Outs:
    https://www.gardin.co.uk (Gardin) - Creating a real world operating system that will power the future of farming by helping food producers deliver superior yields

    A https://fascinateproductions.co.uk/ (Fascinate) Production.

    • 32 min
    SUD selects: Lessons learned from life and leaders - Dan Murray-Serter, Heights

    SUD selects: Lessons learned from life and leaders - Dan Murray-Serter, Heights

    A guest that needs no introduction, Dan Murray-Serter! You may know him as host of Secret Leaders, the UK’s #1 Business Podcast, and co-founder of wellness company Heights. Alongside this he’s an angel investor, and he helps other founders succeed through his startup network Foundrs. In this episode, Dan explains how he discovered that feeding his brain with proper nutrition cured his chronic insomnia and paved the way for Heights. Amrit and Dan also explore how, not taking care of your own wellbeing, can affect your ability to be a good leader and father.
    Keep up to date with everything Startup Dads related on Twitter -
    https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/ (https://twitter.com/startupdadspod/)
    This weeks Startup Shout Outs:
    https://oatsu.co.uk/ (Oatsu)
    https://nixandkix.com/ (Nix and Kix)
    A https://fascinateproductions.co.uk/ (Fascinate) Production.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Franki h ,

Enjoying this but...

Really enjoying this podcast. I have been somewhat surprised that most of the podcasts cover people who run start ups. I had expected to hear some representation from all those dads who start up while also being full time dads.

citcutcitcigckgc ,

Odd title...

So no Mum’s at start-up? Interesting perspective, not a good one, but there you go!

@Home_Shared ,

Great idea!

Just stumbled across this podcast...listening to it now and just wanted to say that this is a great idea...looking fwd to the future episodes!

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