63 episodes

Hosted by Seb Francis, The Startup Secrets podcast delves into the stories of entrepreneurs and business leaders around the globe. We find out what makes them tick, the challenges they’ve faced, and the journey they’ve taken to start and grow their company. Aimed at entrepreneurs young and old, Startup Secrets will act as a complete ‘how to’ and real insight for both aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

You can download each episode, and keep up with the latest news at www.startupsecretspodcast.co.uk

Startup Secrets Podcast | Business | Entrepreneur | Interviews Seb Francis

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

Hosted by Seb Francis, The Startup Secrets podcast delves into the stories of entrepreneurs and business leaders around the globe. We find out what makes them tick, the challenges they’ve faced, and the journey they’ve taken to start and grow their company. Aimed at entrepreneurs young and old, Startup Secrets will act as a complete ‘how to’ and real insight for both aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

You can download each episode, and keep up with the latest news at www.startupsecretspodcast.co.uk

    #063: “Take the leap” with Doug Bouton

    #063: “Take the leap” with Doug Bouton

    Who doesn’t love ice cream!? If you answered ‘me’, you’re only lying to yourself and don’t need to read any further :) well, it’s up to you whether you read further, but you really should get some more frozen goodness down you!
     
    In this episode I speak with Douh Bouton, co-founder of Halo Top ice cream. For those of you not familiar with the brand, Halo Top is a light ice cream with fewer calories, less sugar, and more protein than traditional ice cream. And it’s delicious!
     
    In August 2017, Halo Top became the #1 selling pint of ice cream in the U.S. beating out long-term industry giants including Hagen Dazs and Ben & Jerry's. In November 2017, Time Magazine named Halo Top one of its top inventions of the year, and their sales are in excess of $350million!
     
    In this episode we discuss:
    Being “lean by design” Customer feedback and product design International expansion Marketing a premium product What does and exit look like And as always, plenty more...

    • 50 min
    #062: “Work with the best people that you can, because that’s what’s going to make the difference” with Julian Mills & Sophie Slowe

    #062: “Work with the best people that you can, because that’s what’s going to make the difference” with Julian Mills & Sophie Slowe

    Quorso exists to provide companies and management teams with the information they need to make smarter decisions, ensuring their business run more effectively and more economically. 
     
    5 years in the making, Quorso now works with the likes of National Express, Radisson Blu Hotels, Chiquito, and Marks & Spencers, to name but a few. The client base of Quorso turns over in excess of $20bn!
     
    We talk at length about how they validated their initial idea, grew the team (not just in the UK but internationally), raised funding, and continued to improve and develop their software.
     
     
    In this episode we discuss:
     
    Idea validation
    Collaborative and remote working 
    Team culture
    Fundraising
    Branding and messaging
    Measuring customer satisfaction
    And as always, plenty more…

    • 30 min
    #061: “This is what we do, and we do it really well” with Jennifer Quigley-Jones

    #061: “This is what we do, and we do it really well” with Jennifer Quigley-Jones

    I’m lucky enough to chat with plenty of companies and entrepreneurs, the majority of which have had great success, but there’s always a little something extra when they’ve done it without funding, which is exactly what Jennifer and her team at Digital Voices have done!
     
    We cover a whole load of topics in this chat, but particularly focus on doing it without funding, some of the challenges, and how those have been overcome.
     
    We also touch on the importance of building an ethically aware company, and how social impact is becoming an increasing part of a company’s strategy.
     
    In this episode we discuss:
     
    The first 6 months and biggest challenges YouTube and other content channels Time management and balancing workload Lean startup methodology Creating and ethically driven company And as always, plenty more...

    • 39 min
    #060: "Have the lens of sustainability, for you personally and for the business" with Josipa Majic

    #060: "Have the lens of sustainability, for you personally and for the business" with Josipa Majic

    In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Jos Majic, Founder and CEO of Tacit. We jump straight into how their company is capturing data you never even knew you were sharing, to help companies make smarter decisions. Before you panic, Tacit work within controlled environments and utilise apps and wearables to catch a whole load of data points around consumer happiness or stress!
     
    If it sounds pretty futuristic, it’s because it is. Tacit actually started our by capturing data for parents to better understand their children, and have since pivoted to a model that depends less on hardware, and better services universities and companies, including a number of Fortune 500 companies! 
     
    Happy listening :)
     

    • 39 min
    #059:"I'm a firm believer in that anything you do, focus and do it well" with Shahzad Younas.

    #059:"I'm a firm believer in that anything you do, focus and do it well" with Shahzad Younas.

    In this episode I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Shahzad Younas the founder and CEO of Muzmatch. Shazad is a fellow northerner so we hit it off straight away and had a great conversation about his Muslim dating site. Shazad got the idea for Muzmatch whilst in a career of trading and has since grown the company exponentially into millions of users and tens of thousands of successful relationships and marriages all around the globe. 
     
    Shazad talks us through his fundraising and recruitment as well as what it’s like to run a Technology company and gaining an absolutely huge user base.
     
    I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it.

    • 40 min
    #058: “You need a period of education in order to get adoption” with Jan Amstutz

    #058: “You need a period of education in order to get adoption” with Jan Amstutz

    In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Jan Amstutz, Founder and CEO of Halo.me. 
     
    Jan has had a life full of extremes so far, starting life with no TV and a hippy upbringing, through to earning crazy money as a commodities trader, and then on to running his own Augmented Reality startup in London… and plenty in between.
     
    We managed to chat about what it’s like to approach such a vast market, and build a business where the demand may not yet exist. We also talk about finding your own happiness and purpose, which Jan understood only too well after some pretty tough life events!
     
    Finally, we chat about Jan’s experience as a consultant to a VC, and why you should avoid VC money if you can!
     
    In this episode we discuss:
    Augmented and virtual reality Creating and finding demand VC funding Focusing on your own priorities Making a different And as always, plenty more...

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

CXL884 ,

Interesting!

This is a great podcast - I will never run my own company but still find this really interesting and full of useful ideas that help me to be better/more efficient at work and at home. Seb has a lovely manner so the whole thing feels like you’re listening in on a couple of pals having a chat. Would recommend to my friends.

AdassaFrancis ,

Definitely worth a listen

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the first episode. Not coming from a business background I was sceptical as to how interesting i would find it. However, I was hooked from the first episode. Packed with great advice, real life challenges and knowledge, as well as being light hearted and funny. Looking forward to the following episodes.

A.Spencer23 ,

Inspiring and entertaining

After listening to only the first episode I was hooked.

I certainly wouldn't consider myself a business pro, but it explained business concepts in a way the majority could understand, whilst still going into enough detail. It's given me the push that was needed to start working on my own venture, especially after hearing the ups and downs of Jacob.

If you've ever thought about starting a company, give this a listen!

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