37 episodes

I often wonder if I'm an anomaly. Is working a 15 hour day, coming up against barriers, making mistakes but constantly striving for excellence and differentiation normal?

I am Oliver Bruce, a founder and media entrepreneur. I started this podcast during the pandemic to speak candidly to other founder entrepreneurs in order to seek some solace and understanding into what makes an 'entrepreneur' and to reaffirm a few questions of mine.

I was amazed at the calibre of individuals that wanted to chat and how what's perceived in the public-eye as 'success' was a long, tough and arduous journey often time and time again.

So often being at the 'top' can be lonely. Over 4 series now I have spoken to business leaders, founders and entrepreneurs from start-ups to multi-billion pound businesses across the globe in an effort to understand what makes them tick, how they motivate themselves and their biggest regrets, mistakes and barriers.

I hope those that listen to this podcast find some inspiration, reignite a hidden passion or continue to strive for excellence in their business, career or daily lives!

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Success Is In The Mind with Oliver Bruce PinPoint Media

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    • 5.0 • 86 Ratings

I often wonder if I'm an anomaly. Is working a 15 hour day, coming up against barriers, making mistakes but constantly striving for excellence and differentiation normal?

I am Oliver Bruce, a founder and media entrepreneur. I started this podcast during the pandemic to speak candidly to other founder entrepreneurs in order to seek some solace and understanding into what makes an 'entrepreneur' and to reaffirm a few questions of mine.

I was amazed at the calibre of individuals that wanted to chat and how what's perceived in the public-eye as 'success' was a long, tough and arduous journey often time and time again.

So often being at the 'top' can be lonely. Over 4 series now I have spoken to business leaders, founders and entrepreneurs from start-ups to multi-billion pound businesses across the globe in an effort to understand what makes them tick, how they motivate themselves and their biggest regrets, mistakes and barriers.

I hope those that listen to this podcast find some inspiration, reignite a hidden passion or continue to strive for excellence in their business, career or daily lives!

Follow 👇
LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliverbruceonline/)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaa0Py0d6ItP77uaQi5SIbw)
Business (https://pinpoint-media.global/) 

    E37: Capsule Founder - Thomas Wynne - innovation, disruption and sustainability!

    E37: Capsule Founder - Thomas Wynne - innovation, disruption and sustainability!

    From his parents having meetings around their breakfast table, Thomas Wynne was born into the world of Insurance. In 2020 the business his parents built (Kingsbridge Insurance) sold for an aggregated total £168m in total. 




    In 2020, mid pandemic, Thomas Wynne decided it was a good idea to fly the nest and founded Capsule with his business partner Liam. A true disruptor in the insurance world and a business less than 6 months old at the time of this podcast, Tom is on a mission to deliver better insurance for high growth scale-ups and make insurance ‘sexy’... 




    With 35,000 ‘scale-ups’ in the UK ranging from the likes of Gymshark to Monzo how do you take a business from concept to profit? With Tom’s first cohort of staff joining imminently this is an encapsulating conversation and a snapshot into the life of a true start-up.




    Exclusive Content –


    An unusual first hire - https://bit.ly/3APInbG
    Jordan Belfort or Tom Wynne? - https://bit.ly/3aSaBIe 


    Being an underdog - https://bit.ly/3BWpIMJ



    For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/3nbmMFG 


    Sponsored by Coronation Wealth Management LLP. Coronation Wealth Management, an Appointed Representative of St. James's Place Wealth Management, provides a wide range of services to their clients to help them build, grow, protect, or preserve their wealth.

    • 49 min
    E36: Founder - The&Partnership - Johnny Hornby - Carphone Warehouse, Ping Pong & VAT

    E36: Founder - The&Partnership - Johnny Hornby - Carphone Warehouse, Ping Pong & VAT

    Famed for being labeled ‘England’s leading adman’, Johnny Hornby founder of The&Partnership spoke to Oliver about how he founded and runs the now global agency. 




    With some 1,400 staff, working on some of the globe's biggest campaigns it wasn’t all jets, whisky and red carpets. 




    Johnny, who struggled for the first 6 months to make any sales then forgot to pay the VAT and instead bought a ping pong table. He recounts how in business the best way to learn is to “fu** it up”. 




    Things improved for Johnny and his team who later successfully delivered Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’ campaign, won contracts from Tango, Tetley and the Telegraph, sold a 49% stake in the business for £60m to WPP and was recently appointed as Chairman of Prince Harry’s charity Sentinel alongside his day job at The&Partnership. 




    So, how do you take a startup with 3 blokes in a room above a phone shop to a global business with over 1,400 staff?

    Exclusive Content –
    I f***ed it up over and over again - https://bit.ly/3mMOJn7



    Do I pay VAT or hire a PA? - https://bit.ly/3mGu8AU



    Piers Morgan's global rebrand - https://bit.ly/3BEypel



    For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube -https://bit.ly/3Dw2ehK



    Sponsored by Coronation Wealth Management LLP. Coronation Wealth Management, an Appointed Representative of St. James's Place Wealth Management, provides a wide range of services to their clients to help them build, grow, protect, or preserve their wealth.

    • 58 min
    E35: Bee Inspired Co-Founders - Mark Corcoran & Steven Robb - Movie Plots, Lionel Messi and Streetwear

    E35: Bee Inspired Co-Founders - Mark Corcoran & Steven Robb - Movie Plots, Lionel Messi and Streetwear

    Former Scottish footballers Mark Corcoran and Steven Robb launched their clothing line Bee Inspired as a bedroom brand in 2013. From then their social presence has grown to have nearly 1 million followers on Facebook, and 250,000 on Instagram!




    With the likes of Lionel Messi and Craig David donning their streetwear designs, Oliver chats with the co-founders about why they exited the world of football and entered the fashion industry with just £300. 




    Listen to this episode for lessons learned and how it’s possible to go from football to fashion successfully, but not without hiccoughs! 




    Exclusive Content –
    From professional footballers to clothing entrepreneurs - https://bit.ly/3CJWQHw 


    How Bee Inspired was born - https://bit.ly/39HqmBh 


    Using footballers as influencers - https://bit.ly/3zRvFIS



    For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube -https://bit.ly/3lYIv2Y 


    Sponsored by Coronation Wealth Management LLP. Coronation Wealth Management, an Appointed Representative of St. James's Place Wealth Management, provides a wide range of services to their clients to help them build, grow, protect, or preserve their wealth.

    • 42 min
    E34: UpTime Founder - Jamie True - Knowledge Hacking, Blockchain and Cookies

    E34: UpTime Founder - Jamie True - Knowledge Hacking, Blockchain and Cookies

    Serial entrepreneur Jamie True set up his first business at the age of 17 turning over circa £6 million! Over the past 20 years Jamie founded a further 8 successful businesses and invested in 4 before launching his latest venture Uptime in 2020.




    It’s clear Jamie has an entrepreneurial spirit in his blood and, despite the ups and downs, across his multiple businesses he is on an upward trajectory. No stranger to business in the face of adversity, he has a proven track record of growing technology companies from the ground up.




    The UpTime app shares thousands of 5-minute Knowledge Hacks from the world’s best books, courses and documentaries. This business model offers a win-win for the app users as well as the content creators.




    With the global online education market estimated to be worth $319+ Billion by 2025, is UpTime a future proof business proposition? Listen to find out.


    Exclusive Content –
    The most exciting project yet - https://bit.ly/3Avn2or



    When your first attempt goes wrong - https://bit.ly/3lIoz4y



    Jamie’s approach as an entrepreneur - https://bit.ly/39to5t2





    For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/3nSKubZ



    Sponsored by Coronation Wealth Management LLP. Coronation Wealth Management, an Appointed Representative of St. James's Place Wealth Management, provides a wide range of services to their clients to help them build, grow, protect, or preserve their wealth.

    • 39 min
    E33: Joe & Sephs Co-Founder - Adam Sopher - The World's First Alcoholic Popcorn, Bill Gates & Willy Wonka

    E33: Joe & Sephs Co-Founder - Adam Sopher - The World's First Alcoholic Popcorn, Bill Gates & Willy Wonka

    Popcorneur, Co-Founder and Director of Joe & Sephs, Adam Sopher didn’t follow the normal route to the kitchen. With a background in corporate businesses such as Adam Smith, Company Law International, Deliotte and Dixons, founding a gourmet popcorn company was unconventional to say the least.


    But it was clearly a winning idea as now Joe & Sephs produce the self-proclaimed ‘best tasting popcorn in the world’ with over 50 flavours of popcorn, 10 caramel sauces and a staggering 40+ Great taste awards. 


    Adam ‘popped’ onto our podcast to talk about how he went from founding a family business in 2010 to a turnover of £6m with products stocked in Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Waitrose, Selfridges, Wholefoods and more. Listen to find out more.

    ​​Treat yourself to the ‘best tasting popcorn in the world’ with 20% off! Pop to www.joeandsephs.co.uk, fill up your basket and use the code ‘SUCCESS20’ to enjoy. From Pumpkin Spice to Gin & Tonic, there’s a flavour for every palate!



    T&Cs: This code is only valid when spending £12 on our website. To redeem this code please enter at checkout. This code cannot be combined with any other code or any other offer, discount or promotion offered by Joe & Seph’s. This code can only be used once throughout the duration of the promotion by the intended recipient. This code is valid on popcorn, caramel sauces, gifts and excludes subscriptions, personalised products and international shipping charges. Expires on 10/12/2021 or while stocks last. 

    Exclusive Content –


    Undercutting the school tuck shop - https://bit.ly/3zlfELf 


    Becoming the Willy Wonka of popcorn - https://bit.ly/3EcIzVr 


    Meeting Bill Gates - https://bit.ly/3lmW3VZ 




    For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - https://bit.ly/2X1N0Sg



    We're thrilled to be sponsored by Coronation Wealth Management LLP for the 4th series of this award-winning podcast series. Coronation Wealth Management, an Appointed Representative of St. James's Place Wealth Management, provides a wide range of services to their clients to help them build, grow, protect, or preserve their wealth.

    • 35 min
    E32: The Bunch Founder - Elliott Herrod-Taylor - Making over £1million with just a spreadsheet.

    E32: The Bunch Founder - Elliott Herrod-Taylor - Making over £1million with just a spreadsheet.

    Ex-professional rugby player Elliott Herrod-Taylor’s career was cut short thanks to a spider’s bite! He founded his first business UP4 Events whilst at university thanks to his love of music and juggled this alongside his degree and starting The Bunch.

    As the designated bill payer in his university house Elliott dealt with the frustrations of setting up contracts with utility providers and knew there was a better way! The Bunch, founded in 2017 helps students and letting agencies compile their multiple bills in an easy to manage one off payment.

    Now The Bunch has expanded to help 3,000+ customers per year and works with massive names such as Virgin Media and Ovo Energy. For someone that had already founded 2 companies by the age of 23, what’s next for Elliott? Find out in this podcast.

    We're thrilled to be sponsored by Coronation Wealth Management LLP for the 4th series of this award-winning podcast series.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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86 Ratings

86 Ratings

Astro mesmo ,

Things you need to hear but enjoy hearing

In business there are so many hit or miss moments, where literally the red pill would mean eternal wealth and the blue… well, the other. Often, the only thing you have to navigate these moments are your gut feelings, random superstition, research and pins with a blindfold. This podcast helps you understand that you’re not alone in this wonderfully hellish journey and that actually… it’s ok… it’s ok to get it wrong once in a while but also ok to enjoy it.

Really well researched and just the right balance of insight and entertainment. Good stuff.

Oliver Bruce ,

Proud to have won!

Incredibly proud to have won Podcast of the Year at the Campaign Publishing Awards

Sean - Niro ,

Insightful, thought provoking & inspiring

One of the rawest and best business focussed start-up centric podcasts I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.
A wealth of founders stories covering everything you want to hear about from (and no limited to) teething issues, entering unknown territory, scaling successfully and raising capital.
Oliver is brilliant, hugely engaging with his guests, brilliant questioning making the most of their conversations. 5/5.

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