Tenzing’s podcast, The Ascent, lifts the lid on the inner world and workings of the top, private equity-backed, tech entrepreneurs and CEOs. Tune in as we get under the skin of what motivates these inspiring Founders and drives them to push through adversity into success and back again.
Keith Abel talks new markets, making mistakes and mangetout
Guy has a lively conversation with the ebullient Keith Abel, founder of organic veg box trailblazers Abel and Cole, and, since 2014, Chairman and investor in Freddie's Flowers, a business which enjoyed exponential growth during 2020 and is accelerating plans for major expansion across the globe. After failing his Bar exams, Keith started selling potatoes door-to-door in south London and grew Abel and Cole into a business worth nearly £40m in 2007. He sold a stake to private equity firm Phoenix that year, but profits plunged and, in 2010, control of the business was passed on in a debt-for-equity swap. He bought back in shortly after and managed to turn the business around again, before going on to lend Abel and Cole alum Freddie Garland £10k to start his eponymous flower box delivery business in 2014. Keith’s is a rollicking tale of highs and lows, and his conversation with Guy is packed with invaluable learnings, from the value of door-to-door and face-to-face marketing versus digital and social, to exploiting a highly-engaged customer base to raise investment and grow a business, and how to convince someone that they simply have to have a product they never thought they needed.
Caroline Plumb talks networks, playing devil’s advocate and Mongolian heritage
Guy’s guest, Caroline Plumb, is a serial entrepreneur and CEO who founded rapidly-scaling FinTech business, Fluidly, after experiencing first-hand the pain point of managing cash flow in a growing business. Fluidly was named one of 2018’s ‘Hot 10’ European FinTechs by the FinTech50, and featured in WIRED’s Top 100 Hottest European startups. Caroline’s first business, Freshminds, came into being just weeks after graduating from Cambridge, and in the intervening twenty years, she has - amongst an embarrassment of achievements - completed a stint as one of the Prime Minister’s Business Ambassadors representing the Professional Services sector, been appointed as a non-executive director to AIM-listed Mercia Technologies and awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List. Guy’s interview with Caroline is, as you would expect, full of invaluable advice and learnings, not to mention some quotes to live by - our favourite being “if two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary”, courtesy of William Wrigley (he of the chewing gum fame).
Bill Collis talks The Matrix, MBOs and software piracy
Bill Collis, former CEO and President of visual effects software behemoth Foundry, one-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Tenzing Entrepreneurs Panel member, tells Guy about unwittingly finding himself creating FX for one of the most iconic films of all time… his passion for using maths and algorithms to solve real-world problems… how to take on software pirates and emerge victorious… the value gained from working with multiple private equity backers… and the joys of stepping back from CEO to take up chairperson roles.Learn about how Tenzing helps companies to grow at: www.tenzing.pe
Titus Sharpe talks sales science and being saved by Tony Robbins
Titus Sharpe, lead generation and ad tech pioneer, former CEO of MVF – winner of The Sunday Times Best Company to Work For award – and member of Tenzing’s Entrepreneur’s Panel, tells Guy how he’s been in business since day one (if selling home-made slime in jam jars in primary school counts…), how he almost invented social media… how being at the bleeding edge of his industry means access to new Google, Facebook and Instagram products way in advance of the competition… and how Tony Robbins helped him transform his tough start in life into an insatiable drive for success.Learn about how Tenzing helps companies to grow at: www.tenzing.pe
Glenn Elliott talks doubters, deja vu and tough decisions
Tenzing’s very own Entrepreneur-in-Residence and retired CEO of Reward Gateway, Glenn Elliott talks about his high-yield teenage entrepreneurial endeavours… the importance of listening to your gut, having faith in your beliefs and being comfortable ignoring the received wisdom… and how being endlessly curious, and relentless in the pursuit of simplicity, is key to doing things differently, successfully.Learn about how Tenzing helps companies to grow at: www.tenzing.pe
Pierre Dubuc talks wunderkinds, social impact and never giving up
Guy talks to Pierre Dubuc about his incredible, 20-year journey building OpenClassrooms from a hobby teaching school friends to build websites, into a $60m online education platform. After a few seismic shifts in their business model, and coming close to throwing in the towel, Pierre and his business partner, Mathieu, settled on a vision that felt authentic and impactful, and watched the business soar. Today, their five-year plan is to train, help graduate, and place in the workforce, one million students per year. It’s a long way from Googling “how to write a business plan” while still at college…Learn about how Tenzing helps companies to grow at: www.tenzing.pe
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Human entrepreneurial stories
A real privilege to be able to listen to these inspiring entrepreneurs share the highs and lows of their journey. It littered with loads of tips and insights that make the super human feats look more human