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Dave Bailey gets up close and personal with scale-up tech CEOs so you can hear the unvarnished truth about growing a business. Dave is one of Europe's top CEO coaches and his blog, The Founder Coach, is read by millions of entrepreneurs each year. Now, Dave's on a mission to help other CEOs share their stories about what it really means to be CEO.

Listen in as Dave discusses what happens after you raise a Series A—growing the team, managing the board, and the challenges that keep founders up at night. Hit subscribe and get ready for some powerful conversations.

The Founder Coach Podcast Dave Bailey

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    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Dave Bailey gets up close and personal with scale-up tech CEOs so you can hear the unvarnished truth about growing a business. Dave is one of Europe's top CEO coaches and his blog, The Founder Coach, is read by millions of entrepreneurs each year. Now, Dave's on a mission to help other CEOs share their stories about what it really means to be CEO.

Listen in as Dave discusses what happens after you raise a Series A—growing the team, managing the board, and the challenges that keep founders up at night. Hit subscribe and get ready for some powerful conversations.

    Why Communication is Critical To Scale | Ed Klinger, CEO of Flock

    Why Communication is Critical To Scale | Ed Klinger, CEO of Flock

    How can scale-ups maintain good communication as they scale? My guest, Ed Leon Klinger, is the CEO of Flock—a company that uses data to provide usage-based insurance for drones, cars and vans.

    In this episode, Ed explains why he likes to transcribe fundraising meetings to hunt for learnings, he shares why he's grateful that his board let him fail, and we unpack the broad challenge of communication as you scale the team. 



    Key links:

    Flock website: https://flockcover.com

    Ed Leon Klinger profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edleonklinger/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/



    Timestamps:

    [01:18] When did you expand from drones to automotive?

    [05:48] What unique approaches helped you close your Series B?

    [12:15] How did you choose your Series B investor, Social Capital?

    [17:30] How has pivoting the business shaped you as a leader?

    [21:56] What assumptions about enterprise SaaS turned out to be false?

    [29:41] What are ways to influence culture aside from communicating it?

    [34:59] What books do you recommend for founders?



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    • 36 min
    What It's Like to Be Always on Show | Raoul Fraser, CEO of Lovat Parks

    What It's Like to Be Always on Show | Raoul Fraser, CEO of Lovat Parks

    As a founder you're always on show. My guest, Raoul Fraser, is the CEO of Lovat Parks—a scale-up building residential and holiday caravan parks across the UK.



    In this episode, Raoul walks us through his vision for the caravan park industry, he explains the challenges of having physical locations, and we discuss the difficulty of feeling like you're always on show to your team—something every leader can relate to.



    Key links:

    Lovat Parks website: https://lovatparks.com/

    Raoul Fraser profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raoul-fraser/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/



    [00:53] How did you end up building holiday parks?

    [04:24] What is your vision for Lovat Parks?

    [07:55] What challenges come with having physical locations?

    [10:28] Why are customer reviews so important?

    [15:14] What practices haven't scaled?

    [19:01] How do you get honest feedback from the team?

    [20:22] How do you approach building your network?

    [23:29] How much responsibility should founders take for mistakes?

    [27:41] What are the challenges to finding balance as CEO?

    [32:37] How to meditate without sitting still



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    • 38 min
    Why Jewellery Needs a New Model | Ilana Lever, CEO of Motley

    Why Jewellery Needs a New Model | Ilana Lever, CEO of Motley

    Why have traditional marketplace models failed in the jewellery sector? My guest, Ilana Lever, is the CEO of Motley—a company that enables jewellery designers to bring their designs to market at scale.

    In this episode, Ilana walks us through Motley’s business model, she explains what stopped her letting go of the details sooner, and we discuss challenges and learnings from fundraising four times.



    Key links:

    Motley website: https://www.motley-london.com/

    Ilana Lever profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilana-lever-07551138/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/



    Key timestamps:

    [01:01] What does Motley do?

    [05:49] Where are you on your journey to product market fit?

    [12:49] So you're getting married...

    [15:18] What stopped you letting go of the details sooner?

    [18:44] The challenge of fundraising

    [21:35] How does Motley contribute to reducing global warning?

    [30:12] How might investors avoid bias?

    [33:34] What's your biggest fundraising hack?

    [39:55] Quickfire questions



    Thanks to Aron Gelbard for help researching the episode.



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    • 47 min
    When to Step Back as CEO | James Routledge, Founder of Sanctus

    When to Step Back as CEO | James Routledge, Founder of Sanctus

    What would make a founder give up their role as CEO? My guest, James Routledge, is the founder of Sanctus—a company that offers coaching services to businesses to support employee mental health.

    In this episode, James walks us through his decision to step back from the CEO role, he explains why he decided not to hire a COO, and we discuss how ego can lead us to unhappiness.

    This is genuinely one of my favourite episodes, and a must-listen if you’re a CEO scaling your business.



    Key links:

    Sanctus website: https://sanctus.io/

    James Routledge profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdroutledge1/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/



    Key timestamps:

    [02:29] How does it feel to see Sanctus scale?

    [06:21] What techniques helped you develop self-awareness?

    [09:24] What need does Sanctus address?

    [13:36] Why did you step down as CEO?

    [21:40] How to you separate the roles of CEO and founder?

    [26:45] Why are VC-backed founders less likely to consider their own fulfilment?

    [33:55] Why did you choose not to hire a COO?

    [36:41] The gap in strategy and leadership in tech

    [39:49] Quickfire questions



    Thanks to Nabil and George for help researching the episode. 



    Strategy is a core role of a scale-up CEO and key to a company's success. Yet many CEOs don't dedicate enough time and resource to it. If you'd like my help in clarifying your vision and strategy, apply for my Clarity Program.



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    • 44 min
    Why an Inspiring Mission is Everything | Simon Mellin, CEO of The Modern Milkman (Series A)

    Why an Inspiring Mission is Everything | Simon Mellin, CEO of The Modern Milkman (Series A)

    How much plastic do you consume? 

    Meet Simon Mellin, CEO of The Modern Milkman a company that delivers plastic-free milk and groceries to your door.

    In this episode, Simon talks about how a milk cart became venture-backed, we discuss his journey to Series B, and the importance of hiring when building a low-ego culture.



    Key links:

    The Modern Milkman website: https://themodernmilkman.co.uk/

    Simon Mellin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonmellin/



    Key timestamps:

    [00:44] How did a milk cart become a venture-backed business?

    [05:31] What's going on in groceries right now?

    [10:44] What's it like to be based in Lancashire?

    [12:29] What's your management philosophy?

    [13:54] What's happened as you've scaled?

    [16:18] What's the value of an inspiring mission?

    [18:20] How are you thinking about market expansion?

    [20:53] Where do you find yourself spending your time?

    [23:22] Quickfire questions



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    • 28 min
    Why You Need To Train Your Workforce | Rajeeb Dey, CEO of Learnerbly (Series A)

    Why You Need To Train Your Workforce | Rajeeb Dey, CEO of Learnerbly (Series A)

    Why do you need to train your workforce? 

    Meet Rajeeb Dey, CEO of Learnerbly—a company that helps businesses train their employees. 

    In this episode, Rajeeb shares how he dealt with a life-threatening back issue as CEO, we discuss the hard decisions that come with internalisation and talk about how the training space is changing. 



    Key links: 

    Learnerbly website: https://www.learnerbly.com/ 

    Rajeeb Dey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajeebdey/ 



    Key timestamps: 

    [01:13] Why did you start Learnerbly? 

    [04:22] Who are Learnerbly's customers? 

    [07:22] How do you encourage employees to seek training? 

    [10:51] What growing pains have you experienced? 

    [13:49] What was it like to have a serious back injury as CEO? 

    [20:12] What issues do you face as you internationalist? 

    [22:47] How do you manage your time? [24:56] How do train as a CEO? 

    [26:37] Quickfire questions 



    Thanks to Will and Toby for their great input. 

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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

oolongslayer ,

Insightful and inspiring

Really enjoying these podcasts! The conversations are honest and flow naturally. Dave has a unique talent for creating an environment where his guests feel comfortable opening up - and this is where the gems are to be found.

Amanda Builds Brands ,

Founder GOLD right here 👏

Honestly, I’ve stopped listening business related podcasts because they all feel so full of ego. 🤮 Where’s the heart? Where’s the honesty? Where’s the vulnerability? Right here! You will find it here. This podcast goes deep into the hearts of startup CEOs and pulls out the truth. Here, you will learn what growing a business really looks like, sounds like and feels like. I fill up a page of notes with every episode. Seriously, these conversations are THAT GOOD. Thank you for being here Dave! Your work is founder GOLD. As cheesy as that sounds, it’s true.

Hercules611 ,

Great insight

This has quickly become one of my ‘go to’ podcasts. Some great insight into the psychology of tech founders. Highly recommend.

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