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The Gentleman's Journal brings you exclusive interviews with the world's most interesting businessmen, tastemakers and raconteurs. Hosted by Joseph Bullmore.

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The Gentleman's Journal brings you exclusive interviews with the world's most interesting businessmen, tastemakers and raconteurs. Hosted by Joseph Bullmore.

    Resilience is everything — John Caudwell, founder of Phones 4U

    Resilience is everything — John Caudwell, founder of Phones 4U

    Our guest on today’s episode is John Caudwell, the founder of Phones 4u and super philanthropist. John is an incredible entrepreneur, and he was at the cutting edge of telecoms throughout its earliest, wildest days. Some of his war stories from the first years of Phones 4u are incredible — like the time Motorola tried to destroy his entire business with a single dastardly deal. But John survived, of course, and built Phones 4u into a high street staple, before selling it in 2006 for just under $1.5 billion. Today, most of his efforts are spent on Philanthropy, and this, as you’ll hear, gives him more satisfaction than anything else. Enjoy.   

    • 50 min
    Sex sells — Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kittens

    Sex sells — Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kittens

    Emma Sayle is the founder of Killing Kittens, and one of the world’s leading “sex-entrepreneurs”. You might know Killing Kittens as the brand behind a world of high-end sex parties that put female empowerment at their core — perhaps you've even been to one of their events. 
    The company turns 15-years-old this year, has more than 80,000 active members, and turns over many multiples of millions, as you’ll find out — so it’s heartening to learn it was born out of a three day party with no sleep on the island of Ibiza. 
    In a brilliant episode of the podcast, we spoke about the importance of having a thick skin; the reactions of Emma’s friends and family when they first learned of the idea; and the incredible cross-section of powerful people who attend these remarkable events. Enjoy. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Don't bother with anyone who doesn't bother with you — Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE

    Don't bother with anyone who doesn't bother with you — Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE

    Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE might best be described as a serial entrepreneur — though that doesn’t really cut it. Stefan has been a policeman, an advertising agency founder, a film producer, a stock broker, the director of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s charities, an arch philanthropist, and an advisor and investor to countless successful start ups. He's also the first Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at King's College London.  
    In a lively recording, we spoke about Stefan's Harlem Globetrotter-like approach to rugby union; the reason he used to keep a tank of piranhas by his desk; and the giant blag he pulled off at the age of 19 that kick started his business career.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Why it pays to have fun — Will Butler-Adams of Brompton Bicycle

    Why it pays to have fun — Will Butler-Adams of Brompton Bicycle

    Our guest on today's show is Will Butler-Adams, the CEO of Brompton Bicycle. We recorded this one at Brompton’s factory in West London, and it's a fascinating episode that tells the story of one of Britain's most singular brands and the man behind its quiet revolution. In it, we spoke about Will’s two trips to the amazon (one of which very nearly killed him); his visions for a truly bike friendly London; and why it's what we do in the five-to-nine really defines us. Enjoy. 
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Inside the property industry — Liam Bailey and Tim Hyatt at Knight Frank

    Inside the property industry — Liam Bailey and Tim Hyatt at Knight Frank

    On today’s episode we sit down with two men from the top of the property game: Liam Bailey, the Global Head of Research at Knight Frank and Tim Hyatt, the Head of London Residential at Knight Frank. The property market can sometimes seem like an opaque and mysterious business. But in this episode, Tim and Liam lift the lid on its inner workings, revealing how they got into the game, the challenges that will face London in the year’s ahead, and where to put your cash in 2020. 
    Our thanks to Mark's Club for playing host. 

    • 41 min
    The product is king — Luca Faloni

    The product is king — Luca Faloni

    Our guest on today’s episode is Luca Faloni, the founder of the Italian menswear brand that bears his name. Luca’s business is a classic style start-up success story — one excellent hero product, a little artisan craftsmanship, a successful online store, a loyal and discerning following… and then the slow steady climb to start competing with the big boys. Today, the brand has four major stores across the world (with seven more on the way next year) and has an adoring following wherever it appears — their linen shirts, in particular, come highly prized.
    In this episode, Luca tells us why 28 is the ideal age to start a business; why the restaurant owner next door can teach you just as much about business as Elon Musk; and why there’s no such thing as being over prepared.

    • 38 min

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