58 episodes

Secret Leaders promises a collection of contrasting, irreverent interviews with the high-flying CEOs and forward-thinking founders of some of the most successful businesses in the UK and the US right now, including Martha Lane Fox (Lastminute.com), Anne Boden (Starling Bank), Jed McCaleb (Ripple, Mt.Gox and Stellar) and Jason Calacanis (first Uber investor).

Secret Leaders Dan Murray & Rich Martell

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Secret Leaders promises a collection of contrasting, irreverent interviews with the high-flying CEOs and forward-thinking founders of some of the most successful businesses in the UK and the US right now, including Martha Lane Fox (Lastminute.com), Anne Boden (Starling Bank), Jed McCaleb (Ripple, Mt.Gox and Stellar) and Jason Calacanis (first Uber investor).

    OakNorth: The pathway to building a unicorn with Rishi Khosla

    OakNorth: The pathway to building a unicorn with Rishi Khosla

    Today’s guest has been a high achiever since he was a kid. Some child geniuses burnout before they achieve great things, not Rishi Khosla, co-founder of OakNorth.

    Key takeaways:
    Working with Jack Welch at GE
    Establishing the family office of Lakshmi Mittal
    Meeting Peter Teal and Elon Musk
    Building Copal with business partner Joel, brick by brick
    Meeting Son at SoftBank and how he pitched him
    Why only 5% of unicorns are profitable

    • 43 min
    Alain de Botton: Finding Answers to Life’s Tricky Questions

    Alain de Botton: Finding Answers to Life’s Tricky Questions

    Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is? Well, today’s guest, Alain de Botton, philosopher and founder of The School of Life, has wondered the same thing too.

    Key Takeaways:

    How his upbringing shaped his early existence
    The School of Life and its inspiration
    How to cope with crippling anxiety in your work
    The connection between food and our state of mind
    How the School of Life can help your business
    Why his deepest fear is catastrophe

    • 52 min
    Mumsnet and Jo Malone: Lifting the Lid on Life as a Female Entrepreneur

    Mumsnet and Jo Malone: Lifting the Lid on Life as a Female Entrepreneur

    Today, sharing the live stage and their entrepreneurial experiences are Jo Malone CBE, the eponymous perfumier and Justine Roberts CBE, founder of Mumsnet.

    We chat about:

    The hardest moments of their entrepreneur experience
    The difficulty of finding funding for your startup, when you’re female
    Why your equity in your business is your golden ticket
    The difficulty of achieving a work life balance
    Entrepreneurialism needs to be taught in school
    If they had a do over, what they would do differently

    • 57 min
    FabFitFun: Creating A Celebrity Swagbag Subscription Box Model

    FabFitFun: Creating A Celebrity Swagbag Subscription Box Model

    Founded in 2010 in the USA by Co-CEOs brothers Dan and Michael Broukhim and Editor-in-Chief Katie Echevarria Rosen Kitchens, FabFitFun is a lifestyle membership.

    Key takeaways:
    How FabFitFun came to fruition
    Why newsletters are making a comeback
    Exploring finance options to fund the business
    The future for FabFitFun
    The self doubts and personal challenges that each founder faces
    What they’d change if they could do over
    Why you should never underestimate the importance of company culture

    • 47 min
    Calm.com and Babylon Health: The Future of Healthcare

    Calm.com and Babylon Health: The Future of Healthcare

    In this live podcast episode we talk about what makes a healthy body, a healthy mind and the future of technology enabled healthcare, with Michael Acton-Smith, founder of Mind Candy, Firebox and Calm.com and Ali Parsa, founder and CEO of Babylon Health.

    We chat about:
    What healthy means to each of them
    Why we don’t have a healthcare system as such, we have a sick-care system
    How technology and AI is and will enable a better healthcare system
    The obesity epidemic
    The current mental health crisis

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Starling Bank, Resi and Just Eat: Funding and Financing Startups

    Starling Bank, Resi and Just Eat: Funding and Financing Startups

    We invited back Anne Boden, founder and CEO of innovative challenger bank Starling Bank, Alex Depledge, co-founder of Resi and David Buttress, ex-CEO and co-founder of Just Eat to discuss their experiences of financing and funding a startup.

    Key takeaways:

    Raising money before you need it
    What it’s like in the lead up to going public
    Raising money as a single founder vs being a co-founder
    Practical processes to set up for successful funding

    Links:

    Starling Bank
    www.helpling.com
    https://resi.co.uk/
    Just Eat UK

    • 55 min

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