26 episodes

Founder Sessions is a podcast that puts the spotlight on founders. We go beyond the pitch in each session to truly understand a founder's mindset.

We understand the difficulty of gaining exposure in the ever-changing startup landscape. So we have created Founder Sessions to give founders the exposure they truly deserve, the opportunity to show off their personality, chat about their ideas, and make those valuable connections.

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Founder Sessions is a podcast that puts the spotlight on founders. We go beyond the pitch in each session to truly understand a founder's mindset.

We understand the difficulty of gaining exposure in the ever-changing startup landscape. So we have created Founder Sessions to give founders the exposure they truly deserve, the opportunity to show off their personality, chat about their ideas, and make those valuable connections.

    The transition from agency to startup | Founder Sessions 25

    The transition from agency to startup | Founder Sessions 25

    Today's session features Pete Daykin, CEO and Co-Founder at Wordnerds.



    To quote Wordnerds directly, they are "a SaaS platform that genuinely understands language, delivering metrics-led insight from unstructured text... in all its misspelt, sarcastic glory."



    In this session, we chat about Pete's entrepreneurial journey. From the days before Wordnerds to the story around founding Wordnerds and transitioning from agency to SaaS startup. 



    ▶ Check out Wordnerds: https://www.wordnerds.ai/

    ▶ Follow Pete: https://twitter.com/peterdaykin



    This session could not be possible without our good friends at Northstar ventures.



    Northstar Ventures is a VC firm investing in innovative solutions to help solve the most pressing societal issues we have today.  



    They are a pre-Series A investor with ticket sizes between 100,000 to 1 Million pounds. They focus on building long-term relationships with their portfolio clients to see them through to exit.



    ▶ Find out more about Northstar Ventures: https://northstarventures.co.uk/



    Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life. 



    We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.



    ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions

    • 36 min
    Making a difference with diversity & inclusion | Founder Sessions 24

    Making a difference with diversity & inclusion | Founder Sessions 24

    Today's session features Lynsey Harbottle & Lyndsey Britton-Lee, Co-Founders of 50:50 Future. 

    50:50 Future is a Diversity & Inclusion training and consultancy company that values difference. 50:50 is on a mission to be a catalyst for inclusion by demystifying diversity and providing solutions to break down barriers.

    Throughout this chat, we talk about diversity & inclusion, how startup founders can build a diverse team early, and how we can be more inclusive as a community. 

    ▶ Check out 50:50 Future: https://5050future.co.uk/

    ▶ Connect with Lynsey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynsey-harbottle/

    ▶ Connect with Lyndsey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyndsey-britton-lee-910a1a3b/



    Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life. 

    We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.

    ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions

    • 33 min
    Growing through pandemic and war | Founder Sessions 23

    Growing through pandemic and war | Founder Sessions 23

    Today's session features Eugene Shestopal, CEO & Co-Founder of Poptop, The leading event planning platform on the UK market and the most technologically advanced events marketplace in the World.

    Eugene is a serial entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in the events and music industries before founding Poptop.

    We chatted to Eugene about how adapting to the global pandemic and the war in Ukraine impacted the Poptop team and how investors reacted to these situations. 

    ▶ Check out Poptop: https://www.poptop.uk.com/

    ▶ Connect with Eugene: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eugene-shestopal-66785438/



    This session could not be possible without our good friends at Northstar ventures.

    Northstar Ventures is a VC firm investing in innovative solutions to help solve the most pressing societal issues we have today.  

    They are a pre-Series A investor with ticket sizes between 100,000 to 1 Million pounds. They focus on building long-term relationships with their portfolio clients to see them through to exit.

    ▶ Find out more about Northstar Ventures: https://northstarventures.co.uk/



    Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life. 

    We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.

    ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions

    • 46 min
    How to scale a startup | Founder Sessions 22

    How to scale a startup | Founder Sessions 22

    Today's session features Kufa Matiya, Founder of FutureMatch, an end-to-end hiring platform that uses data science to hire early career talent for organisations.

    Kufa is a 2nd-time Founder in the Ed Tech and HR Tech spaces. Kufa and his co-founder scaled their first startup from a team of 2 to 45 and raised £1.4M over five funding rounds. 

    Throughout this chat, Kufa talks about his journey into entrepreneurship, the process of scaling a startup from a hiring and investment perspective, and the challenges he has faced as a founder.

    ▶ Check out FutureMatch: https://www.linkedin.com/company/futurematchtalent/

    ▶ Connect with Kufa: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kufamatiya/

    Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life. 

    We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.

    ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions

    • 37 min
    Learning from the past when starting again | Founder Sessions 21

    Learning from the past when starting again | Founder Sessions 21

    Today's session features Brett Shanley, CEO & Founder of Knoma, which provides an ethical finance solution and marketplace for lifelong learners.

    Brett joins us to chat about his journey from the University of Cambridge into investment banking. Before seeking a new adventure, that took Brett to the southern hemisphere, where he started his first startup in Australia. After success with his first startup down under, Brett returned to the UK to do it again with his second startup, Knoma. 

    Throughout this chat, Brett provides critical insights into running a startup and gives excellent advice to fellow entrepreneurs. 

    ▶ Check out Knoma: https://www.knoma.io/

    ▶ Connect with Brett: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettshanley1/

    Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life. 

    We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.

    ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions

    • 22 min
    20 entrepreneurship lessons | Founder Sessions 20

    20 entrepreneurship lessons | Founder Sessions 20

    In today's session, we reflect on the past 19 sessions of the podcast to give you 20 lessons on entrepreneurship.

    These lessons and the full sessions could not be possible without the excellent guests taking the time to give back their experience and knowledge. 

    Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life. 

    We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference.

    ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions

    • 19 min