59 episodes

In this podcast, Oliver goes on a journey to tell the candid truth around start-up and scale-up life and just how important focus, mental agility, mental health and strength is in this idealistic and largely fake world of social media and unspoken truths.

Told through relatable stories of others, Oliver sits down with founders, entrepreneurs and notable individuals from across the globe who have, like him, overcome barriers both mentally and physically to become the people behind the brand, organisation or self they are today!

But what actually is success? Well, we hope you take some solace and learn a thing or two from the unspoken reality and subjectivity of that word, ‘success’...

Success Is In The Mind with Oliver Bruce PinPoint Media

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In this podcast, Oliver goes on a journey to tell the candid truth around start-up and scale-up life and just how important focus, mental agility, mental health and strength is in this idealistic and largely fake world of social media and unspoken truths.

Told through relatable stories of others, Oliver sits down with founders, entrepreneurs and notable individuals from across the globe who have, like him, overcome barriers both mentally and physically to become the people behind the brand, organisation or self they are today!

But what actually is success? Well, we hope you take some solace and learn a thing or two from the unspoken reality and subjectivity of that word, ‘success’...

    Ep60 - Paul Richardson's Fragmented Upbringing Could Have Gone One Of Two Ways Starting With An Orphanage.

    Ep60 - Paul Richardson's Fragmented Upbringing Could Have Gone One Of Two Ways Starting With An Orphanage.

    Paul's Father ran away leaving his Mother to contemplate taking him to an orphanage. His Father returned, a 'wheeler dealer', Paul's father ended up as a market trader. As a teenager Paul ended up working for his Father in Waste and Disposal. There's money in muck as they say selling for millions just before his Father passed away. Paul's business acumen served him well growing and exiting multiple Waste brands. Paul was number 3 at sportswear brand Gymshark after the co-founders approached Paul in a Birmingham gym. Paul was critical in taking Gymshark to the £1bn valuation it is today. 

    Paul became Chairman of Birmingham City Football Club later on in his career and after just 6 months of joining managed to get then promoted, but how? Paul joins Oliver to talk about upbringing, perceptions and determination not forgetting of course Paul's recent acquisition HERA Clothing which he wants to build into a £100m brand in under 3 years!  

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    E59: Habito Founder - Daniel Hegarty

    E59: Habito Founder - Daniel Hegarty

    After dropping out of school with no qualifications aged 16, Daniel Hegarty got signed to the same label as Boy George and went touring with his punk band for just £100 a week. He then spent the next ten years carving out a career as a working musician in LA, writing for and performing with the likes of S Club 7, Robbie Williams and the Sugababes, before returning to the UK to be one of the first employees at Wonga, where he became fully immersed in the world of tech startups.




    Dan became frustrated with the whole property buying process after almost losing the house he was trying to buy due to mistakes made by his solicitors. He realised there was huge potential for change in the mortgage and property market, and in 2016, Habito was born.




    Habito is a tech startup that is dedicated to ending ‘mortgage hell’ and aims to streamline the whole process, cutting down the average transaction time from 21 days to just 10. Since its founding six years ago, Habito has seen rapid growth, from sorting just 245 mortgages in 2016 to a whopping £4 billion worth of mortgages in 2020. With £80 million of funding raised so far, Habito had recently expanded into lending their own mortgages, streamlining the process even further.




    In this week’s episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce sits down with Daniel to ask, how do you set up a business with no experience and raise millions in funding? Was dropping out of school the best decision he ever made? And what does the future of mortgage broking look like?




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    • 53 min
    E58: Hicks & Brown Co-Founders - Alice Leet-Cook and Rosie Turner

    E58: Hicks & Brown Co-Founders - Alice Leet-Cook and Rosie Turner

    Growing up on a farm in rural Suffolk, sisters Alice and Rosie never pictured a career in the fashion industry. After they both headed off to uni, they both started working the corporate life in London, and when a jacket made by their mother got a hugely positive response at a wedding, they decided to start Hicks & Brown together.




    Whilst originally focused on selling jackets at events, the sisters soon realised that although the jackets weren’t selling out, the hats were a huge hit, selling out every time. This spurred them to pivot to focusing on the hats, and when Kate Middleton was pictured wearing a Hicks & Brown Suffolk fedora in 2020, the brand shot to fame overnight, taking orders from royal fans across the globe. In less than two weeks, sales from the ‘Kate hat’ meant that they had already surpassed their turnover for the previous year.




    In this week’s episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce asks, how do you get a fashion brand off the ground with little to no money? How important are big events to brands like Hicks & Brown? Just how powerful is the ‘Kate Effect’, and how did the sisters capitalise on the unexpected opportunity?




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    • 55 min
    E57: Flexa Co-Founders - Molly Johnson-Jones and Maurice O'Brien

    E57: Flexa Co-Founders - Molly Johnson-Jones and Maurice O'Brien

    After being diagnosed at 18 with an autoimmune disease, Molly Johnson-Jones was fired from her job in investment banking after requesting to work from home one day a week. Molly then met Maurice O’Brien on the dating app Hinge, and after five dates they decided to start a business together which would provide a platform for people like them who wanted more flexibility in their jobs. From this idea, Flexa was born.




    Flexa is a website which only allows companies with flexible working environments to advertise jobs on its jobs platform. Flexa has introduced a benchmarking index of hundreds of companies to measure their flexibility, and the most flexible of these get put on the ‘Flexa100’ list. Since its founding in 2019, over 1200 businesses have advertised jobs on the platform and the company manages 10 million transactions and $3bn of business a year.




    In this episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce asks, should you give away shares of the company in the early days when you don’t have the cash? How do you start a business with someone you’ve just started dating? And has the traditional working week been replaced completely by a new world of remote working?




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    • 52 min
    E56: HYBR Founder - Hannah Chappatte - Student housing, winning funding, and the hustle culture

    E56: HYBR Founder - Hannah Chappatte - Student housing, winning funding, and the hustle culture

    From an early age, Hannah Chappatte was surrounded by successful family members, but her initial confidence took a knock when her teachers told her she had dyslexia. Despite this, she went on the secure As and A*s across the board in her A-Levels, before spending a globe-hopping year working in intern roles in various companies around the world. 




    While studying English Literature and Language in Bristol, Hannah spotted a huge gap in the market for a platform that would provide reputable student accommodation, as well as help and support to students renting from private landlords in the tricky and often murky world of student housing. 




    Thus in 2019 HYBR was born, and Hannah quickly won several competitions which gave her the initial seed funding she needed to get HYBR off the ground. Fast forward to 2022, and HYBR has hundreds of properties listed in 8 cities across the UK, and with a fresh round of funding that garnered £600k, it’s only up from here for HYBR.




    In this episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce asks - how do you go it alone as a founder of a company fresh out of university? How do you build a middle ground between students and landlords who mistrust one another? And who can you turn to for support when you’re in the lonely position of founder?


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    • 53 min
    E55: Huboo Co-Founder - Martin Bysh - From programmer to unicorn entrepreneur

    E55: Huboo Co-Founder - Martin Bysh - From programmer to unicorn entrepreneur

    Serial entrepreneur Martin Bysh started his journey living in East London with a passion for programming games. Seeking amusement and enjoyment in everything Martin did he built 20 top 10 games before he was 30.




    Having never worked for anybody, Martin founded, grew and exited multiple online businesses before the online space was comodosited by the arrival of the Apps. He even beat Facebook to it by founding MakeFriendsOnline in the early 00’s. 




    Having co-founded Huboo which is tipped to be the next Unicorn of 2022, Martin Bysh tells Oliver how he’s set up businesses for exit, built a successful funding campaign raising nearly £100m (at point of recording) in seed capital and how the team at Huboo have gone from £0 to nearly £1bn+ in little over 3 years? 




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    Sponsor - Capsule Insurance

    Produced by: PinPoint Media

    • 59 min

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