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Talks on Entrepreneurial Leadership at London Business School (TELL) is a series of speaker events featuring accomplished entrepreneurs' personal stories of building high growth businesses. http://www.tellseries.com

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Talks on Entrepreneurial Leadership at London Business School (TELL) is a series of speaker events featuring accomplished entrepreneurs' personal stories of building high growth businesses. http://www.tellseries.com

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    "Your business idea takes over your life"

    "Your business idea takes over your life"

    Tamara Heber-Percy is the co-founder and CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith.
    In 2014 Tamara, and co-founder James Lohan were awarded MBEs for services to the British travel industry.

    Tamara has combined travel expertise with technological knowledge as the architect behind Mr & Mrs Smith's e-commerce websites. Her first job took her to Brazil to launch a new energy drink and she went on to work in marketing for brands such as Ericsson, Honda, Unilever and Swissair. A series of data-driven projects, including building large CRM databases through online channels, helped her develop and hone her technical expertise. In 2002, she left to head up her own company, the County Register – an exclusive introductions agency – and to launch Mr & Mrs Smith.
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    London Business School students created the TELL Series in 2009 to put the spotlight on entrepreneurship in Europe. The TELL Series showcases successful entrepreneurs' personal stories of building high growth businesses. Successful founders, investors and key figures from the European entrepreneurship world share their start-up stories, lessons learned and thoughts on the future.

    Tell Series is sponsored by the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Frog Capital.

    • 59 min
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    "Start small. Decide what’s next."

    "Start small. Decide what’s next."

    Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder of TransferWise, the international money transfer platform. The business allows regular people to access the real mid-market exchange rate by cutting out traditional banking fees altogether. It charges only a tiny, totally transparent service charge.

    In the two years since it launched, the business has transferred over £1bn worth of customer money.

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    London Business School students created the TELL Series in 2009 to put the spotlight on entrepreneurship in Europe. The TELL Series showcases successful entrepreneurs' personal stories of building high growth businesses. Successful founders, investors and key figures from the European entrepreneurship world share their start-up stories, lessons learned and thoughts on the future.

    Tell Series is sponsored by the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Frog Capital.

    • 58 min
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    "No deal has to be like any deal done before"

    "No deal has to be like any deal done before"

    One of Ireland’s most successful internet entrepreneurs, Ray Nolan has been instrumental in the success of a number of high profile companies in the Irish technology sector.

    Ray founded Hostelworld.com in 1999 when he identified an opportunity to introduce online bookings to youth and tourist hostels. As CEO, Ray grew the company to become a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and more than 12MM visitors a month. He sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

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    London Business School students created the TELL Series in 2009 to put the spotlight on entrepreneurship in Europe. The TELL Series showcases successful entrepreneurs' personal stories of building high growth businesses. Successful founders, investors and key figures from the European entrepreneurship world share their start-up stories, lessons learned and thoughts on the future.

    Tell Series is sponsored by the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Frog Capital.

    • 58 min
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    Alice Avis MBE - The Sanctuary Spa Group

    Alice Avis MBE - The Sanctuary Spa Group

    Alice Avis MBE, is an entrepreneur, seasoned brand builder and investor. As an entrepreneur, she is best known for building The Sanctuary from an unprofitable spa in Covent Garden into an international beauty brand before selling it to PZ Cussons PLC in 2008 for £75m. She was awarded an MBE for services to the beauty industry and was a Finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.

    Alice started her career in advertising at Boase Massimi Pollitt before joining Bain & Co in 1986 where she worked in London, Singapore, Australia & in Bain Capital in the US.
    In 1995 she joined Guinness PLC (became Diageo) in 1995. As Global Brand Director for Johnnie Walker, its No 1 Brand, she successfully reversed the declining brand through a new marketing strategy and brave repositioning, under the ‘ Keep Walking’ campaign, It is still running 16 years later and its success was recognised with a Marketing Society award for International Brand Development.

    In 2000, she joined Flutter.com as Marketing and Content Director and helped scale the business rapidly from its foundation until its eventual merger with Betfair. The combined business created the world’s largest sports betting exchange. She then went on to become Marketing and Ecommerce Director for Marks and Spencer PLC. She was voted one of the top 10 Marketers in the UK.

    Since selling The Sanctuary, Alice has built a portfolio of interests in private branded businesses. She also advises as a member of the Commercial Panel of the National Trust.

    Alice has an MA in Classics from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.

    She is a mother of 2 teenage daughters and in her spare time tries to train the family dog.

    Her talk at London Business School is part of the 2015-2016 Tell Series talks and it was recorded on 18 November 2015 at London Business School.

    Learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities at the School: http://bit.ly/LBS-entrepreneur

    Learn more about Tell Series: http://tellseries.com/

    Learn more about DIIE: http://www.london.edu/diie

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    • 59 min
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    David Dutton - A Hands on Business Angel

    David Dutton - A Hands on Business Angel

    avid Dutton started his first company, Pizzaland, a pizza restaurant chain, after graduating from Harvard. It was sold for a substantial consideration to a major public food company in 1978.

    Mr. Dutton then founded and chaired a small property company, grown and subsequently taken to the AIM market, sold to a major property company in 1989.

    Since then, he has been involved as a “hands on” business angel in a number of small company start ups whilst concomitantly working as Executive Group Property Director for The Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), a major UK media company, Chairman of DMG Information, a major division of DMGT concentrating on the provision of Business to Business electronic information through a number of subsidiary companies, principally in the US.

    He is currently a non-Executive Director, UCLB PLC, Zoopla PLC

    Among his many business achievements, Mr. Dutton has also been the following:

    - Past President of the Harvard Business School Club of London
    - Past Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (part of London University)
    - Honorary Fellow of University College of London
    - Founder 1995 and Chairman of UCLB PLC until Spring 2015, a wholly owned subsidiary of UCL, charged with the commercial exploitation of IP innovations arising from research emanating from UCL
    - Past member of the Board of the Moller Conference Centre, a further learning facility attached to Churchill College
    Alumni of Cambridge University, graduating with a BA in Economics from Churchill College
    - MBA from Harvard University, graduating Summa cum laude

    His talk at London Business School is part of the 2015-2016 Tell Series talks and it was recorded on 28 October 2015 at London Business School.

    Learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities at the School: http://bit.ly/LBS-entrepreneur

    Learn more about Tell Series: http://tellseries.com/

    Learn more about DIIE: http://www.london.edu/diie

    Subscribe on YouTube: http://bit.ly/lbsyoutube
    Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lbs

    • 1 hr 9 min
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    Lord Karan Bilimoria - Founder of Cobra Beer

    Lord Karan Bilimoria - Founder of Cobra Beer

    Ever wondered what it’s like to start a beer company in your 20s, export to 50 countries and reach an annual retail turnover of £178 million? (and get knighted in the process too).

    Join TELL Series on Wednesday 20 April in welcoming Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer. Karan founded Cobra at 27 when he was a Cambridge law graduate with £20,000 in student debts. He delivered beer in an old Citroen 2CV, while his friends worked for the likes of the Goldman Sachs. Since then, Cobra has become one of the fastest growing beer brands with offices in 4 continents, serving 50 countries. Within the UK alone, Cobra has a current retail value turnover of £178 million, is sold in nearly 6,000 bars, pubs and clubs and in over 12,000 branches of supermarkets and off-licenses throughout the UK.

    Cobra Beer also went through its trials and tribulations. Karan almost lost the brand several times in the past years, especially during the 2008 financial crisis when Cobra lost out on key investments. Ever the undeterred entrepreneur, Karan persevered and Cobra has been on a roaring comeback ever since. Competing against brands that are centuries old, Cobra has become a household name in less than two decades.

    Cobra beer has won numerous accolades and Karan himself was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004. He also won EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and Business Person of the Year by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2004. In 2006, Karan was appointed The Lord Bilimoria, of Chelsea.

    His talk at London Business School is part of the 2015-2016 Tell Series talks and it was recorded on 20 April 2016 at London Business School.

    Learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities at the School: http://bit.ly/LBS-entrepreneur

    Learn more about Tell Series: http://tellseries.com/

    Learn more about DIIE: http://www.london.edu/diie

    Subscribe on YouTube: http://bit.ly/lbsyoutube
    Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lbs

    • 52 min

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