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Dave Bailey gets up close and personal with scale-up tech CEOs so you can hear the unvarnished truth about growing a business. Dave is one of Europe's top CEO coaches and his blog, The Founder Coach, is read by millions of entrepreneurs each year. Now, Dave's on a mission to help other CEOs share their stories about what it really means to be CEO.

Listen in as Dave discusses what happens after you raise a Series A—growing the team, managing the board, and the challenges that keep founders up at night. Hit subscribe and get ready for some powerful conversations.

The Founder Coach Podcast Dave Bailey

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Dave Bailey gets up close and personal with scale-up tech CEOs so you can hear the unvarnished truth about growing a business. Dave is one of Europe's top CEO coaches and his blog, The Founder Coach, is read by millions of entrepreneurs each year. Now, Dave's on a mission to help other CEOs share their stories about what it really means to be CEO.

Listen in as Dave discusses what happens after you raise a Series A—growing the team, managing the board, and the challenges that keep founders up at night. Hit subscribe and get ready for some powerful conversations.

    Why Jewellery Needs a New Model | Ilana Lever, CEO of Motley

    Why Jewellery Needs a New Model | Ilana Lever, CEO of Motley

    Why have traditional marketplace models failed in the jewellery sector? My guest, Ilana Lever, is the CEO of Motley—a company that enables jewellery designers to bring their designs to market at scale.

    In this episode, Ilana walks us through Motley’s business model, she explains what stopped her letting go of the details sooner, and we discuss challenges and learnings from fundraising four times.



    Key links:

    Motley website: https://www.motley-london.com/

    Ilana Lever profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilana-lever-07551138/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/



    Key timestamps:

    [01:01] What does Motley do?

    [05:49] Where are you on your journey to product market fit?

    [12:49] So you're getting married...

    [15:18] What stopped you letting go of the details sooner?

    [18:44] The challenge of fundraising

    [21:35] How does Motley contribute to reducing global warning?

    [30:12] How might investors avoid bias?

    [33:34] What's your biggest fundraising hack?

    [39:55] Quickfire questions



    Thanks to Aron Gelbard for help researching the episode.



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    • 47 min
    When to Step Back as CEO | James Routledge, Founder of Sanctus

    When to Step Back as CEO | James Routledge, Founder of Sanctus

    What would make a founder give up their role as CEO? My guest, James Routledge, is the founder of Sanctus—a company that offers coaching services to businesses to support employee mental health.

    In this episode, James walks us through his decision to step back from the CEO role, he explains why he decided not to hire a COO, and we discuss how ego can lead us to unhappiness.

    This is genuinely one of my favourite episodes, and a must-listen if you’re a CEO scaling your business.



    Key links:

    Sanctus website: https://sanctus.io/

    James Routledge profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdroutledge1/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/



    Key timestamps:

    [02:29] How does it feel to see Sanctus scale?

    [06:21] What techniques helped you develop self-awareness?

    [09:24] What need does Sanctus address?

    [13:36] Why did you step down as CEO?

    [21:40] How to you separate the roles of CEO and founder?

    [26:45] Why are VC-backed founders less likely to consider their own fulfilment?

    [33:55] Why did you choose not to hire a COO?

    [36:41] The gap in strategy and leadership in tech

    [39:49] Quickfire questions



    Thanks to Nabil and George for help researching the episode. 



    Strategy is a core role of a scale-up CEO and key to a company's success. Yet many CEOs don't dedicate enough time and resource to it. If you'd like my help in clarifying your vision and strategy, apply for my Clarity Program.



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    • 44 min
    Why an Inspiring Mission is Everything | Simon Mellin, CEO of The Modern Milkman (Series A)

    Why an Inspiring Mission is Everything | Simon Mellin, CEO of The Modern Milkman (Series A)

    How much plastic do you consume? 

    Meet Simon Mellin, CEO of The Modern Milkman a company that delivers plastic-free milk and groceries to your door.

    In this episode, Simon talks about how a milk cart became venture-backed, we discuss his journey to Series B, and the importance of hiring when building a low-ego culture.



    Key links:

    The Modern Milkman website: https://themodernmilkman.co.uk/

    Simon Mellin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonmellin/



    Key timestamps:

    [00:44] How did a milk cart become a venture-backed business?

    [05:31] What's going on in groceries right now?

    [10:44] What's it like to be based in Lancashire?

    [12:29] What's your management philosophy?

    [13:54] What's happened as you've scaled?

    [16:18] What's the value of an inspiring mission?

    [18:20] How are you thinking about market expansion?

    [20:53] Where do you find yourself spending your time?

    [23:22] Quickfire questions



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    • 28 min
    Why You Need To Train Your Workforce | Rajeeb Dey, CEO of Learnerbly (Series A)

    Why You Need To Train Your Workforce | Rajeeb Dey, CEO of Learnerbly (Series A)

    Why do you need to train your workforce? 

    Meet Rajeeb Dey, CEO of Learnerbly—a company that helps businesses train their employees. 

    In this episode, Rajeeb shares how he dealt with a life-threatening back issue as CEO, we discuss the hard decisions that come with internalisation and talk about how the training space is changing. 



    Key links: 

    Learnerbly website: https://www.learnerbly.com/ 

    Rajeeb Dey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajeebdey/ 



    Key timestamps: 

    [01:13] Why did you start Learnerbly? 

    [04:22] Who are Learnerbly's customers? 

    [07:22] How do you encourage employees to seek training? 

    [10:51] What growing pains have you experienced? 

    [13:49] What was it like to have a serious back injury as CEO? 

    [20:12] What issues do you face as you internationalist? 

    [22:47] How do you manage your time? [24:56] How do train as a CEO? 

    [26:37] Quickfire questions 



    Thanks to Will and Toby for their great input. 

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    • 33 min
    How to Identify High Performance | Alex Young, CEO of Virti (Series A)

    How to Identify High Performance | Alex Young, CEO of Virti (Series A)

    How do you identify high performers in your recruiting? Meet Alex Young, CEO of Virti—a company that creates immersive training experiences using VR that replicate the stress and emotion of clinical practice and beyond.



    In this episode, Alex talks us through his Series A fundraise, we discuss the surprising applications of VR and immersive training, and he shares some of his recruiting tactics.



    We also discuss the challenges Alex overcame when building his online brand.



    Key links:

    Virti website: https://virti.com/

    Alex Young profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-f-young/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/



    Key timestamps:

    [01:35] The background and the round

    [03:46] Fundraising while remote

    [08:41] Preparing for fundraising

    [13:32] Using VR to create stressors in training

    [16:22] Applications of VR training

    [19:56] CEO struggles

    [21:50] Approach to recruiting

    [29:11] Self-development as CEO

    [32:08] Growing as a thought leader

    [34:33] Quickfire questions



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    • 40 min
    How to Stay Resilient in a Scale-Up | Joe Cripps, CEO of Trail (Series A)

    How to Stay Resilient in a Scale-Up | Joe Cripps, CEO of Trail (Series A)

    How have you dealt with the ups and downs of Covid-19? Meet Joe Cripps, CEO of Trail, a company that helps multi-site operators in hospitality and leisure to manage their daily tasks.



    In this episode, Joe shares his experience of the hospitality crisis, he shares learnings from running a remote-first company, and we talk about the mental health challenges many of us have faced during the pandemic.



    Key links:



    Trail website: https://trailapp.com/

    Joe Cripps profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joecripps/

    Dave Bailey profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davesuperman/

    Dave's one-on-one guide: https://bit.ly/dave-one-on-ones



    Key timestamps:



    [00:56] How did you get the idea for Trail?

    [04:10] What was it like when COVID hit?

    [08:52] How do you think about the sales process as you come out of COVID?

    [11:46] How did you come up with your core messaging?

    [14:32] How do you support the team on the emotional side of Covid?

    [17:28] What have you learned about remote-first work?

    [19:42] How have you integrated business culture in slack?

    [21:35] What are the unique challenges for leaders of remote teams?

    [22:41] What are the unique challenges for leaders of remote teams?

    [24:39] Quickfire Questions



    A shout out to co-founder Wil—miss you and let's catch up soon!



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    • 29 min

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