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The podcast that brings you interviews with reckless dreamers and their stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and impact. Each week, we’ll talk to dreamers from an eclectic mix of fields- the arts, sciences, education, digital, social enterprise, sport, retail- you name it! We’ll weave through their professional and personal journey to uncover the secrets to their success but sure to talk about failure too! You’ll pick up the business education you need, from funding, strategy, and operati ...
 
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Shine is a self-care app for millennial women - the largest growing share of the workforce. Shine operates in the wellness space in over 165 countries. Leveraging the power of text to reach people with a 98% open rate, Naomi and March found a way to recreate the feeling of a hand on your shoulder every morning.…
 
“Align yourself with marketing efforts that can be repeated and if you see something that's working, press that button as fast as possible.” In a world of access not ownership, Nisha co-founded a Classpass for co-working spaces in NYC to empower users to work from anywhere. Born out of frustration with nowhere to work on ideas at the weekends, teac…
 
“The feeling of being a migrant is a universal one” explains Mohsin Hamid, the award-winning novelist of Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. With the rise of technology, globalisation and fake news, we’re living in an absurd present and uncertain future. In this episode, we journey through stories from Mohsin’s books and his writing form to…
 
“I know the power of finding a book that changes someone’s life.” Tired of having to justify his seat at the table, Nikesh Shukla wrote a book curating 21 essays from upcoming writers from diverse backgrounds. They unravel British culture, explore self-identity and question the legacy of imperialism to provide an open space to discuss race. Against…
 
“Artificial intelligence will move software from being passive to active, the software will be expected to make decisions on our behalf.” Dennis counted he had scheduled 1,019 meetings in a year! With big data startups under his belt, he deployed artificial intelligence techniques to create Amy, a virtual assistant and is on a mission to harness th…
 
“For one client, we improved the prediction power from 23%, worse than chance, to 86% confidence on what people were going to eat for dinner.” With a bout of microfinance experience in India, a PhD and a client trying to invent a new tea flavour, Tugce founded Streetbees to give consumers a voice when brands design new products. Today, Streetbees i…
 
Against the backdrop of Airbnb, citizenM has come to the fore as a boutique hotel for the modern mobile citizen. Born out of the frustration of the fashion traveller, this startup hotel deploys user centered design to solve for modern luxury. 12 hotels later, 40% repeat business and artwork such as Andy Warhol casually placed around the sites, citi…
 
“With education, the people you learn from aren’t just your teachers, it’s your peers as well.” Refusing to lose the magic of his Harvard business school network after graduating, Beri embarked on creating a social university for adults. It facilitates lifelong learning with access to the leading minds of our time with events across the globe.…
 
Firing off an irreverent note to attract non-techies to an event, Sam Parr had never envisaged he would resurrect email to start a media company - The Hustle - a daily email newsletter. A young gun set to be the next media mogul uncovers bumping into Tim Ferriss walking his dog and writing amazon romance novels to journey through The Hustle’s own h…
 
Monzo is the latest challenger bank on the UK fintech scene, racking up half a million customers with half of them under 30 years old and raising £1m in under 96 seconds from its customers. With its seamless user experience, open dialogue with customers and friendly nudges - we hear how it’s got young adults excited about their personal finances. T…
 
An insight into how the tech industry can be a disrupter for good to meet refugee needs. Follow the show @SamiraStalks The post #26 The tech community response to refugee needs, Techfugees with Josephine Goube appeared first on Samira Stalks.由Samira Sohail: Business Strategist | Reckless Dreamer
 
“In the UK, 31% of adults fail to save with 50% of UK households without a budget... these habits start young and out of school.” Taught as an 11 year old kid to manage his own finances by his diligent accountant parents, Alick spent his adult life observing most people had no clue when it came to personal budgeting and saving. He set out to create…
 
With an unheated room in an English castle, no fintech experience but a watchful eye on Kickstarter, two former colleagues decided "startup investing should not be just for the rich". Today, Crowdcube has created a platform for the 'rest of us to invest' The post #24 Empowering the crowd to startup invest with Luke Lang, CrowdCube appeared first on…
 
Fusing fashion and technology together, Saif has invented the closest thing to an invisibility cloak. Listen to the story of the scarf with a magical symmetrical pattern. In a world of eroding privacy, it has gone down a treat with celebrities such as JAYZ, Cameron Diaz and Jaden Smith. Put the scarf on - take a flash picture - POOF! - the face dis…
 
Chris is an entrepreneur who has invented a better way to navigate by taking on the address, GPS and postal space. He’s divided up the world into 57 trillion 3m squares and assigned 3 words to each one - a giant grid and the simplest way to communicate a location. Available as podcast in iTunes (Apple) and Stitcher (Android) Sign up to the Samira S…
 
Join Cedric Dahl, an early investor in Bitcoin who has the classic story of being in right place at the right time. After buying bitcoins in Starbucks for himself, he helped friends get in on the action, then angel investors and finally VC firms. He went on to found Buttercoin- a bitcoin exchange taking on the financial regulation systems. Not aver…
 
"It was only music, it was only grime... poetry was my way to tell stories to my peers." A lyrical genius - Suli is on a mission to express his views on education, politics, work and other social norms- a refreshing voice for the youth. Suli rose to the public eye on YouTube after launching a viral video titles ‘Why I Hate School but love Education…
 
Ever wondered where the canvas tote bags, which we’ve become so reliant on for everyday errands, come from? In the episode, we hear from Smruti Sriram from Supreme Creations, the world’s largest ethical manufacturer of reusable bags with 50,000 clients across Europe. Originally a business set up by her father, she was the pioneer behind shifting pe…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Harry Stebbings- the 20 yr old who has become somewhat of a star in the Venture Capital industry. He set out to make his mark on it after watching Peter Thiel invest in Facebook in the The Social Network movie as a teen. Harry is the host of the 20 Minute VC podcast where he has interviewed over 600 investors and th…
 
“At the most basic level, the thing that makes movies at Pixar unique is its dedication to story.” In this episode, we’re joined by Danielle Feinberg, the Director of Photography at Pixar who has created stories with heart, soul and wonder for 12 Pixar movies and counting! We go behind the scenes of Pixar classics including A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Br…
 
“Kids are born scientists, born explorers, born tinkerers! They touch, they feel, they ask questions – that’s how they learn.” Sahar Meghani is one of many girls who enjoyed science growing up. She was bored of the lack of sophisticated toys on offer for her nieces and couldn’t understand why houses in the UK aren’t full of craft kits, like the US.…
 
“I used to watch young men and pigs fight for the same resources on a rubbish dump- just being moved by it was a totally inadequate response.” Rocco Falconer is in my serial entrepreneur category with a handful of agricultural companies across West Africa. He founded Planting Promise a farm which feeds profits back into schools in Sierra Leone, edu…
 
“We like misfits here! There’s a big streak of anti- authoritarianism in British comedy… people who are a bit flawed and not that self aware”. Fancy yourself a bit of a comedian? Join Shane Allen who heads up Comedy at the BBC- the UK’s public service broadcaster. He’s sourced and collaborated with mavericks such as Ricky Gervais, James Cordon and …
 
“I was spat at, abused and told I would never work in this town again… but it made sense to me and the women I wanted to help.” We discuss fashion, business and social impact with my guest – Leah Rodrigues- the founder of Holi, a premium outerwear fashion line for women. She was one of four raised by a single mother who instilled what I call graft!…
 
“We experienced the frustration of being a small startup so went back to the vision of it’s about the people and stories can help us transcend cultural barriers” Hear Franco’s story of DreamAfrica – it curates stories from local African communities, animates them and whips them together in a digital subscription service reaching kids, families and …
 
“At the same time I started meditating at 14, I built a prototype in 2005 for the Calm app but never launched it.” Join Alex Tew – a serial entrepreneur- the founder of the Calm mindfulness app and one of those who made his $1m in his bedroom, whilst in his teens, with a marketing viral hit called the Million Dollar Homepage. A meditator since the …
 
“I had a hard time selling my first company to Groupon… I always wonder what could have been.” Join Sheel Mohnot- a serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley- who has not one but two startup exits under his belt. His first venture was structuring one of the highest stakes auction of our time where the likes of Amazon, Google and others went head to h…
 
“Whilst running, I had the chance to reject my own shame whilst free-bleeding but millions don’t- only 12% of women in India have access to sanitary pads…” Shake s&!t up! We hear from another crazy, badass lady on the show- Kiran Gandhi- a drummer, activist and music artist. Still under 30, she ran the marathon free-bleeding, after being on tour wi…
 
“The allure of the unknown is far more comfortable than the known – go further. More important than leaving a legacy is that my ideas will remain behind in the minds of people. Let’s be proudly human – let’s do things that makes us a proud species” In this episode, we hear from aspiring martian Adriana Marais, one of the last one hundred finalist’s…
 
The podcast that brings you interviews with reckless dreamers and their stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and impact. Each week, we’ll talk to dreamers from an eclectic mix of fields- the arts, sciences, education, digital, social enterprise, sport, retail- you name it! We’ll weave through their professional and personal journey to uncover th…
 
"In the UK we find failure harder to accept than in the US". We hear from Taymoor Atighetchi- a serial entrepreneur- on building a digital brand in personalised goods, Papier which is looking to disrupt the cards gifts and stationary space in the UK. We’ll hear his commitment to being a serial entrepreneur, starting from selling art as a child, bui…
 
"Love is proportional to will power..." Stemming from a throwaway Instagram photo of strangers on a plane talking about what love means, Chrissie - a change-making fashionista- has created the LOVE IS bracelet. It follows a Toms' type model- produced by Maasai tribes and distributed on mass scale by American Eagle and Whole Foods. We’ll hear her st…
 
"The language in which we interact with machines is only going to become more relevant – robotics, AI, machine learning… the next generation needs to be prepared." I’m joined by Yonatan Raz Fridman from Kano. If any of you have been around toddlers or kids recently, you’ll be flabbergasted at the speed at which they can use digital devices! Some ca…
 
"One of the ways we approached this… we always said it is worth it even if it’s a complete flop as we’re making a product that we think is a good one! It doesn’t matter if it fails!" In this episode, we hear from with Mark Jenner, an ardent cyclist who’s created Beeline- a new navigation product for urban cyclists for greener, cleaner living. It he…
 
"Early on I took one job as an art consultant but it was a total disaster, it was a complete scam… but out of it, at least I found my future gallery partner." I was joined by Alexander Warder who runs a contemporary art gallery Bosse and Baum with another young lady in Peckham, London- a mecca for young businesses. The post #5 The tale of two young…
 
"There is a huge grassroots entrepreneurial spirit in Uganda but the bureaucracy is miles behind." I was joined by Henry Blanchard earlier this week who launched the first international marathon in Uganda – now in its second year. He’s starting a meaningful travel movement with a week long immersive experience including community outreach and a fes…
 
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