Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs

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Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, whether they are starting from scratch, reinvigorating the family firm or developing new technology.

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13 septembre 2019
Rob Moncrieff is the founder of Motionlab, a company that believes it has created the perfect commuter bag. Its backpack puts the weight on the hips instead of the shoulders, increasing movement for runners and cyclists while reducing strain and the risk of injury.
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13 septembre 2019
Adir is the co-founder and CEO of Uncommon, a company using research into wellbeing to create beautiful co-working spaces. Launched in 2014, it has four locations, including a property on London’s Liverpool Street. After working at a top international law firm, Adir set out on her own, initially launching property development firm G&T London before turning her attention to her latest venture.
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13 septembre 2019
Adir is the co-founder and CEO of Uncommon, a company using research into wellbeing to create beautiful co-working spaces. Launched in 2014, it has four locations, including a property on London’s Liverpool Street. After working at a top international law firm, Adir set out on her own, initially launching property development firm G&T London before turning her attention to her latest venture.
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13 septembre 2019
Adir is the co-founder and CEO of Uncommon, a company using research into wellbeing to create beautiful co-working spaces. Launched in 2014, it has four locations, including a property on London’s Liverpool Street. After working at a top international law firm, Adir set out on her own, initially launching property development firm G&T London before turning her attention to her latest venture.
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11 septembre 2019
Adir is the co-founder and CEO of Uncommon, a company using research into wellbeing to create beautiful co-working spaces. Launched in 2014, it has four locations, including a property on London’s Liverpool Street. After working at a top international law firm, Adir set out on her own, initially launching property development firm G&T London before turning her attention to her latest venture.
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7 septembre 2019
Peter Carayiannis is a lifelong watch collector and now co-founder and designer of Mission Watch Company, a Toronto-based watch brand. Carayiannis launched Mission in early 2019 along with Aron Solomon after spotting a gap in the market for affordable watches that didn’t sacrifice quality. Their first watch, The Mission 1, comes with a Japanese movement and is limited to 300 pieces.
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5 septembre 2019
Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo is the co-founder of Fiol Prosecco. Gian Luca grew up in a wine-producing family in the Prosecco region and, after years of working for Armani and Moncler in Milan, he was looking for something to take him back to his home in Treviso. Along with childhood friends Pietro and Giovanni Ciani Bassetti, Passi de Preposulo launched luxury brand Fiol that, he is hoping will boost the profile of prosecco as a premium product.
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4 septembre 2019
Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo is the co-founder of Fiol Prosecco. Gian Luca grew up in a wine-producing family in the Prosecco region and, after years of working for Armani and Moncler in Milan, he was looking for something to take him back to his home in Treviso. Along with childhood friends Pietro and Giovanni Ciani Bassetti, Passi de Preposulo launched luxury brand Fiol that, he is hoping will boost the profile of prosecco as a premium product.
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30 août 2019
Alenka Repic is the founder of Kaaita, a Slovenian company that has placed its footwear in dozens of hotels across the world. Trained as an economist, Repic launched Kaaita in 2004 as a creative consultancy helping other companies on environmental issues. Over the years, the company has transformed into a boutique manufacturer making sustainable slippers. For this week’s programme, Guy De Launey went to Kaaita’s headquarters in Ljubljana.
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28 août 2019
Chris Sheldrick is the CEO and co-founder of what3words, an easy-to-use geocoding system that the London-based company believes can be a new standard for sharing precise locations. It has created a three metre x three metre grid across the globe and assigned unique three-word addresses to every square. Emergency services and delivery companies are using the system to reduce error in reaching hard-to-find locations. Mercedes-Benz took a stake in the company and is integrating the platform into its vehicles.
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23 août 2019
Stuart Wells is the global head of brand marketing and communications for Adidas Outdoor, made up of Adidas Terrex and heritage brand Five Ten, which focuses on trail running, mountain biking, climbing and outerwear. The department operates as more of a start-up and is driving research and development and collaborations with brands such as Parley for the Oceans. Wells has years of brand and entrepreneurial experience, having worked with Nokia and global agencies McCann-Erickson and BBDO.
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22 août 2019
Karim Kaddoura is co-founder of Virtuo, the French start-up that’s shaking up car hire. It offers no-nonsense rentals of premium Mercedes not only from airports and train stations but in city centres across France and the UK. The company is expanding quickly, taking away the pain of hiring a car and offering something better than car sharing. Karim’s father owned a dealership and his entrepreneurial journey has been about rethinking our relationship to cars.
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16 août 2019
Andrea Salinas is the founder of eco-swimwear brand Now Then. While the landlocked Spanish capital of Madrid is the unlikely nerve centre for a women’s swimwear brand, Andrea’s savvy decision to base there has allowed her to shore up business opportunities and reliable logistics. Her eco-friendly fabrics are fitted around the idea that both consumers and industry insiders need to change their ways.
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15 août 2019
James Uffindell is the CEO and founder of Bright Network, a UK-based platform launched in 2013 that matches more than 200,000 graduates with jobs at more than 300 global businesses, including Bloomberg, Dyson, Goldman Sachs and KPMG. Uffindell began his entrepreneurial career after university by helping prospective students secure a place at Oxford and Cambridge. He later realised that he could help those same people get jobs to match their skills.
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9 août 2019
Swaady Martin is the founder and CEO of Yswara, a line of ethically grown African teas and accessories. Based in South Africa, the brand was launched in 2012 and is now carried in 30 retailers across 17 countries. Its tea is the first African foodstuff to be sold at Harrods and Selfridges. Before launching her own luxury label, Martin spent a decade at General Electric helping to grow the company’s portfolio across Africa.
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8 août 2019
Flora Davidson and Gus Bartholomew are co-founders of Supplycompass, a platform launched in 2015 aimed at creating a trusted and transparent supply chain for the fashion industry. From sourcing materials to manufacturing, the platform helps businesses and designers know exactly what they are buying. The firm works with more than 50 factories in India and Portugal and more than one million products having been made through Supplycompass to date, including homeware and furniture.
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2 août 2019
Tomer Botner is the founder of Florentine Kitchen Knives, the Barcelona-based company he runs with his wife, Noam Blumenthal. The brand is named for the Florentin area of the couple’s native Tel Aviv. Botner started the brand as part of his thesis project while studying industrial design and now produces colourful bespoke knives for hobbyists and top chefs around the world.
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1 août 2019
Cousins Kavi and Shamil Thakrar are the co-founders of Dishoom. Their seven restaurants across the UK are a love letter to the old Irani cafés of Bombay (now Mumbai): perfect meeting places in a bustling diverse city. The cultural mash-up bears a resemblance to modern London where Kavi and Shamil opened their first location 10 years ago in Covent Garden. The clever affordable menus are full of comfort food and interpretations of classic dishes.
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26 juillet 2019
Zane Saleh is the founder of Lexxola, the London-based sunglasses brand he was inspired to start after a trip to Los Angeles. Disappointed by the quality of what was accessible to him on the market, Saleh gave up his day job in art to pursue building the company. His mission is to recreate classic designs, producing high-quality frames in Japan at an affordable price.
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25 juillet 2019
Mark Gainey is the co-founder and chairman of Strava, the rapidly growing social network used by more than 40 million people in 195 countries. From gold-medal efforts to weekend jogs around the park, Strava allows users to share their workouts. Gainey is a Harvard graduate and former venture-capital executive whose earlier venture, Kana Communications, was valued at $10bn and provided a solution to customer-service email in the early days of the internet.
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