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.

550 épisodes

14 juin 2019
Gauthier Van Malderen is the CEO and founder of Perlego, a digital streaming platform for textbooks. Around the world, the cost of textbooks is one of the greatest pain points for college and university students, who often only need to read small sections of increasingly expensive books. Van Malderen launched the business in 2016 to help not only students, but also publishers in their fight against illegal content-sharing. Perlego now has 250,000 titles from 2,300 publishers.
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12 juin 2019
Anya Hindmarch is a name synonymous with creativity and handbags. Her label was launched in 1987; in the ensuing years, Princess Diana became a loyal customer. With shops around the world, the brand is also known for the Chubby Hearts Over London design project and an ‘I'm not a plastic bag’ environmental campaign.
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12 juin 2019
Anya Hindmarch is a name synonymous with creativity and handbags. Her label was launched in 1987; in the ensuing years, Princess Diana became a loyal customer. With shops around the world, the brand is also known for the Chubby Hearts Over London design project and an ‘I'm not a plastic bag’ environmental campaign.
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7 juin 2019
Gabriel Waterhouse is the founder and chef behind The Water House Project. After years of cooking in London’s Michelin-starred kitchens he yearned for a less structured environment – what he calls ‘social fine dining’. The result is an eight-course dinner served three times a week in a warehouse space on London’s Regent’s Canal.
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5 juin 2019
Matt Taylor is the co-founder and CEO of Tracksmith, the New England-based premium running label that celebrates the style, heritage and culture of the sport. Taylor started designing his own line after leaving sportswear giant Puma. Since launching in 2014, Tracksmith has been growing steadily and recently opened a flagship shop near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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5 juin 2019
Matt Taylor is the co-founder and CEO of Tracksmith, the New England-based premium running label that celebrates the style, heritage and culture of the sport. Taylor started designing his own line after leaving sportswear giant Puma. Since launching in 2014, Tracksmith has been growing steadily and recently opened a flagship shop near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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3 juin 2019
Kresse Wesling is the co-founder of Elvis & Kresse, a company that’s creating a blueprint for sustainable luxury fashion. She launched the brand in 2005 with her husband James ‘Elvis’ Henrit and the Certified B Corporation turns discarded items into handmade accessories and homewares. The couple donate 50 per cent of their profits to charity and recently partnered with the Burberry Foundation to tackle the problem of leather waste.
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31 mai 2019
Alan Mahon is the founder of Brewgooder, a Scottish craft-beer company that donates all its profits to clean-water projects. Launched in 2016, the Certified B company has to date helped fund more than 130 such projects from sales of its Clean Water Lager, brewed in partnership with Brewdog, with the overall aim to improve the lives of more than one million people by 2025.
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29 mai 2019
Kresse Wesling is the co-founder of Elvis & Kresse, a company that’s creating a blueprint for sustainable luxury fashion. She launched the brand in 2005 with her husband James ‘Elvis’ Henrit and the Certified B Corporation turns discarded items into handmade accessories and homewares. The couple donate 50 per cent of their profits to charity and recently partnered with the Burberry Foundation to tackle the problem of leather waste.
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24 mai 2019
Chris Young and Jina Kim are the husband-and-wife team behind Circumference, a line of natural skincare products aimed at changing the way we think about the beauty industry and how we treat the environment. Growing up in a traditional Korean household, Kim was taught to take care of her skin and even watched her family members make their own skin-care remedies – a far cry from the toxin-filled products she saw on the market.
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22 mai 2019
Tom Marchant is the co-founder and owner of The Black Tomato Group, a company built around luxury bespoke travel. Marchant and his two co-founders James Merrett and Matt Smith decided to launch a company after a trip in the 1990s. And while every firm in the sector offers unique travel experiences, Black Tomato continues to deliver. Its latest immersive travel experiences are aimed at helping clients improve particular aspects of their personal and professional lives.
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17 mai 2019
Sara and Molly Sheridan are the mother-and-daughter team behind Reek perfume, an Edinburgh-based company launched in 2016 that makes scents celebrating women and Scottish heritage. Sara is a historical novelist and Molly is a make-up artist by trade – together with award-winning perfumer Sarah McCartney they’ve created a line of perfumes that honour Jacobite women in particular, and are based on scents hundreds of years old.
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15 mai 2019
Tommy Kelly is the co-founder of outerwear brand Jöttnar, which aims to make the best kit possible for the world’s most-demanding alpine athletes. Kelly and co-founder Steve Howarth were both Royal Marines commandos.
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10 mai 2019
Danielle Copperman is the founder of Qnola, a line of quinoa-based granolas with stockists including Whole Foods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in London, and La Grande Épicerie in Paris. Copperman is a full-time model and started the company after friends and contacts became interested in the gluten-free granola she was making for herself to take for long days at work. She is also a qualified nutritionist and has written her own cookbook.
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8 mai 2019
Hayche is a London-based furniture-design studio that makes vibrant pieces from natural materials. Its pieces add colour and beautiful design to homes, restaurants, shops and hotels around the world. The brand was launched in 2014 by architect and angel investor Alejandro Villarreal, alongside longtime friend and collaborator Elizabeth Encinas, now Hayche’s head of marketing.
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3 mai 2019
Nassib is the founder of Tappan, a digital native-art gallery. The aim of the platform is to make the contemporary-art world more accessible, connecting emerging artists with both seasoned and rookie collectors.
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1 mai 2019
Richard Pierson is the CEO and co-founder of Headspace, the meditation app used by millions of people in more than 190 countries. Struggling to deal with stress and anxiety in his life, Pierson left a successful career in advertising. But when his struggles only got worse, he took up meditation, coached by Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe. They went on to launch Headspace in 2010, first as an events company and later an app with the aim of making meditation more accessible.
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26 avril 2019
Brothers Niklas and Mattis Oppermann are the co-founders of Carl Friedrik, a leather-goods business launched in 2012. Focussed originally on wholesaling, the company is now a direct-to-consumer brand producing bags, wallets and cases (mostly in Italy) using all naturally tanned leather with sustainable production methods.
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24 avril 2019
Katerina Schneider is founder and CEO of Ritual, a vitamin company she founded after leaving behind a career in investment. When Katerina became pregnant, she set out to find a vitamin that was free of additives and that suited her vegan diet. Finding nothing on the market, she launched Ritual with Dr Luke Bucci, an expert in multivitamins. To date, Ritual has sold more than one million bottles and earlier this year closed a $25m (€22.3m) Series B investment.
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23 avril 2019
With no experience in fashion or retail, Henry Hales launched a men’s underwear line in 2010, made from surplus fabric from the production of shirts. He had some sample boxer shorts made up, packaged them, and opened a stand in east London’s Spitalfields market. Today, Sirplus is a head-to-toe menswear label with shops in Islington, Portobello and Princes Arcade.
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