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.

680 épisodes

31 juillet 2020
Co/rizom is a Vienna-based consultancy aimed at helping traditional artisans find their feet. Alexei Korolyov meets co-founder Nadja Zerunian, who says supporting time-honoured crafts is a must in our modern world.
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29 juillet 2020
We check in with Aaron...Tom Kay is the founder of Finisterre, a sustainable-clothing brand inspired by the sea and based in Cornwall. Launched in 2003, the company is in the process of reopening its nine UK locations. Plus: we check in with Aaron Cole from The Out to hear about the premium car service’s bounce-back strategy.
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24 juillet 2020
Richard Lee Massey is the founder of Apt, a new hospitality platform in London. The reopening of London’s restaurants earlier this month was a welcome relief for many. But with physical-distancing restrictions still in place, Apt will allow groups of friends to dine in a more intimate setting. They can choose from a host of top chefs and rent one of 98 private apartments at east London’s Town Hall Hotel for their meal.
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22 juillet 2020
CitizenM has fast-tracked the launch of an app across its 20 properties. It is designed to ensure that as much of the hotel experience as possible can be contactless. We ask Robin Chadha, CitizenM’s chief marketing officer, how the company will retain a warm and personal touch for guests. Plus: we meet Marieke Flament, CEO of Mettle. She tells us how its digital account is helping small brands to focus less on finance and more on what really matters.
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20 juillet 2020
In 2019, Russell Gong and Achal Patel launched Cabinet, a New York-based company selling ethically made over-the-counter health essentials. During lockdown in the US, Cabinet partnered with Uber to ensure safe delivery of its products.
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15 juillet 2020
We meet Ning Li, founder of Typology, an all-natural beauty brand launched in France in 2019. He launched the company, his third venture, after stepping down as CEO at Typology recently launched in the UK amid the global pandemic. We also get advice on reframing problems from Dave Evans, a best-selling author and co-founder of the Stanford University Life Design Lab. We discuss his new title, ‘Designing Your Work Life’.
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10 juillet 2020
Jack Scott and Alex Wright are the co-founders of Dash Water, which makes sparkling water using fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. Since launching in 2017, the UK brand has saved more than 250 tonnes of fruit and sold more than seven million cans.
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8 juillet 2020
As the debate over the future of the office continues, we check in with Roxanne Varza, director of start-up incubator Station F in Paris, to hear why working from home doesn’t work for small enterprises. We also meet Nachson Mimran, co-founder of and chairman of The Alpina Gstaad to hear about why he believes Gstaad can be a new hub for creative and environmental activism.
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3 juillet 2020
Co-founders of Akt, Andy Coxon and Ed Currie met in 2015 when they were both dancers. They wanted to create a natural deodorant that actually worked. Their product is a balm, applied like a lotion, which comes in an aluminium tube with recyclable packaging and includes ingredients such as mandarin, petitgrain, cedar and eucalyptus.
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1 juillet 2020
Alex Bennett-Grant is the founder and CEO of Amsterdam-based We Are Pi, an award-winning ad agency. He tells us about working with clients to reflect changes in culture and society, from digital transformation to calls to end systemic racism.
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26 juin 2020
Luca Gnecchi Rusconi is the founder of LGR, an eyewear brand inspired by Africa. His entrepreneurial journey began during a family trip to the former Italian colony of Eritrea in 2005, when he came across several pairs of vintage Italian-army sunglasses. He soon left his job in finance and embarked on creating his own line of eyewear.
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24 juin 2020
We meet Jules Miller, founder and CEO of The Nue Co, who launched the supplement brand in the US in 2017 after her own health concerns. Her company has attracted huge interest during the global pandemic. Plus: some clever brand-communication advice from Karl Wikström of Sweden’s Akestam Holst.
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19 juin 2020
Florian Gschwandtner is an Austrian serial entrepreneur and co-founder of fitness app Runtastic. Launched in 2009, the self-funded company is considered by some to be the first Austrian start-up. After incredible growth, Runtastic was bought for €220m by Adidas in 2015, with Florian staying on as CEO until 2018. Today he is also an advisor to the Austrian government on entrepreneurship and co-founder of Tractive, which makes real-time location trackers for pets.
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17 juin 2020
József Váradi is co-founder and CEO of Hungarian airline Wizz Air. Váradi helped to guide Wizz through the financial crisis of a decade ago and explains why Wizz is well placed to hit new heights in the future. We also hear about the looming office revolution from Bruce Davison, CEO of GoSpace AI, and why hope is a great motivator from Nils Leonard , founder of Uncommon Creative Studio.
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15 juin 2020
As more people contemplate navigating on two wheels post-pandemic, what role does the industry play? We hear from cycling kit brands Rapha, Café du Cycliste and Machines for Freedom and bike manufacturers Specialized and VanMoof. We introduce you to technology partners Strava, Beeline and Wahoo and hear from the voices behind Hexr, Beryl Bikes, Laka and The Service Course, possibly the world’s best bike shop.
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10 juin 2020
Ariel Childs, managing director of Winkreative, tells us how to work with leading brands to help them rethink the mission and remember the customers they’re working for. Plus: we meet the authors of ‘The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World’ and speak to Jono Holt, founder of creative agency Otherway.
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5 juin 2020
Abigail Lorick is the founder of Ansea, a US-based swimwear company making pieces for women from sustainable materials. Lorick’s career in fashion has ranged from modelling to designing clothes for ‘Gossip Girl’. Ansea was backed by Solera, a women-owned private-equity firm in New York.
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3 juin 2020
Alain Sylvain, CEO and founder of New York brand consultancy Sylvain Labs, tells us how personal experience informs leadership during troubling times. Plus: we head to Islay off the west coast of Scotland to meet Douglas Taylor, CEO of Bruichladdich distillery.
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29 mai 2020
Carlos Ferrando is the founder and CEO of Closca, a Valencia-based company that designs products to inspire change. These include an award-winning collapsible bicycle helmet and the Closca mask (conceived as an anti-pollution mask for cyclists) to help protect people from coronavirus.
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27 mai 2020
We catch up with David Abrahamovitch, the CEO and founder of Grind, which is behind 11 central London cafés and restaurants. He tells us why he is optimistic about the business when the doors swing open again. We also meet author and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Alex Lazarow to discuss his new book ‘Out-Innovate’, in which he writes about the need to back businesses for the long run.
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