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40 Minute Mentor is on a mission to raise aspirations and inspire the next generation of category-defining Founders, through powerful career stories and inspirational mentorship. From purpose-led Founders to Olympic champions; learn first-hand from today’s successful leaders on what it takes to be brilliant, all in just 40 minutes. 40 Minute Mentor is one of the UK’s top Business and Careers podcasts and can be found on all popular podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts and Stitcher.

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United Kingdom

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40 Minute Mentor is on a mission to raise aspirations and inspire the next generation of category-defining Founders, through powerful career stories and inspirational mentorship. From purpose-led Founders to Olympic champions; learn first-hand from today’s successful leaders on what it takes to be brilliant, all in just 40 minutes. 40 Minute Mentor is one of the UK’s top Business and Careers podcasts and can be found on all popular podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts and Stitcher.

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English

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020 3800 1830


Episodes
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The Do’s & Don’ts of Public Relations for Startups

7/16/2024
“It very often feels uncomfortable for Founders to put themselves out there in that way. But the more you do it, the easier it will get.” In this 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re covering a topic critical for every early-stage Founder - the power of Public Relations. To help us discover the do’s and don’ts and share some of the biggest advice for Founders and Communication teams, we’re joined by Rhiannon Evans-Young, Founder & Director of Crest, Isabella Cookson, Director at Milltown Partners and Hannah Urbanek, Fractional Head of Marketing and 40 Minute Mentor Producer. Episode chapters: ➡️ The Do’s & Dont’s of PR [01:10] ➡️ Building your Founder brand [05:00] ➡️ Common PR mistakes [10:30] ➡️ Navigating a communications crisis [15:00] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Follow Rhiannon on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/rhiannon-evans-young-0179885b ➡️ Follow Isabella on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/isabella-cookson-03218280 ➡️ Follow Hannah on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/hannahurbanek ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:04

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The power of networking & changing lives through careers - James Mitra in conversation with Alembic Strategy

7/9/2024
“Make networking a daily occurrence. It’s everyday interactions. It’s making a good impression early doors and really taking the time to build meaningful relationships and connections.” In today’s episode, we’ve put our host, James Mitra, into the interviewee seat. James was recently invited on Alembic Strategy’s Strategy Café, hosted by Founder and MD, Nick Mayhew. If you haven’t heard of Alembic before, they’re a team of facilitators and coaches working at board level with family businesses, founder-led businesses, private equity and with developing leaders, in the UK and internationally. Nick and James discuss the unique journey JBM has been on and the key lessons James has learned over the last 11 years of leading JBM. Episode chapters: ➡️ Introductions [01:08] ➡️ The power of networking [04:45] ➡️ Bringing networking into your day to day [08:20] ➡️ Starting JBM at age 25 [14:20] ➡️ Disrupting traditional recruitment [17:40] ➡️ Dealing with competition [20:15] ➡️ Changing lives through recruitment [24:50] ➡️ The mistakes along the way [28:30] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Follow Nick on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayhewnick/ ➡️ Follow James on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmitra-jbm/?originalSubdomain=uk ➡️ Find out more about Alembic Strategy: https://www.alembicstrategy.com/ ➡️ Find out more about JBM: https://jbmc.co.uk/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:15

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Scarlett McCabe & Lewis Iwu: The power of debating & disagreeing

7/2/2024
“[Debating] teaches you to listen, to challenge well, and it teaches you all the skills that you need to be able to be in any room at any time, with anyone.” The world seems more divided than ever before. But is it actually or are we simply shying away from debating and leaning into disagreeing with each other? This is exactly what we’ll explore in today’s episode - the power of debating and the benefits of disagreeing, in business and beyond. To help us unpack this important topic, we’re joined by Scarlett McCabe, Co-Founder and CEO of Debate Mate and Lewis Iwu, debate champion, author of ‘Words that Win’ and Co-Founder and CEO of Purpose Union. Episode chapters: ➡️ 60 second CVs [04:55] ➡️ Finding the right people [13:05] ➡️ Writing your own playbook [16:50] ➡️ Introduction to debating [18:30] ➡️ What debating teaches you [22:25] ➡️ Skills needed to be good at debating [27:50] ➡️ Benefits of debating in business [30:30] ➡️ Getting into debating now [35:00] ➡️ Communicating better [37:50] ➡️ The power of disagreeing [41:30] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Follow Scarlett on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scarlettmccabe/ ➡️ Follow Lewis on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewis-iwu-b3125024/ ➡️ Find out more about Debate Mate: https://debatemate.com/ ➡️ Find out more about Purpose Union: https://www.purposeunion.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:54:41

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Neda Sahebelm & Carla Hoppe: How to make fractional hiring & careers work

6/25/2024
“The most difficult part [of going fractional] is starting a business. It’s having to wear every hat yourself, from selling, marketing, relationship building, finances, ops and admin. You are everything.” Fractional careers have been on the rise over the last few years. Both, for experienced Operators making the move into fractional work and for Founders who are looking to hire highly experienced Operators, at the fraction of the cost of full-time hires. To discuss how you make the move into fractional work and why you might want to work with fractional leaders, we’re joined by Neda Sahebelm, fractional COO and Carla Hoppe, Founder and CEO of Wealthbrite, the startup educating non-finance people in finance. Neda and Carla are working together on a fractional basis and open up about how they make fractional work in today’s episode. Episode chapters: ➡️ 60 second CVs [06:15] ➡️ Transitioning into fractional work [14:00] ➡️ The most difficult part of being fractional [16:35] ➡️ Hiring fractional talent [22:15] ➡️ Fractional vs Full-time hiring [27:15] ➡️ Defining your fractional scope [29:35] ➡️ The day to day as a fractional COO [34:30] ➡️ Making your fractional talent part of the team [38:30] ➡️ The experience you need to go fractional [41:40] ➡️ Making the switch from permanent COO to fractional COO [43:45] ➡️ What to consider when hiring fractionally [46:20] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Follow Neda on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nedasahebelm/?originalSubdomain=uk ➡️ Follow Carla on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlahoppe/ ➡️ Check out Wealthbrite: https://www.wealthbrite.co.uk/ 🤝 In partnership with Operations Nation 🤝 This episode was produced in partnership with Operations Nation, the community-powered knowledge hub for Operations leaders. You can find out more about Operations Nation and join their community here: https://operationsnation.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:55:33

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Amy Gallo: Conflict Management & How to get along with your colleagues

6/18/2024
“If you’re in a situation where you’re dealing with [a difficult boss], I think the question is - am I actually getting something from this? And if the answer is ‘no, I’m getting nothing’, then it’s time to really think about what could be your next step.” To kick off our brand new ‘Specialist Advice’ series, we’re joined by workplace expert and long-time contributing editor at Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo. You may have come across Amy on her own co-hosted podcast ‘Women at Work’ or have read one of Amy’s best-selling books, including her latest work ‘Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)’. In today’s episode, we dig into Amy’s advice on effective communication, conflict management and how we can get along, even with the most difficult colleagues and bosses. Episode chapters: ➡️ Failing every day [02:40] ➡️ Leading by example [06:40] ➡️ An early career in consulting [09:50] ➡️ Getting into Harvard Business Review [17:10] ➡️ Why relationships get difficult [19:55] ➡️ Dealing with difficult bosses [25:00] ➡️ The eight archetypes of difficult people [30:00] ➡️ Embracing conflict in your team [35:10] ➡️ Building resilience to bounce back from conflict [41:10] ➡️ Relationships in hybrid & remote first environments [43:55] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Follow Amy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyegallo/ ➡️ Grab a copy of Amy’s latest book: https://www.amyegallo.com/books ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:04

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The Best Bits of Season 11 - A Mentorship Roundup

6/11/2024
That’s a wrap on Season 11 of 40 Minute Mentor and 12 weeks of non-stop pocket-sized mentorship. Our guests over the last 12 weeks have candidly shared the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and shared the advice they wish they would have received when they started out. We also celebrated some 40 Minute Mentor firsts this season, including hitting 1 million+ downloads and welcoming our very first Hollywood actor to the podcast. Although we had such a diverse spread of 40 Minute Mentors joining us this season, there were 4 consistent themes we explored with all of them: Resilience, Fundraising, Hiring and Pivoting. No matter whether you’ve religiously tuned in every Wednesday for the last 12 weeks or you have dipped in and out, we’ve selected the best advice from this season to solidify the mentorship from our guests. Episode chapters: ➡️ Pivoting sectors and careers - the transferable skills for entrepreneurs [01:56] ➡️ Building resilience & navigating failure [08:58] ➡️ Hiring & building the best teams [16:03] ➡️ Bootstrapping & fundraising advice [25:32] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Catch up on all episodes from Season 11: https://jbmc.co.uk/40-minute-mentor/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:08

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Jason Flemyng: From ‘Lock Stock’ to Brad Pitt, the inside scoop on life as a Hollywood Actor

6/4/2024
“80% of your work, no matter what it is, is confidence. It’s the confidence to know that when you go to a door handle, when you turn it, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know whether you pull or push. You just have to see which way it goes and then go with that.” Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is a podcast first. We’re joined by Hollywood actor and producer Jason Flemyng, known for ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and ‘Deep Rising’. In this episode, we don’t just get an inside scoop into Jason’s career and experience working alongside Hollywood greats, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, we also discuss Jason’s work with The Samaritans and in prisons. Plus, he shares lots of mentorship, including… Episode chapters: ➡️ Acting in a film nominated for 13 Oscars [02:02] ➡️ Upbringing & route into acting [03:27] ➡️ The importance of luck [05:45] ➡️ Building your confidence [08:00] ➡️ Acting alongside Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Sean Connery [09:55] ➡️ The lasting success of ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ [12:22] ➡️ Battles with Imposter Syndrome & paying it forward [16:34] ➡️ Speaking up about mental health [21:18] ➡️ Ageing in Hollywood [22:51] ➡️ Audience Question: Common misconceptions of Hollywood [25:30] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ More about Jason’s work: https://www.themoviedb.org/person/973-jason-flemyng ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:37

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Dr Rupy Aujla: The accidental business that helps millions of people eat healthier every day

5/28/2024
“Had I continued along my path, I could have a very successful private and NHS GP practice. I could be earning multiples of what I’m allowing myself to earn right now. The stability that I can provide for my family is, quite frankly, limited.” Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is Dr Rupy Aujla, Founder of The Doctor’s Kitchen and best selling cookbook author. Rupy is a trained medical doctor turned startup Founder - a path that was never really part of his plan. If you haven’t come across The Doctor’s Kitchen yet, you might recognise Rupy from his cookbooks, his popular podcast, or seen him featured on TV shows across the BBC, ITV or Channel 4. It was a huge honour to have him join us on 40 Minute Mentor and candidly talk to us about his experience as a doctor, what led to The Doctor’s Kitchen, the startup lessons he had to learn quickly and lots of easy to follow advice for all of us to eat healthier and better. Episode chapters: ➡️ Rupy’s upbringing and his parents wanting him to go into business [04:05] ➡️ Finding his love for medicine [07:25] ➡️ The accidental business that became The Doctor’s Kitchen [10:10] ➡️ Dealing with imposter syndrome [12:43] ➡️ Transferable skills from medicine to business [15:10] ➡️ The Doctor’s Kitchen App [17:55] ➡️ Podcast recommendation: Strategy & Tragedy [20:13] ➡️ The Doctor’s Kitchen impact to date [21:50] ➡️ Pivots & bootstrapping everything [25:20] ➡️ Why entrepreneurship should be simple [29:00] ➡️ What a truly well-balanced diet looks like [34:35] ➡️ Audience question: Learning about food in schools [41:50] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Rupy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rupy-aujla?originalSubdomain=uk ➡️ Check out The Doctor’s Kitchen: https://thedoctorskitchen.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:16

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Avion Gray: Raising the largest pre-seed round as a female Founder in Europe

5/21/2024
“Fundraising can be exhausting, so it’s really important to spend time with the right people who just won’t waste your time [...], pay attention and ask the right questions.” Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is Avion Gray, Co-Founder and CEO of Belong, a new wealth-building platform. Avion started her career in investment banking, before working as Head of Product & Commercialisation at industry-leading POS systems and merchant service provider Clover, where she oversaw the launch and expansion of the business in the US and across Europe. Following her deep drive to do something that she could bring every aspect of her being to, Avion is now building Belong, together with Co-Founder and behavioural economist, Samantha Rosenberg. Having only recently come out of stealth, Avion and Samantha have already built incredible traction in the market, including having raised the largest pre-seed round ever raised by female Founders in Europe. We unpack all that and much more in today’s episode. Episode chapters: ➡️ Avion’s upbringing & education being the biggest equaliser [03:57] ➡️ Finding her entrepreneurial spirit [07:00] ➡️ Career foundations [09:00] ➡️ Clover’s expansion to the US and Europe [11:30] ➡️ Taking the leap into entrepreneurship [14:20] ➡️ The paradox of wealth [16:40] ➡️ More about Belong [18:32] ➡️ Nick Hungerford’s mentorship [24:18] ➡️ The sacrifice for entrepreneurship [29:07] ➡️ Raising the biggest pre-seed round in Europe [32:23] ➡️ Practical advice for wealth building [37:40] ➡️ Audience Question: How would you describe Belong’s culture? [41:42] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Avion: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aviongray/?originalSubdomain=uk ➡️ Find our more about Belong: https://www.be-long.co/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:04

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Gurinder Dhillon: From 1 black cab to bootstrapping one of the fastest growing Startups in Europe with Otto Car

5/14/2024
“[Having bootstrapped] we get to control our destiny, we can move as quickly as we want and we can go where we want and don’t have to be accountable.” Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is Gurinder Dhillon, Founder of Otto Car, London’s largest community of PCO drivers and Europe’s largest provider of electric vehicles to private-hire drivers. Having recently partnered with Gurinder and Otto Car to deliver a very exciting search for them, it was extra special to sit down with Gurinder and find out more about his incredible journey with Otto Car - from one Toyota Prius in a West London garage to one of the fastest growing startups in Europe…all completely bootstrapped. In amongst the shared ups and downs of scaling a bootstrapped business, Gurinder shares invaluable advice for anyone thinking of starting their own entrepreneurial journey. Episode chapters: ➡️ The cost of entrepreneurship [04:18] ➡️ Gurinder’s upbringing and route into entrepreneurship [07:16] ➡️ Early startup experience [09:40] ➡️ Eternal optimism & navigating failure [13:06] ➡️ Otto Car’s origin story [14:32] ➡️ Losing 75% of revenue in one day - Otto Car’s pivot [17:44] ➡️ Advice on pivoting [19:14] ➡️ Building a business around love [23:22] ➡️ Gurinder’s vision for the future [26:00] ➡️ The benefits & reality behind bootstrapping [28:12] ➡️ Hiring advice [30:30] ➡️ Audience question: What would you do if you wouldn’t have followed the entrepreneurial route? [37:00] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Gurinder: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gurinder-dhillon/ ➡️ Find our more about Otto Car: https://ottocar.co.uk/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:21

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Greg Marsh: A $200m+ exit with onefinestay to helping you save on household bills with Nous

5/7/2024
“There are days when you wake up and think ‘this is it - we’re going to be the next Google’ and then you wake up the next morning and feel like it’s all over and you’re going to fail.” Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is former VC investor turned serial entrepreneur, Greg Marsh. Following his time as an investor with Index Ventures, Greg went to build pioneering luxury accommodation marketplace, onefinestay, which became a global success with over 700 people and an exit via acquisition by Accor Hotel in 2016 - a deal worth more than $200m. But it didn’t take long for Greg to throw himself back in the Founder seat. In today’s episode, we discuss his career to date in detail, plus find out more about his latest venture, Nous - the smarter way to save on household bills. Episode chapters: ➡️ Growing up in west London and finding his call as an entrepreneur [03:08] ➡️ Becoming an Investor [04:37] ➡️ The origins of onefinestay [10:11] ➡️ Underestimating the difficulty of scaling a business [11:26] ➡️ The collaborative nature of entrepreneurship [13:43] ➡️ Building a support network around you [16:33] ➡️ The emotional rollercoaster of being a Founder [18:46] ➡️ Taking hiring seriously [21:12] ➡️ Why Greg jumped back into the Founder seat [24:59] ➡️ More about Nous [29:26] ➡️ Building traction in a difficult market [34:56] ➡️ Advantages of being a second time Founder [37:23] ➡️ Audience Question: What practical advice do you have for making your money work harder in difficult times? [42:34] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Greg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gmarsh/ ➡️ Check out Nous: https://www.nous.co/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:53

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Deirdre O’Neill: Breaking taboos and transforming women’s health with Hertility

4/30/2024
“Entrepreneurship feels like a process of torture sometimes because no matter how hard you try and how much you work and how many evenings or weekends that you sacrifice, you’re still only at the very bottom of the hill.” Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is Deirdre O’Neill, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial & Legal Officer at women’s health startup, Hertility. With a background in corporate law and VC law, Deirdre took the leap into entrepreneurship in 2019, alongside twin sister Dr Helen O’Neill and Dr Natalie Getreu. Since then, the three Co-Founders and their team have been revolutionising the future of reproductive healthcare, by pioneering unique diagnostic testing. In this episode, we get a full behind-the-scenes look into their build so far and where the future might take them… Episode chapters: ➡️ Growing up in Cork [07:30] ➡️ Why she feels more like a lawyer now than ever before [10:33] ➡️ Hertility’s origin story [13:14] ➡️ Breaking into a heavily regulated space [18:30] ➡️ Normalising talking about fertility & women’s health [20:27] ➡️ Fundraising & why crowdfunding is a great option [23:11] ➡️ Leaning into pregnancy as a Founder [29:05] ➡️ Why the best talent is focusing on purpose [31:52] ➡️ Are you choosing a steamboat or a speedboat? [33:15] ➡️ Hertility’s team culture [35:23] ➡️ Audience Question: How do you navigate conflict with your Co-Founder and twin sister [40:13] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Deirdre: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deirdre-o-neill-a8bb6a14/ ➡️ Check out Hertility: https://hertilityhealth.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:56

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Natasha Ratanshi-Stein: From Chief of Staff at Bulb to Founder of Surfboard

4/23/2024
“If we’re not seeing outcomes, we need more visibility. Does visibility mean someone being physically in front of you? Probably not.” Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is Natasha Ratanshi-Stein, the Founder of Surfboard - the next generation planning tools for customer service teams. Before building Surfboard, Natasha spent several years as an Operator and Investor, including her roles as Principal at Piton Capital and Chief of Staff at Bulb. We had a fascinating chat with Natasha, exploring her unique career journey and her mission to make work more human with Surfboard. Episode chapters: ➡️ Her upbringing in Canada [03:56] ➡️ Moving into VC [05:34] ➡️ Why she wishes she had Operator experience before moving into VC [11:02] ➡️ Becoming Chief of Staff at Bulb [12:45] ➡️ Advice for aspiring Chiefs of Staff [16:33] ➡️ When to hire a Chief of Staff [20:02] ➡️ More about Surfboard [22:15] ➡️ Getting customer traction early [30:00] ➡️ Flexible working [34:16] ➡️ Audience question: What are your future aspirations with Surfboard? [39:50] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Natasha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natasha-ratanshi-stein-%F0%9F%8F%84%F0%9F%8F%BC%E2%80%8D%E2%99%80%EF%B8%8F-69333723/ ➡️ Check out Surfboard: https://teamsurfboard.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:01

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Gary Izunwa: Driving Social Mobility through referrals with Tangent

4/16/2024
“I think we over index on the significance of education at the cost of other important parts of the social mobility conversation.” This week’s 40 Minute Mentor is Gary Izunwa, Co-Founder and CEO of Tangent. Tangent is an employee referral platform that makes referrals accessible to everyone and NOT just the privileged few with the best networks. Prior to Tangent, Gary worked at LinkedIn and the British Council leading programmes for ‘Generation UK’, a multimillion pound campaign, committed to social mobility. Most recently, Gary has also been named in the 2024 class of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Social Impact. In today’s episode, we’ll explore his career to date, the journey of building Tangent and the power of mentorship and social mobility… Episode chapters: ➡️ Reframing mistakes & failure [02:39] ➡️ Growing up with an entrepreneurial mind [05:24] ➡️ A successful early career at LinkedIn [07:49] ➡️ Taking a 80% salary cut to drive social mobility [13:36] ➡️ Starting Tangent - the origin [16:44] ➡️ Harsh learnings from building without your customer [23:29] ➡️ The power & gaps of recruitment referrals [29:26] ➡️ Closing social mobility gaps [32:40] ➡️ Gratitude complex of socially mobile people [37:32] ➡️ Audience question: Building your personal brand on LinkedIn [44:40] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Gary: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyizunwa/ ➡️ Check out Tangent: https://www.jointangent.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:33

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Lottie Whyte: From the kitchen table to £100k investment on Dragons Den with MyoMaster

4/9/2024
“You work so hard for something you’ve dreamt of for so long and then you achieve it and it’s nothing like you imagined it would be…” This week’s 40 Minute Mentor is Lottie Whyte, Co-Founder and CEO of MyoMaster, the home of sports recovery and a brand on a mission to unlock every athlete’s greatest performance. If you’re an avid BBC Dragons Den watcher, then you’ll have seen Lottie and her Co-Founder and husband, Joe, on the most recent series, where they won an incredible £100,000 investment from Gary Neville and Sara Davies. In today’s episode we not only discuss this latest impressive milestone in Lottie’s journey, but also look back on humble beginnings at their kitchen table and Lottie’s successful career in PR and advertising. Episode chapters: ➡️ Lottie’s upbringing and early influences [02:24] ➡️ Becoming the youngest board member at M&C Saatchi [04:22] ➡️ MyoMaster’s origin story [09:01] ➡️ The power of resilience & fundraising advice [13:20] ➡️ Why VC investment isn’t for everyone [14:48] ➡️ Why Dragons Den & the behind the scenes scoop [16:39] ➡️ Winning over Gary Neville and Sara Davies [21:04] ➡️ Building on the Dragons Den momentum [22:12] ➡️ Advice for applying to Dragons Den [24:51] ➡️ Balancing wellbeing and entrepreneurship [26:13] ➡️ Audience question: How do you navigate being business partners, a married couple and parents with Joe? [31:10] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Lottie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lottie-whyte-07205918/ ➡️ Check out MyoMaster: https://myomaster.com/ ➡️ Watch MyoMaster on Dragons Den: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZsJjuo-QnU ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:40

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Morgan Fowles: Scaling sustainable activewear brand TALA as CEO, alongside Grace Beverley

4/2/2024
“It’s never felt easy. There’s never been a single day where it’s felt easy. The winds are always hardwired for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun.” This week’s 40 Minute Mentor is Morgan Fowles, CEO of popular sustainable activewear and athleisure brand, TALA. If you’ve been listening to 40 Minute Mentor for a while, you would have already come across TALA, when we caught up with Founder, Grace Beverley in Season 5. In this episode, we find out more about Morgan’s career in fashion, including her exec role at Thomas Pink Shirtmaker, COO at SPOKE and how she became CEO of TALA in 2023. Episode chapters: ➡️ Growing up across the pond & Morgan’s love for fashion [04:47] ➡️ A career in fashion [06:37] ➡️ Advice for any successful COO [11:13] ➡️ Breaking into the fashion industry [16:54] ➡️ Joining TALA and progressing to CEO [19:47] ➡️ More about TALA [21:40] ➡️ Founder and CEO relationship [28:00] ➡️ Making £1m in revenue in an hour [31:00] ➡️ Hiring for TALA [37:35] ➡️ The future of sustainability in fashion [40:32] ➡️ Audience question: What would you change about the fashion industry? [43:25] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Morgan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/morganfowles/ ➡️ Listen to Grace Beverley’s 40 Minute Mentor episode: https://jbmc.co.uk/podcasts/scaling-a-purpose-driven-business-whilst-creating-balance-with-grace-beverley/ ➡️ Check out TALA: https://www.wearetala.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:26

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Radha Vyas: From £20m revenues to bankruptcy & rebuilding Flash Pack 2.0

3/27/2024
“They say all the best businesses in the world have nearly died three times. It’s an inevitable journey you go on when you're creating a high growth business.” This week’s 40 Minute Mentor is Radha Vyas, Co-Founder and CEO of adventure travel startup, Flash Pack. Flash Pack is on a mission to create 1 million friendships through connecting solo travellers in their 30s and 40s to go on adventure trips they'll never forget. Since inception, Flash Pack has been on an incredible journey - reaching £20m turnover with a team of 60. However, with Covid hitting the travel industry the hardest, and with countless refunds from their customers, Flash Pack’s revenue quickly dropped down to zero. Fast forward to today, Radha and the Flash Pack team are quickly exceeding pre-Covid goals, have raised £5m for their expansion in the US and now have a team of 70, spread across the globe. In today’s episode, we’ll dive into every part of Radha’s journey to date and the crucial lessons she’s learned from rebuilding Flash Pack. Episode Chapters: ➡️ Radha’s entrepreneurial aspirations from an early age [4:45] ➡️ Starting Flash Pack off the back of a first date [10:08] ➡️ From idea to early-stage startup - the lessons learned [16:15] ➡️ How a selfie in Brazil became an accelerator for Flash Pack [20:43] ➡️ From flying high to an abrupt stop with Covid [27:07] ➡️ Navigating Founder life & being married to your Co-Founder [34:04] ➡️ Rebuilding after Covid - Flash Pack 2.0 [37:21] ➡️ An honest reflection on building a diverse team [39:20] ➡️ Hiring for values fit vs culture fit [42:14] ➡️ Audience question: Where is next on your travel list? [45:33] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Radha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/radha-vyas-flashpack/ ➡️ Book your next trip with Flash Pack: https://www.flashpack.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:36

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Richard Robinson: Disrupting the legal sector & raising $32 million with Robin AI

3/20/2024
“Sometimes entrepreneurship is about bending the odds of success and being willing to take on the risk even though it doesn’t make much sense. It’s about going ahead anyway and changing the odds yourself.” In our first episode of Series 11 of 40 Minute Mentor, we’re joined by Richard Robinson, Founder and CEO of Robin AI. Robin AI is a leader in legal AI and empowers legal teams and lawyers all over the world to make contract processes effortless. In today’s episode you’ll find out how Richard has built Robin AI from ideation to 100+ employees, 72+ global customers and $32 million raised to date. Episode Chapters: ➡️ From growing up in Birmingham to starting Robin AI [4:51] ➡️ Becoming a debate champion [6:51] ➡️ From lawyer to Founder [9:06] ➡️ Building an AI legal assistant: Robin AI’s origin story [14:20] ➡️ Building one of the most diverse companies in Europe [17:58] ➡️ The changes in the legal sector [21:40] ➡️ The future of AI in 2024 and beyond [25:14] ➡️ Securing $32 million in fundraising [27:40] ➡️ Why you shouldn’t have to convince investors [29:29] ➡️ The impact of picking the right investors [30:52] ➡️ Hiring advice: Why you shouldn’t add that additional interview round [35:06] ➡️ Audience Question: What do you want the law industry to look like in ten years from now? [39:57] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Richard: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardgrobinson/ ➡️ Find out more about RobinAI: https://www.robinai.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:15

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Coming soon: Series 11 of pocket-sized mentorship

3/13/2024
“Sometimes entrepreneurship is about bending the odds of success, and just being willing to take on the risks…” Welcome back to Series 11 of 40 Minute Mentor - your pocket-sized career mentor. We’ve got 13 weeks of non-stop mentorship from some of the best in the industry, coming up for you. Before we kick off the series with our first 40 Minute Mentor next week, we thought we’d share a few soundbites with you of what’s to come… In this series trailer, you’ll hear from: ⭐ Gary Izunwa, Co-Founder & CEO of Tangent ⭐ Morgan Fowles, CEO at TALA ⭐ Natasha Ratanshi-Stein, Founder of Surfboard ⭐ Radha Vyas, Co-Founder of Flash Pack ⭐ Richard Robinson, Founder &CEO of Robin AI And this is only the start of it. For even more pocket-sized mentorship, make sure you 🔔 subscribe and tune in every Wednesday morning for the latest episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:05:20

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Peter Specht: Spotting Unicorn investments & navigating global markets with Creandum

3/5/2024
“We scaled way too fast…and the result was that we mis-hired quite a lot. It was not a sustainable way to scale.” This week’s 40 Minute Mentor is Peter Specht, General Partner at Creandum, one of the leading early stage VCs that have invested in over 120 companies, of which 20 are unicorns today. Following career chapters at Rocket Internet Group, Google and Bain, Peter joined the firm as Investment Manager in 2017, as one of the firm’s first hires in the DACH region, building out its Berlin hub. Now based in London, Peter primarily focuses on investing into SaaS and B2B marketplaces, with notable investments led for Factorial, CarOnSale, cargo.one, Timberhub, to name a few. With such a wealth of experience across markets, there’s lots for us to discuss in this final VC feature episode… Episode Chapters: ➡️ The deal he is most proud of: A Unicorn story [2:03] ➡️ Explore in the early days, specialise later on [6:06] ➡️ Scaling lessons from Lazada [9:01] ➡️ Moving into VC [10:40] ➡️ Creandum’s origin story [12:17] ➡️ Multi-local presence and adapting to global markets [15:52] ➡️ The growing Tech scene in Spain [18:35] ➡️ A Deep dive into the London ecosystem [21:34] ➡️ Rising through the ranks & becoming General Partner [25:18] ➡️ Advice for Founders perfecting their pitch [30:04] ⛳ Helpful links: ➡️ Connect with Peter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pspecht/ ➡️ Find out more about Creandum: https://creandum.com/ ⭐Enjoyed this episode?⭐️ Keep up to date with all our latest episodes, by hitting the subscribe button on your favourite podcast platform. And for any feedback on what you enjoy the most and ideas on what we can do to make 40 Minute Mentor even better, please leave us a review on https://ratethispodcast.com/40mm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:37