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The 40 Minute Mentor was created to help raise aspirations and inspire the next generation of Entrepreneurs, via a series of informal and candid interviews with a diverse collection of world class leaders. Our guests have ranged from Tech CEO’s to Sustainability Entrepreneurs and from Investors to international athletes. We believe in the power of mentorship and hope your will learn from, and be inspired by, our 40 Minute Mentors.

The 40 Minute Mentor was created to help raise aspirations and inspire the next generation of Entrepreneurs, via a series of informal and candid interviews with a diverse collection of world class leaders. Our guests have ranged from Tech CEO’s to Sustainability Entrepreneurs and from Investors to international athletes. We believe in the power of mentorship and hope your will learn from, and be inspired by, our 40 Minute Mentors.

Location:

United Kingdom

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The 40 Minute Mentor was created to help raise aspirations and inspire the next generation of Entrepreneurs, via a series of informal and candid interviews with a diverse collection of world class leaders. Our guests have ranged from Tech CEO’s to Sustainability Entrepreneurs and from Investors to international athletes. We believe in the power of mentorship and hope your will learn from, and be inspired by, our 40 Minute Mentors.

Language:

English

Contact:

020 3800 1830


Episodes

Enabling the Next Generation of Early Years Educators with Brett Wigdortz

4/14/2021
In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the founder of Teach First, and co-founder and CEO of Tiney, Brett Wigdortz OBE. Driven by a sense of fairness, and a belief that all children should have access to the best education possible, Brett launched Teach First in 2002, convinced that it would ultimately become one of the biggest graduate recruiters and charities in the UK. His instincts were right. After 15 hugely successful years, he stepped down as CEO in 2017 and went on to...

Duration:00:41:13

Levelling the Entrepreneurial Playing Field with Gary Stewart

4/7/2021
In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the founder and CEO of FounderTribes, Gary Stewart. Gary has had such a varied life and career. Born in Jamaica, raised in the Bronx, educated at Yale. He started his career in law, before moving to the UK to pursue his passion for startups. Through his work at Wayra UK he helped to launch 185 start-ups, and he has since launched FounderTribes, an app designed to democratise entrepreneurship by providing founders with the right advice,...

Duration:00:32:30

The Power of Creating a Positive Working Environment with Rachel Carrell

3/31/2021
In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the Founder and CEO of Koru Kids, Rachel Carrell. After a successful career in strategy and innovation, including working at McKinsey and growing the healthcare company DrThom to 1.3 million paying users in 3 countries, Rachel took the leap and launched her own business, Koru Kids. The idea for Koru Kids was born out of her own frustration with the lack of affordable childcare options for working parents and is now London’s fastest growing...

Duration:00:39:13

Cultivating Happiness In Your Career with Mo Gawdat

3/24/2021
In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the infectiously optimistic and inspiring former Chief Business Officer of Google X, author of Solve for Happy and Founder of One Billion Happy, Mo Gawdat. There’s no doubting Mo’s pedigree when you look at his career in tech – he made giant leaps up the ladder at IBM, BAT, Microsoft, and Google – but his real passion lies in spreading happiness around the world and promoting purpose-driven careers. Following the tragic death of his son...

Duration:00:42:13

Bonus Feature: The Future of Work

3/23/2021
JBM SOS and Spring Partners are proud to be launching this bonus feature of the 40 Minute Mentor podcast. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, including the way we work and how we collaborate with our teams. To help us answer some of the most burning questions about improving WFH set ups, managing global teams remotely and what the future of offices will look like, we’re joined by an incredible panel in today’s episode, including Nicki Lynch and Joanne Thompson,...

Duration:00:42:22

Series 4 - Episode 12 - Aron Gelbard - Bloom & Wild

2/24/2021
In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we're joined by the incredible Aron Gelbard, founder of the rocket ship flower delivery Scale Up, Bloom & Wild. Founded in 2013 Bloom & Wild has reinvented the flower delivery and gifting industry – using cutting edge technology and predictive analytics, innovative design (their flowers fit through a letterbox!) and guaranteeing the best quality and value for money as their flowers are sourced directly from growers. Their success has led to them recently...

Duration:00:37:42

Series 4 - Episode 11 - Tom Elvidge - Arrival Mobility

2/10/2021
It takes a certain type of person to trade being in a plush skyscraper in the middle of Manhattan for a trading estate on the outskirts of Leeds. But that’s exactly what today’s 40 Minute Mentor, Tom Elvidge, did when he moved from Goldman Sachs to Uber at the time when it was a little-known new entrant to the UK market. Tom played a fundamental role in taking it from a 3 person operation in a windowless room, to becoming one of the most recognisable companies in the UK. There were a few...

Duration:00:51:38

Series 4 - Episode 10 - Rachel Crook - Lifted

1/27/2021
In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the incredibly inspiring CEO of Lifted, Rachael Crook. From early internships working to improve conditions for sex workers in Bangladeshi brothels and campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights in Uganda, to her job advising the Prime Minister on youth unemployment, Rachael has spent her career striving to help people who really need it. In 2019 following her mother’s dementia diagnosis, Rachael was inspired to co-found Lifted – a company looking to...

Duration:00:47:45

Series 4 - Episode 9 - James Hind - Carwow

1/13/2021
Happy New Year everyone! We're very excited to be starting 2021 with a brand-new episode of the 40 Minute Mentor. With the recent announcement of Lockdown 3.0 in England, we can all do with some extra inspiration and motivation and that’s exactly what today’s 40 Minute Mentor is here to do. Just over a decade ago, today’s guest, James Hind, took his passion for cars and turned it into a business that has since grown into one of the Europe’s most popular car buying and reviewing platforms,...

Duration:00:39:47

Series 4 - Episode 8 - Encouraging conversations about Mental Health

12/21/2020
As we’re heading into a very different holiday season this year, today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode on mental health couldn’t be timelier, and we're so pleased to have gathered such an inspiring panel to discuss a topic that touches so many lives. Although so much progress has been made over the last years, mental health is still a topic that comes with many stigmas, misconceptions, and a discomfort to openly talk about. That’s why it’s so important to actively encourage dialogue, which is...

Duration:00:56:05

Series 4 - Episode 7 - Martin Morales - Impact, Sustainability & Leadership Consultant

12/9/2020
Your Mentor for the next 40 Minutes has had probably the most diverse and interesting career journeys of anyone we’ve ever met. He’s gone from launching some of the most successful bands in the world like the Jonas Brothers in his early music career, to working with Steve Jobs as part of the team that launched iTunes in Europe taking it from revenues of zero to £500m in three years and in more recent times he is best know as a world renown chef and restaurateur, responsible for Cerviche - a...

Duration:00:51:23

Series 4 - Episode 6 - Jeff Lynn - Seedrs

11/30/2020
Your 40 Minute Mentor today is the fantastic, Jeff Lynn, co-founder of the hugely successful crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Since recording this episode it was also announced that Seedrs will be merging with their biggest competitor Crowdcube to create the worlds largest PE marketplace – an incredibly exciting proposition! Jeff started his career as a lawyer but while doing his MBA at Said Business School he got the entrepreneurial bug and with his co-founder Carlos Silva, created Seedrs 11...

Duration:00:50:51

Series 4 - Episode 5 - Check Warner - Diversity VC & Ada Ventures

11/23/2020
Your mentor for the next 40 minutes is the incredible Check Warner, Co-Founder of non-profit organisation Diversity VC and Ada Ventures, a venture capital firm, committed to investing in overlooked founders and markets. It took around 18 months, 67 flights and 300 pitches to raise their first fund and Check shares her learnings through this process in today’s episode. She also shares brilliant insights into what it takes to succeed in the VC sector, including: - How her graduate job in...

Duration:00:41:48

Series 4 - Episode 4 - Tessa Clarke - Olio

11/11/2020
Your 40 Minute Mentor today is Tessa Clarke Co-Founder and CEO of the food-sharing app Olio. We throw away around one third of the food we buy, while 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. That’s 1 in 9 people on the planet who are starving or malnourished. Every one of them could be sufficiently fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the USA, UK and Europe each year. Tessa is on a mission to to change this. In just 5 years Olio has built up almost 2.5 million...

Duration:00:40:52

Series 4 - Episode 3 - Ben Legg - The Portfolio Collective

10/28/2020
It’s not every day you get to chat to a former COO of Google, but Ben Legg, your 40 Minute Mentor today, is exactly that! Ben spent the first 10 years of his career in the British Army building bomb-proof structures and, occasionally, arm-wrestling members of the French Foreign Legion…. He successfully transitioned into business, working for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca Cola and Google as well as the high growth mobility Scale Up Ola and Adknowledge which he grew into...

Duration:00:45:18

Series 4 - Episode 2 - Dan Ziv - TouchNote

10/19/2020
Today’s guest and your mentor for the next 40 minutes is Dan Ziv, CEO at TouchNote, the world’s most popular postcard sending app. Since joining the company in 2016 as Chief Product Officer, they’ve gone from strength to strength and Dan quickly climbed the ladder to CEO. But Dan’s career hasn’t always been plain sailing. A previous tech start up he founded with a friend failed to take off, but with his infectious optimism, he saw the shortcomings as a good way to learn and move forward with...

Duration:00:48:05

Series 4 - Episode 1 - Social Mobility - A Special Episode

10/7/2020
Social mobility is a subject that’s very close to our heart which is why we're so excited to bring you this extra special roundtable episode of the 40 Minute Mentor. In today’s episode you’ll hear from an expert panel, who are all committed to advancing social mobility They are: Mandy Nyarko, Co-founder of Startup Discovery School; Lucy McCarthy-Christofides, Head of Proposition and Range at Tails.com; Ezechi Britton, Co-Founder of digital skills academy Code Untapped and Founding Member and...

Duration:01:07:06

Series 3 - Episode 10 - Adrian Blair - Receipt Bank

9/28/2020
Today’s inspiring guest and your mentor for the next 40 minutes is Adrian Blair, CEO of the digital bookkeeping platform Receipt Bank. Receipt Bank helps make accounting easier for over 400,000 small businesses around the world and recently raised $75 million Series C funding for the next chapter in their growth journey. Before joining Receipt Bank, Adrian led the development of the eCommerce partnership strategy at Google and helped grow Just Eat from a small scale start up to the FTSE 100...

Duration:00:36:07

Series 3 - Episode 9 - Zoe Jervier Hewitt - EQT Ventures

9/16/2020
People are at the heart of every startup’s success and nobody knows the importance of recruiting the right talent more than today’s 40 Minute Mentor, Zoe Jervier Hewitt, Operating Partner for Talent at venture capitalists EQT Ventures. Zoe’s career started in HR and Talent at Apple before transitioning into Tech at the high growth Start Up Mind Candy. She then became one of the first employees at Entrepreneur First, where she built a global, talent acquisition and assessment function from...

Duration:00:46:27

Series 3 - Episode 8 - Stefano Vaccino - Yapily

9/7/2020
It’s not every day you close a $13m Series A funding round, but to do it in a global pandemic is really quite an achievement. That’s what today's 40 Minute Mentor Stefano Vaccino successfully did with his FinTech Yapily. A feat that is even more impressive, given the fact that he also contracted Covid-19 during the raise – he is truly made of tough stuff. Stefano has an impressive and diverse career, pivoting from academia to Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, then into product leadership...

Duration:00:39:27