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How did the most successful founders screw up?




Jess Butcher MBE: Blippar - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Jess Butcher MBE is the co-founder of Blippar, which was one of the first VR companies to enter into the space. Jess is also an angel investor, but more recently, co-founder of Tick Done. In this episode, we discuss: The early stages of Blippar Going to market with the first AR browser Raising $131m by investing in the best technology and team but which business model would win in the AR space? Getting out of bed and being better than the competition Having those emotional conversations...


Reshma Sohoni: Seedcamp - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Reshma Sohoni co-founded Seedcamp in 2007 and has worked with partner Carlos Eduardo Espinal (No. 13) since 2009. Their firm has backed more than 285 companies, including unicorns Revolut, TransferWise and UiPath. I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Reshma Sohoni, co-founder of Seedcamp a few weeks ago. We had a great conversation, so this is what we discuss in this episode: The eureka moment for starting Seedcamp Investing in founders that are solving big problems Meeting Saul...


Giles Humphries: Mindful Chef - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Mindful Chef was launched to bring delicious, nutritious and healthy meals delivered to your door in easy to cook recipes. Every week our customers receive their food box delivery containing a choice of meat, fish, and vegan ingredients sourced from small British farms - and it's all low carb and gluten-free too! Join the UK's favourite recipe box service and order today, with no commitment and free delivery nationwide. In this episode we discuss: Economics of subscription companies at...


Tony Wheeler: The Lonely Planet - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Tony Wheeler AO, is an English publishing entrepreneur, businessman and travel writer, co-founder of the Lonely Planet guidebook company with his wife Maureen Wheeler. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth host of The Makers Podcast.


Rob Kniaz: Hoxton Ventures - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Hoxton Ventures, co-founded by Rob Kniaz is an early stage technology venture capital firm. They partner with founders seeking to invent new market categories or transform large, existing industries. Their sweet spot is internet, mobile and software startups. We discuss: Hoxton Ventures Fintech Is the UK still the right place to launch a business Asian markets Think about launching in the U.S sooner rather than later Investing in Babylon Health & Deliveroo Hosted by Ollie Forsyth...


AC: Dozens - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

AC is the founder of the new fintech company, Dozens, the new home for your money as well as, the one stop app for your financial health needs. In this episode, we will discuss: The idea behind Dozens How Dozens' bonds work Launching just 8 weeks ago and now on 10,000 downloads, opening accounts at a rate of 100-200 per day Building a tone of voice for your customers Logistics on expanding a fintech outside of the UK Building a company around trust Creating a lifetime customersChallenges...


Masha Drokova: Day One Ventures - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Masha Drokova is the 28 year old, founder of Day One Ventures, a venture fund based in the Valley. She was also named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List 2019, for Venture Capital. We talk about: Launching Day One Ventures - aiming to be the best founder centric fund The challenges of launching a fund as a female founder The worlds biggest problems including Human Nature and Mental Health Meeting Jeff Bezos, where the name, Day One Ventures was inspired fromCurrent challenges in the VC...


Chris Smith: Playfair Capital - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Chris joined Playfair 2018 as a partner. He previously built and exited a telecoms startup that operated in ten countries. Following this he spent nearly a decade in the City as a private equity lawyer. More recently he was the 8th employee at, where he held several positions including Sales Director, Head of Tech and Head of Product Development. Chris has also been an active angel investor over the past 10 years with several notable exits. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth host of The...


Charlotte Yarkoni: Microsoft - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Charlotte Yarkoni is the Vice President at Microsoft for Growth and Ecosystems. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth host of The Makers Podcast.


Lara Morgan: Pacific Direct - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Lara Morgan is a British entrepreneur and the founder and former CEO of Pacific Direct. Having sold her share in Pacific Direct she is now involved in several UK startups. Her first business, Pacific Direct was founded in 1991 at the age of 23. Having arrived in the UK with little or no hotel experience, Lara quickly grew Pacific Direct into a specialist global supplier of luxury high end brands to five star hotels, which she has become world renowned for. Lara sold this business after 17...


Christopher Mirabile: Launchpad Venture Group - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Christopher Mirabile is the Chair Emeritus and Public Policy Chair of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool He is also co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Launchpad is the largest angel group in New England and top-three ranked group in the U.S. As a full-time angel investor and an active member of the...


Rand Fishkin: Moz - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

In 2001, Rand Fishkin dropped out of college to start a company with his mom, Gillian. Over the next 17 years, that company, Moz, became one of the most high profile and high growth businesses in the marketing software world. In this transparent, vulnerable talk, Rand will walk through some of the biggest regrets, lessons learns, and things he'd do differently based on his experience. From management and hiring to marketing tactics to product strategy, self-awareness, and more, this...


Hendrik Brandis: Earlybird Ventures - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

''Hendrik Brandis is a Co-Founder & Partner of Earlybird. Hendrik's current domain focus is web-enabled services. Hendrik is a Board Member of EVCA (European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association) and past Chairman of the EVCA Venture Capital Platform Council. Hendrik brings together long standing investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Hendrik was a Board Member of element 5 AG, where he was a driving force behind the sale to Digital River (NASDAQ:DRIV),


Ricky Knox: Tandem - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Ricky is a serial investor and entrepreuner. He has built five technology disruptors in fintech and telecoms, each of which also does a bit of good for the world. Before Tandem he founded Azimo and Small World, two remittance businesses, and is managing partner of Hexagon Partners, a private equity firm. He built Tandem to be a digital bank that helps improve customers' lives with money. Ricky has a first class degree from Bristol University and an MBA from INSEAD. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth.


Jason Stockwood: Simply Business - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Jason Stockwood, CEO at Simply Business. Jason joined Simply Business from global dating website, where he was International Managing Director. He’s also spent time as Managing Director at Travelocity Business, and held roles at Trailfinders,, Skyscanner and The Drinkaware Trust. In 2016, Jason won overall Best Leader at the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For awards, completing our Best Companies hat-trick. We’d already picked up the Best Company to Work For...


Tom Blomfield: Monzo - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Tom Blomfield is a British entrepreneur. After studying for a law degree at Oxford University, he founded the UK-based company GoCardless and challenger bank Monzo. In 2013, he was recognised as one of the top five entrepreneurs under 30 by the European Commission. - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth


Simon Woodroffe: YO! Sushi - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Simon Woodroffe OBE is an English motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He started the sushi chain YO! Sushi in 1997, and appeared as a "Dragon" on the first UK series of Dragons' Den. Woodroffe conceived and launched YO! Sushi after an early spell in television. - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth


Christian Faes: LendInvest - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

In late 2008, as global financial markets crashed, our founders, Christian Faes and Ian Thomas, saw an opportunity to fill a critical gap in short-term property finance. They set up a mortgage lending business (then called Montello Bridging Finance), which quickly became one of the leading short-term finance lenders in the UK. By 2012, we had launched two regulated funds to finance our loans, and were managing £30m of investors’ capital. As demand grew, we looked for ways to help...


Simon Beckerman: Depop - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Simon Beckerman is the founder of Depop, a peer-to-peer social shopping app based in London, with additional offices in Milan and New York City. Depop was incorporated in 2011 and to date, they have raised $43.6m backed by VC's such as Balderton & Octopus. - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth


Viktor Calabro: Coople - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

Viktor Calabro has worked within the on-demand staffing industry for over five years. A well-known and well-respected entrepreneur, Viktor launched Staff Finder, the world’s first on-demand staffing marketplace in 2011 now called Coople, (which is backed by Goldman Sachs), and coined the term ‘just in time staff management’. With offices in London and Zurich operating across multiple sectors including hospitality, retail, events and commercial services, Coople enables businesses to find...