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We find out how the most successful founders have created immense success but we also want to find out, how did they overcome those toughest obstacles both for the business and personally.

We find out how the most successful founders have created immense success but we also want to find out, how did they overcome those toughest obstacles both for the business and personally.
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We find out how the most successful founders have created immense success but we also want to find out, how did they overcome those toughest obstacles both for the business and personally.




Charlotte Yarkoni: Microsoft

Charlotte Yarkoni is the Vice President at Microsoft for Growth and Ecosystems. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth.


Lara Morgan: Pacific Direct

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

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

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

''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

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

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

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. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth.


Simon Woodroffe: YO! Sushi

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. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth


Christian Faes: LendInvest

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...


Simon Beckerman: Depop

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. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth.


Viktor Calabro: Coople

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...


Ben Tompkins: Draper Esprit

Ben Tompkins is a managing partner at Draper Esprit. Draper Esprit is one of the most active venture capital firms in Europe, developing and investing in disruptive, high growth technology companies. We believe the best entrepreneurs in Europe are capable of building the global businesses of the future. We fuel their growth with long- term capital, access to international networks and decades of experience building businesses. We back ambitious teams including Revolut, Trustpilot, Graze,...


Boris Wertz: Version One VC

My latest guest on The TBE Podcast is Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures. Boris is founding partner of Version One and one of the top tech early-stage investors in North America. Born in Germany and based in Vancouver, Boris takes a wide-angle view to find great companies all across North America: from New York and Toronto to Seattle and LA. He is a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz and is well-respected for his uncanny ability to find the next generation of...


Sir Vince Cable: The Liberal Democrats

Sir John Vincent Cable is a British politician serving as Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Member of Parliament for Twickenham since 2017. He was the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015. Hosted by Ollie Forsyth


James Cadbury: Love Cocoa

James Cadbury is the founder of Love Cocoa. The inspiration behind Love Cocoa comes from founder James Cadbury's, great-great-great grandfather John Cadbury, who setup Cadbury chocolate nearly 200 years ago. The philanthropist built Cadbury on great ethical grounds, looking after its workforce and improving civil rights. With the family no longer involved, the business was subject to a hostile takeover in 2010 being sold to a US company. Another fascinating story, I hope you enjoy the...


Alok Alström:

My guest today is Alok Alström founder of AppJobs provides jobseekers with job offers from companies like Uber, Foodora, Dog Vacay, TaskRabbit and Postmates. Our goal is to give you reviews and descriptions of these instant-work-apps to help you make quick money doing what you love! You will be able decide on the jobs that you like the most and that are compatible with your needs and talents. Our platform is ideal for anyone interested in finding employment without having to...


Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones: The Black Farmer

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones is a British businessman, farmer, and founder of "The Black Farmer" range of food products. He was an unsuccessful Conservative Party candidate for the Chippenham constituency for the 2010 general election. The latest guest on The TBE Podcast is Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, founder of The Black Farmer, a gluten free food company, famous for their sausages. There are no porkies in this story! This is what you will learn from the inspiring entrepreneur: How The Black...


George Bevis: Tide Bank

George is an experienced entrepreneur and former banker. Tide is the solution he sought when running several small businesses, to the problem faced by every business owner: insufficient time for the work they love. As a banker, he worked as Product Director at Zopa, Business Strategy Director at Barclaycard, Head of Innovation at RBS and started his career at Capital One. To date, Tide have raised $26m in fudning. Subscribe to the series & enjoy.


James Lohan: Mr & Mrs Smith

Mr & Mrs Smith began life in 2003 with two adventurous hotel lovers (our real-life Mr and Mrs: James and Tamara Lohan) and has evolved into a global travel club with a million like-minded members in more than 100 countries. Every club has a purpose. Ours is to knock your socks off, with help from the world’s best bedrooms. We don’t want this to be a one-night stand or a quick fling; we’re in it for the long-haul. Our carefully curated collection includes hotels in the sky (if you’ve...