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Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs


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.

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.
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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.




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Opening doors

Joni Steiner is the co-founder of Opendesk, a global online platform that facilitates the local production of furniture by connecting consumers to a library of designs and a host of nearby craftsmen. Originally trained as architects, the team behind the company developed their concept with the help of crowdfunding and an incubator programme. We find out more about this furniture-making movement, the democratisation of production and distribution and what the future holds for the Opendesk.

Duration: 00:30:00

Eureka 73: From finance to fine leather

Andrew Dale, a 30-year-old former banker from Toronto, founded his high-end leather-bag brand, LeDaveed, in 2016. He shares the story of how he left big finance in favour of independent fashion.

Duration: 00:10:05

Moving on up

For this special edition we head to Lisbon for this year’s Web Summit. The Portuguese capital hosted entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and political leaders as part of the event’s largest edition yet. We hear from three very different mobility innovators: Lewis Horne, CEO of Uniti; Alexander Zosel, founder of Volocopter; and James Meeks, CEO of Move Systems.

Duration: 00:27:23

Eureka 72: Fabric of society

South African-born Bernie de Le Cuona founded her eponymous fabric brand in London in 1992. This week she tells us how an inspirational trip to India led to the beginnings of her business.

Duration: 00:09:30

From the ground up

John Hitchcox co-founded property-development company Yoo in 1999, along with maverick designer Philippe Starck; since then design-minded hotels and residences have sprung up in more than 30 countries worldwide. Hitchcox tells us about founding the firm, his close relationship with Starck and the approach that has fuelled Yoo’s success.

Duration: 00:30:00

Bigger picture

Philip Knatchbull has always been surrounded by film: his father, John Braeburn, is one of the UK’s pre-eminent producers behind features such as ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘A Passage to India’. We find out how Philip, CEO of Curzon, has not only expanded the cinema chain but created a leading film-distribution service, Artificial Eye, and a digital platform.

Duration: 00:30:00

Eureka 71: George Bevis

George Bevis is founder and CEO of Tide, an innovative start-up on a mission to revolutionise banking for small businesses. This week he shares his journey.

Duration: 00:09:58

How to create beautiful businesses

Alan Moore thinks that the business world needs a dose of beauty; not physical attractiveness but strong purpose and positive cultures, with products that are good to people and the planet. Here he urges entrepreneurs to rethink not just what they make but how and why.

Duration: 00:30:00

Eureka 70: Taha Fezzani

London-based entrepreneur Taha Fezzani left a two-decade career in the oil industry to launch Zest and Zing, his brand of premium spices inspired by his childhood family holidays in Libya and travels around the world. Fezzani shares how he launched the brand and what he’s learned.

Duration: 00:08:06

How to build a jewellery brand

Sheherazade Goldsmith and Laura Bailey are the founders of Loquet, a London-based luxury jewellery label. Since launching the brand in 2013, the pair have attracted an army of loyal fans and are now stocked in more than 60 retailers around the world, from Browns to Colette. This week they explain how they did it.

Duration: 00:30:00

Eureka 69: GoodLife Projects

Jonny Boud and Alex Potter run the hospitality group GoodLife Projects. Together they’re the creative minds behind some of London’s most popular hotspots – from the day-party concept Love Brunch and the Caribbean-inspired eatery The Rum Kitchen to the acclaimed new restaurant Foley’s. They share their story and inspiration.

Universal Works

Before launching his influential British menswear label Universal Works, David Keyte’s career stretched from signwriter apprentice and coal miner to working with fashion designer Paul Smith. This week he shares his influences, top business tips and lessons learned.

Duration: 00:27:43

Eureka 68: Andrew Lynch

Huckletree co-founder Andrew Lynch shares the story of his fast-growing co-working start-up.

Duration: 00:09:43

Mark Cho

Mark Cho is co-founder of The Armoury, a groundbreaking temple to classic menswear in Hong Kong, and co-owner of Drake’s, a highly respected UK company known for its beautiful neckties. Both brands have flourished under his watchful eye – so what lessons has he learned?

Duration: 00:30:00

Eureka 67: Maria Falbo

Maria Falbo tells the story of her “Made in Europe” lifestyle and leisurewear brand Copson London, inspired by skating and sun-kissed summers.

Duration: 00:09:49

Five years of ‘Quartz’

Kevin Delaney is editor in chief of ‘Quartz’, a popular digital news outlet founded five years ago. Since then it has launched ‘Quartz India’ and ‘Quartz Africa’, made a pioneering mobile app and has just published its first book. So what’s the secret to its success? Delaney joins us in the studio to share what he’s learned.

Duration: 00:30:00

Eureka 66: Breaking Barriers

While completing a master’s degree in international development, Matt Powell realised that refugees in the UK had few employment resources helping them to integrate into society. He decided to launch Breaking Barriers, which works with corporate partners such as Thomson Reuters and Ikea to help refugees find meaningful work. Powell shares his story.

Duration: 00:11:18

Health check

Is artificial intelligence the future of healthcare? We talk to Dr Claire Novorol, co-founder of Ada: an app designed by doctors and powered by AI that’s aiming to be your personal health companion when you’re unwell.

Duration: 00:30:00

Eureka 65: Maya Njie

Inspired by her Swedish upbringing, west African heritage and vintage family photos, entrepreneur Maya Njie launched a niche independent perfume brand in east London. She tells us what lessons she’s sniffed out along the way.

Duration: 00:08:45

Wide-awake start-ups

In a technology industry obsessed with artificial intelligence and augmented reality, one of the most exciting sectors involves foam and springs. Start-ups are shaking up the once-sleepy sector of making and selling mattresses. But with competition through the roof, who will become the industry leader? We sit down with James Cox, co-founder of London mattress company Simba.

Duration: 00:28:40

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