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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.

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Groundtruth:

Sisters Sophia, Georgia and Nina Scott are the co-founders of Groundtruth. The accessories brand makes its pieces from a bespoke, 100-per-cent recycled material that is designed to withstand the world’s harshest climates. Georgia and Sophia are documentary filmmakers who have travelled the world covering environmental and humanitarian concerns, while Nina is a textiles specialist. Together they are utilising their expertise in product design, showcasing the brand’s journey and demonstrating how to create transparency in supply chains.

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47625 Nov 2020
30 min

Groundtruth: 

Sisters Sophia, Georgia and Nina Scott are the co-founders of Groundtruth. The accessories brand makes its pieces from a bespoke, 100-per-cent recycled material that is designed to withstand the world’s harshest climates. Georgia and Sophia are documentary filmmakers who have travelled the world covering environmental and humanitarian concerns, while Nina is a textiles specialist. Together they are utilising their expertise in product design, showcasing the brand’s journey and demonstrating how to create transparency in supply chains.

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20 Nov 2020
6 min

The Spirit Lives On: Howard Hughes: 

Howard Hughes was a lot of things: one of America’s first billionaires, a film producer and an entrepreneur in industries from media to oil to property. But Hughes was also a keen aviator and owner of the airline TWA, who broke round-the-world records and paved the way for competition in international air travel.

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47518 Nov 2020
30 min

Benriach and Chantecaille: 

This week we meet two women whose life’s work is inspired by the natural surroundings in which they grew up. Dr Rachel Barrie, known as the “first lady of Scotch” is the master blender of Benriach. We also hear from a beauty-industry pioneer, Sylvie Chantecaille, who worked with Estée Lauder before starting her own label dedicated to conservation.

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47411 Nov 2020
30 min

Peloton: 

John Foley, the CEO and co-founder of Peloton, launched the fitness brand in 2012. It’s now valued at more than €30bn. Built around bringing live spin classes into the home, Peloton has studios in New York and London. Foley tells us about the company’s growth, which included an IPO last year, and delivering on massive demand in 2020.

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6 Nov 2020
5 min

The Spirit Lives On: Wiley Post: 

Wiley Post lived his short life to the full. His passion for aviation landed him in jail and lost him an eye but it also meant that he set round-the-world records and soared to new altitudes to discover jet streams, all by the age of 36.

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4734 Nov 2020
30 min

Unknown Pleasures: 

Oliver Peyton is the founder of Unknown Pleasures, a premium pre-mixed cocktail brand he launched in October with Dré Masso, a London bartender and longtime collaborator. Peyton says that after a testing year, the hospitality industry is primed for innovation.

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47228 Oct 2020
30 min

Gabriela Hearst: 

Uruguayan designer Gabriela Hearst launched her eponymous label in 2015, the same year that she took over her family’s ranch in Paysandú. Her rural, off-the-grid upbringing informs the aesthetic of her functional, timeless clothing and accessories, underscored by an environmentally conscious approach to production and packaging.

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23 Oct 2020
6 min

The Spirit Lives On: Elinor Smith: 

We profile Elinor Smith, the daredevil pilot who had an incredible career in the air, set multiple world records and continued to fly planes up until the age of 89.

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47121 Oct 2020
30 min

Byredo: 

Ben Gorham, who grew up between Stockholm, Toronto and New York, is founder and creative director of Byredo, a brand he launched in Sweden in 2006. When his dream of playing professional basketball didn’t work out, Gorham went to art school and later started making fragrances to elicit memories. Producing scents, homeware and clothing, Byredo has retail outposts around the globe and launched a makeup line in October.

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47014 Oct 2020
30 min

Parley for the Oceans: 

This week, we meet Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans. Cyrill is a German designer and entrepreneur who started Parley in 2012 as a forum for creative industries to address major threats towards marine ecosystems. It’s had notable collaborations with Adidas, Anheuser-Busch InBev, American Express and the UN.

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9 Oct 2020
8 min

The Spirit Lives On: Amelia Earhart: 

In this new series we profile some of the fearless record-breaking aviators who flew to dizzying heights and were pioneers in their field. We begin with the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart, who paved the way for women in aviation.

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4697 Oct 2020
30 min

Beni Rugs and Portuguese Flannel: 

Robert Wright and Tiberio Lobo-Navia are the co-founders of Beni Rugs. The Marrakech-based label works closely with local communities to craft made-to-order rugs for its clients, weaving ancient tradition together with digital creation and ordering. We also meet António Magalhães, who along with his brother, co-founded menswear label Portuguese Flannel, celebrating their family’s legacy in textiles. Founded in 2013, they create unique cotton, linen and flannel clothing, which you can find at their flagship Porto shop.

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2 Oct 2020
18 min

Eureka 217: Dishpatch: 

Pete Butler and James Terry are co-founders of Dishpatch, a London-based business delivering ready-to-cook meals from top restaurants across the UK. The company was launched through the Entrepreneur First network at the start of the pandemic and is now working with restaurants to improve the experience of at-home dining.

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46830 Sep 2020
30 min

Black+Blum and Larq: 

This week we hear from two companies using good product design to help shift consumer habits in food and drink. We speak to Dan Black of London’s Black+Blum to hear about its range of stainless-steel lunch boxes, cutlery and water bottles that are inspiring people to think twice about wasteful packaging. Plus: we meet Justin Wang of Larq, makers of self-cleaning water bottles and pitchers that remove bacteria from water using UV light.

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25 Sep 2020
12 min

Eureka 216: Ÿnsect: 

Antoine Hubert is the CEO and co-founder of Ÿnsect, a French agri-tech company that farms insects to make high-quality feed for fish, plants and pets. Launched in 2011, the company is a leader in environmentally friendly products and farming techniques. To date it’s raised almost $200m and is in the process of building an automated insect farm in Amiens in Northern France, with plans to expand the vertical farming model around the world.

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