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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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Dark and stormy:

Failure is an experience that no entrepreneur wants to encounter, yet one that pretty much every one will. This week we explore what happens when your luck runs out and the best ways to bounce back. Mark Jennings is the founder of Shaken Cocktails, a cocktail-subscription start-up. Shaken, however, no longer exists, having shipped their final box back in June. The company had a growing customer base, secured promising deals with spirits brands and went through a number of successful funding rounds. So what made the company go under? And what did Mark learn from the experience?

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26 Aug 2016
00:09:12

Eureka #12: James Cadbury: 

Two centuries ago John Cadbury set up a small chocolate business in the English city of Birmingham. He essentially invented the solid chocolate bar and his business grew into one of the world’s most famous chocolate empires and one of the UK’s most well-known brands. His descendant James Cadbury is following in the family footsteps, having launched his brand Love Cocoa in January. But it wasn’t always written in the stars that chocolate was his future. James shares his story.

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25424 Aug 2016
00:30:00

Dark and stormy: 

Failure is an experience that no entrepreneur wants to encounter, yet one that pretty much every one will. This week we explore what happens when your luck runs out and the best ways to bounce back. Mark Jennings is the founder of Shaken Cocktails, a cocktail-subscription start-up. Shaken, however, no longer exists, having shipped their final box back in June. The company had a growing customer base, secured promising deals with spirits brands and went through a number of successful funding rounds. So what made the company go under? And what did Mark learn from the experience?

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19 Aug 2016
00:07:43

Eureka #11: David Rivers: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode Buffalo-based entrepreneur David Rivers shares some lessons he’s learnt as the founder of KegWorks, a multi-million dollar seller of beer equipment and bar supplies.

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25317 Aug 2016
00:30:00

Aegean Summit: how to build a media brand: 

Amid paywalls, platforms and advertising woes, few media outlets have cracked the code required to create a successful, sustainable and profitable business model. The Aegean Summit, a new conference in Athens, is looking to the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean for guidance on best practice. We meet with the event’s organiser, talk to the founders of media start-ups from Cairo, Kuwait and Beirut and visit the office of independent Greek media company AthensLive.

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12 Aug 2016
00:10:00

Eureka #10: James Davidson: 

Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode James Davidson of bespoke pet-food company Tails.com describes the company’s early challenges, why a bespoke approach to dog food beats one-size-fits-all and how his experience working at Innocent Drinks helped him in his new venture.

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25210 Aug 2016
00:30:00

Distill Ventures: 

How do you build a profitable new brand in the world of spirits? Launched in 2013, Distill Ventures helps brands navigate those early years with investment and mentoring. Since then they’ve invested millions in promising new spirits companies. But what makes a drinks brand stand out? What’s more crucial: marketing or taste? And what’s the next big thing? Daniel Giacopelli speaks with the company’s partner and chief tasting officer Frank Lampen.

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5 Aug 2016
00:08:34

Eureka #9: Hayden Wood: 

Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode Hayden Wood shares his journey from management consultant to co-founder of energy start-up Bulb. He explains how he met his co-founder on a boat at a Croatian music festival and why they’re shining a light on an old-school industry in need of disruption. Plus: the origins of their lightbulb moment.

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2513 Aug 2016
00:30:44

Growth: 

The team behind popular London-based menswear brand Percival open up about their business challenges and discuss their new crowdfunding campaign, and we profile Bontoni, a family-run Italian company looking to make its mark in a sector where established names loom large. Plus: we visit the Bluemond Farms in Serbia to meet Branko Bajatovic, a former London management consultant who moved to Sopot to become a blueberry farmer.

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29 Jul 2016
00:06:47

Eureka #8: Lyn Harris: 

Eureka is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’ and presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli. In this episode Lyn Harris shares early inspirations, her experience learning the art of fragrance in Paris and how she created successful brands Miller Harris and Perfumer H.

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25027 Jul 2016
00:30:00

Ambition and vision: 

Ryan Holiday went from talent agent to American Apparel’s director of marketing in his early twenties – then the wheels came off. Now older and wiser, Holiday is here with a lesson: ego is the enemy. Ross Bailey has something to share too. His vision was to create an Airbnb-style company for vacant retail spaces and to connect them to people with good ideas. He shares the progress of his company Appear Here.

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22 Jul 2016
00:09:05

Eureka #7: Jimmy Cregan: 

Jimmy Cregan of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee explains how he first discovered cold and caffeinated joys in Australia.

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24920 Jul 2016
00:30:00

Company culture: 

How do you measure company culture? How seriously should a CEO consider it and how can it be improved? This week we meet Didier Elzinga from Australian start-up Culture Amp, a company revolutionising the ‘people-analytics’ industry. Meanwhile, with the news that advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy has created an emotionally needy robot that roams the company’s Portland office, we profile this experiment in how artificial intelligence affects the workplace. Plus: is the grass always greener for the sun-starved cubicle dweller? We send our sound engineer to a goat farm to find out.

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15 Jul 2016
00:07:22

Eureka #6: Daniela Castellanos: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode Daniela Castellanos describes her move from Colombia to London to sell bags made by indigenous artisans. However, things didn’t exactly go to plan; Castellanos explains how she navigated from failure to launch and grow an up-and-coming fashion brand.

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24813 Jul 2016
00:30:00

The Entrepreneurs: Live: 

In this special live episode of ‘The Entrepreneurs’ recorded at our Marylebone HQ, Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli and Andrew Tuck are joined by the visionaries and creative leaders behind inspiring, successful businesses. From industry giants and family outfits to one-man-bands and clever upstarts, we find out how to build a strong brand for the long-term.

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8 Jul 2016
00:08:19

Eureka #5: Mark Dawson: 

Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka' is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode Mark Dawson explains his journey from a lawyer with literary ambitions to a mega-successful self-published author with dozens of thrillers under his belt, hundreds of thousands of paying readers around the world and a side business helping other writers achieve similar success.

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