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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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Lightspeed, Dax Dasilva:

Dax Dasilva is the founder and CEO of Lightspeed, a tech firm founded in Montréal in 2005. The company provides point-of-sale software for small retailers and restaurants around the world, helping them to manage inventory, sell online and connect with suppliers and customers. Dasilva tells us how Apple was an inspiration, how design was crucial in shaping the company and why they chose to stay in Montréal.

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23 Feb 2018
9 min

Eureka 86: Feldspar: 

Jeremy Brown and his wife Cath left a vibrant life in London to move to the Devonshire countryside. There they launched Feldspar, a design brand that produces everything from tableware to lambswool blankets and is stocked in some of the best retailers in the country, including the Victoria & Albert Museum shop and Fortnum & Mason. Jeremy tells us how the countryside inspired their endeavour.

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33221 Feb 2018
30 min

Lightspeed, Dax Dasilva: 

Dax Dasilva is the founder and CEO of Lightspeed, a tech firm founded in Montréal in 2005. The company provides point-of-sale software for small retailers and restaurants around the world, helping them to manage inventory, sell online and connect with suppliers and customers. Dasilva tells us how Apple was an inspiration, how design was crucial in shaping the company and why they chose to stay in Montréal.

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16 Feb 2018
8 min

Eureka 85: Capo Capo – Toronto’s own aperitivo rosso: 

Joel Clarke, Owen Walker and Diti Katona trace the story of their Toronto-based small-batch aperitivo rosso brand Capo Capo.

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33114 Feb 2018
30 min

Amelia Harvey, The Collective: 

Amelia Harvey is the woman behind The Collective, an innovative yoghurt brand that has shaken up the dairy aisles of supermarkets across the UK and Europe with its playful packaging and fruity flavours. Founded in 2011 as a joint venture with the original New Zealand-based company, it has now grown into a thriving business with annual sales of more than €33m and a vast range of dairy products. In this episode Harvey reveals the secret to getting your foot in the supermarket door (literally) and explains how the food sector is evolving.

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9 Feb 2018
11 min

Eureka 84: Archie Lee Coates IV, PlayLab: 

Archie Lee Coates IV traces the story of PlayLab, the creative studio he co-founded in New York in 2009.

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3307 Feb 2018
30 min

It’s Nice That: 

Alex Bec is the co-founder of the HudsonBec Group, a company which began in 2007 with a website called ‘It’s Nice That’. The mission of the website was, and still is, to “enable creativity to thrive” and it does this by giving exposure to great artists, designers and illustrators all over the world. The brand now encompasses a printed biannual magazine and an events programme – and has a loyal fanbase. Alex told us about the brand’s humble beginnings and how it has grown since then.

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2 Feb 2018
10 min

Eureka 83: Mungo & Maud: 

Michael and Nicola Sacher are the husband-and-wife team behind cat-and-dog outfitters Mungo & Maud. In this episode, they tell us how their English setter sparked the idea for the brand and how it has grown into the world's top shop for discerning pets.

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32931 Jan 2018
30 min

From e-commerce to bricks and mortar: 

In the early years of the internet and social media, many assumed that e-commerce would eclipse traditional retail. But today many brands are successfully shifting their focus away from the screen and back to the high street. We hear from four businesses invested in that change, from pop-up-space rental platform Appear Here and clothing labels Kotn and L’Estrange to Singapore’s We The People, a shop bringing crowdfunded projects to bricks-and-mortar.

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26 Jan 2018
7 min

Eureka 82: Gaelyne Leslie - Crawford Street Natural Skin Care: 

Toronto-based cosmetics entrepreneur Gaelyne Leslie explains why she left a career in investigative journalism to fill a niche in the all-natural cosmetics sector with her company, Crawford Street Natural Skin Care.

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32824 Jan 2018
30 min

Master & Dynamic: 

Jonathan Levine is the co-founder and CEO of Master & Dynamic, a New York-based company that makes high-end headphones and audio accessories. Levine talks about the early days of the company, its many collaborations and why it is important to be a contrarian at times.

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19 Jan 2018
8 min

Eureka 81: Voysis, Peter Cahill: 

Peter Cahill is the founder of Voysis, an Irish start-up that has developed an intelligent personal assistant to rival the likes of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Cahill tells us about his journey and why being independent is an advantage in the market.

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32717 Jan 2018
30 min

Basque masters: 

Melody Adams and partner Nemanja Borjanovic were working in the City before a trip to San Sebastián inspired them to quit and open a restaurant. Serving traditional Basque cuisine, Donostia was launched in 2012 in London's Marylebone; just three years later their second restaurant, Lurra, opened its doors on the same street. So how, with no previous experience, do you become a success in one of the world's toughest industries?

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12 Jan 2018
9 min

Eureka 80: Marc Popper – Café Paradiso: 

Marc Popper is the co-founder of Italian-inspired espresso bar and restaurant Café Paradiso in Geneva. In this episode he tells us how his previous work in branding helped him conceptualise the Paradiso and how he partnered with his previous clients to open it.

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32610 Jan 2018
30 min

East London Liquor Company: 

Alex Wolpert is the founder of the East London Liquor Company, a distillery located in a former glue factory in Bow Wharf. Founded in 2013 with the intention of reviving east London’s lost legacy of distilling, the company now produces around 15,000 bottles a month. Wolpert explains how the brand is able to produce affordable spirits in the costly capital.

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5 Jan 2018
8 min

Eureka 79: Bather, Kyle Kaminsky: 

Founded in 2013, Bather was the product of an incorrectly packed suitcase sent to Croatia that led Kyle Kaminsky to realise that there was a gap in the market for affordable high-quality men’s swimwear. He decided to start his own brand of colourful trunks made locally in his native Canada, catering primarily to a North American market. Here Kyle tells us the story behind Bather.

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