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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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It’s a tough time to be a wristwatch business. Swiss watch exports have plunged, global demand has sunk and the industry is in a slump. But is it all doom and gloom? Where are the opportunities? This week Daniel Giacopelli sits down with Stephen Pulvirent, managing editor at the world’s most popular online watch magazine ‘Hodinkee’. Pulvirent explains the ups and downs of the sector and charts the evolution of ‘Hodinkee’ as the spiritual home for a new generation of mechanical-watch lovers.

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2 Dec 2016
00:10:04

Eureka #26: Catherine Gazzoli: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. Catherine Gazzoli grew up on a healthy Mediterranean diet, worked in food education at the UN in Rome and was the head of Slow Food UK. Here she explains how she got the idea for her organic baby-food brand Piccolo.

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26830 Nov 2016
00:30:00

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It’s a tough time to be a wristwatch business. Swiss watch exports have plunged, global demand has sunk and the industry is in a slump. But is it all doom and gloom? Where are the opportunities? This week Daniel Giacopelli sits down with Stephen Pulvirent, managing editor at the world’s most popular online watch magazine ‘Hodinkee’. Pulvirent explains the ups and downs of the sector and charts the evolution of ‘Hodinkee’ as the spiritual home for a new generation of mechanical-watch lovers.

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25 Nov 2016
00:08:05

Eureka #25: David Voxlin: 

This week we hear the story of Swede David Voxlin, founder of London-based start-up Craved, which works with independent producers to curate and sell craft food and drink made entirely in the UK.

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26723 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Coffee culture: 

It’s sold in more than 140 countries, served in more than 100,000 outlets and almost seven million cups of its product are consumed everyday. But with an evolving coffee scene, a rise in Asian demand and the threat of climate change, how is Italian brand Illy preparing for the future? Daniel Giacopelli sits down with Massimiliano Pogliani, the first CEO employed from outside the family, to find out.

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18 Nov 2016
00:09:45

Eureka #24: Neema Moraveji: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. This week we hear the story of Dr Neema Moraveji, director of Stanford University’s Calming Technology Lab and co-founder and chief scientist of Spire, a wearable device that tracks and influences your state of mind.

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26616 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Road ready: 

Cousins Robert Nightingale and Jonathan Cazzola grew up in the British countryside, where they developed a passion for vintage motorcycles. Amid careers in branding and design, they realised that the motorcycle world lacked a handsome and robust luggage and accessories brand and so decided to create one. The pair share the origins of their company, Malle London and tell us why they tested products on a 10,000-mile road trip across North America.

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11 Nov 2016
00:10:07

Eureka #23: Web Summit in Lisbon: 

Thousands of start-up founders and investors from around the world attended this year’s edition of Web Summit in the Portuguese capital. We hear the stories of three entrepreneurs – from Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon itself – whose companies stood out from the crowd.

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2659 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Music to your ears: 

What does a brand sound like? This week we meet an entrepreneur and DJ who believes that every brand should have a strategy for sound. Brian d’Souza of Open Ear explains how to curate a brand’s musical identity.

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4 Nov 2016
00:09:15

Eureka #22: Nicholas Bowman-Scargill: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In 1846, Edwin Fear established a watch brand in Bristol in the UK. The Fears Watch Company survived the 19th century and lasted through two world wars until the late 1950s when it shut down. We meet Edwin Fear’s great-great-great grandson, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, who’s on a mission to revive the family firm to its former glory.

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2642 Nov 2016
00:28:20

Making a mark: 

Which luxury companies are doing their part to protect the planet and how can consumers know which brands to trust? Diana Verde Nieto’s solution is something called the Butterfly Mark. Here she explains the power of trust and the twists and turns of her career in sustainability. Meanwhile, we meet two twenty-something brothers on a mission to create the world’s first truly premium sportswear brand for men. Castore’s Tom and Phil Beahon share their game plan.

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28 Oct 2016
00:08:50

Eureka #21: Chaz Hutton: 

This week we hear the story of Chaz Hutton who studied architecture in Australia. But what began as a hobby – drawing funny and observational doodles on Post-it notes – soon turned Chaz into an online phenomenon. Now with a new book, ‘A Sticky Note Guide to Life’, he’s left architecture for good. So what’s it like changing careers and going full steam ahead into the great creative abyss?

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26326 Oct 2016
00:30:00

Attention to detail : 

Acclaimed social scientist Dr Robert Cialdini knows all about persuasion and influence. He talks about his new bestseller ‘Pre-Suasion’, which reveals how the world’s best persuaders succeed based on what they do before they deliver their message. Plus: boot-makers in Norway, an Australian dog-walking company with a difference and the former Swiss diplomat running a boutique hotel in Kosovo that’s challenging ethnic stereotypes.

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21 Oct 2016
0:09:31

Eureka #20: Gabi Lewis: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. This week we hear the story of Gabi Lewis and his company Exo. While at university in 2013 Lewis ordered 2,000 crickets to his dorm room, which he planned on turning into tasty nutritious snacks. Today his company Exo produces protein bars made with cricket flour. We ask what went wrong in those early days and whether Exo can ever convince the western world to embrace insects.

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26219 Oct 2016
00:30:00

Like a local: 

The global travel industry is a juggernaut influenced by world events, hi-tech disruption, the rise of the middle class and long-term trends, one of which is the increasing desire for a genuine local experience when overseas. We meet the CEOs of two travel companies that aim to fulfil that need: Paul Christie runs Walk Japan, a pioneering tour operator that has been leading long trips across the country since the early 1990s, and Eric La Bonnardière is the co-founder of French start-up Evaneos, which connects travellers directly with local travel experts.

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14 Oct 2016
00:09:22

Eureka #19: Craig Robertson: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. This week we hear the story of Craig Robertson, who tells us how he launched premium male skincare brand Filmore, which marries minimalist Scandinavian design with Scottish craftsmanship.

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