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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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Alice Made This:

Alice Walsh is the founder of Alice Made This, a London-based design company that makes men’s accessories and women’s jewellery. What began in 2012 with a set of four minimalist cufflinks has evolved over the past six years into a collection spanning everything from shirt studs and tie bars to necklaces and bracelets. In this week’s episode Walsh talks us through how she built the brand and how she teams up with factories across the UK to create her unique pieces.

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34125 Apr 2018
30 min

Alice Made This: 

Alice Walsh is the founder of Alice Made This, a London-based design company that makes men’s accessories and women’s jewellery. What began in 2012 with a set of four minimalist cufflinks has evolved over the past six years into a collection spanning everything from shirt studs and tie bars to necklaces and bracelets. In this week’s episode Walsh talks us through how she built the brand and how she teams up with factories across the UK to create her unique pieces.

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20 Apr 2018
8 min

Eureka 94: Amicable: 

Angel investor Pip Wilson sold her successful consultancy Bluefin in order to look for a new venture in tech. After a friend went through a difficult divorce, Wilson decided to set up Amicable, a platform that uses technology to help couples divorce more easily, enabling both parties to reach a fairer outcome.

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34018 Apr 2018
30 min

Career change: 

What does it take to say goodbye to a safe monthly salary and strike out on your own? This week we hear from company founders who left high-powered jobs to head off into the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship. First, Peter Milne, who left finance to start The Nunhead Gardener. We also meet Bryce Gracey, who set aside a career in architecture to co-found No. 22 Bicycle Company, a bespoke titanium manufacturer. We’ll also hear why Jackie Fast left her media-marketing business Slingshot Sponsorship to launch a vineyard and wine brand in her native Canada.

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13 Apr 2018
6 min

Eureka 93: MetroNaps: 

Sleep expert Christopher Lindholst puts his success down to the fact that he frequently snoozes during the working day – and he’s not alone. His company MetroNaps builds and operates EnergyPods, the world’s first chairs designed specifically for napping in the workplace. The recliners are now installed in 30 countries and used by companies such as Nasa and Google. Lindholst shares his story.

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33911 Apr 2018
30 min

Cubitts: 

Tom Broughton has always been an eyewear obsessive – ever since he started wearing glasses at the age of seven. In 2012 he began designing and making frames on his kitchen table, not to make money but out of sheer passion. Eventually he garnered a loyal fanbase and what began as a hobby quickly grew into Cubitts, a new London-based eyewear brand that boasts a smart multi-channel model with five bricks-and-mortar shops across the city.

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6 Apr 2018
5 min

Eureka 92: Hill & Ellis: 

Catherine Ellis is the founder of Hill & Ellis, a London-based maker of handsome, handmade bike bags. As a cyclist herself, Catherine noticed both the growing popularity of cycling and the dearth of well-designed, beautifully made bags on the market. So she set out to create them herself.

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3384 Apr 2018
30 min

Xero: 

New Zealand-based Xero is a world-leader in accounting software. The cloud-based programme was designed to help small and medium-sized businesses manage their finances – a tedious and time-consuming task for any entrepreneur. Since its launch in 2006, Xero has spread to about 180 countries worldwide, enabling business owners everywhere to dedicate more time to the important stuff. Co-founder Gary Turner tells us how to build a global brand and how you create “beautiful” software.

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30 Mar 2018
6 min

Eureka 91: Opticianado : 

Having tired of mass-market eyewear, optician Jordan Paul founded Opticianado, a Toronto-based shop specialising in vintage specs sourced from across the globe.

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33728 Mar 2018
30 min

The Infatuation: 

Chris Stang is a co-founder of The Infatuation, a restaurant-discovery platform that has become the guide of choice for discerning diners across the US. Founded in 2009, the platform has just made headlines around the world by agreeing to acquire the Zagat brand from Google, which many will know for its respected drinking and dining guides. In this episode Stang tells us how he and co-founder Andrew Steinthal came up with the idea and how they have grown evolved it in a fast-moving and highly competitive market.

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23 Mar 2018
6 min

Eureka 90: Kovalum: 

For lawyer-turned-designer Mark Johnson, the dream of launching a menswear brand was inspired by an anorak worn by his father in the 1960s. That ambition was realised in 2010 with the founding of Kovalum. While a modernised take on that very jacket remains an anchor of the brand’s product line, it has since expanded to include a collection of button downs, T-shirts and accessories – all manufactured in Toronto.

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33621 Mar 2018
30 min

Matthew Corrin, Freshii: 

Matthew Corrin’s idea to create a brand around healthy eating has seen his business go from a single shop to one of the fastest-growing food franchises in the world. Corrin is the Canadian founder behind Freshii, a takeaway chain which aims to make healthy options affordable and convenient. Launched in 2005, Freshii now has more than 300 locations in 85 cities around the world. Matt Alagiah talks to Corrin about how he came up with the idea and how he has built the business into the global brand it is today.

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16 Mar 2018
6 min

Eureka 89: Tala: 

Tala is a young British lighting brand with sustainability at its heart. Max Wood and Josh Ward, two of the three co-founders, explain why they decided to strike out on their own, talking us through how you build a successful design company.

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33514 Mar 2018
30 min

How to rebrand: 

Breathing new life into a brand can be a difficult undertaking. From changing a logo, to overhauling the business focus, rebranding can make or break established names and struggling enterprises. We ask Pentagram’s Paula Scher to give us her top tips for revamping a brand and have Maurus Fraser of Winkreative walk us through his favourite rebranding projects. We also talk to the duo who have reimagined British eyewear manufacturer Kirk Originals, and a Viennese entrepreneur who has rescued an obsolete watch brand.

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9 Mar 2018
7 min

Eureka 88: Eric Brass: 

One-time banker Eric Brass explains the origins of Tequila Tromba, the Toronto-based premium tequila brand he co-founded in 2011.

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3347 Mar 2018
27 min

Romée de Goriainoff, Experimental Group: 

Romée de Goriainoff is one of the three co-founders of Experimental Group, the French hospitality brand that launched Paris’s first proper cocktail bar and is now the name behind restaurants, bars and even hotels the world over. But it all started with three school friends and a mutual desire to spend their lives doing something fun, unconventional and challenging. In this week's episode, Romée tells us how he created one of the world's coolest bar brands.

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