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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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Reinvention:

Imagine founding and running a company for 30 years before losing it to forces largely out of your control. After licking your wounds, what do you do next? We ask Roger Saul, founder of iconic UK luxury brand Mulberry. His career move involved a luxury hotel, an electric-car project, an organic-food brand and a designer outlet village that’s attempting to reinvent the retail business model.

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27518 Jan 2017
00:30:00

Reinvention: 

Imagine founding and running a company for 30 years before losing it to forces largely out of your control. After licking your wounds, what do you do next? We ask Roger Saul, founder of iconic UK luxury brand Mulberry. His career move involved a luxury hotel, an electric-car project, an organic-food brand and a designer outlet village that’s attempting to reinvent the retail business model.

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13 Jan 2017
00:07:47

Eureka #30: &Sons: 

‘Eureka' is a spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. This week photographer Phil James and creative director James Cowdale explain how they brainstormed, designed, crowdfunded and launched the UK-based workwear brand &Sons.

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27411 Jan 2017
00:30:00

How to buy and sell art: 

Jonas Almgren is a Swedish entrepreneur and the CEO of London-based start-up ArtFinder, one of the world’s largest online art marketplaces. The company’s goal is lofty: create a world where everyone owns art and where independent artists can make a living doing what they love. To pull it off they’re investing in algorithm-heavy technology such as advanced image recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Jonas shares his journey from Stockholm to Silicon Valley and New York to London.

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6 Jan 2017
00:07:13

Eureka #29: Bruno Haid: 

‘Eureka’ is a spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. This week Bruno Haid shares his entrepreneurial journey from Austrian village to New York City and how he’s hoping to revolutionise the co-living industry with his new start-up Roam.

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2734 Jan 2017
00:30:00

Local life: 

We profile two entrepreneurs who are keeping things local. US entrepreneur Steven Novick is the founder of Farmstand, a new London restaurant that does one thing: sustainably sourced and delicious food inspired by the roadside stalls of America’s Midwest. Mandeep Singh, co-founder and CEO of Trouva, tells us how he built the London-based start-up into a global shopfront through which small independent retailers can sell their products to an international customer base.

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27228 Dec 2016
00:57:15

The Entrepreneurs: best of 2016: 

Highlights from the past year, from a legendary Detroit record label and a beloved British chocolatier to the secrets of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

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27121 Dec 2016
00:30:00

Gear change: 

What's the future of driving in the era of the sharing economy? We ask Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andre Haddad, CEO of Turo.

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19 Dec 2016

Eureka #28: Josh Udashkin: 

‘Eureka’ is a spotlight on business origins brought to you by Daniel Giacopelli and the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. This week Josh Udashkin tells us how he became inspired to create the New York-based “smart” luggage start-up Raden.

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27014 Dec 2016
00:30:00

Memory man: 

During a three-month hospital stay when he was 18 years old, Ed Cooke studied memory techniques to overcome boredom. By the age of 23 he was a Grand Master of Memory, someone who can memorise 1,000 random digits in an hour and the order of a deck of cards in two minutes. Cooke is now the founder of a fast-growing start-up called Memrise, which allows people to learn a language quickly while also having fun. He outlines the value of a good memory and tells us how Memrise gained tens of millions of users.

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9 Dec 2016
00:09:37

Eureka #27: Ishkar: 

After three years in Afghanistan, Flore de Taisne and Edmund Le Brun created Ishkar, a social enterprise that curates products made by artisans affected by war. They explain how they did it.

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2697 Dec 2016
00:30:00

Field day: 

In 2003, after a globetrotting career as a broadcast journalist, Nancy Durham and her philosopher husband planted a lavender field on their Welsh farm. What began as a passion project evolved into a much-loved company that distills lavender oil to create creams, balms and chocolate, all inspired by Welsh hill farmers. Durham tells Daniel Giacopelli about her transition from journalist to farmer, as well as mistakes made and lessons learned.

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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

Watch me now: 

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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