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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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A cut above:

A few years ago Aron Gelbard realised that the way we send and receive flowers was pretty inefficient. It usually begins with searching the internet for florists and ends with a knock at the door when the receiver is not at home. Aron and his friend Ben Stanway decided there had to be a better way. Their company, Bloom & Wild, boxes up fresh flowers in a container that fits through your door’s letterbox. But getting from idea to execution involved a healthy dose of innovation. This week, Aron explains how they did it.

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28022 Feb 2017
00:30:00

A cut above: 

A few years ago Aron Gelbard realised that the way we send and receive flowers was pretty inefficient. It usually begins with searching the internet for florists and ends with a knock at the door when the receiver is not at home. Aron and his friend Ben Stanway decided there had to be a better way. Their company, Bloom & Wild, boxes up fresh flowers in a container that fits through your door’s letterbox. But getting from idea to execution involved a healthy dose of innovation. This week, Aron explains how they did it.

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17 Feb 2017
00:09:54

Eureka 35: Thom Sweeney: 

Luke Sweeney and Thom Whiddett got their start in menswear, working for the bespoke-tailoring icon Timothy Everest. In 2007 they set off on their own to create much-loved brand Thom Sweeney. On their 10-year anniversary they tell us how they did it.

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27915 Feb 2017
00:30:00

Brewed force: 

In the mid-1990s Australia-born Jasper Cuppaidge ended up in London after missing his connecting flight while on a surfing trip. Years later and still in London, he founded one of the city’s most famous and beloved beer brands, Camden Town Brewery, which he recently sold to much fanfare and controversy to the world’s largest brewer – for £85 million. This week Cuppaidge tells us what happened between that missed flight and that big sale, and what he’s learnt along the way.

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10 Feb 2017
00:08:04

Eureka 34: Grant Ashton: 

Ashton spent 30 years in global finance and banking, running trade floors and working as a partner at a hedge fund. But the entrepreneurial itch struck and it came in the form of a wine case. He's now the CEO of 67 Pall Mall, a members club for wine-lovers. He tells us how he got the club from concept to cork.

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2788 Feb 2017
00:29:00

India’s new tech billionaires : 

Indian entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia has been building technology start-ups with his brother Divyank since they were teenagers, beginning with a business loan of a few hundred dollars from their father. The two have recently been catapulted into the world of billionaires after selling part of their company Directi for $160m and selling their advertising technology firm Media.net for $900m, the latter deal being one of the largest in ad-tech history. Bhavin shares what he’s learned and why he’s now deeply involved in his latest venture, the team messenger service Flock.

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3 Feb 2017
00:07:23

Eureka 33: Vahan Hovhannisyan: 

It’s an article of clothing that many people overlook but Vahan Hovhannisyan believes that socks are the world’s best conversation starter. Hovhannisyan is a co-founder of designer sock brand Look Mate, a company he brainstormed, built and launched with his brother while Hovhannisyan worked as an accountant for a luxury hotel in London. The socks are designed with top creative minds and produced by a father-daughter team in the brothers’ hometown in Armenia. But why socks – and how did the brothers get the company off the ground?

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2771 Feb 2017
00:31:18

Giving back: 

French entrepreneur Alexandre Mars founded one of Europe’s first-ever web agencies, one of the world’s largest mobile marketing agencies and sold his social-media management company to Blackberry – but he’s now on a mission to add a dose of efficiency to the world of philanthropy. And he thinks he’s found a formula that works. Alexandre chats to Daniel Giacopelli about the Epic Foundation, his New York-based platform that connects would-be philanthropists with charities focused on youth well-being.

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27 Jan 2017
00:09:19

Eureka 32: PJ Harrison: 

This is the story of PJ Harrison, an Englishman in Los Angeles who left behind a career in the creative industries to launch a football club, City of Angels FC, with his friend: the musician and entrepreneur Joe Sumner. Harrison explains how he got inspired and the lessons he’s learnt along the way.

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27625 Jan 2017
00:30:00

Farer: 

The global watch industry is going through tough times but amid the hand-wringing and alarmism you may have missed a more optimistic story: small independent brands are actually going through a renaissance. This week we focus on the journey of four London friends who pushed aside their day jobs to create a UK-designed Swiss-made watch company from scratch. Two founders of Farer, Ben Lewin and Jono Holt, share their story.

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20 Jan 2017
00:08:27

Eureka 31: Emma Wingfield: 

This week we hear the story of Emma Wingfield, a Brooklyn-based researcher, expert on West African art and co-founder of textile brand Five | Six. Along with her co-founder Laine Henry, the two collaborate with the weaving collective in Waraniéné, Côte d’Ivoire, to produce gorgeous ethically-made home-goods and bags. Wingfield explains how they turned a research passion into a company.

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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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