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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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Company culture:

How do you measure company culture? How seriously should a CEO consider it and how can it be improved? This week we meet Didier Elzinga from Australian start-up Culture Amp, a company revolutionising the ‘people-analytics’ industry. Meanwhile, with the news that advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy has created an emotionally needy robot that roams the company’s Portland office, we profile this experiment in how artificial intelligence affects the workplace. Plus: is the grass always greener for the sun-starved cubicle dweller? We send our sound engineer to a goat farm to find out.

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22 Jul 2016
00:09:05

Eureka #7: Jimmy Cregan: 

Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode, Jimmy Cregan of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee explains how he first discovered cold and caffeinated joys in Australia. After roping in his sister, going hundreds of thousands of pounds in debt and creating a viral rap video, his UK-based brand is now a runaway hit.

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24920 Jul 2016
00:30:00

Company culture: 

How do you measure company culture? How seriously should a CEO consider it and how can it be improved? This week we meet Didier Elzinga from Australian start-up Culture Amp, a company revolutionising the ‘people-analytics’ industry. Meanwhile, with the news that advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy has created an emotionally needy robot that roams the company’s Portland office, we profile this experiment in how artificial intelligence affects the workplace. Plus: is the grass always greener for the sun-starved cubicle dweller? We send our sound engineer to a goat farm to find out.

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15 Jul 2016
00:07:22

Eureka #6: Daniela Castellanos: 

‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode Daniela Castellanos describes her move from Colombia to London to sell bags made by indigenous artisans. However, things didn’t exactly go to plan; Castellanos explains how she navigated from failure to launch and grow an up-and-coming fashion brand.

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24813 Jul 2016
00:30:00

The Entrepreneurs: Live: 

In this special live episode of ‘The Entrepreneurs’ recorded at our Marylebone HQ, Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli and Andrew Tuck are joined by the visionaries and creative leaders behind inspiring, successful businesses. From industry giants and family outfits to one-man-bands and clever upstarts, we find out how to build a strong brand for the long-term.

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8 Jul 2016
00:08:19

Eureka #5: Mark Dawson: 

Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka' is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode Mark Dawson explains his journey from a lawyer with literary ambitions to a mega-successful self-published author with dozens of thrillers under his belt, hundreds of thousands of paying readers around the world and a side business helping other writers achieve similar success.

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2476 Jul 2016
00:28:05

Thread: 

London-based online start-up Thread is one of a growing number of companies entering the burgeoning fashion-technology space. It combines the know-how of a stylist with the computing power of an algorithm; the aim is to help men find the perfect piece of clothing and deliver it straight to their door. Daniel Giacopelli discusses its business model with CEO and co-founder Kieran O’Neill.

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1 Jul 2016
00:08:08

Eureka #4​: Jason Price: 

Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka' is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode, American-born and London-based Jason Price shares highlights of a globetrotting life immersed in music and explains how he built Tarisio, the world's premier fine-instrument auction house.

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24629 Jun 2016
00:28:59

Planning for the long term: 

Founded in 1860, Sunspel was a supplier of high-quality underwear to the British Empire; come the 21st century, Nicholas Brooke explains how he and his business partner reinvented the brand. Meanwhile, the oldest traditional family business in London’s Spitalfields is Gardners, now run by fourth-generation Paul Gardner, who is also a founding member of the East End Trades Guild launched by Krissie Nicolson in 2012. Krissie and Paul talk about supporting small independent businesses.

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24 Jun 2016
00:06:50

Eureka #3: Paddy Dickinson: 

Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’. In this episode, entrepreneur Paddy Dickinson shares her journey from Missouri to New York, from helping to launch MTV Europe and MTV Australia in the 1980s to creating her jewellery brand Totem Adornments this month.

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24522 Jun 2016
00:29:10

Small and slow: 

In our adrenaline-fuelled world of billion-dollar unicorns and big exits, it’s easy to forget about the little guy. This week’s episode is all about the small and the slow – the advantages of David over Goliath; the tortoise over the hare. ‘Small is Beautiful’, a conference held in Edinburgh last week, explored the ways in which we can give inspiration and ideas to the world’s micro-enterprises, solopreneurs and creative freelancers. We hear from the event’s producer Roanne Dods and journalists Alexa Clay, author of ‘The Misfit Economy’, and Carl Honoré, author of ‘In Praise of Slowness’.

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17 Jun 2016
00:06:30

Eureka #2: Kilian Hennessy: 

Perfume designer Kilian Hennessy reflects on his rise within the fragrance industry and shares business lessons from his cognac-famous grandfather, co-founder of the world's largest luxury goods group: LVMH. Presented by Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka’ is a weekly spotlight on business origins brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’.

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24415 Jun 2016
00:27:34

Corporate connections: 

What’s the purpose of a business? What are its responsibilities to customers, employees and communities? We examine outdoor-clothing brand Patagonia as Rick Ridgeway climbs down a mountain to explain why sustainability is at the forefront of its massive growth. Meanwhile, innovation think-tank Nesta and the Startup Europe Partnership have ranked the best big corporations for collaborating with start-ups. We explore their findings with Nesta’s Chris Haley, Cisco’s Tom Yoritaka and Irene Graham from the Scale-Up Institute.

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10 Jun 2016
00:09:21

Eureka #1: Timothy Everest: 

In the debut episode of ‘Eureka’ influential tailor, menswear designer and entrepreneur Timothy Everest recalls the early inspirations, formative experiences, colourful characters and well-heeled advice that led him to launch his business. Presented by Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli, ‘Eureka’ is a weekly feature brought to you by the team behind ‘The Entrepreneurs’.

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2438 Jun 2016
00:29:10

Making a mark: 

Tucked in a narrow alleyway in Jerusalem is the city’s oldest tattoo shop, a family-run firm that’s been inking everyone from bikers to priests and pilgrims for hundreds of years. We meet the latest in a long line of family members to take on the business. Plus: we talk social entrepreneurship with the founder of Livoos, a new online luxury store that donates 50 per cent of its revenue to charity, and the founder of WeFarm, an innovative knowledge-sharing service for the world’s 500 million small-scale farmers.

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2421 Jun 2016
00:30:00

Natural growth: 

We meet an ex-London banker who’s launched shoe company Sons of London to test out the direct-to-consumer business model. In San Francisco, Azhar Hashem, an ex-marketing executive at Google is creating a restaurant focused on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine – we discuss the transition in the run-up to the opening of Tawla SF. Then we head to Romania to ask why its health-food industry has not taken off in a big way. We’re in Bucharest to meet the entrepreneurs trying to make it happen.

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