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Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, from startups to heritage brands, covering the best in hospitality, design, fashion and retail.

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‘The Monocle Book of Entrepreneurs’:

This week we celebrate the release of ‘The Monocle Book of Entrepreneurs’, a guide to starting and running your own business. Daniel Bach speaks to editors Joe Pickard and Chiara Rimella about what makes a great business book and how they approached putting together Monocle’s latest title. Plus: editor in chief Andrew Tuck discusses the importance of in-person meetings. We also hear from book essayists Shamil Thakrar, founder of Dishoom, and Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of Rodial.

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24 Sep 2021
12 min

Eureka 263: Humanity: 

Peter Ward and Michael Geer are the co-founders of Humanity, a platform aimed at helping people to slow their rate of ageing. With the help of some leading researchers on their science advisory board, they’ve created an app that allows users to closely monitor various biomarkers to make better decisions for a healthier life. They’ve recently launched the full version of the app, following an investment from the co-founders of Skype, SoundCloud, meditation app Calm and My Fitness Pal.

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51922 Sep 2021
30 min

‘The Monocle Book of Entrepreneurs’: 

This week we celebrate the release of ‘The Monocle Book of Entrepreneurs’, a guide to starting and running your own business. Daniel Bach speaks to editors Joe Pickard and Chiara Rimella about what makes a great business book and how they approached putting together Monocle’s latest title. Plus: editor in chief Andrew Tuck discusses the importance of in-person meetings. We also hear from book essayists Shamil Thakrar, founder of Dishoom, and Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of Rodial.

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17 Sep 2021
12 min

Eureka 262: Fettle: 

Jeyda Heselton is the co-founder of Fettle, a technology-driven bicycle repair company based in the UK that was created to vastly improve the experience of getting your bike fixed. Fettle hopes that its platform will get more people riding, while also helping to tackle the environmental challenges cities face by working with partners and local authorities to think about mobility solutions for the future.

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51815 Sep 2021
30 min

Red Associates: 

Charlotte Vangsgaard is a partner at Red Associates, a strategic consultancy firm with offices in Copenhagen and New York, which is all about what it calls a “human-centred approach” to doing business. Across a host of sectors from tech to finance and mobility, Vangsgaard is helping companies to unlock their real potential, inside and out.

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10 Sep 2021
13 min

Eureka 261: Homebound: 

Nikki Pechet is the CEO and co-founder of Homebound, a California-based home-building firm that was created to quickly and effectively rebuild homes that were lost to wildfires. The company uses technology to streamline every step of the building process, giving peace of mind to homeowners and making life easier for tradespeople. Homebound is now working across California, Austin, Texas and the Bahamas.

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5178 Sep 2021
30 min

Palisociety: 

Avi Brosh is the founder of Los Angeles-based hotel brand Palisociety, which is behind a growing collection of boutique, low key-count establishments across the US. The former residential developer knows a thing or two about spotting a location with potential, and with discerning taste and a vision for each project, has been able to keep the group’s hotels very much on point. This week we ask: what makes a great small hotel?

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3 Sep 2021
13 min

Eureka 260: Taika: 

Michael Sharon and Kal Freese co-founded Taika, a San Francisco-based coffee company, in 2019. Sharon previously worked at Facebook, building the company’s mobile platform, and Freese is an award-winning Finnish barista who helped to launch a high-end instant-coffee brand in the Bay Area. Their drinks include a fixed amount of caffeine and a number of adaptogens to help you feel alert but not jittery.

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5161 Sep 2021
30 min

Ananas Anam: 

Dr Carmen Hijosa is the founder of Ananas Anam, which produces a leather alternative made from pineapple-leaf fibres called Piñatex. Hijosa is originally from Asturias in northern Spain and a career designing and manufacturing leather goods took her around the world, including to the Philippines where the idea for Piñatex was born. Carmen’s work developing the product led her to a PhD on the subject and a business that she continues to grow today.

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27 Aug 2021
14 min

Eureka 259: Out of the Valley: 

Rupert McKelvie is the founder of Out of the Valley, a cabin design and manufacturing company based in Devon, southwest England. The idea was born of necessity: he built his first cabin as a place to live. Today his team creates bespoke cabins for use as studios, garden offices, saunas and wilderness retreats.

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51525 Aug 2021
30 min

Morrow Soft Goods: 

Trained architect Michelle Toney and former fashion designer Stephanie Cleary are co-founders of Morrow Soft Goods, the Los Angeles-based homeware brand they launched in 2016. The aim was to move away from too-perfect home interiors that didn’t really feel lived-in, taking inspiration – and borrowing a colour palette – from California’s wilderness. Morrow started in bedding and has expanded into other soft goods for the home, from towels and table linen to rugs and pillows.

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20 Aug 2021
12 min

Eureka 258: Pegasus Imagery : 

Cole Rosentreter is the founder and CEO of Pegasus Imagery, an Alberta-based start-up making drones to fight forest fires. With their 4-metre wingspan, these can collect data and manoeuvre more easily than helicopters.

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51418 Aug 2021
30 min

Nude and Overflow: 

Much of our personal and business finance is now managed through apps, with fintech platforms available for everything from payments to savings. We meet Marty Bell, co-founder and CMO of Nude, to learn more about the platform helping you invest for a dream home. Plus: CEO and founder of Overflow, Vance Roush, tells us about his career and why he’s making it easier to donate stocks.

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13 Aug 2021
13 min

Eureka 257: Square Root: 

Robyn Simms is the co-founder of Square Root, a soft drinks brand she launched with her partner, Ed Taylor, in 2012. Using seasonal fruit, they make sodas and non-alcoholic cocktails at their factory in east London.

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51311 Aug 2021
30 min

Our Place: 

Shiza Shahid is the co-founder and co-CEO of Our Place. She launched the Los Angeles-based brand in 2019, hoping to create a line of cookware that would simplify home cooking while catering to a wide range of culinary styles and traditions – a goal she achieved with the bestselling Always Pan. Born in Pakistan, Shahid is also the co-founder of Now Ventures and the Malala Fund alongside activist Malala Yousafzai.

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6 Aug 2021
13 min

Eureka 256: Tinwood Estate: 

Art Tukker is the founder of Tinwood Estate, an English sparkling wine producer in southern England. The brand was launched in 2007 and makes wines from traditional champagne varietals: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Tukker’s parents had emigrated from the Netherlands in the early 1980s and grew iceberg lettuce on the farm until Art took over at the age of 21.

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