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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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Leaders of change:

Alain Sylvain, CEO and founder of New York brand consultancy Sylvain Labs, tells us how personal experience informs leadership during troubling times. Plus: we head to Islay off the west coast of Scotland to meet Douglas Taylor, CEO of Bruichladdich distillery.

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4513 Jun 2020
30 min

Leaders of change: 

Alain Sylvain, CEO and founder of New York brand consultancy Sylvain Labs, tells us how personal experience informs leadership during troubling times. Plus: we head to Islay off the west coast of Scotland to meet Douglas Taylor, CEO of Bruichladdich distillery.

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29 May 2020
13 min

Eureka 199: Closca: 

Carlos Ferrando is the founder and CEO of Closca, a Valencia-based company that designs products to inspire change. These include an award-winning collapsible bicycle helmet and the Closca mask (conceived as an anti-pollution mask for cyclists) to help protect people from coronavirus.

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45027 May 2020
30 min

Reasons to be optimistic: 

We catch up with David Abrahamovitch, the CEO and founder of Grind, which is behind 11 central London cafés and restaurants. He tells us why he is optimistic about the business when the doors swing open again. We also meet author and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Alex Lazarow to discuss his new book ‘Out-Innovate’, in which he writes about the need to back businesses for the long run.

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22 May 2020
12 min

Eureka 198: The Wine List: 

Josh Lachkovic is the founder of The Wine List, a London-based wine-education company that began as a newsletter. Members receive two bottles of wine every month, along with tasting notes and materials to help them gain confidence in choosing their drink. Lachkovic is forming relationships with smaller wineries in order to deliver unique wines.

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44920 May 2020
30 min

Toms and Madefor: 

Blake Mycoskie is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of Toms, the company he launched in 2006, which created the one-for-one model of donating a pair of shoes for each pair sold. Blake’s newest venture is called Madefor, a company which has created a 10-month programme to help people cultivate good habits using tools Blake picked up after struggling with depression.

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15 May 2020
18 min

Eureka 197: Oxwash: 

Oxford-based Kyle Grant launched Oxwash in 2017 while a PhD student. Claiming to be the world’s first sustainable laundry company, Oxwash uses new technology to clean and disinfect at lower temperatures, use less water and filter out microfibres. The company recently announced a €1.6m investment to help it expand.

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44813 May 2020
30 min

The Way Forward: 

As countries emerge from lockdown and try to restart their economies, it’s clear that our world will be much different, particularly in the way we travel and navigate our cities. This week, we hear from renowned explorer Henry Cookson on escapism and from Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co, on why car companies have a massive role to play in finding mobility solutions.

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8 May 2020
11 min

Eureka 196: Officina Dario Pegoretti: 

Cristina Würdig is co-CEO of Officina Dario Pegoretti, a bespoke Italian bicycle manufacturer that bears the name of her late friend, a renowned maker of frames by hand who passed on his skills to his apprentice, Pietro Pietricola. Their freeform “ciavete” style of painting is celebrated in a new short film called “Dream On”. Cristina talks about inspiring the next generation to make things by hand.

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4476 May 2020
30 min

Fashion forward: 

This week we check in with Reformation and Canada Goose to uncover just a few of the many incredible stories of how the fashion industry has stepped up to support healthcare workers tackling the coronavirus pandemic. We also hear from the co-founder of Vollebak on creating clothing fit for the harshest conditions and head to Paris to get advice on tackling uncertainty from the founder of De Bonne Facture.

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1 May 2020
14 min

Eureka 195: The Points Guy UK: 

Nicky Kelvin is director of content for The Points Guy UK, a leading travel-advice platform. The lifelong aviation enthusiast started his career as a music lawyer and photojournalist but turned his side hustle of sharing his travel expertise into a successful career. With much of the world under lockdown, Nicky tells us how best to approach future bookings.

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44629 Apr 2020
30 min

Next steps: 

This week we hear about an inspiring initiative in Italy, where publishers have been supporting independent bookshops throughout the lockdown. We also meet Alex Chua of the Goldbell Group in Singapore, which has created a €3.2m B2B lending scheme, and put questions to Georg Ludviksson, CEO of Reykjavik-based Meniga, on starting a business during a downturn. Plus: we cast an eye to the future of sustainable aviation with Connectjets founder Gabriella Somerville.

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24 Apr 2020
10 min

Eureka 194: Canlis: 

Canlis might be the only restaurant in Seattle that still maintains a dress code but the 70-year-old fine-dining institution is anything but stuck in the past. When coronavirus struck, third-generation owners Brian and Mark Canlis used it as an opportunity to rethink their business. Brian tells Monocle about how Canlis has pivoted and how they’ve managed to not lay off any employees.

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44522 Apr 2020
30 min

Built to last: 

Building a brand that will last is about knowing your market and your customers. We check in with three founders for practical advice on staying resilient in tough times. We meet Alexander Bent of District15, a boutique property developer in Hong Kong born out of the Sars epidemic; Richard Christiansen of Chandelier Creative in Los Angeles and branding expert Peter de Boer in Amsterdam.

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17 Apr 2020
20 min

Eureka 193: At-home fitness: 

As gyms are closed and many of us are stuck at home, it’s an opportune time for home fitness platforms. We speak to Bruce Smith, founder of Hydrow, while Jason de Savary of London’s Core Collective talks about the gym’s new CCTV platform.

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44415 Apr 2020
30 min

Finding your entrepreneurial spirit: 

This week we hear from Debbie Wosskow, Stefan Allesch-Taylor and Julietta Dexter, three serial entrepreneurs and successful business founders who give us their tips and tricks on finding the right market for your product or service.

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