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Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs

English, Finance, 1 season, 225 episodes, 3 days
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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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Severan Wines

Record label boss and serial entrepreneur Dumi Oburota talks about his impressive career journey, from selling lollipops on the playground to playing a key role in the rise of prominent artists while starting multiple businesses along the way. Plus: we taste his high-end Blanc de Blancs Brut, the hero product from his latest venture, Severan Wines. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/19/202428 minutes, 32 seconds
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Eureka 394: Miminat Designs

We meet the founder of the eponymous Miminat Designs, a London-based interiors, furniture and lighting studio. Mimi Shodeinde talks about her spontaneous design philosophy, the significance of collaborations to the growth of the brand and tailoring projects from a client-centric approach, while staying true to her vision.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/14/202413 minutes, 22 seconds
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Moyagi and Clown Cardio

This week’s show is a celebration of having fun. Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco belts out his favourite tunes at Moyagi, a new London karaoke bar that pays homage to the medium’s Japanese origins. Plus: we meet the creator of Clown Cardio, a fitness programme that is based on physical theatre and the art of clowning.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/12/202427 minutes, 19 seconds
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Eureka 393: YanYan

Founders Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung discuss the origins of  YanYan, their Hong Kong-based premium-knitwear label, and reflect on their creative process. They explain how they navigate the evolving retail landscape while staying true to the vision of the brand.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/7/202410 minutes, 8 seconds
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Harbor Lab and Mantility

We’re shining a spotlight on two major Greek industries: shipping and silk. Founder Antonis Malaxianakis discusses his journey from managing his family business to innovating in the maritime industry with Harbor Lab, a software platform that automates port-related cost management. Plus: we discuss the challenges of reviving silk production in Greece and the effect of digital printing on making this ancient craft accessible and affordable.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/5/202434 minutes, 5 seconds
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Eureka 392: Monopole

We meet Nicola Enrico Stäubli, co-founder of Monopole, a Zürich-based electric-bike business that aims to promote a less car-dependent lifestyle in cities. Stäubli talks about the design philosophy behind the versatile Toolbike, which blends functionality with aesthetic appeal.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/31/20247 minutes, 18 seconds
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Oriens Aviation

Founder and CEO Edwin Brenninkmeyer shares insights into his lifelong passion for flying and the opportunities available in infrastructure to develop new, greener aircraft. Plus: we discuss the differing perceptions of business aviation in the US and Europe.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/29/202429 minutes, 28 seconds
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Eureka 391: Kappy Design

Kanga, founder of South Korean fashion label Kappy Design, shares her journey from being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic to starting the brand in Seoul. Plus: Kappy Design’s UK sales agent, Tony Wall, discusses how a relaxed aesthetic, quality craftsmanship and adaptability to current trends underscore the rise of South Korean brands on the global stage.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/24/20248 minutes, 43 seconds
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Les Deux and I Am Volya

We explore how entrepreneurs are creating lasting impact through fashion. Les Deux co-founder Andreas von Der Heide stops by Midori House to talk about the inspiration behind their smart menswear collections, the role of physical retail in fostering connections with customers and leaving a meaningful legacy beyond just building a brand. Plus: we meet the founder of I Am Volya, a London-based online boutique that aims to promote Ukraine’s rich culture and support its fashion industry during the ongoing conflict. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/22/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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Eureka 390: Modern Synthesis

Founder Jen Keane talks about her journey from working in material design for Adidas to launching Modern Synthesis, a biotech company using bacteria to create sustainable fibres for the textile industry. She talks about collaborating with Ganni and navigating negative perceptions associated with bacteria. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/17/202410 minutes, 34 seconds
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Swingers and Wag Well

Matt Grech-Smith, co-founder and co-CEO of Swingers, talks about the mini-golf brand’s humble beginnings and meteoric rise. Grech-Smith emphasises the importance of corporate density and vibrant dating scenes for scouting new locations and advises international businesses to approach the US as a group of separate countries. Plus: we head to Dog Ppl, Los Angeles’s first canine social club, to meet the co-founder of Wag Well, a line of tailored dog treats and supplements.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/15/202433 minutes, 8 seconds
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Eureka 389: Kagi

We meet the founder and CEO of Kagi, Vladimir Prelovac, a subscription-based search engine that aims to prioritise user privacy and provide a more authentic experience. Prelovac was fed up with existing search engines that he felt prioritised advertisers over users, so founded the company in 2018 to offer a viable alternative to the traditional ad-driven model.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/10/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ettinger and Wärtsilä

Ettinger’s managing director, Robert Ettinger, talks about the rich heritage of the family-run leather goods business, the challenges of preserving traditional manufacturing techniques in a modern world and selling its Britishness globally. He explains how the brand maintains its commitment to craftsmanship and quality while embracing sustainability and innovation. Plus: we head to Vaasa, Finland where Wärtsilä is developing greener engines and other technologies of the future. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/8/202428 minutes, 44 seconds
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Eureka 388: Mind over Tech

How can we develop a more balanced relationship with technology and embrace its potential without compromising our overall wellbeing? Harriet Pellereau, co-founder and co-CEO of Mind over Tech, shares some tips for reshaping digital habits to deliver a better tech-life balance.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/3/202411 minutes, 27 seconds
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Seafood Souq and Dibba Bay Oysters

UAE seafood special: we’re in Dubai to meet Fahim Al Qasimi, co-founder of Seafood Souq, a digital marketplace that serves as a platform connecting seafood buyers and sellers around the world. Plus: Ramie Murray, the founder and CEO of Dibba Bay Oysters, the first and only gourmet oyster farm in the Middle East, talks about the role of aquaculture in enhancing food security.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/1/202429 minutes, 43 seconds
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Eureka 387: Timothée Paris:

Masamitsu Hata’s fascination with fashion took him from small-town Japan to some of the world’s most prestigious houses. Hata tells us how he made the leap to launch his premium footwear label, Timothée Paris; how the brand has expanded without losing its focus; and why it’s opening a flagship shop in the French capital.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/26/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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MZ Skin and Innovation Norway

We meet Maryam Zamani, world-leading oculoplastic surgeon and founder of high-performance skincare line MZ Skin. Plus: we head to Seattle to hear how Norway’s international business delegation is leveraging the country’s enviable soft-power assets to promote its brand abroad.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/24/202427 minutes, 38 seconds
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Eureka 386: Lonestar Data Holdings Inc

We meet Chris Stott, the founder and CEO of Lonestar Data Holdings Inc, a groundbreaking initiative working to establish commercial data centres on the moon to store and safeguard information for future generations. The centres will also protect critical knowledge from cyber threats, natural disasters and other risks that could compromise data integrity on Earth. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/19/202410 minutes, 2 seconds
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Scott Malkin and Value Retail

Tyler Brûlé catches up with Value Retail founder and friend of the show, Scott Malkin, about his latest venture, Belmont Park Village in New York. Malkin discusses the latest addition to The Bicester Collection family of shopping-tourism destinations, which marks the company’s debut in North America; the limitations of online retail; and the importance of superior hospitality to provide a premium experience. Plus: the challenges and opportunities posed by technology in retail.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/17/202429 minutes, 48 seconds
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Eureka 349: Framery

Monocle’s Helsinki correspondent, Petri Burtsoff, visits the factory of Framery, the world’s leading manufacturer of cutting-edge soundproof pods, to see firsthand how it has become the market leader in the industry. Plus: co-founder and CEO Samu Hällfors discusses the company’s product strategy and the crucial design elements for good acoustics, efficiency and comfort.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/12/20248 minutes, 42 seconds
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Blue Apple Beach

Georgina Godwin heads to the Caribbean coast of Colombia to meet Portia Hart, founder of Blue Apple Beach, a boutique hotel and beach club on the island of Tierra Bomba. Hart discusses her regenerative approach to sustainability and explains how aligning best practice in hospitality with environmental and social responsibility is the right thing to do for both business and planet.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/10/202431 minutes, 1 second
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Eureka 348: Maxhosa Africa

We meet Laduma Ngxokolo, founder and creative director of Maxhosa Africa, a knitwear brand that’s making a splash on the global fashion scene. He discusses how the label blends culturally rooted textile styles with high-end luxury and its debut at Paris Fashion Week this year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/5/20248 minutes, 12 seconds
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Druthers

We meet Adam Gianotti, co-founder and designer of Druthers, a New York-based clothing brand born from a desire to bring greater intentionality to the fashion industry. Gianotti talks about the importance of sustainable, high-quality basics and how the Big Apple influences the identity of the label.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/3/202427 minutes, 58 seconds
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Eureka 383: Crafty Boys

Actor and Crafty Boys co-founder Charlie Hamblett discusses the origin story of the catering and craft service provider for film and TV sets, which he launched with his brother Louis. Hamblett talks about navigating the challenges posed by 2023’s Hollywood strikes and balancing his acting career with the growing catering business. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/29/202416 minutes, 40 seconds
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Montalba Architects

Swiss-American architect David Montalba founded the eponymous award-winning international firm in 2004. Montalba reflects on the company’s upcoming 20th anniversary, the effect of his early experiences working with renowned practitioners and the critical importance of collaboration.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/27/202427 minutes, 5 seconds
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Eureka 382: Arbonics

Petri Burtsoff heads to Tallinn to meet Lisette Luik, co-founder of Arbonics, an Estonian technology company that calculates the carbon removal potential of land and allows landowners to better quantity this data. With investors including Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of Skype and Wise, Arbonics emphasises forest growth alongside technological solutions to preserve biodiversity and resilience by scaling up nature’s role in carbon removal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/22/20249 minutes, 27 seconds
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Blaise Duboux and Destinate

We explore wine destinations around the world. First we head to the picturesque village of Epesses in the Lavaux winegrowing region of Switzerland, home to the largest vineyard area in the country and a Unesco World Heritage Site, to meet Blaise Duboux and tour his eponymous estate. We also meet the founder of an agency working to build up and promote wine tourism in South Africa.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/20/202428 minutes, 21 seconds
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Eureka 381: Oneworld

Gerhard Girkinger, vice-president of customer experience, delivery and membership at Oneworld, talks about the inspiration behind the company’s expansion into branded lounges. It recently opened two locations in Seoul Incheon and Amsterdam’s Schiphol airports. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/15/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Vyn and Namuk

We meet two Swiss founders working to combat overconsumption in style. Co-founder Stefan Mathys breaks down how Vyn trainers marry craftsmanship with a deep understanding of wear patterns to craft durable kicks with added value for consumers. Franz Bittmann, CEO of Namuk, talks about his sustainable children’s outdoor-clothing brand, which encourages a deep-seated love for nature from a young age.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/13/202430 minutes, 50 seconds
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Eureka 380: Big Mountain Brewing Company

Founder Jack Geldard has a thirst for adventure. Introduced to craft beer while climbing in California, Geldard was disappointed with the lack of options in Chamonix after relocating to the French Alps. That set him on the path to launch award-winning Big Mountain Brewing Company, making beer that captures the unique spirit of the mountains.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/8/202410 minutes, 33 seconds
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Gabar and 27 87

We explore the world of perfume with two female entrepreneurs in the fragrance industry. Phway Su Aye discusses the philosophy behind Gabar, a fragrance brand that aims to capture the beauty and complexity of Myanmar culture with Southeast Asian botanicals. We also meet Romy Kowalewski, founder of Barcelona-based 27 87, a perfume brand focused on modern perfumery.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/6/202427 minutes, 4 seconds
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Eureka 379: Sale e Pepe

We meet the team behind Sale e Pepe, a beloved hotspot in London’s Knightsbridge, to hear about its stylish revamp that blends modernity with traditional Italian hospitality. Markus Thesleff and Santino Cicciari discuss the transformation of the restaurant ahead of its 50th anniversary and why creating memorable dining experiences is just as vital as serving delicious food.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/1/20248 minutes, 23 seconds
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Victor and Global Citizen Solutions

We take to the skies with Toby Edwards, the co-CEO of Victor, a leading on-demand, private-jet charter company. Edwards discusses Victor’s commitment to excellent hospitality, the challenges of scaling the business while maintaining a strong working culture and the importance of sustainable aviation fuel. Plus: the founder of consultancy firm Global Citizen Solutions reveals the most popular countries for globally-minded citizens looking to relocate.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/28/202430 minutes, 45 seconds
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Eureka 378: Estonia Piano

Monocle’s Petri Burtsoff meets Indrek Laul, CEO of Estonia Piano, a company known for blending traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques to create instruments with exceptional sound. Laul discusses the brand’s commitment to excellence, as well as blending heritage with innovation to create some of the world’s best handmade pianos.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/23/20249 minutes, 6 seconds
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Smoothlink

Monocle’s Asia editor, James Chambers, explores Hong Kong’s role in manufacturing with the CEO of Smoothlink, a textile and garment factory that partners with some of the world’s most innovative apparel labels – and puts branding at the heart of its operations.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/21/202431 minutes, 58 seconds
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Eureka 377: VisionSpring

CEO Ella Gudwin talks about VisionSpring’s mission to provide affordable eye care to low-income communities globally. Gudwin highlights the innovative approach of the organisations, which challenges traditional charitable models, and the positive effect that making clear vision accessible has on livelihoods and overall quality of life.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/19/202410 minutes, 15 seconds
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Fromental and Leslie David Studio

We meet Tim Butcher, one half of the dynamic designer-maker couple behind luxury design brand Fromental, which specialises in handcrafted wallpapers and textiles. Butcher discusses how he and his co-founder wife, Lizzie Deshayes, navigate intertwining their personal and professional lives, the studio’s growth and its international presence. Plus: the creative force behind the eponymous, Paris-based Leslie David Studio stops by Midori House to talk about the process behind her creative agency.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/14/202430 minutes, 56 seconds
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Eureka 376: In Aéras

We meet Alice Ziccheddu, founder of Sardinian skincare brand In Aéras. She reveals how the line blends botanicals from the Mediterranean island into its products to promote ‘well-ageing’ and innovative wellness’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/9/20247 minutes, 43 seconds
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Copenhagen International Fashion Fair special

Monocle’s Tom Webb joins the show to tell us who he met at CIFF, the longest-running fashion fair in northern Europe and a key date for industry insiders. Featuring Stine Goya, designer and founder of the eponymous womenswear label beloved by the city’s smart set; Barbora Surá, co-founder and CEO of sustainable “activist” brand, Our Shift; and Claus Frederiksen, owner of the Danish capital’s landmark menswear shop Troelstrup.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/7/202431 minutes, 22 seconds
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Eureka 375: Books Books Books

We head to the Swiss city of Lausanne to meet the founder and proprietor of Books Books Books, an independent English-language bookshop. Matthew Wake talks about navigating the initial challenges of setting up shop 15 years ago, when naysayers warned about the rise of digital media and e-books.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/2/20246 minutes, 44 seconds
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Matilda’s Bloombox and Sowvital

We meet the founder of a San Francisco-based flower delivery service that sources blooms from local farmers in California. Emily Boschetto talks about the origin of the business, which started in a Bay Area garage, and how it blossomed into a multi-state brand. Plus: Jack Lewis returns to chat about growing his plant-care business with a line of gardening tools designed to be cherished for generations to come.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/31/202434 minutes, 48 seconds
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Eureka 374: Precious Sound

Ursina Beerli is co-founder of the Zürich-based company that specialises in creating unique, playable records made from recycled silver, gold and platinum. Beerli talks about the manufacturing process in Bavaria, the craftsmanship of the records and Precious Sound’s first official collaboration, with the band Third Eye Blind.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/26/20249 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Grey and Ipsum Alii

We meet the founder of The Grey, a skincare range tailored specifically for men, with sleek packaging designed for easy travel. Plus: we head to Zürich to hear how the Swiss-based Japanese skincare brand Ipsum Alii fuses ancestral healing herbs with modern science.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/24/202427 minutes, 43 seconds
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Eureka 373: Two Robbers

Monocle’s Tomos Lewis is in Philadelphia to meet Vivek Nayar, one of the twin brothers behind Two Robbers, a beverage company that’s elevating the city’s alcohol market. Vivek talks about the brand’s line of refreshing hard seltzers and why launching a physical outpost in Philadelphia’s trendy Fishtown neighbourhood was a key component to its growth. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/19/202410 minutes, 37 seconds
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Norrsken Foundation and Round Rivers

Niklas Adalberth, co-founder of Klarna, talks about quitting the financial services company to pursue something more meaningful. He discusses launching the Norrsken Foundation, a Swedish non-profit that invests in start-ups tackling challenging global issues, the pitfalls of chasing financial success without purpose and the role of businesses in changing things for the better. Plus: we head to Zürich to meet the founder of a clothing brand making garments from Swiss river plastic.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/17/202428 minutes, 29 seconds
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Eureka 372: Bergos

Aurelia Rauch is creative director of the Zürich-based private bank Bergos. She explains how her background in art history and theology has influenced her vision for the bank’s branding strategy and her conviction that a bold brand vision can drive financial institutions to be more effective. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/12/20247 minutes, 46 seconds
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Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Francis Kurkdjian is a world-renowned “nose” and founder of his eponymous perfume-maker that has created some of the world’s most celebrated fragrances. He discusses his lifelong fascination with couture, the importance of creative collaboration and how technology is shaping the future of perfume. Plus: how to navigate the challenges posed by imitators and why he is confident that beloved Kurkdjian fragrances such as Baccarat Rouge 540 are not threatened by these “dupes”.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/10/202425 minutes, 40 seconds
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Eureka 371: The Priorities Method

Speaker and coach Lily Silverton talks about The Priorities Method – her unique approach ​​to life and work centred around values-driven, purposeful and intentional decision-making – and the creation of her coaching journal designed to make her technique accessible to more people. Plus: Lily’s tips for success in the new year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/5/202417 minutes, 27 seconds
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Pillar Wellbeing

Harry Jameson, co-founder of Pillar Wellbeing, shares insights from his extensive career as a performance coach and explains the holistic approach to health and wellness that led to the creation of his company. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/3/202431 minutes, 11 seconds
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Eureka 370: Ridgeview

Monocle’s Laura Kramer heads to Sussex to meet the team behind the award-winning English sparkling wine. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/29/202315 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ruskin

Alli Abdelal talks about founding her luxury bag brand in 2015 after a chance encounter with a farmer introduced her to the rare Herdwick sheep of the Lake District. Abdelal shares the importance of creating products with lasting integrity and collaborating with Italian artisans, as well as how customer feedback is actively incorporated into her design process.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/27/202328 minutes, 11 seconds
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Eureka 369: Maison Margaux

Co-founder Julian Vogel talks about the evolution of the luxury British homeware brand, its successful pivot during the pandemic and expanding its presence in international markets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/22/20237 minutes, 2 seconds
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Festa and Gerações da Talha

Festa and Bar Douro founder Max Graham talks about the diversity and dynamism of Portugal’s wine scene and why he is so passionate about introducing people to the food and drink of his country. Plus: we head to a winery in Alentejo that dates back to the 1700s to meet the young entrepreneurs using ancient techniques to make natural wine. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/20/202331 minutes, 35 seconds
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Eureka 368: Qube

Monocle’s Paige Reynolds heads to Qube East in Canary Wharf to interview co-founders Amin Hamzianpour and Nicholas Sonuga, who discuss the expansion of their London-based, members-only studios for music producers, podcasters and video-content creators. They talk about finding a gap in the market to build a community of creatives who want access to quality studios, as well as somewhere to meet and connect with other artists.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/15/202314 minutes, 24 seconds
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Lapland UK

The Entrepreneurs Christmas special: We meet Mike and Alison Battle, the founders of the nation’s biggest Christmas wonderland, Lapland UK, who talk about their commitment to creating a magical festive experience for the whole family. Plus: we hear from the big man himself: Santa Claus shares how he makes his global business work.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/13/202331 minutes, 42 seconds
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Eureka 367: Laflor

Laura Schälchli discusses her adventures in Swiss chocolate as co-founder of Laflor, an innovative and responsible brand built on a foundation of high-quality, single-origin cacao beans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/8/20238 minutes, 36 seconds
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Kalinko and Lind + Almond

In 2015, Sophie Garnier and her husband moved to Myanmar in search of adventure. There they found talented artisans who were crafting exquisite goods but had limited access to wider markets. This inspired Garnier to establish homeware brand Kalinko. She tells us about some of the hurdles that she has faced in navigating Myanmar’s political instability. Plus: Pernille Lind, co-founder of Lind + Almond design studio, discusses her collaboration with her business partner, Richy Almond, and how her design philosophy blends the familiar and the exotic.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/6/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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Eureka 366: Never Say Die

Martha Dalton is co-founder of the award-winning bourbon brand named after the legendary racehorse. Never Say Die is a British take on a classic American whiskey, distilled in Kentucky and aged as it’s shipped across the Atlantic to finish maturing in the UK. Dalton explains why the brand is following in the hoof-steps of the plucky, Derby-winning colt.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/1/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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Unfeigned and Kind Regards

Rafa Gomez founded menswear brand Unfeigned as a result of his futile pursuit to find a quality, basic T-shirt. Now it’s a thriving business and very much a family affair. Rafa and his sister, Unfeigned’s art director, Maria, join the show to chat about the start of the label and how the family makes working together work. Plus: insights from Shope Delano and Natalia Barros Vives of London-based womenswear label Kind Regards.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/29/202330 minutes, 59 seconds
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Eureka 365: Parachute

Founder Ariel Kaye looks back on the brand’s decade-long journey from a modest online bedding start-up to a homeware industry mainstay with 26 shops and more than 200 employees. Kaye explains how she raised the initial funding, shares her disciplined strategy for growth and why she is so passionate about Parachute’s capacity to transform home design.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/24/20239 minutes, 10 seconds
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Selahatin and Suri

Two pioneering brands changing the game in luxury dental care. Stockholm-based toothpaste and mouthwash brand Selahatin was founded by Swedish-Turkish entrepreneur Kristoffer Vural in response to a personal crisis. Now Vural is elevating the everyday experience of oral hygiene with his beautifully crafted products. Plus: Suri founders Mark Rushmore and Gyve Safavi return to our London studio to talk about how the business has grown since their first visit – and what’s next.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/22/202330 minutes, 14 seconds
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Eureka 364: Hutsmith

Dudley Radford is the founder and design director of the innovative cabin-making business that is on a mission to deliver small spaces with maximum design impact. Hutsmith utilises cutting-edge construction techniques while prioritising sustainability at every turn. Radford ventured into small-scale architecture in 2020, following years in renewable energy and sustainability. He explains how the business has grown to complete more than 60 projects with seamlessly integrated features such as solar power and rainwater harvesting.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/17/20237 minutes, 45 seconds
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Missoma and Knightsbridge Rocks

Marisa Hordern quit her day job 15 years ago and started the jewellery brand Missoma to create quality, fashion-forward pieces that wouldn’t break the bank. Marisa explains how the brand has grown a loyal customer base from its humble beginnings, shipped to more than 200 countries and opened its first shop. Plus: seasonal shopping tips from the co-founder of Knightsbridge Rocks, Brenda Tuohy, who’s a connoisseur of fine jewellery with a knack for finding the right piece for the right occasion.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/15/202328 minutes, 54 seconds
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Eureka 363: Alight

Founder and CEO Harald Overholm talks about the potential for solar energy to revolutionise the power sector and help businesses reach sustainability goals through its cost-effectiveness, scalability, and environmental benefits. Plus: the importance of making solar beautiful. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/10/20239 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Deck and Walker Slater

We explore the enduring tradition of sartorial craftsmanship as we meet the founder of The Deck, a contemporary made-to-measure brand that is passionate about the power of the bespoke tailoring service experience for women. Plus: how Walker Slater became synonymous with tweed excellence, blending Scottish heritage with English tailoring expertise.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/8/202328 minutes, 10 seconds
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Eureka 362: L’Afshar

Founder Lilian Afshar talks about the creation of her accessories brand, how she has changed perceptions of acrylic as a fashion-forward material and her future plans as the label celebrates its 10-year anniversary.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/3/20238 minutes, 13 seconds
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UAE Special: Emirates and Appellation

We’re in the United Arab Emirates to explore how the business landscape has evolved over the past 15 years and to hear about the opportunities that it has for entrepreneurs and start-ups. The president of Emirates tells us about the role that the airline plays in shaping the nation’s soft power. Plus: we meet the co-founder of Appellation, a brand that blends therapeutic scents and science in pursuit of wellness.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/1/202333 minutes, 27 seconds
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Eureka 361: Cybernetica

Monocle’s Christopher Cermak heads to Tallinn to meet Cybernetica’s CEO, Oliver Väärtnõu, and hear how Estonia’s oldest IT company has played a pivotal role in shaping the government’s digital services. He shares insights on how savvy entrepreneurs can collaborate with government bureaucracies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/27/20239 minutes, 43 seconds
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Takt

Henrik Taudorf Lorensen is the founder and CEO of the award-winning Danish brand that’s reimagining how furniture is designed, built and sold. Lorensen explains his mission to address urgent environmental and climate challenges through design innovation and sustainable manufacture, and tells us how Takt prioritises modularity and repairability to achieve product longevity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/25/202325 minutes, 23 seconds
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Eureka 360: Little Venice Film Festival

Founder Marc Cameron talks about the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in cinema and shares his vision for the future of the film industry.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/20/20239 minutes, 11 seconds
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Løci and Sabegn

Løci co-founder Emmanuel Eribo talks about combining sustainability and style at the vegan trainer brand. Plus: meet Eyerusalem Kidane, the co-founder of Sabegn, an ethical-fashion business based in Ethiopia that specialises in producing premium, upcycled leather goods.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/18/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Eureka 359: Pavyllon, London

World-renowned chef Yannick Alléno holds 15 Michelin stars across 17 restaurants but after decades in the business he has just made his UK debut at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. He talks about the inspiration behind the new premises and shares insights into the culinary innovations that drive his global success.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/13/20237 minutes, 22 seconds
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Micromilspec and Northern Playground

Founder Henrik Rye declassifies some of the secrets behind the scenes at his watchmaking company, Micromilspec, which designs and produces Swiss-made timekeeping instruments for special operations forces, first responders and military units. Plus: we meet the founder of the Oslo-based apparel brand, Northern Playground, who explains how the brand is balancing business growth with sustainability as it aims to change the way we consume.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/202330 minutes, 18 seconds
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Eureka 358: HarrisonParrott

Music industry trailblazer Jasper Parrott talks about his evolving role at the esteemed classical music and performing arts agency that he co-founded in 1969. Parrott discusses the challenges and opportunities ahead, and his role shaping the careers of some of the world’s most-renowned artists. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/6/202312 minutes, 15 seconds
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Babbel and Communicative Language Academy

Babbel CEO Arne Schepker explains how the world’s best-selling language-learning platform evolves and adapts to new technologies and why it remains committed to using human interaction and conversation to help its users achieve proficiency. Plus: we head to western Ukraine to meet Kateryna Khudyk, co-founder of language school CLA, to hear why she’s so passionate about promoting effective communication among the country’s business leaders.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/4/202331 minutes, 32 seconds
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Eureka 357: Angell Mobility

John Mollanger is the CEO of the innovative French manufacturer of e-bikes that truly stand out from the crowd thanks to unrivalled form, function, security and safety features. Angell has now unveiled its Mini E-Bike 1, the first electric bicycle created with the Mini automotive brand. Mollanger stopped by Midori House to talk about the launch, his lifelong passion for smart mobility, and how spells living and working in Japan and Denmark transformed his approach to business and life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/29/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bienal de São Paulo, Granado & Fazenda

In a Brazil special, we head to the 35th Bienal de São Paulo and take the temperature of the city’s art scene. We also meet Sissi Freeman, marketing and sales director at Granado, to hear her plans for the storied Brazilian pharmacy brand’s global expansion. Plus: meat and merriment with Tomas Maunier, founder and managing director of restaurant group Fazenda. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/27/202330 minutes, 39 seconds
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Eureka 356: Batch.Works

Julien Vaissieres is the founder and CEO of the innovative design and manufacturing firm. He is on a mission to change the way things are made by developing viable circular practices using smart technologies such as 3D-printing. He shares his vision to be the leading supplier of sustainable manufacturing capabilities to global brands and designers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/22/20238 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Betts Group and SMO Gold

Can ethically sourced gold transform the precious-metals trade? Betts Group managing director Charlie Betts explains how transparency in sourcing precious metals is forging a new standard in responsible luxury and why his family business is committed to driving change in the mining industry.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/20/202329 minutes, 14 seconds
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Eureka 355: Baldwin Contemporary

Gallery founder Adam Baldwin talks about his journey from starting out as an amateur art collector, with limitless enthusiasm but limited funding, to launching Baldwin Contemporary. His highly regarded London-based gallery specialises in modern and contemporary works of art.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/15/20238 minutes, 33 seconds
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Finland Special: Kyrö and Sees

Meet Miika Lipiäinen, co-founder of Kyrö, an award-winning all-rye distillery that he launched with his friends after hatching the idea in that most Finnish of locations, the sauna. Plus: how the Fukushima disaster inspired Sees founder and CEO, Elisa Koivumaa, to start the household cleaning-products and cosmetics brand that uses all-natural ingredients.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/13/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Eureka 354: Prodigy

Meet the husband-and-wife duo, Sameer and Neena Vaswani, whose road trip through Italy inspired them to establish a plant-based chocolate brand that embodies health-consciousness and environmental responsibility.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/8/20238 minutes, 48 seconds
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Pom Harrington & Frieze Seoul

Pom Harrington, owner of world-leading antiquarian book dealer Peter Harrington, tells us about the family business’s Frieze Seoul debut, his personal journey in collecting and selling rare books, and why investing in the next generation of booksellers is crucial. Plus, he discusses how he navigates the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/6/202329 minutes, 12 seconds
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Eureka 353: Tentacle

Jackson Clarke shares how Tentacle’s groundbreaking predictive technology has revolutionised the way we predict the future, to help clients solve complex challenges and gain a competitive edge in various industries worldwide.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/1/20239 minutes, 52 seconds
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Andy Evans and ‘Planet Wind’

Meet Andy Evans, the co-founder and CEO of leading Australian offshore wind developer Oceanex Energy. Andy stops by Midori House to talk about his entrepreneurial journey, work to change how we power our world as a leader in the offshore wind farming industry and his ambitious upcoming documentary, ‘Planet Wind’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/30/202324 minutes, 47 seconds
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Eureka 352: Løci

Founder Emmanuel Eribo talks about his journey leaving behind a high-flying corporate career to build something more meaningful that resonates with his values. With a vision for a different kind of retail experience, he and his co-founders established Løci, a vegan trainers brand built on ethical practices, using groundbreaking materials that combine style and purpose.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/25/20239 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hundle

We meet Hari Hundle, founder of the eponymous financial services firm for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, and corporations. Hari discusses his client-centric approach and the value of building trust and long-term relationships. Plus: why clever design is an important element of his success in business.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/23/202326 minutes, 15 seconds
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Eureka 351: Satisfy

Founder Brice Partouche talks about how the French activewear label is pushing boundaries by fusing cutting-edge technology and innovative design to ensure peak performance and quality. Partouche talks about the forthcoming launch of the first women’s collection.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/18/20237 minutes, 13 seconds
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Morjas & Luca Faloni

Morjas founder Henrik Berg talks about the timeless aesthetics of his men’s footwear and accessories label, and its Mediterranean and Scandinavian heritage. Plus: we catch up with Luca Faloni, founder of the eponymous brand built on a philosophy of slow fashion and an enduring commitment to being “Made in Italy”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/16/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ace & Tate

We speak to Mark de Lange, CEO and founder of the Amsterdam-based eyewear brand known for its distinctly Dutch aesthetic and exceptional craftsmanship. De Lange founded the company a decade ago on the premise that swapping eyewear should be as effortless as changing your shoes. Ten years on, what does he make of the optical landscape?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/11/20237 minutes, 7 seconds
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Rumor Rosé and Champagne Rendez-Vous

Barry Bayat, the founder of Rumor Rosé, explains how he left behind a finance career to set off for the vineyards of Provence with the goal of creating his dream pink wine. Then we’re in champagne country to meet Fiona Perrin, CEO of Champagne Rendez-Vous, an all-natural brand focused on winemaking craft with minimal intervention.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/9/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Eureka 349: Private Drama Events

We meet RADA-trained actor Adam Blackwood who is also the visionary architect of Private Drama Events, an award-winning creative agency that he founded in 2002 with a view of bringing together his theatrical and production skills. Since that time, Adam and his team have worked their magic for renowned luxury brands, influential global charities and exclusive private affairs, including creating bespoke experiences onboard the British Pullman and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express trains. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/4/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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Pai Skincare

Meet Sarah Brown, founder of the skincare brand whose acclaimed products have been proudly formulated, manufactured and packaged in-house in London since 2007. Sarah is an organic skincare pioneer whose expertise in developing effective, all-natural products was born out of her own experience living with challenging skin.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/2/202324 minutes, 48 seconds
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Eureka 348: Hyper Hypo

In the heart of the Monastiraki neighbourhood in Athens, two friends took the plunge to create the bookstore that they thought the Greek capital was lacking. Hyper Hypo is both a community hub and publishing house, whose ethos and selection balances a smart mix of the playful and the profound. Monocle’s Paige Reynolds reports.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/28/202315 minutes, 28 seconds
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Maeving & Beaumier

Seb Inglis-Jones is the co-founder of Maeving, an electric motorbike manufacturer proudly based in Coventry, the traditional home of British motorcycle innovation. Seb explains how he and his team have created Britain’s best-selling electric motorcycle by combining classic engineering with future-focused technology. Plus: Éric Dardé, president and CEO of Beaumier hotel group, stops by to discuss the importance of authenticity in hospitality and how the brand is employing simple fixes to redefine luxury.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/26/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Eureka 347: Something & Nothing

Oliver Dixon is co-founder of the multi-award-winning brand that makes premium sodas and spritzes from natural juices, extracts and botanicals. Dixon has a background in branding, music and hospitality and co-owns a pub. It was there that he identified a lack of sophisticated soft drinks. This led to Something & Nothing, which has now successfully launched in the US.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/21/20238 minutes, 47 seconds
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Otherway & Merchery

Jono Holt, founder of Otherway, reflects on the creative studio’s 10-year anniversary and expanding operations to San Francisco. Plus, we meet the co-founder of Merchery, a one-stop shop that aims to break the cycle of cheap and disposable promotional items.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/19/202330 minutes
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Eureka: Brand Britain insights

Bob Sheard, friend of the show and co-founder of brand agency Fresh Britain, stops by with reflections on the Brand Britain event that took place in January in London and featured Monocle, Central Saint Martins and the leaders of a host of great businesses. Sheard shares lessons from the day and explains how they have recalibrated his strategic approach.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/14/202316 minutes, 3 seconds
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Thailand special: The Commons & The Decorum

Monocle’s Asia editor, James Chambers, joins Tom Edwards from Bangkok for a Thailand-themed special episode. We met the founder of The Commons – a mall-cum-community centre – and the man behind local menswear brand The Decorum.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/12/202330 minutes, 34 seconds
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Eureka 345: Touriste

Adrien Gloaguen, the founder and owner of French boutique hotel group Touriste, talks about its expanding portfolio and how to balance the individual charms of each property with overarching brand values.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/7/20235 minutes, 32 seconds
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Cowboy

Adrien Roose is co-founder and CEO of the award-winning Belgian electric cycle company that has transformed the industry with its fully automatic rider experience. Roose explains how Cowboy is reimagining urban mobility – and how that is helping to shape happier, healthier cities.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/5/202328 minutes, 13 seconds
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Eureka 344: Pool

Monocle’s Paige Reynolds reports from Berlin on the start-up seeking to fix fashion’s sustainability problem and shift attitudes away from ownership by offering consumers a rentable range of everyday, unisex garments.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/30/202314 minutes, 8 seconds
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Nc’nean

We meet Annabel Thomas, the founder of organic whisky distillery Nc’nean on Scotland’s west coast. Thomas reflects on her decade-long journey to change perceptions of the spirit, reach a more diverse customer base and innovate production through sustainable practices.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/28/202325 minutes, 49 seconds
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Eureka 343: Luca Faloni

The founder of the eponymous slow-fashion brand, which creates classically styled and traditionally crafted garments, explains his commitment to using materials sourced from experienced Italian artisans.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/23/20237 minutes, 30 seconds
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Kirk & Kirk

We meet Jason Kirk, one half of the husband-and-wife team behind eyewear innovators Kirk & Kirk. The brand is revolutionising the industry with their colourful frames and thoughtful approach to design. Hear how they scaled the business internationally despite challenges along the way and why Jason is convinced that the right frames can be a game-changer.See omny.fm/listener for privacy information.
6/21/202328 minutes, 13 seconds
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Eureka 342: Bonastre

Fernando Bonastre de Celis, the founder and creative director of Bonastre, explains how his brand creates premium leather bags by focusing on materiality, durability and craft. He tells us why his success relies on European manufacturing – and plenty of savoir-faire.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/16/20236 minutes, 58 seconds
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Martinhal & The Gentle Wine

We’re in Lisbon to meet Chitra Stern who, with her husband, Roman, created Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts, which has reimagined luxury family holidays. She tells Monocle about her latest endeavour, Martinhal Residences. Plus: we head to Berlin to clink glasses with Moritz Zyrewitz, founder of a gentle, lower-alcohol German wine brand.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/14/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Eureka 341: Muvmi

Meet Krisada Kritayakirana, co-founder and CEO of Muvmi, a ride-sharing service that supplies cities in Thailand with electric tuk-tuks. The aim? To transform cities with more affordable, cleaner and safer modes of transport. Monocle’s James Chambers speaks with Kritayakirana in Bangkok about Muvmi’s innovative approach to transportation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/9/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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July and Ron Dorff

Meet Athan Didaskalou, co-founder of Melbourne-based luggage and travel accessories brand July. Athan joins us to talk about the brand’s global success - and why he’s so excited to touch down in the UK. Plus: Ron Dorff co-founder Claus Lindorff sits down with Monocle at the Franco-Swedish company’s Paris headquarters to explain why Los Angeles is the next stop for his premium sports-to-swimwear brand.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/7/202329 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eureka: Kleman

We’re in Paris for the launch of heritage French shoe brand Kleman’s first flagship store in Le Marais. We hear from the Cléon brothers, Alex and Mathieu, on why they prioritise investment in French manufacturing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/2/20237 minutes, 13 seconds
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Vaayu & Woodspin

We speak to Namrata Sandhu, the co-founder and CEO of Vaayu. The Berlin-headquartered company has developed the world’s first automated carbon software, which helps retailers analyse their footprint in real-time. Plus: we’re at the opening of a ground-breaking factory in Finland that is producing a revolutionary wood-based fibre for the textile industry.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/31/202328 minutes, 23 seconds
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Eureka 339: Headliner

The CEO and co-founder of Headliner, Neil Mody, discusses his vision for the future of audio and how savvy entrepreneurs can seize the potential to cultivate an audience and propel their businesses forward. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/26/20238 minutes, 7 seconds
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Earnt and Social Pantry

Lauren Scott-Harris discusses Earnt, her innovative new initiative that unites great brands with noble causes and incentivises people to do good deeds in return for in-demand products and VIP access to special experiences. Plus: we meet Alex Head, founder of a stylish catering and events company that offers ex-offenders with a new path in hospitality.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/24/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Eureka 338: Boomitra

Founder and CEO Aadith Moorthy explains how the marketplace uses advanced AI and satellite technology to tackle climate change while empowering agricultural communities to sequester CO2 by boosting soil carbon levels.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/19/20238 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kollo Health and Backhug

Avid runner and broadcaster Jenni Falconer is a co-founder of Kollo Health. She tells us how she turned her passion for fitness and wellbeing into a thriving business with a multi-award-winning first product, a marine collagen supplement that has become the UK’s leading liquid collagen sachet. Plus: we meet an engineer-turned-physiotherapist who has created a revolutionary device to help people with chronic back pain.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/17/202330 minutes, 55 seconds
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Buchanan Studio

Founder and creative director Angus Buchanan discusses the advantages of learning in the field rather than the classroom and explains how teaming up with his wife, Charlotte, has enabled the establishment of a thriving multi-disciplinary design practice.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/12/20238 minutes, 59 seconds
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BetterBrand

Aimee Yang, BetterBrand’s founder and CEO, discusses her innovative food start-up that uses “grain-changing technology” and plant-based ingredients to provide healthy, delicious alternatives to carbohydrate-heavy foods such as bagels.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/10/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Eureka 336: Apostrophy

We catch up with technology innovator Petter Neby to hear about his latest and most ambitious venture. Apostrophy is a software start-up developing a smartphone operating system that prioritises privacy. Fresh from announcing the project at the World Economic Forum, Petter told Monocle’s Tom Webb how he plans to compete in a space dominated by a handful of giant brands – and why extra security is always worth paying for.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/5/20236 minutes, 24 seconds
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PerfectTed and Ocean Bottle

Marisa Poster, co-founder of PerfectTed, shares the story of the creation of a new kind of energy drink. She tells us how Europe’s first matcha green tea energy drink secured a £50,000 investment from Steven Bartlett and Peter Jones on "Dragons’ Den”. Plus: we meet the creators of Ocean Bottle, a brand that aims to combat the issue of marine plastic pollution with its sleek, reusable water bottles.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/3/202327 minutes
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Shima

Hector Butler and Matt Brunault were living and working in New York when they stumbled upon a modest neighbourhood bar in Brooklyn. There the friends fell in love with saké. A few years (and several trips to Japan) later they successfully launched Shima, the ready-to-drink canned saké that’s shaking up the hard seltzer market.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/28/20238 minutes, 25 seconds
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Brinkworth & USM

Adam Brinkworth and Nick Roberts of global design firm Brinkworth discuss their work creating spaces that bring people and brands together. Plus: we look back at Salone del Mobile in Milan and hear why Swiss manufacturing remains central to the work and mission of innovative furniture company USM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/26/202327 minutes, 50 seconds
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Eureka 334: Desmond & Dempsey

Joel Jeffrey and Molly Goddard, the husband-and-wife co-founders of this luxury sleepwear brand, discuss the benefits and challenges of running a company as a couple and the principles that drive the business, which is renowned for its fashionable pyjamas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/21/20236 minutes, 42 seconds
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Collagerie and Baum und Pferdgarten

We meet Lucinda Chambers and Serena Hood, two former British ‘Vogue’ editors who have turned their eye for style and passion for storytelling into the elegantly curated shopping platform Collagerie. Plus: we hear from Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave, creative directors of Danish fashion house Baum und Pferdgarten.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/19/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Eureka 333: Plainly

Artsem Kruk, the visionary CEO and co-founder of Plainly, shares insights on the award-winning brand renowned for its opulent hand-care products. With a strong emphasis on design, Plainly creates a range of sophisticated treatments that are formulated in partnership with Germany’s leading cosmetics laboratories.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/14/20239 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ewan Venters

The CEO of Artfarm and Hauser & Wirth explains how he navigated from luxury retail at Fortnum & Mason to the cutting edge of contemporary art.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/12/202328 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eureka 332: The Other House

Renowned property investment guru Naomi Heaton shares insights on her newest venture, The Other House residents' club, which is nestled in the heart of South Kensington, London. As the visionary founder and co-owner, Heaton divulges her innovative approach to developing a cutting-edge lifestyle concept that culminates in a chic and sophisticated destination that caters to the modern traveller. With flexible accommodation options and bespoke hotel-style services, The Other House boasts a forward-thinking design and elevated amenities that provide guests with a truly unique experience.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/6/20238 minutes, 58 seconds
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Aera and Soeder

Aera co-founder and CEO Jas Minhas talks about business serendipity and building a purpose-driven brand with the highest quality components. Plus: we head to Zürich to catch up with Hanna Olzon Åkerström, co-founder of Soeder, to hear about their partnership with Swiss and what it means to be ‘Made in Switzerland’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/5/202327 minutes, 37 seconds
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Eureka 331: Gallivant

Nick Steward is the founder of Gallivant, an artisan perfumery based in London. Steward creates award-winning unisex fragrances inspired by destinations around the globe, capturing the spirit and excitement of cities and travel.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/31/20236 minutes, 28 seconds
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IWG and Capacities

Monocle’s editor in chief, Andrew Tuck, joins the show to introduce his interview with Mark Dixon, the founder and chief executive of IWG. They discuss hybrid working and why the office will never go out of style, even if commuting does. Plus: we meet the German tech entrepreneurs behind a cutting-edge ‘second brain’ productivity app.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/29/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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Eureka 330: Pure Effect

Linda Rosendahl Nordin and Jocke Ahlander are the co-founders of the clothing and textile care company Pure Effect, which makes cleaning products that contain active bacterial cultures. These result in less water use, fewer chemicals and a more sustainable approach to clothing care.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/24/20237 minutes, 36 seconds
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Nothing and NeoCarbon

Nothing’s CEO and co-founder Carl Pei tells us about building a cutting-edge consumer electronics company that is committed to removing barriers between people and technology. He talks about the next frontiers in personal communications and why, for far-sighted founders, a little corporate conflict can be healthy. Plus: the co-founder of German start-up NeoCarbon talks about direct air capture’s role in addressing the climate crisis.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/22/202330 minutes
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Eureka 329: Maslow’s

Guy Ivesha is the founder and CEO of Maslow’s, the hospitality group behind 1 Warwick, the recently opened members’ house in London’s Soho,and Fitzovia’s Mortimer House. He explains how entrepreneurs need tenacity, the philosophy driving their approach to new hospitality products, and the vision and requirements for expansion into different cities.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/17/202310 minutes, 38 seconds
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Lunaz

David Lorenz is the CEO and founder of Lunaz, a UK start-up that re-engineers and electrifies commercial and industrial vehicles, as well as collectable classics from car-makers such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Aston Martin. Lorenz started the company in 2018 with engineer and powertrain innovator Jon Hilton. Here, he tells us about life at the wheel of one of the UK’s fastest-growing clean-technology businesses. Plus: what the US can learn from Europe about apprenticeships.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/15/202329 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eureka 328: The Beautiful Truth

Adam Penny is co-founder and CEO of The Beautiful Truth, a group that is dedicated to helping purpose-driven organisations and businesses to better understand and express their values. Penny and his colleagues celebrate how a business can be both a force for good and profitable at the same time. So what are the challenges that business leaders face in their communications, whether internal, B2B or B2C? And how can businesses share their values in a compelling way in an increasingly polarised media environment? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/10/202312 minutes, 13 seconds
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Byborre and Nike ACG

We meet Borre Akkersdijk, co-founder of Byborre, a textile studio based in the Netherlands that specialises in sustainable and innovative fabric design. Plus, Bob Sheard, friend of the show and co-founder of brand agency Fresh Britain, stops by to discuss the power of logos and how Nike’s iconic swoosh almost got in the way of its expansion into the outdoor clothing market. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/8/202329 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eureka 327: Dash Water

Meet Alex Wright, co-founder of the refreshingly innovative brand that’s making waves in the beverage industry. With a passion for health and sustainability, Wright and his co-founder have created a unique line of sparkling waters that are free from nasties and proudly infused with the flavour of ‘wonky’ produce. Wright explains his journey and mission to promote healthier lifestyles.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/3/20236 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rails

Jeff Abrams, founder and creative director of fashion brand Rails, explains his approach to expanding into new markets, the importance of understanding international customers and how making decisions quickly helped him grow the brand… and avoid catastrophe after a truck robbery. Plus: Monocle’s fashion editor, Natalie Theodosi, discusses sustainable style and the trends that she has spotted at fashion weeks in London, Milan and Paris.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/1/202329 minutes, 39 seconds
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Eureka 326: How to Make it in America

Matthew Lee Sawyer is a strategist, consultant and educator with a passion for helping people and companies grow. In his new book, ‘Make It In America: How International Companies and Entrepreneurs Can Successfully Enter and Scale in US Markets,’ he outlines the opportunities and challenges for businesses hoping to get traction in the world’s biggest economy.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/24/20239 minutes, 9 seconds
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Heat and Arthur Sleep

How did Heat secure major investment from industry heavyweights such as LVMH Luxury Ventures and tap into the all-important Gen Z audience, growing an engaged community of conscious shoppers with a season-less mindset? Founders Joe Wilkinson and Mario Maher tell us about their runaway commercial success and future-proofing luxury fashion. Plus: the founders of a bespoke shoe business explain how they plan to scale their Savile Row micro-factory.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/22/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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Eureka 325: Phoenyx Spirits

Robert Black and Benedict Gordon are the founders of Phoenyx Spirits, a spirits company that owns and operates revived heritage brands. Having already secured a wide portfolio of trademarks, Rob and Ben tell us about the first revitalised brands they’ve launched, two premium bitter liqueurs, Khoosh and Dr. Hostetter’s. But how did it all start? And how do you stay true to a brand’s history while making it contemporary?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/20/202310 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fresh Fitness Food and Sips Berlin

This week we’re pairing two leading entrepreneurs in the world of food and wine. Our starter is Caspar Rose, co-founder and CEO of the Wellness Food Group, which owns and operates two leading UK brands in the ready-to-eat meal space. Then it’s over to Germany to meet Clara Higham-Stoianova, the founder of Sips Berlin, the first-ever natural-wine delivery platform. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/15/202329 minutes, 53 seconds
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Eureka 324: Space Waste Lab

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde tells us about the Space Waste Lab, a multi-year living project with the European Space Agency that’s reimagining space junk and developing solutions for the long term. He explains how the design challenge posed by space junk has inspired him to encourage people to give waste a new value.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/10/20237 minutes, 38 seconds
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Airtasker and Neometro

Tim Fung, CEO and co-founder of community marketplace Airtasker, tells us how the business has amassed a global following and expanded markets as demand for flexible work soars. Plus: we head to Melbourne to meet entrepreneur James Tutton, director of a purpose-driven developer that is changing the face of the industry through wellness.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/8/202329 minutes, 14 seconds
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Eureka 323: Hub Culture

This week, Monocle’s Tom Webb introduces his Davos interview with Stan Stalnaker, founder and chief strategy officer of Hub Culture, who talks about the innovative technology ecosystem and its groundbreaking approach to AI. Could building AI with purpose be one of the answers to the climate crisis? Could we consult AI to help us design the framework for fully sustainable cities – and is it time to rethink the legal rights of nature?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/3/20238 minutes, 33 seconds
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Brand Britain special

What does “Brand Britain” mean today and what comes next? An audience of students, brand leaders, investors and other stakeholders gathered in London to hear from the writer Ekow Eshun, Belstaff CEO Fran Millar, Rapha founder Simon Mottram, the Academic Dean of CSM Rebecca Wright, Nc’nean founder Annabel Thomas and Monocle’s Josh Fehnert. Devised and hosted by Bob Sheard, co-founder of the Fresh Britain agency, the event explored what the UK’s national brand means for businesses operating in its slipstream. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/1/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 27 seconds
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Eureka 322: The future of Brand Britain

What does Brand Britain mean today and what’s next? This week an audience of students, brand leaders, investors and other stakeholders gathered to hear from a panel including writer Ekow Eshun, Belstaff CEO Fran Millar, Rapha founder Simon Mottram and the Academic Dean of CSM Rebecca Wright. Devised and hosted by agency Fresh Britain, the event explored what the UK’s brand means for businesses operating in its slipstream. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/27/20238 minutes, 1 second
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AKQA & L-Acoustics

Ajaz Ahmed, leader of the world’s most decorated design agency, AKQA, returns to Monocle to tell us how the business has grown in the five years since his last visit. Plus: We head to Los Angeles to meet the CEO of L-Acoustics. He tells Monocle’s US editor about the company’s latest innovations in immersive sound design.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/25/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Eureka 321: Branding Corner: Waterloo, London

The latest in our series serving up insights into the creation or reimagining of great brands. Fresh Britain’s co-founder, Bob Sheard, tells us about the agency’s role in the development of Waterloo, London.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/20/20237 minutes
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Bower and Aucart

Meet Suwar and Berfin Mert, the brother-and-sister team behind a Swedish app that rewards its users whenever they recycle everyday waste items. They tell us about fund-raising for global expansion and why the UK is next. Plus: five years since her last visit, we speak to Natasha Arselan, founder and CEO of contemporary-art discovery and collecting platform Aucart.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/18/202329 minutes
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Eureka 320: Onto

Rob Jolly co-founded this flexible electric-car subscription service in 2017. Onto offers British drivers a truly comprehensive product with insurance, charging and maintenance included in the monthly price. The company now has more than 6,500 subscribers and last summer announced a successful Series C funding round to power expansion into Europe. Rob explains how he and Onto began their exciting, electric journey. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/13/20237 minutes, 52 seconds
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Childs Farm and Lhamour

How did Childs Farm become the UK’s leading baby and child personal-care brand in less than a decade? Its founder, Joanna Jensen, explains how caring for her daughters’ sensitive skin inspired the development of products that worked for all of the family. Plus: the creator of another innovative and disruptive personal-care brand, Lhamour, tells us about changing the landscape of the sector in her home market, Mongolia.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/11/202329 minutes, 44 seconds
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Eureka 319: De Bonne Facture and Madame de la Maison

Two of the smartest young business owners in their sector, Déborah Neuberg, founder of menswear brand De Bonne Facture, and Ajiri Aki, founder of online boutique Madame de la Maison, join Monocle’s Europe editor at large, Ed Stocker, in Paris to discuss pitches, plans and passion projects. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/6/20239 minutes, 16 seconds
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John Hitchcox

Kick off the new year with some entrepreneurial inspiration courtesy of the brilliant chairman and founder of Yoo Group and the driving force behind the €1.5bn regeneration of London Olympia. John Hitchcox has more than 40 years of experience shaping and reshaping neighbourhoods, and delivering a groundbreaking vision for our cities. He talks about his life and times as one of the most influential and well-respected entrepreneurs and pioneers in the global property industry.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/4/202328 minutes, 30 seconds
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P Johnson and Body of Work

Renowned Australian tailor and clothier Patrick Johnson talks about the perfect pace at which to grow a great international business. Then we’re off to Toronto to meet the founders of athletic-wear brand and studio Body of Work. Plus: for branding corner, Bob Sheard discusses the reinvention of French sports equipment brand Salomon.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/28/202228 minutes, 30 seconds
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Pangaia & Nordic Outdoor

Amanda Parkes, chief innovation officer of Pangaia, explains how the brand operates at the cutting-edge of innovation in materials science to advance their offering of premium lifestyle products and clothing. Plus: Caspar Odqvist, founder of retailer Nordic Outdoor, tells us about his experience introducing unknown and little-known Scandinavian technical and adventure brands to the UK since 2005. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/21/202230 minutes, 6 seconds
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Eureka 318: Sound Particles

Nuno Fonseca, founder and CEO of Portuguese software start-up Sound Particles, explains how he and his colleagues have applied CGI-like principles commonly found in visual-effects for movies to audio design and why the major studios are loving the the results. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/16/20229 minutes, 56 seconds
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Convene and Kitt

This week we focus on the future of the office. We hear from the founder of Convene, a world-leading hospitality company founded to address the question: “What if you ran an office building like a hotel?” Plus: the CEO and co-founder of managed-office platform Kitt explains his belief that while you can maintain company culture remotely, you need to come together in a physical workplace to create and build it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/14/202228 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eureka 317: Hylo Athletics

Former professional footballer Michael Doughty quit the game to establish a unique athletic brand that is as passionate about serving the planet as it is about producing natural, renewable running shoes. Launched in 2020, the high-performance, low-impact sportswear brand creates trainers made with natural and renewable materials such as sugarcane, corn fibre and algae. Doughty explains why he embarked on the journey and Hylo’s broader mission to be the world’s first fully fossil-free sportswear brand. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/10/20229 minutes, 31 seconds
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Einride and Starship Technologies

We meet two entrepreneurs building a sustainable, electric future. Robert Falck, co-founder and CEO of Swedish autonomous electric freight company Einride, explains how its fleet of autonomous pods, trucks and trailers is revolutionising global shipping and freight. Plus, Starship Technologies’ co-founder and CTO Ahti Heinla tells us how his company is focusing on last-mile solutions that are as good for the planet as they are for business. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/7/202230 minutes
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Eureka 316: Chá Camélia

After a ‘eureka moment’ during a radio interview that Nina Gruntkowski was conducting with a Swiss tea-grower, the German decided to swap journalism for starting a tea plantation in her adopted home of Portugal.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/2/20228 minutes, 11 seconds
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Subdial and ID Genève

The founders of Subdial, the online trading platform that’s reimagining how watches are bought, sold and collected, explain their passion for building a new community of collectors. Plus: the innovative Swiss watch-maker committed to creating timepieces sourced from the circular economy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/30/202230 minutes, 25 seconds
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Eureka 315: The future of Brand Britain

Bob Sheard stops by to preview a fascinating discussion that will take place in London in January featuring Fresh Britain, Monocle and Central Saint Martins. Alongside other thought leaders and brand custodians, the panel will consider the future of Britain’s national brand and the slipstream that it creates for the best British businesses. What are the faultlines affecting Britain’s sense of itself and place in the world?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/25/202210 minutes, 41 seconds
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Universal Works

Founder and designer David Keyte, who launched the menswear brand in 2008. David returns to the show to discuss seasonality and staying fresh, what it means to be a British brand post-Brexit, the trouble with the “S” word (that’s “S” for sustainability, if you’re asking) and “dressing the world”. Plus: we’re in Helsinki to hear why thousands of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and investors brave the wintry Finnish weather to attend Slush every November.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/23/202228 minutes, 10 seconds
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Eureka 314: Mintus

Tamer Ozmen is the founder and CEO of the online art investment platform, which offers astute collectors the opportunity to own a share in exceptional works. Ozmen explains how the modern and contemporary art market has performed almost three times better than the S&P 500 since 1986 and discusses the investment potential of pieces like Andy Warhol’s immense "White Disaster" screenprint, which sold for more than $85m at Sotheby’s in New York this week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/19/20229 minutes, 26 seconds
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Eureka 314: Mintus

Tamer Ozmen is the founder and CEO of the online art investment platform, which offers astute collectors the opportunity to own a share in exceptional works. Ozmen explains how the modern and contemporary art market has performed almost three times better than the S&P 500 since 1986 and discusses the investment potential of pieces like Andy Warhol’s immense "White Disaster" screenprint, which sold for more than $85m at Sotheby’s in New York this week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/19/20229 minutes, 26 seconds
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Peggy

The innovative new online platform is reshaping how collectors acquire art by making the work of emerging and mid-career artists available to a new generation. Monocle’s Tomos Lewis is in Peggy’s home town of Toronto to meet co-founders Craig Follett and Adam Meghji and VP of art Brownyn Hunter-Shortly. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/16/202227 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eureka 313: Metropolitan Touring

In the week of COP27 we are training our spotlight on sustainability and climate awareness. We’re considering why responsible travellers and engaged citizens can justify heading to places that are right on the front line of the climate battle. We speak to Dominic Hamilton, director of communications at Metropolitan Touring, the carbon-neutral holding group of several properties in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Dom tells us about his journey and explains how Metropolitan has established itself as Ecuador’s leading pioneer of sustainable tourism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/11/202211 minutes, 3 seconds
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Cocoon and ZZ Driggs

Ceanne Fernandes-Wong is the CEO and co-founder of Cocoon, the UK’s first luxury bag rental service. Cocoon’s collection consists of almost 1,000 styles from leading brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Fendi and Prada, alongside a vintage selection. Whitney Frances Falk is the founder and CEO of ZZ Driggs, a New York-based brand that offers fine furniture created by independent designers on demand, making it easy and affordable for consumers to rent, buy or both. They tell us about the opportunities for smart entrepreneurs who want to operate in a more sustainable, circular and ethical way.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/9/202230 minutes, 29 seconds
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Eureka 312: Another Aspect

Daniel Brøndt, Anders Poulsen and Nicolaj Thomsen are the co-owners of this stylish Copenhagen menswear brand. Another Aspect’s pieces are influenced by classic tailoring but delivered with a relaxed, minimalist aesthetic. The trio called in at Midori House to talk about the start of their brand’s journey. They explain why enduring quality matters more than big logos and discuss their belief in the power of bricks-and-mortar retail to build great brands. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/4/20229 minutes, 40 seconds
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Belstaff

Fran Millar is the CEO leading the British heritage fashion brand into a new era. She explains how her methodology is inspired in part by her experience at the cutting edge of elite sport: she was previously in charge of winning behaviours at cycling record-breakers Team Sky. Plus: for this week’s branding corner, Fresh Britain’s Bob Sheard describes the agency’s role in the renaissance of New Balance. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/2/202229 minutes
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Eureka 311: Hamilton & Hare

Founder Olivia Francis shares the origin story of the independent British menswear brand based around the corner from Monocle’s London HQ. Frustrated at a lack of great quality, wearable men’s basics, Francis decided to do something about it, despite lacking a fashion background. Eight years on, Hamilton & Hare boasts exciting collaborations with other British brands, sustainable manufacture in small-scale, specialist facilities in Portugal and an ever-growing offer of premium wardrobe staples.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/28/20227 minutes, 51 seconds
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MĀ and Mugi

Esther Payerols and Nina Marti are the founders of MĀ, a Lugano-based brand that promotes wellbeing and emotional harmony through home scents made from sustainably sourced, organic essential oils. Esther and Nina explain MĀ’s natural roots and how they were inspired by a Japanese concept of better balance in life. We then meet another bold entrepreneur who has taken inspiration from Japan: Mugi’s Michael Steber. Michael and his co-founder Andrea Rückert produce barley for mugicha (barley tea) but they’re growing it (and transforming its reputation) in Bavaria.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/26/202230 minutes
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Eureka 310: Dr Ewan Kirk

The technology entrepreneur is perhaps best known for founding science-driven investment management firm Cantab Capital Partners. Kirk was previously a partner and head of the quantitative strategies group at Goldman Sachs, where he led a 120-strong European team of mathematicians, scientists and statisticians. He tells us why he advocates for commercialising and leveraging technology and science research in business, philanthropy and academia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/21/202211 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eureka 310: Dr Ewan Kirk

The technology entrepreneur is perhaps best known for founding science-driven investment management firm Cantab Capital Partners. Kirk was previously a partner and head of the quantitative strategies group at Goldman Sachs, where he led a 120-strong European team of mathematicians, scientists and statisticians. He tells us why he advocates for commercialising and leveraging technology and science research in business, philanthropy and academia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/21/202211 minutes, 31 seconds
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Proper Snacks and JR Ryall

Cassandra Stavrou launched the Proper Snacks business in 2011 and has built it into Europe’s largest independent healthy snacks company. Cassandra talks about the journey the brand has been on and how the recent sale of a majority stake in the company has created a true challenger to the established players in the market. Plus: Ballymaloe House head pastry chef JR Ryall talks about his entrepreneurial adventures in food and how they led to the publication of his delicious debut book, ‘Ballymaloe Desserts’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/19/202230 minutes, 26 seconds
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Eureka 309: Rezon

Judith McMinn is the founder of Rezon, developers of the Halo protective headband designed specifically to reduce rotational forces transmitted to the brain in impacts in sport. It is this rotation of the brain inside the skull, rather than linear impacts per se, that results in harmful inflammation which can damage the brain. So how did a former director of operations for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change come to identify and fill this gap in the market? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/14/202210 minutes, 33 seconds
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Cake

Stefan Ytterborn is the founder of electric-motorbike manufacturer Cake. A seasoned entrepreneur who refined his skills with the creation and development of POC, a brand specialising in protective gear for adventure sports, Ytterborn has led Cake since 2016. Cake’s ground-breaking bikes delight design aficionados while offering a path towards a more sustainable future. Plus: Bob Sheard on the rise of Arc’teryx. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/12/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eureka 307: Jack Wolfskin

Richard Collier joined the leading provider of premium German-engineered outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment as CEO in 2020, with the small matter of a global pandemic to navigate. Alongside that, he had a more personal challenge to meet: to take the brand back to its roots. Jack Wolfskin was founded by a group of friends around a remote Canadian campfire in 1981 and, as Richard explains, that’s the origin story and the ‘eureka moment’ that he wanted to put back at the heart of the brand experience.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/7/20228 minutes, 40 seconds
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Eureka 307: Jack Wolfskin

Richard Collier joined the leading provider of premium German-engineered outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment as CEO in 2020, with the small matter of a global pandemic to navigate. Alongside that, he had a more personal challenge to meet: to take the brand back to its roots. Jack Wolfskin was founded by a group of friends around a remote Canadian campfire in 1981 and, as Richard explains, that’s the origin story and the ‘eureka moment’ that he wanted to put back at the heart of the brand experience.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/7/20228 minutes, 40 seconds
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Soulcycle

Evelyn Webster was running Guardian News & Media’s international operations in New York before taking over as CEO of the global fitness brand in December 2020. For Webster, a committed rider herself, and for its legions of fans, Soulcycle was so much more than an indoor cycling workout. As the company puts it: “The bikes may be stationary but they’ll take you as far as you want to travel.” Webster discusses taking the reins in the midst of a global pandemic and (as if that weren’t enough) with a late-breaking crisis in the brand’s corporate culture to navigate, too.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/5/202230 minutes, 28 seconds
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Coming soon

The Entrepreneurs returns on 5 October with a great new season in which you'll hear about the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business. Keep an eye and an ear on monocle.com for all the latest and for information about the print edition of The Entrepreneurs annual created by the team behind Monocle magazine. Thanks for listening! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/14/202257 seconds
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Food52 & Anyday

Food52’s Amanda Hesser tells us why and how, more than a decade ago, she set out to bring cooks together to exchange ideas and recipes, and to deliver a real sense of community in the kitchen. Plus: Anyday’s Steph Chen explains how her innovative range of glass cookware is transforming the microwave’s bad reputation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/13/202230 minutes, 30 seconds
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It's holiday season for 'The Entrepreneurs'

It's holiday season here in Europe – so we’re heading for a hopefully well deserved summer break just for the next few weeks. Keep an eye and an ear on monocle.com for news of our return in September. You can find information there about the latest perfect print edition of The Entrepreneurs annual created by the team behind Monocle Magazine. Thanks as always for listening to The Entrepreneurs. We can't wait to catch up after our break. See you in September. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/8/20221 minute, 13 seconds
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Eureka 306: Lolie

Héloïse Mercier is the founder and CEO of Lolie, a marketplace featuring the finest brands and products for children. Alongside Lolie’s CCO, Katie Kendrick, she has brought her passions for fashion, design and technology into the business. So why did Mercier, a computer science graduate and a Farfetch alumnus, turn to the children’s market?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/5/20225 minutes, 48 seconds
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Faire

Jeff Kolovson, COO of online wholesale marketplace Faire, has helped to create a vibrant community that champions independent businesses while bridging the divide between digital and bricks-and-mortar. Kolovson and his co-founders launched Faire, which connects independent brands with independent retailers, in 2017. He tells us why having a values-oriented mission might be the most important thing in an entrepreneur’s toolkit. Plus, the founders of Bimble – another enterprise built with the best small businesses in mind – talk about their app’s origin story.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/3/202230 minutes, 12 seconds
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Eureka 305: Sowvital

Jack Lewis is the founder of a flourishing, forward-thinking brand delivering high-quality care for your houseplants. Sowvital’s three-step system offers plants (and their owners) healthy routines and rituals: think of a pioneering skincare regime but for your elephant ears instead of your epidermis. Lewis, who left a promising career in law to follow his twin passions of entrepreneurship and plants, explains how the brand has grown and where he plans to branch out next.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/29/20229 minutes, 58 seconds
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Triptk

Founder and CEO Sam Hornsby discusses the power of brands to drive change and their responsibility to transform how they operate. His mission to “decode and recode the culture” of Triptk’s clients involves two key areas: the business of placemaking and the need for a new social contract between companies and their consumers. Plus: more insights from Bob Sheard, co-founder of agency Fresh Britain, about how brands can meet the world’s most urgent challenges.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/27/202230 minutes
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Triptk

Founder and CEO Sam Hornsby discusses the power of brands to drive change and their responsibility to transform how they operate. His mission to “decode and recode the culture” of Triptk’s clients involves two key areas: the business of placemaking and the need for a new social contract between companies and their consumers. Plus: more insights from Bob Sheard, co-founder of agency Fresh Britain, about how brands can meet the world’s most urgent challenges.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/27/202230 minutes
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Eureka 304: MyMonty

Innovative financial-services company Monty Finance was founded in Lebanon and is headquartered in London. It now has a direct bank – MyMonty – that’s on a mission to “bank the unbanked”, offering solutions for those underserved by traditional institutions. While its successful emergence from the Middle East certainly gives it an interesting perspective, does it also confer a strategic advantage? MyMonty’s CEO, Bruno Martorano, explains. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/22/202210 minutes, 27 seconds
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Eureka 303: Paddy Cosgrave

Back in 2009 in Dublin, the CEO of Web Summit co-founded what is now one of the world’s largest technology conferences. Its sister event, Toronto’s Collision Conference, is the fastest-growing technology summit in North America and it returned last month, in person for the first time since 2019. Cosgrave looks ahead to Web Summit’s newest addition: a Latin American technology summit to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro in May 2023. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/15/20226 minutes, 14 seconds
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Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, Meir Teper and Trevor Horwell

We meet the three founders and CEO of Nobu Hospitality at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square. The 250-key property is part of an operation that boasts 50 restaurants and 27 hotels, operating and in development, across five continents. They discuss what makes a great welcome, how talented people ensure a consistent brand and their collective passion to redefine standards in hospitality. Plus: Bob Sheard, co-founder of innovative agency Fresh Britain, stops by Monocle HQ to talk about the power of brands.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/13/202230 minutes
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Eureka 302: Loveday & Co

Chairman Laurence Geller explains how his experiences in real-estate investment, luxury hospitality and philanthropic giving helped prepare him to tackle the most important challenge of his life: reimagining and transforming care for those suffering from dementia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/11/202210 minutes, 23 seconds
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Anya Hindmarch and Bill Amberg on Leather Truthfully

Renowned designers and leather-makers Anya Hindmarch and Bill Amberg discuss the new Leather Truthfully campaign, its mission to explode myths about the industry and its role in a sustainable economy. Plus: Akshat Jain of family firm 100Hands on his passion for crafting the world’s finest shirts at their state-of-the-art workshops in India.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/6/202230 minutes
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Eureka 301: Flow Hive

Meet Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the father-son duo who are the co-founders of Flow Hive, a revolutionary product that has reshaped the honey-extraction process and offers critical support to bees.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/1/20225 minutes, 39 seconds
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Suri

Gyve Safavi and Mark Rushmore are the founders of the innovative toothbrush brand that champions great design, accepts no compromise when it comes to performance and has established market-leading sustainability credentials. Plus: María Mendiluce of the We Mean Business Coalition.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/29/202230 minutes
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Eureka 300: Sesamy

Meet Måns Ulvestam and Karl Rosander. They founded Acast and are the brains behind Sesamy, a business on a mission to “redemocratise” access to copyrighted content in the digital realm. The founding principle? You only pay for what you want and you consume it however you wish. Or as Ulvestam has pithily put it: why pay for the whole buffet, if you only want one dish? Ulvestam and Rosander, both serially successful digital entrepreneurs and award-winners, describe the start of the Sesamy journey.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/24/20225 minutes, 13 seconds
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Blacklane and Sky Alps

‘The Entrepreneurs’ welcomes on board the co-founder of global chauffeur service Blacklane and the founder and president of airline Sky Alps. Jens Wohltorf set out on the Blacklane journey more than a decade ago in Berlin, while Josef Gostner’s airline is earlier in its ascent but covering some beautiful ground as it takes wing from Bolzano. How do entrepreneurs in transport keep things nimble? And how have two years of a global pandemic reshaped the landscape – on the road and in the sky?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/22/202229 minutes, 50 seconds
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Eureka 299: Ripa Ripa

Launched in 2015, the Italian swimwear brand seeks to capture the elegant spirit of the Italian seaside in the 1960s. Founder Anna Laura Hoefer, an economics graduate from Milan’s Bocconi University, saw an opportunity in the market for elegantly tailored bathing trunks for men after a friend in Italy’s fashion capital had problems finding stylish beach attire that looks good in the water. Today the company continues to draw design inspiration from the Bel Paese as it branches out into summery shirts and trousers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/17/20225 minutes, 20 seconds
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Toronto retail special

Tomos Lewis speaks to the founders of three independent businesses in Toronto, all of whom opened their first bricks-and-mortar shops since the onset of the pandemic. Exploring the value of physical retail are Martha Sharpe of Flying Books; Krysta Oben and Nicole Campbell of the Grape Witches natural-wine retailer; and Natasha McDiarmid and Sam Johnstone, founders of the Troublesome design shop and coffee bar.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/15/202228 minutes, 57 seconds
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Eureka 298: Ikebus

We delve into the inviting pages of the transport-focused June edition of Monocle magazine and explore a beautifully conceived and executed electric bus service that is keeping Toshima, Tokyo moving – with a smile. All aboard!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/10/20225 minutes, 42 seconds
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Beauty Disrupted

When Svante Holm and co-founder Alban Mayne learnt that 80 billion plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles are thrown away every year, they quit their technology careers to start a business intent on disrupting the beauty industry. Svante explains how the pair spent two years developing the wide range of luxurious, solid bars they now offer. Designed in Stockholm and crafted in the South of France, the bars are made with 100 per cent renewable energy and 100 per cent organic fragrances from Grasse, and the business has committed to donate 20 per cent of its profits to organisations that protect the planet. Plus: the week’s Entrepreneurs news with Monocle’s business editor, David Hodari.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/8/202230 minutes, 19 seconds
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Eureka 297: Green Flight Academy

We dive into the latest edition of Monocle magazine to celebrate an innovative business that’s really taking off. Not only is the Green Flight Academy the first professional flight school to offer training on electric aircraft but it likely represents the most eco-friendly way to secure a pilot’s licence.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/7/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Eureka 297: Green Flight Academy

We dive into the latest edition of Monocle magazine to celebrate an innovative business that’s really taking off. Not only is the Green Flight Academy the first professional flight school to offer training on electric aircraft but it likely represents the most eco-friendly way to secure a pilot’s licence.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/3/20226 minutes, 1 second
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/1/202230 minutes, 45 seconds
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Eureka 296: Peace By Chocolate

Born into a family that owned one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in Damascus, Tareq Hadhad arrived in Canada in 2016 as a refugee of Syria’s civil war. He explains how he launched boutique chocolate brand Peace By Chocolate from his new home on Canada’s Atlantic coast.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/27/20228 minutes, 52 seconds
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Varsity Headwear and Batch LDN

Hats off to two innovative businesses chasing perfection from head to toe. Varsity Headwear has changed the game in baseball caps, ensuring that every individual can find their perfect fit, feel and fabric. Batch LDN is reimagining the suit with fresh emphasis on sustainability, versatility and comfort. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/25/202230 minutes
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Eureka 295: Grapekeeper

Grapekeeper allows anyone to become a winemaker by letting them own a portion of a vineyard in leading European wineries, which are committed to sustainable viticulture. Founded in Holland in 2018 by Ana Monforte, an environmental engineer and wine enthusiast, customers have access to premium estates and the possibility of tailoring wines to suit their palates. All this while helping to lower costs for producers who use traditional practices. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/20/20226 minutes, 43 seconds
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Deliciously Ella

Shifting narratives around healthy eating and plant-based food have offered innovators an opportunity to establish and grow some brilliant businesses. Ella Mills is the founder and driving force behind Deliciously Ella ¬– the plant-based food platform that advocates for a delicious path to feeling better. As the business celebrates its first 10 years, Ella and her husband (and Deliciously Ella’s CEO) Matt Mills explain how the brand began out of necessity as a passion project but then evolved. Now Deliciously Ella features a leading range of plant-based food products, an app, a collection of bestselling recipe books, a podcast, restaurant, and a likeminded global community ¬– both on and offline.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/18/202230 minutes
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Eureka 294: Ensembl

Kate Swanson founded stackable cookware brand Ensembl in Montrèal in 2020. She explains why she left a successful career in law to set up the business. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/13/20225 minutes, 6 seconds
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Unrest and Morty

We talk to Nils Leonard of Uncommon Creative Studio and Nora Apsel, founder of Morty, a company shaking up the US mortgage market by putting consumers in control. Nils and Nora are entrepreneurs who share a passion for consumer advocacy, a commitment to doing business with purpose, and a belief in challenging and changing the status quo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/11/202230 minutes
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Unrest and Morty

We talk to Nils Leonard of Uncommon Creative Studio and Nora Apsel, founder of Morty, a company shaking up the US mortgage market by putting consumers in control. Nils and Nora are entrepreneurs who share a passion for consumer advocacy, a commitment to doing business with purpose, and a belief in challenging and changing the status quo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/11/20227 minutes, 33 seconds
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Eureka 293: From the archive: Dax Dasilva

In 2018 we met Dax Dasilva, the founder and then CEO of Lightspeed, a technology firm that he started in Montréal in 2005. He has since created Age of Union, a non-profit environmental alliance, and been appointed executive chair of Lightspeed’s board of directors. How do these latest moves build upon the ambitions that defined the start of his entrepreneurial journey? Here we look back on Dasilva’s inspirations and choices in founding Lightspeed. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/6/20227 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ecobirdy

Designers Vanessa Yuan and Joris Vanbriel founded Ecobirdy in Antwerp in 2018, with the aim of creating high-quality furniture using nothing but recycled plastic. Monocle’s Tomos Lewis speaks to the duo about their award-winning design for children, the Charlie Chair, and their broader ambitions for the studio. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/4/202230 minutes
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Ecobirdy

Designers Vanessa Yuan and Joris Vanbriel founded Ecobirdy in Antwerp in 2018, with the aim of creating high-quality furniture using nothing but recycled plastic. Monocle’s Tomos Lewis speaks to the duo about their award-winning design for children, the Charlie Chair, and their broader ambitions for the studio. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/4/202230 minutes
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Eureka 292: Materialise

Fried Vancraen is the founder and CEO of Materialise, a company that uses additive manufacturing (3D printing) to develop meaningful applications that contribute to a better and healthier world. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/29/20227 minutes, 11 seconds
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Rehaus

Passionate about great design and interiors, Daphne Vassiliades co-founded Rehaus, an online platform dedicated to the resale of vintage pieces and designer furniture. She tells us about the importance of her collaboration with Shutl founder Tom Allason and e-comms veteran Will Cochrane, and offers her take on what makes a well-managed marketplace.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/27/202230 minutes
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Eureka 291: Marufukuro hotel

We dive into Monocle’s latest issue and celebrate an innovative business built on the foundations of another. We visit the site of Nintendo’s former headquarters in Kyoto, where Marufukuro, a new hotel designed by the great Tadao Ando, has recently opened. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/22/20224 minutes, 30 seconds
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Life House

Rami Zeidan founded Life House, a boutique hotel brand and hotel-management technology company, in 2017. He talks to Monocle’s Tomos Lewis about his ambitions for the company and explains why technology should not be disruptive but instead enhance what a hotel does best: making its guests feel welcome. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/20/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eureka 290: Judy Sanderson

South Africa native Judy Sanderson initially had a career selling consumer goods for US multinational Procter & Gamble. But after deciding to pursue her dream of designing clothes, she founded her namesake fashion label in Porto 2019. The brand draws inspiration from Africa and manufactures clothes using the sustainable techniques of a network of Portugal-based producers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/14/202210 minutes, 57 seconds
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Vuori

Inspired by California’s active, coastal lifestyle, Joe Kudla launched athletic clothing brand Vuori in 2015, aiming to blend the principles of ethical manufacturing, sustainability, community and quality. Here the CEO and founder shares the ups and downs of his career so far and tells us how Vuori secured major investment and a multibillion-dollar valuation by pushing the boundaries of activewear.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/13/202230 minutes, 54 seconds
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Eureka 289: Clearwater Parade

A collective of independent businesses in Cardiff has breathed new life into a retail format that many claim has had its day: the strip mall. Monocle’s Tomos Lewis explains the success of the Clearwater Parade collective. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/9/20226 minutes, 14 seconds
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Wol Hide

Leah D’Ambrosio founded small-line knitwear brand Wol Hide in Philadelphia in 2016. She discusses the benefits of keeping her company small, growing it incrementally and countering the fashion industry’s more environmentally intensive production practices. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/6/202226 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eureka 288: How can we help?

Monocle’s April issue features a fabulous retail survey, which celebrates some of the hottest shopping strips around the world and explores how they are bouncing back. This special edition of Eureka features a perfect case-study of real-world retail excellence: Erewhon, the innovative grocery shop that is now a fixture in the Los Angeles landscape.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/1/20224 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ampler

Urban-mobility innovators are operating in an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace. So how do the best e-bike brands, particularly newer independents, ensure they make their mark? Meet the co-founder of one of the best in the particular business: Ardo Kaurit, CEO of Estonian e-bike brand Ampler. Despite coming from a country with no bicycle-manufacturing heritage, Kaurit and his team have quietly put their e-bikes on the map. But how do you grow a business while keeping a sense of fun and freedom at the heart of the enterprise? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/30/202230 minutes, 2 seconds
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Eureka 287: Bebe Organic

Children’s clothing label Bebe Organic was founded in 2014 by Birgit Kadak, a graduate of the London College of Fashion. Kadak spent her early years in the fashion industry working in luxury womenswear but after her first child was diagnosed with a sensitive skin condition, she began to research the best natural and organic fabrics for her son. This prompted her to create a sustainable and stylish collection aimed at the younger end of the market. Inspired by countryside living in her native Estonia, her timeless designs have won over clients from Japan to the US. Today, Kadak oversees production of her clothing in Portugal.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/25/202210 minutes, 11 seconds