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May 24, 2018

Alex Dunsdon is an entrepreneur and investor who thrives on connecting people and ideas.

He’s the Co-Founder of the Bakery an innovation agency which transforms big companies by connecting them up to the technology and talent they need to solve their biggest problems.

He’s also a partner at Saatchi Invest, where he backs mission drive founders that obsess over product and has invested in business like City Mapper and Dojo

In this episode we discuss:

- Alex’s career lessons including a light bulb moment that changed everything and why he invests in cult leaders
- The challenges of corporate innovation and why corporates should be competing with VCs given their assets
- The LinkyBrains community Alex has founded and the importance of multidisciplinary thinking for innovation

So whether you’re looking for tips on how to think better and innovate in the modern world of work or are just curious about how a seasoned operator picks his companies and grows a business, this episode has you covered.

Feb 28, 2018

James Bidwell is the owner of Springwise, an innovation portal, which crowd sources innovation ideas from all over the world and publishes the top 3 every day.

He is also the co-founder of RE_SET, an innovation consultancy for the disruption economy working with boards to help them thrive in an unpredictable world. James was also formerly a marketing manager at Disney, marketing director at Selfridges and CEO of Visit London.  

In this episode we discuss:

- How to stay on top of the rapid pace of change in modern society 
- How to innovate in the 21st century disruption economy 
- How to market effectively in a noisy world, while staying true to values

So whether you’re curious about how to stay relevant in a constantly changing world or want to find out how to get your message heard in a world full of noise, this episode has you covered.

Nov 7, 2017

Seth Godin is one of the world’s most respected marketers, the author of 18 international bestsellers and the founder of the altMBA - an intensive 4 week workshop designed to level up leaders who want to make change in the world. 

Seth writes about the way ideas spread, leadership and change and his most notable books include Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip, and Purple Cow. He also maintains one of the most popular blogs in the world, where he posts daily.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo and was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- What Seth has learned from building a successful online education program
- Seth’s insights on creativity, including quitting projects and getting feedback 
- Seth’s advice on selling with integrity and the truths behind good marketing 

Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration, insight into an exciting alternative education program or the secrets to selling effectively, this episode will give you the spark you need to do all of that and much more!

Aug 30, 2017

George Spencer is the founder of Rentify an online letting agent disrupting the property rental market. 

Here in the UK, high streets are littered with letting agents charging sky-high fees for signing simple contracts, ripping-off tenants and landlords all the time – as if it wasn’t expensive enough already to rent! 

George previously worked as a PHP developer and had a spell in advertising before he decided to set up Rentify in 2011, after deciding he couldn’t put up with estate agents ripping people off anymore.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- How George learned enough about the property market to disrupt it
- How to develop core business skills including raising money and hiring
- The most common media myths about entrepreneurship

So whether you’re looking to start your own business, understand how to leverage technology to disrupt inefficient markets or hear some common media myths about entrepreneurship dispelled, this episode will give you all that and more.

Aug 23, 2017

Rajeeb Day is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Learnerbly a content platform that helps businesses develop their people by managing budgets, curating content and tracking learning through analytics. When it comes to L&D, most organisations are way behind the curve. 

They spend huge amounts of money on training programs that their people forget within a week and many of the workshops are dull and out of date for the current business environment. Rajeeb is on a mission to change that with Learnerbly by helping people learn better at work. 

Before Learnerbly, Rajeeb founded, a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in startups and SMES. He’s also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- The current state of the corporate L&D market and what Learnerbly are doing to improve it
- What Raj and the team at Learnerbly picked up from interviewing over 100 learning experts from the likes of Google, IDEO and Airbnb
- The lessons Raj has learned about entrepreneurship from building and growing 3 successful business ventures

Whatever size business you work in this episode will give you some great insights into the current state of L&D and where it can be improved as well as the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century world of work.

Apr 4, 2017

Niklas Jansen is the co-founder of Blinkist, an app that distills the core insights from non-fiction books into 15-minute summaries that you can access from your smartphone or tablet in written or audio form.

If you're someone who wonders about how to apply what you read in everyday life, then the app is worth checking out, because the short summaries or "blinks" cut away the excess and drive you to take action.

Niklas founded Blinkist with three friends in 2012 and the business has since gone on to raise Series A funding and acquire over a million users.

In this conversation we discuss a range of interesting topics including:

- How Niklas started the business and learned the skills of entrepreneurship
- How to apply what you read and use Blinkist to learn more in less time
- How Niklas and his co-founders create a learning environment at the business

So whether you're looking to build your own business, remember more of what you read or learn better from your coworkers, this episode will give you actionable strategies that you can apply today.

Oct 12, 2016

Jordan Poulton is the co-founder of Makers Academy, London's leading Web Developer Bootcamp which teaches you how to code in just 12 Weeks. He is a former president of Oxford Entrepreneurs and previously appeared on the BBC’s hit show The Apprentice in 2013.

Coding is arguably the skill with the fastest growing demand in the modern economy and more people are looking to acquire the skill every year. But coding is a challenging skill to learn and people are often unsure where to start.

Jordan went through the first Makers Academy cohort and by the end of the process, he was asked to join the Makers Team as a Co-Founder. As a result, he's got both a student's and an educator's perspective on the topic, which makes him uniquely placed to give advice on the subject.

In this episode we discuss a range of topics including:

- The fundamental skills and mental models a good programmer needs to develop
- The blend of theory and practice that’s best for learning entrepreneurship
- The changing educational landscape of the 21st century

So whether you're learning to code, building a business or curious about the way technology is shaping education, this episode will give you all that and more.

Sep 13, 2016

Rob Fitzpatrick is a serial entrepreneur who teaches early-stage entrepreneurship in Europe via his company Founder Centric. Rob is a Y Combinator alum and is the author of The Mom Test, a handbook on customer development that teaches you how to learn from customers even when they’re lying to you.

One of the most crucial parts of building a successful business is developing a rounded skillset that allows you to build products that solve problems and forge relationships with customers and partners to sell those solutions effectively.

Rob teaches people to do this and is great at awesome at distilling his entrepreneurial experience into practical advice. He's also taught at Oxford and UCL as well as designing education programs for accelerators and the UN, so if you want someone to teach you entrepreneurship you can’t get much better.

In this episode we discuss a real whirlwind of topics including:

- The core skills and mental models every entrepreneur needs to learn
- How to talk to customers effectively and get the results you want
- Rob’s own approach to learning new skills from chess to programming to repairing sailing boats and reading up on diesel engines.

So whether you're starting out as an entrepreneur and are looking to build a new business or learn from the customers you already have in an existing one, this episode will give you that and much more.

Jul 5, 2016

Will Reynolds and Erin Potter are the founders of the New Work Order, a close-knit network of ambitious people, building careers on their own terms.

I met Will at a workshop he was running on entrepreneurship and the vision he’s crafted with Erin to help people take control of their own careers resonated with me as it’s something I’ve been trying to do since graduating from university.

The important thing about community is that it allows people to learn from each other and to get a objective view of how they're progressing over time. Will and Erin have done this in the area of career so I decided to get them on for a chat.

In this episode we discuss a range of topics including:

- Build a learning community around you so that taking action becomes a habit
- Manage your work and learning so that it stays fun rather
- Practical strategies to learn a range of skills from web design to writing

So whether you’re looking to pick up skills to build your own career or thinking about how to optimise your work/life balance, you’ll leave this conversation with plenty of actionable ideas to start applying to your life immediately.

Apr 26, 2016

Greta Rossi and Mark Spokes co-founders of Akasha Innovation, a not for profit social enterprise which gives social entrepreneurs the mindsets and skill sets and they need to succeed on their journey as change makers.

Greta is a social entrepreneur, transformative coach and the acting CEO of Akasha, while Mark is the academic director of the organisation and designed their learning program using a decade of experience in transformative learning and mentoring in higher education and social enterprise.

Having a clear purpose and developing self awareness are both crucial components of learning anything, but they're rarely discussed in any depth in most environments because they're complex and hard to define.

Greta and Mark have spent years helping young people from all over the world to develop these skills, so I reached out to them to get the inside story.

In this conversation we dive deeply into:

- The importance of having a purpose and how to find it
- Accessing multiple intelligences, including emotional and spiritual intelligence
- The process of developing self-awareness on your learning journey

So whether you're looking to find more meaning in what you're learning or want to become more aware of what works for you and what doesn't this episode give you the principles and techniques needed to succeed.