The Entreprenora Podcast features whip-smart founders, sharing candidly about their experiences. Flood your brain with inspiration, ideas, motivation, top-tips (and sporadic doses of off-road nerdiness!).
We've got some heavy-hitters, new-beginners, and everything in between. From founders who have grown businesses to near BILLION-dollar valuations to those who are bootstrapping from their home HQ. The learnings are deep and the stories are real. Join us and become a part of the conversation.
In Season Three of the Entreprenora Podcast, we delve deep into the mental blocks so many founders have around money, visibility, and owning our worth. Tune in to hear candid insights about how these founders overcame these internal hurdles and quieted the negative voices playing a loop in their heads so they could own their success, grow their wealth, and take their rightful place as visible role models for positive change.
Season Three, Episode Thirteen: with Caroline Hughes, founder of Lifetise Join me as we close Season Three on a high with the wonderful Caroline Hughes. Through her work at Lifetise, Caroline is spreading financial literacy, making life's important goals affordable, and taking the shame out of honest conversations about money. Caroline and I talk about money blocks, getting out of our own way, and the psychology behind our attitudes toward money and self-worth. Caroline's reflections on self belief, and her "light and curious approach" to doing hard things, are invaluable takeaways as we begin another challenging year. Tune in and reimagine the possible.
Season Three, Episode Twelve: with Emma Blake, founder of Navigate the Noise Join me and Emma as we delve into her life as a serial entrepreneur and investor, and get real about the grit and shoe leather required to make a success of it. From testing market demand by standing outside of Tube stations to waiting for the perfect fit before selling her first business, Emma's story is one of deep integrity, perseverance, and contribution. Now, through her work at Navigate the Noise, Emma helps other entrepreneurs unlock the potential in their online businesses so they can focus on what matters and sell with ease. In this value-packed interview, Emma will leave you buzzing with ideas to help you and your business fly.
Season Three, Episode Eleven: with Charlotte Morley, founder of The Little Loop Charlotte created The Little Loop as the "perfect no-compromise, truly sustainable solution to clothing your little people." In this interview, we talk about her passion for creating a business that solves many of the problems around waste and consumerism, while giving parents and retailers a viable alternative that is kind to their consciences and their purses. Join me and Charlotte as we chart her non-traditional journey from Cambridge to the Ministry of Defense to teaching to becoming a Digital Product Leader and tech advocate. The most interesting paths are so often non-linear, and Charlotte's unique story and insights will expand your mind and exercise your spirit.
Season Three, Episode Ten: with Samina Courtin, founder of Mon Dessert Like many great founder's stories, Samina's is one of evolution and passion, with a healthy dusting of grit and take-a-chance self-belief. After a long career in digital marketing and advertizing, Samina decided she wanted to market and advertize a business of her own. Mon Dessert was born in 2015, combining her love of all things sweet with her desire to demystify patisserie for others, and her fortune-favors-the-bold approach got her products stocked in Fortnum & Masons and Harrods very early on. In our conversation, Samina shares her personal tips and tools for success and some of the insider secrets learned from her apprenticeship with the great chef Raymond Blanc... lessons that can be applied to life and business inside and outside of the kitchen!
Season Three, Episode Nine: with Anna Freeman, founder of ZavFit Get ready for a mental reset in this wonderful interview with Anna. After leaving her City career behind, Anna worked with multiple start-ups before launching her own. Having identified money fitness as a crucial aspect of health and wellbeing, but one that is overlooked by both the health and finance sectors, Anna launched ZavFit in 2017 to fill the gap. Join me and Anna as we chart her journey from City professional and competitive international athlete to founder and changemaker, and talk about how we can all learn to "trust the process" of personal and professional growth however it unfolds.
Season Three, Episode Eight: with Jennifer Schneider, founder of The Loved Object Join me and the warm and wonderful Jennifer Schneider as we trace her journey from the world of high fashion to her heart-centered work with women who want to bring out their best selves and "wear what they are". Through her work, Jennifer has helped women project their inner, powerful selves, overcome challenges, be seen and heard, and redefine who they are. Whether we like it or not, the world still judges us on appearance, and Jennifer is helping women take back control of that perception. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about the power of conscious styling and individual projection.
Season Three, Episode Seven: with Sandhya Domah, founder of Shifting Paradigm After a very traditional "left brain" career in engineering, operations, and Venture Capital, Sandhya took the bold decision to leave it all behind without a Plan B in place. Instead she spent 18 months living off of her savings and following a more intuitive path of exploration and openness. Her journey led her to Human Design, which she now uses to coach founders to help them put "radical self awareness" at the forefront of building their businesses and craft a life that is 100% aligned to who they are and their unique design. Get ready to have your mind blown.
Season Three, Episode Six: with Paul Holbrook, founder of Diary Detox In this brilliantly insightful discussion with our "token man", Paul and I talk about one of the biggest challenges all of us face: making the best use of our time. After a long career in The City, Paul found himself leading large teams and formally and informally coaching busy executives who were in desperate need of "detoxing" their diaries and their work days. The process he created to reorganize the way we structure our days was the result of some deep conversations that overturned entrenched ways of doing things. Paul is now using the Diary Detox method he created to transform the way individuals and big companies work and play. Join us as we explore the age-old question of "what am I doing?" and arrive at some life-changing answers.
Season Three, Episode Five: with Kate Boyle, founder of Banjo Robinson After a brilliant career as a writer in Hollywood, Kate took her love of story-telling, letter-writing, and globe-trotting in a totally new direction. Leveraging her instincts and personal contacts, Kate shares how she slowly turned her passions into a fast-growth company that simply and beautifully combines ed-tech, personalization, and children's literature. Her humble honesty and bold vision for Banjo's future (merchandise and a TV show are already in the works!), are as stand-out as her quiet brilliance, and she will leave you with fresh ah-ha's and rules to live by that make being a founder and being alive feel as magical as Banjo Robinson itself.
Season Three, Episode Four: with Kate Hardcastle MBE, founder of Insight with Passion Join me in this wonderful conversation with "The Customer Whisperer", Kate Hardcastle MBE as we talk about her "mobile" career from her life as a professional backup singer for Martha Reeves to becoming the go-to expert for companies that want to fully understand their customers and create business relationships that last a lifetime. Her journey has shown her the power of collaboration, building bridges, and the humanity and humility required to be in business, especially in these challenging times. Tune in as we meld and blend our straight-talking "Yorker" (Yorkshire and New York meet!) insights with thoughts on paying it forward and being okay with things not being okay.
Season Three, Episode Three: with Alex Depledge MBE, founder of RESI Since deciding at a young age that she would do the opposite of what was expected, Alex Depledge has become a successful serial entrepreneur and advocate for change. Exiting from her first business after only three years, Alex got into the trenches again and started another now-multi-million-pound company to prove that she was more than a "one hit wonder" and to serve her broader mission of changing the way we work. Throughout the ups and downs, Alex has set out to prove - to herself and others - that women can have it all: a career, a family, and a life they love. Eschewing over used concepts like work-life balance, Alex shows us that balance isn't possible, but that meaning and impact are.
Season Three, Episode Two: with Jaina Shah, founder of Minimalist Skincare Jaina's journey from chemical engineer to skincare line founder is a story full of insights and valuable lessons for us all. Once she realized that there "had to be more to life than the 9-to-5", she deliberately charted a path that would first cover her financial bases, and then give her the breathing room to uncover her calling and launch a skincare line. Join me and Jaina as we talk about her upcoming launch and the labor of love that has become Minimialist Skincare. How exciting to be with her from the beginning!
Season Three, Episode One: with Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital Join me and Arlan as we talk about the power of being underestimated and creating opportunities despite the odds. Arlan talks about the "blissful ignorance" that can give us the courage to go into rooms that might scare us, about changing the dire statistics in Venture Capital (more than 90% of all VC funding goes to white men founders), persisting through the three-and-a-half year wait to get her first investor, and reframing the dialogue around what others think of us. Her rare candor about being a change-maker in venture capital, dismantling internal hurdles, being self-full, and "writing your own headlines" makes this an interview you will want to listen to again and again.
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