In this episode we speak to Jack Graham, the CEO and founder of Year Here, a postgraduate leadership programme that challenge Britain’s brightest talents to a year of tackling society’s toughest problems.
The more you learn about Year Here and its mission the more you might consider what would happen if the same energy & talent that goes into traditional tech startup was thrown at social entrepreneurship instead.
If social innovation/entrepreneurship interests you, check out the following resources recommended by Jack:
In today’s episode Alex Dunsdon talks about the importance of big brands and companies creating effective partnerships with technology companies.
The big players like to ‘own’ stuff. And they like to own it 100%. Especially technology and innovation. They like to develop it themselves, which means they own every aspect of it. But it’s slow, difficult in a risk-averse culture, and the chances of success are low. Is there a smarter way, with less risk? Unilver seem to think so.
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In this episode I talk to Kim and Dan, the founders of London based agency Saint Digital.
It’s a great chance to ask the guys about the things they wish they knew before going through the whole process and should provide anyone thinking of doing the same thing with some useful takeaways. We discuss hiring the right talent, process and the lovely world of contracts.
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This week we welcome Sachin Premnath. Sachin is a Senior Associate at the law firm Reed Smith. He specialises in digital media and technology and helps big business such as Sony with digital legal issues, while also working with several start-up clients in the music and technology sector.
He’s dealt with lots of companies at different stages in their business and is really well placed to talk about how to make start-ups work, the importance of getting lawyers involved early, and traps to avoid. Sachin also has a particular expertise in digital music, so we’ll also be talking about digital music, licensing and making music profitable.
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Lauren gives us some great insight into what she looks for in a company before investing and what she looks for in a pitch. In addition to this, Lauren has also released her new book ‘The Path Redefined’ which is definitely worth checking out.
“It’s a synthesis of my story of an entrepreneur and I hope people will learn to embrace what makes them unique”
Although we originally wanted to talk about the book with her, it was just too tempting to squeeze out some advice for startups who are preparing to pitch to experienced investors.
Mark Hepburn has now invested in 5 startup companies, including Loyal Zoo (loyalty app) and Humble Grape (small wine merchant). But how can he do this alongside his full time job?
The answer is Seedrs, the crowdfunding platform allowing anyone to discover and invest in great startups. In this interview I chat to Mark to find out how it works, how simple it is, what questions need to be asked and whether it’s as good as it sounds.