Tom Blomfield: Monzo

December 9, 2018

Tom Blomfield is a British entrepreneur. After studying for a law degree at Oxford University, he founded the UK-based company GoCardless and challenger bank Monzo. In 2013, he was recognised as one of the top five entrepreneurs under 30 by the European Commission.

Hosted by Ollie Forsyth. 

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Simon Woodroffe: YO! Sushi

November 26, 2018

Simon Woodroffe OBE is an English motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He started the sushi chain YO! Sushi in 1997, and appeared as a "Dragon" on the first UK series of Dragons' Den. Woodroffe conceived and launched YO! Sushi after an early spell in television.

Hosted by Ollie Forsyth  

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Christian Faes: LendInvest

November 20, 2018

In late 2008, as global financial markets crashed, our founders, Christian Faes and Ian Thomas, saw an opportunity to fill a critical gap in short-term property finance.

They set up a mortgage lending business (then called Montello Bridging Finance), which quickly became one of the leading short-term finance lenders in the UK.

By 2012, we had launched two regulated funds to finance our loans, and were managing £30m of investors’ capital. As demand  grew, we looked for ways to help our customers invest more efficiently.

In 2013, we brought the investment experience online – LendInvest was born. We launched our online investment platform, allowing our investors to build their own tailored portfolios of property-backed loan investments.

We then brought fintech’s first retail bond programme to the public markets, listing the first tranche of a £500m retail bond programme on the London Stock Exchange in August 2017.

Later that year, we launched into the buy-to-let market, with a product tailored to professional portfolio landlords, taking us into the longer-term and more mainstream mortgage market.

And in September 2018 we completed our Series C funding round, raising £30.5m from investors including Atomico, GP Bullhound and Tiger Management, and pushing our fundraising total well over £1bn.

We’re a well-capitalised, profitable business, delivering value as one of the fastest-growing fintechs in the country, and we’ve got the backing to continue investing in our technology and providing property finance that is fast, online and for all.

Hosted by Ollie Forsyth 

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Simon Beckerman: Depop

November 16, 2018

Simon Beckerman is the founder of Depop, a peer-to-peer social shopping app based in London, with additional offices in Milan and New York City. Depop was incorporated in 2011 and to date, they have raised $43.6m backed by VC's such as Balderton & Octopus. 

Hosted by Ollie Forsyth. 

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Viktor Calabro: Coople

November 12, 2018

Viktor Calabro has worked within the on-demand staffing industry for over five years. A well-known and well-respected entrepreneur, Viktor launched Staff Finder, the world’s first on-demand staffing marketplace in 2011 now called Coople, (which is backed by Goldman Sachs), and coined the term ‘just in time staff management’.

With offices in London and Zurich operating across multiple sectors including hospitality, retail, events and commercial services, Coople enables businesses to find temporary workers to immediately fill their hourly and daily staffing needs around the clock.

Growing fast, Coople currently brokers thousands of temporary jobs across 300,000+ employees with over 14,000 employers. Current clients include Deliveroo, Intercontinental Hotel Group and many more.

A shrewd, hands-on businessman, Viktor was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young (2014) and was nominated as a finalist in the Swiss Economic Awards (2015) where over 300 start-ups participated. For his thought leadership, in 2018, Viktor was awarded a place on Staffing Industry Analysts European Staffing 100.

With a keen interest in IT and all things technology, Viktor started his career as a programmer for management tools at UBS based in Zurich, before working as a Consultant for Trivadis, a Swiss IT company, where he focused on process optimisation. From here he realised his first entrepreneurial dream and launched ‘La Folie’, a Zurich based events promotions agency in 2003. In fact, it was whilst working at Trivadis, prior to launching ‘La Folie’, that he identified the challenge of recruiting good, quality staff at short notice, and discovered his inspiration to revolutionise the world of work for personnel on-demand staffing solutions, hence the launch of Staff Finder, and more recently Coople in the UK in 2016.

Hosted by Ollie Forsyth, founder of TBE Club  

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Ben Tompkins: Draper Esprit

November 9, 2018

Ben Tompkins is a managing partner at Draper Esprit. 

Draper Esprit is one of the most active venture capital firms in Europe, developing and investing in disruptive, high growth technology companies. We believe the best entrepreneurs in Europe are capable of building the global businesses of the future.

We fuel their growth with long- term capital, access to international networks and decades of experience building businesses. We back ambitious teams including Revolut, Trustpilot, Graze, Ledger, Transferwise and Graphcore. In order to provide entrepreneurs with a more flexible approach to funding and to back them for longer, we re-invented the traditional venture capital by ourselves going public in 2016.

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Boris Wertz: Version One VC

November 5, 2018

My latest guest on The TBE Podcast is Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures.

Boris is founding partner of Version One and one of the top tech early-stage investors in North America. Born in Germany and based in Vancouver, Boris takes a wide-angle view to find great companies all across North America: from New York and Toronto to Seattle and LA. He is a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz and is well-respected for his uncanny ability to find the next generation of leaders.

Today, Boris is focused on crypto/blockchain, marketplaces and SaaS, looking for the best teams who solve big problems in a unique way. As an investor and former entrepreneur, Boris knows when to push and when to ease off, while always remembering that he is an advisor, not a player.

Before becoming an investor, Boris built an online marketplace for used and out-of-print books in 1999, selling the business to AbeBooks.com where he became COO and led a team of 60 people. After AbeBooks.com was sold to Amazon, he moved into investing, first as an angel and now with Version One.

Boris finished his PhD at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics & Business Management. In 2005, he was named the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year. Boris is passionate about science, technology, and entrepreneurship and sits on the boards of Science World and Canada Learning Code. He is also involved as a mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab in Toronto and Vancouver.

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Sir Vince Cable: The Liberal Democrats

November 2, 2018

Sir John Vincent Cable is a British politician serving as Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Member of Parliament for Twickenham since 2017. He was the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015.

Hosted by Ollie Forsyth 

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James Cadbury: Love Cocoa

November 1, 2018

James Cadbury is the founder of Love Cocoa. 

The inspiration behind Love Cocoa comes from founder James Cadbury's, great-great-great grandfather John Cadbury, who setup Cadbury chocolate nearly 200 years ago. The philanthropist built Cadbury on great ethical grounds, looking after its workforce and improving civil rights. With the family no longer involved, the business was subject to a hostile takeover in 2010 being sold to a US company.

Another fascinating story, I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. Don't forget to subscribe to The TBE Podcast to avoid missing out on any future episodes. 

Additionally, if you are looking to start, grow or fundraise for your business, please head over to Twitter or Instagram and send me a message (@ollieforsyth). I would love to see how we can help & support you. 

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Alok Alström: AppJobs.com

October 31, 2018

My guest today is Alok Alström founder of AppJobs.com. AppJobs provides jobseekers with job offers from companies like Uber, Foodora, Dog Vacay, TaskRabbit and Postmates. Our goal is to give you reviews and descriptions of these instant-work-apps to help you make quick money doing what you love! You will be able decide on the jobs that you like the most and that are compatible with your needs and talents. Our platform is ideal for anyone interested in finding employment without having to deal with applications and CVs. As a user, you will get access to numerous opportunities in your city with a few clicks. We will provide you with information on requirements and how to get started for each and every job, as well as anything else you need to know before you begin turning time into cash on your own terms.

We are passionate about matching talent and demand to present flexible and great-paying job opportunities to our users in their cities. We all had rough times with no money or employment, so we know what it is like and we all hate it. We also hate old-school companies with hierarchical structures that decide when you work, where you work, how much you work for and even why you work! What do you say to the opportunity to sign up for work instead of applying for it and making great money? If you are in, so are we! 

To date, AppJobs have raised almost €3m. 

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