40 Minute Mentor

40 Minute Mentor

By JBM

The 40 Minute Mentor was created to help raise aspirations and inspire the next generation of Entrepreneurs, via a series of informal and candid interviews with a diverse collection of world class leaders. Our guests have ranged from Tech CEO’s to Sustainability Entrepreneurs and from Investors to international athletes. We believe in the power of mentorship and hope your will learn from, and be inspired by, our 40 Minute Mentors.

Episodes

Coaching Champions From The Rugby World Cup To The Boardroom with Sir Clive Woodward

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the World Cup winning England Rugby coach and former Director of Sport for the London 2012 Olympics, Sir Clive Woodward. After spending his childhood with big dreams of becoming a professional footballer, it was playing rugby at his local club as a kid that started Sir Clive down the path to becoming the first England Coach to lift the Rugby World Cup in 2003. What people don’t always know is that rugby only went professional in the late 90s. And while Sir Clive was playing for England and the British Lions in the 1980s, he was also doing his ‘day job’, running his own Finance & Leasing company. As you’ll hear in this episode, he has since applied much of what he learned in the boardroom to his sterling work on the pitch. During our conversation, we cover some really fascinating topics, including: - How running a successful business is fundamentally the same as coaching a winning Rugby team. - Why you need to become comfortable with pressure if you want to be able to handle it effectively. - And the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels comfortable enough to contribute, no matter how controversial their ideas might be. Sir Clive has achieved so much over the years and it was an absolute honor to speak to him for this podcast. No matter whether you’re an avid Rugby fan or you’re simply hungry to succeed in your career, we know you’ll benefit to much from Sir Clive’s advice and insights throughout this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Sir Clive, take a look at his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sirclivewoodward If you want to find out more about Sir Clive’s Apex2100 Ski Academy, head over to – https://apex2100.org/
26/05/2146m 34s

Building a Multimillion Dollar Games Empire with Roberta Lucca

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by Co-founder of Bossa Studios and Host of the Hyper Curious Podcast, Roberta Lucca. As her podcast title suggests, Roberta has built a career on her curiosity and it’s paid off in spades. Bossa Studios is a huge multimillion-dollar Games business, which won a BAFTA in 2012, and resulted in Roberta being named on the Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018. Roberta’s success is testament to her drive and commitment, but as every entrepreneur will be able to relate to, it hasn’t come without its struggles. She talks with refreshing honesty about being a high achiever dealing with a tricky inner critic and battling burnout at various times during her career. During our conversation, we cover some really interesting topics, including: - The importance of luck in business and how you can adjust your sail, but you can’t control the wind. - The benefits of being strict with the time you allocate to different projects and the importance of being a person first and an entrepreneur second. - And how we should all challenge companies on their initiatives to drive diversity and create an inclusive culture. It was such a pleasure to have Roberta on the podcast. She talks so passionately about her work, and about the emphasis she puts on being a good role model and a good person. If you’re a founder or an aspiring entrepreneur yourself, we know you’ll get a lot of great insights and advice from this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Roberta, take a look at her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertalucca/ If you want to find out more about Bossa Studios, head over to – https://www.bossastudios.com/
19/05/2146m 16s

Building The UK’s First 100% Renewable Electricity Company with Juliet Davenport

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the CEO and Founder of Good Energy, Juliet Davenport OBE. From childhood dreams of being a racing driver, to becoming one of the leading voices in tackling climate change, Juliet’s been on an incredible journey and we’re so excited for her to share it with us in today’s episode. Juliet launched Good Energy in 2002, and almost 20 years later, Good Energy now supports over 73,000 homes, businesses and communities, which has led to Juliet being rewarded with an OBE for services to renewables. We cover some really fascinating topics in this episode, including: - The lessons Juliet and the team have learned while building a successful mission-driven business and how they’ve adapted their growth plans in the face of the global pandemic. - The importance of getting hiring new talent right and making sure the whole team (old and new) share a similar mindset and ultimately get behind the mission of the business. - And how you can make changes in your own life, focusing on where you live, what you eat, and how you get around, to help move towards net-zero emissions. Juliet is so passionate about Good Energy’s mission and making sure everyone enjoys the journey that they’re on. She talks with refreshing honesty about the hurdles she’s faced, and the tricky decisions she’s had to make over the years, which we know many founders will resonate with. If you’re thinking of building a mission-driven business yourself, you definitely won’t want to miss this episode and Juliet’s crucial insights from her own journey with Good Energy. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Juliet, take a look at her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliet-davenport-643564/ If you want to find out more about Good Energy, head over to – https://www.goodenergy.co.uk/
12/05/2135m 43s

Creating Equal Opportunities And Securing Investment with Andy Davis

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by Angel Investor and Co-Founder of 10x10, Andy Davis. From early employment as a presenter on Nickelodeon to being named one of Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business, Andy’s career is a truly inspirational one, which has found him enjoying success as both a founder and an investor. Interestingly, Andy doesn’t see himself as an entrepreneur, but as a “problem solver” – whether that be in the form of his own startups or in helping first-time black founders find investment through 10x10. In 2020, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement Andy also released the Black Report, which examines the landscape facing black founders in the UK. While much of it makes for grim, but unfortunately unsurprising, reading, it also points to a brighter future for D&I, with black founders more likely to build refreshingly diverse teams. We cover some really eye-opening areas in our conversation, including: - How vanity won’t help your business, but honesty will. - How the word “and” can sound the death knell for a startup, with too many add-ons overshadowing the real point of interest. - And why Andy looks for obsession in his founders – the willingness to run through walls to get the end result. If you’re thinking about launching a startup, particularly as a black founder looking for investment opportunities, you won’t want to miss this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Andy, take a look at his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrandydavis/ If you want to find out more about 10x10, head over to – https://10x10.fund/
05/05/2140m 1s

Scaling A Purpose-Driven Business Whilst Creating Balance with Grace Beverley

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by Grace Beverley, the CEO and Founder of sports tech brand, SHREDDY and TALA, a clothing brand specializing in sustainable sports fashion. At just 24, Grace has achieved so much already, from founding her two massively successful businesses to writing her book “Working Hard, Hardly Working”, which was subject of a nine-way auction with publishers champing at the bit to get their hands on it. And it’s easy to see why. Grace is the epitome of the modern entrepreneur – she understands the new business landscape and how you need to think quickly to adapt to it, and to be unafraid of making big changes to move your brand forward. We cover some really interesting topics in our conversation, including: - The importance of modern brands being purpose-driven. - How collaboration is the key to running a successful business, as well as knowing precisely where your own strengths lie. - And why it is important that you invest well in the hiring process, and making sure to find the right people to join your business. We loved talking to Grace. She has found the path that is right for her, and her passion for her work really shines through in today’s conversation. If you’re thinking about launching your own business, or are looking to join a purpose-driven business, you won’t want to miss this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Grace, take a look at her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/grace-beverley-574a10102/ If you want to find out more about SHREDDY and TALA, head over to – https://www.shreddy.com/ and https://www.wearetala.com/
28/04/2147m 54s

Challenging Cultural Norms with Alice Bentinck MBE

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the Co-Founder of Entrepreneur First and Code First: Girls, Alice Bentinck MBE. Frustrated by a business landscape that found latent talent shackled by predetermined career paths, Alice set out to challenge cultural norms when she co-founded Entrepreneur First in 2011 – an accelerator that celebrates and invests in talented, ambitious individuals, and looks to match-make Co-Founders to launch successful businesses. Almost 10 years later, Entrepreneur First has launched over 300 companies with a value of well over £2billion, which is testament not only to their passion for the work they do, but also to their tenacity in the face of adversity in those early years. During our conversation we cover some really interesting and insightful areas, including: - The most important traits to look for when you’re investing in talent and how to shift culturally pre-determined career paths. - The many benefits of having a Co-Founder with a different skill set to you and how you can make the most of this relationship. - And the importance of diversity in the workplace, and what businesses need to do to get through to diverse candidates. It was such a pleasure talking to Alice. She talks so openly about the importance of learning from your mistakes and always moving forward. If you’re thinking about launching a startup from scratch or are looking to attract a more diverse talent pool, you won’t want to give this episode a miss. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Alice, take a look at his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicebentinck/ If you want to find out more about Entrepreneur First, head over to – https://www.joinef.com/
21/04/2144m 53s

Enabling the Next Generation of Early Years Educators with Brett Wigdortz

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the founder of Teach First, and co-founder and CEO of Tiney, Brett Wigdortz OBE. Driven by a sense of fairness, and a belief that all children should have access to the best education possible, Brett launched Teach First in 2002, convinced that it would ultimately become one of the biggest graduate recruiters and charities in the UK. His instincts were right. After 15 hugely successful years, he stepped down as CEO in 2017 and went on to set up Tiney, a digital startup aimed at positioning small nurseries in homes all around the country. As Brett explains in today’s episode, he saw an early years’ educational system that was completely broken, and made it his mission to fix it. During our conversation we cover some really interesting areas, including: - Why resilience and self-belief are key when you’re starting a new business. - The importance of getting a full picture of potential hires by talking to as many references as possible. - And how to seek out the right mentors and use their knowledge and guidance in a way that suits you. Brett talks with great honesty about the lessons he has learned along the way, and how he might have done things differently – which is so inspiring and insightful from such a successful entrepreneur. If you’re thinking about launching a startup yourself, there are few people better placed to give you a full view of the business landscape – you won’t want to miss this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Brett, take a look at his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/brett-wigdortz-obe-5ba64b If you want to find out more about Tiney, head over to – https://www.tiney.co/
14/04/2141m 18s

Levelling the Entrepreneurial Playing Field with Gary Stewart

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the founder and CEO of FounderTribes, Gary Stewart. Gary has had such a varied life and career. Born in Jamaica, raised in the Bronx, educated at Yale. He started his career in law, before moving to the UK to pursue his passion for startups. Through his work at Wayra UK he helped to launch 185 start-ups, and he has since launched FounderTribes, an app designed to democratise entrepreneurship by providing founders with the right advice, networks and ultimately capital, no matter what their background, nor where they sit on the socio-economic spectrum. Gary is such an inspiration, and we cover some really important and hard-hitting topics in today’s episode, including: - The importance of not letting other people define you by your race, gender, or sexuality – particularly in business. - How the challenges of starting a business will always be the same, no matter what your social strata. - Plus, what companies need to do to level the playing field, and why adding Diversity and Inclusion ‘window dressing’ isn’t going to change anything. Gary is so inspiring and passionate about the mission he’s on and it was fantastic to speak to a leader who is so driven to challenge and change the assumptions people have about race and gender in the workplace. If you’re thinking about launching your own startup or are looking for ways to play your part in pushing D&I forward in your sector, you’ll definitely want to listen to today’s episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Gary, take a look at his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/garystew/ If you want to find out more about FounderTribes, head over to - https://foundertribes.com/
07/04/2132m 34s

The Power of Creating a Positive Working Environment with Rachel Carrell

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the Founder and CEO of Koru Kids, Rachel Carrell. After a successful career in strategy and innovation, including working at McKinsey and growing the healthcare company DrThom to 1.3 million paying users in 3 countries, Rachel took the leap and launched her own business, Koru Kids. The idea for Koru Kids was born out of her own frustration with the lack of affordable childcare options for working parents and is now London’s fastest growing childcare brand. Not only has the business survived the multiple lockdowns of the past 12 months, but it’s thrived. Navigating the restrictions and changing its business model at pace. Speaking to Rachel was truly inspiring and we cover some really interesting topics in our conversation, including: - The importance of getting the other areas of your life on track, both financially and emotionally, before launching a startup. - The power of creating a positive working environment, and why you want to focus on ensuring that everyone is on the same page. - And the self-talk that’s helped Rachel through the tough times over the last year, her advice to others and why we all need to find our own “Sasha Fierce”. Rachel is so passionate and shares so many insights on how to ensure that everyone around her, from her clients to her employees, feel positively about the business. If you’re thinking about launching a startup, or if you’re looking to build a positive work culture around you, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Rachel, take a look at her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachcarrell/ If you want to find out more about Koru Kids, head over to – https://www.korukids.co.uk/
31/03/2139m 18s

Cultivating Happiness In Your Career with Mo Gawdat

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the infectiously optimistic and inspiring former Chief Business Officer of Google X, author of Solve for Happy and Founder of One Billion Happy, Mo Gawdat. There’s no doubting Mo’s pedigree when you look at his career in tech – he made giant leaps up the ladder at IBM, BAT, Microsoft, and Google – but his real passion lies in spreading happiness around the world and promoting purpose-driven careers. Following the tragic death of his son Ali in 2014, Mo wrote his book Solve for Happy, applying his skills as an engineer to understanding human emotion. Today he continues to share Ali’s legacy of joy and fulfilment in all areas of life. Speaking to Mo was an absolute joy. He has such wisdom and clarity about what it takes to make sure you have as rewarding a career as possible and that you don’t find yourself unhappy at work just for the sake of climbing the ladder. We cover some really fascinating topics in our conversation, including: - The importance of making sure you savour and enjoy the work you are doing while you’re doing it. - Recognising the aspects of your job that don’t resonate with you even if you don’t know exactly what your purpose is yet. - And the importance of being selfless in the workplace. Mo is someone who has achieved so much in his career, but who talks with such refreshing humility. No matter what stage of your career you’re in, listening to Mo will inspire you to make positive changes to your life and find what you’re truly passionate about. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Mo, check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mogawdat/ If you want to find out more about One Billion Happy, head over to - https://www.linkedin.com/company/one-billion-happy/ If you haven’t read Mo’s book ‘Solve for Happy’ yet, make sure you check it out at - https://www.solveforhappy.com/
24/03/2142m 18s

Bonus Feature: The Future of Work

JBM SOS and Spring Partners are proud to be launching this bonus feature of the 40 Minute Mentor podcast. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, including the way we work and how we collaborate with our teams. To help us answer some of the most burning questions about improving WFH set ups, managing global teams remotely and what the future of offices will look like, we’re joined by an incredible panel in today’s episode, including Nicki Lynch and Joanne Thompson, Founding Partners at Spring Partners and Roger Hassan, COO at TIER Mobility. We cover some great topics in today’s episode, including: - Whether or not employers and employees have benefited or suffered from the switch to remote working. - How organisations can maintain their pre-pandemic culture and offer inspiration to leaders, like you, on how you can recreate the office experience at home. - And what the future of work will actually look like and how business leaders can prepare for the changes ahead. This is the perfect resource for anyone looking to plan towards the future and to work beyond a post-Covid world. We are excited to share our insights with you – so please enjoy my conversation with Nicki, Joanne and Roger! If you want to find out more about today’s panellists, check out their LinkedIn profile at – Nicki Lynch - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicki-lynch-46907423/ Joanne Thompson - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jthompson23/ Roger Hassan - https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-hassan/ If you want to find out more about Spring Partners you can have a look at their website – https://wearespringpartners.com/ And if you want to find out more about TIER Mobility, have a look at - https://www.tier.app/
23/03/2142m 27s

Series 4 - Episode 12 - Aron Gelbard - Bloom & Wild

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we're joined by the incredible Aron Gelbard, founder of the rocket ship flower delivery Scale Up, Bloom & Wild. Founded in 2013 Bloom & Wild has reinvented the flower delivery and gifting industry – using cutting edge technology and predictive analytics, innovative design (their flowers fit through a letterbox!) and guaranteeing the best quality and value for money as their flowers are sourced directly from growers. Their success has led to them recently securing a $100m Series D funding round from top VC’s which will help then hire more talent, expand their international foot print and launch new propositions and partnerships. A big part of Bloom & Wild’s success is down to Aron’s entrepreneurial spirit; he spotted a gap in the market, took the lessons he’d learned from his work as a consultant in Silicon Valley and he applied them to the floristry industry. Talking to Aron about building a disruptive business from the ground up was a real treat. He’s not afraid to share the important lessons he’s learned from his own mistakes, and his ethos of building a business fuelled by kindness is truly inspiring. We cover some great topics in today’s episode, including: - The importance of being able to communicate clearly and effectively when you’re pitching to investors and also engaging with customers. - How listening to feedback, both good and bad, is so crucial to building a successful business. - And we discuss Bloom & Wild’s Thoughtful Marketing movement – a marketing campaign with the sensitivity of its customers at the core. Whether you’re a customer keen to hear about how Bloom & Wild’s growth story, an entrepreneur just starting out, or looking at how you can take your business to the next level like Aron has, this episode is packed full of inspiring advice and insights! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Aron, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aron-gelbard-a075a11/ If you want to find out more about Bloom & Wild you can have a look at their website – https://www.bloomandwild.com/
24/02/2137m 46s

Series 4 - Episode 11 - Tom Elvidge - Arrival Mobility

It takes a certain type of person to trade being in a plush skyscraper in the middle of Manhattan for a trading estate on the outskirts of Leeds. But that’s exactly what today’s 40 Minute Mentor, Tom Elvidge, did when he moved from Goldman Sachs to Uber at the time when it was a little-known new entrant to the UK market. Tom played a fundamental role in taking it from a 3 person operation in a windowless room, to becoming one of the most recognisable companies in the UK. There were a few high-profile bumps along the way, as with every scaleup journey, but that’s what is so great about Tom – he’s not afraid to admit it and in this episode he openly share the lessons he’s learned from both his Uber experience as UK GM and also his subsequent role as EMEA COO at WeWork. We also got to discuss Tom’s new role as CEO of Arrival Mobility – a tech Unicorn that has set out to revitalise public transportation with cutting-edge, zero-emission electric vehicles . We cover some great topics in today’s episode, including: - What Tom learnt from his early consulting career, and the lesson he learnt early on about taking your work seriously, but not yourself. - How being open-minded about the roles that have come his way has been so crucial to his career. - And how being a good leader often means trusting others and giving them the space to make mistakes I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tom for a number of years so I loved talking to Tom about his scale-up career. He’s always so honest and never afraid to attribute his success to the people around him. This episode is full of priceless golden nuggets of advice. So, whether you’re in consulting or in a high growth scaleup, I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from his experience and brilliant advice. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Tom, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-elvidge-0b2b1514/ If you want to find out more about Arrival Mobility you can have a look at their website – https://arrival.com/
10/02/2151m 44s

Series 4 - Episode 10 - Rachel Crook - Lifted

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the incredibly inspiring CEO of Lifted, Rachael Crook. From early internships working to improve conditions for sex workers in Bangladeshi brothels and campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights in Uganda, to her job advising the Prime Minister on youth unemployment, Rachael has spent her career striving to help people who really need it. In 2019 following her mother’s dementia diagnosis, Rachael was inspired to co-found Lifted – a company looking to revolutionise home care by using cutting edge tech to improve not just the lives of those in need of care, but their families, and the carers themselves. Something that is more relevant than ever given the impact the pandemic has had on the care industry. We loved speaking to Rachael about her mission-driven career. She’s one of those enviable entrepreneurs who is always looking to fix meaningful problems, make things better and tackle the big issues in society. We cover some really fascinating topics in our conversation, including: - Rachael’s career shift from Government to Consulting and the importance of getting the right skills to structure a rewarding career - The benefits of having a Co-Founder and building a start up focused on an industry that she is personally connected to - And the importance of being kind to yourself as a start up Founder and to remember to let the ‘fun outweigh the fear’ when you’re scaling. Rachael’s intrinsic drive and passion is so infectious and inspiring, as you’ll hear for yourself today. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to take your business to the next level or you’re thinking of joining a mission-driven business and want to know how to find the right one for you, we know you’ll take so much from Rachael’s experience and advice in this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Rachael, check out her LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachael-crook-4723373b/ If you want to find out more about Lifted you can have a look at their website – https://www.liftedcare.com/
27/01/2147m 51s

Series 4 - Episode 9 - James Hind - Carwow

Happy New Year everyone! We're very excited to be starting 2021 with a brand-new episode of the 40 Minute Mentor. With the recent announcement of Lockdown 3.0 in England, we can all do with some extra inspiration and motivation and that’s exactly what today’s 40 Minute Mentor is here to do. Just over a decade ago, today’s guest, James Hind, took his passion for cars and turned it into a business that has since grown into one of the Europe’s most popular car buying and reviewing platforms, Carwow. You’ve probably heard of it, or quite possibly used it yourself! Today, Carwow boasts a team of more than 200 people across London, Munich, and Madrid, and raised over $100m in funding since it launched. It can also lay claim to the world’s most popular YouTube car channel with over 5 million subscribers. Having jumped straight from university into running his own business, James has some fascinating insights into the life of a tech founder and what it takes to get a new venture off the ground without a ‘big brand’ CV behind him. In this episode he tells all and shares so much great advice including: - How to raise money from VC’s and angel investors when you have no experience and no contacts. - The growth story of Carwow and how his approach to hiring world class talent has evolved over time - And the challenges of expanding into new territories and the importance of culture and communication when scaling It was such a privilege to speak to James who we’ve got to know well in recent years and respect hugely. It was great to hear his candid perspectives on some of the top issues that so many entrepreneurs struggle with. In the current climate, it was great to hear his optimism and some of the big positives he thinks have come out of the pandemic. So whether you’re thinking about starting your own business, are getting ready for your first round of funding or are looking to scale in 2021, this episode is an absolute must-listen. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about James, take a look at his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameshind If you want to find out more about Carwow, have a look at its website and YouTube channel – https://www.carwow.co.uk/ – https://www.youtube.com/c/carwow
13/01/2139m 52s

Series 4 - Episode 8 - Encouraging conversations about Mental Health

As we’re heading into a very different holiday season this year, today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode on mental health couldn’t be timelier, and we're so pleased to have gathered such an inspiring panel to discuss a topic that touches so many lives. Although so much progress has been made over the last years, mental health is still a topic that comes with many stigmas, misconceptions, and a discomfort to openly talk about. That’s why it’s so important to actively encourage dialogue, which is something today’s panellists are very passionate about. Our guests in today’s episode are three people who have all experienced and overcome mental health problems, in different ways. They are: wellness expert, psychotherapist and Balance Media founder Sophie Scott, Benevolent AI HR director and Mind ambassador Rohan Kallicharan and author, presenter, mental health campaigner and James Mitra's former drama teacher Carrie Carlisle. In today’s discussion we touch on a lot of points I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to and will appreciate insights and advice on, including: - Why silence is so dangerous and why the first step to finding a way forward is by talking to someone you trust - Practical advice on how to maintain your wellbeing and what to do if you feel that you need professional support - And how you can help a loved one who is suffering from a mental health condition, while also protecting your own wellbeing We may have been talking about a heavy subject, but we left our conversation feeling optimistic that no matter how low you may currently feel it is possible to turn it around and start feeling better again. We hope anyone listening who may be struggling, feels that way too. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Sophie, Rohan and Carrie check out their LinkedIn profiles: Sophie Scott - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-scott/ Rohan Kallicharan - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rakallicharan/ Carrie Carlisle - https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-and-clarke-carlisle-765aa749/ And take a look at the organisations they’re part of: Balance Media - https://balance.media/ Benevolent AI - https://www.benevolent.com/ Clarke and Carrie’s Place - https://www.clarkeandcarriesplace.com/
21/12/2056m 12s

Series 4 - Episode 7 - Martin Morales - Impact, Sustainability & Leadership Consultant

Your Mentor for the next 40 Minutes has had probably the most diverse and interesting career journeys of anyone we’ve ever met. He’s gone from launching some of the most successful bands in the world like the Jonas Brothers in his early music career, to working with Steve Jobs as part of the team that launched iTunes in Europe taking it from revenues of zero to £500m in three years and in more recent times he is best know as a world renown chef and restaurateur, responsible for Cerviche - a business built on his passion for Peruvian food and culture, which at one point was the fastest growing restaurant group in the UK with a turnover of more than £10m. Martin shared some truly inspiring stories with me in today’s episode - from having a hugely successful corporate career to the ups and downs from his start up experience, which including scaling, restructuring and eventually exiting Cerviche. He shared some candid advice, including: - How to build a loyal team working towards the same goal, whether that’s launching a singer-songwriter or a central London restaurant - The importance of diplomacy when you are driving change in a big organisation and working with tough, uncompromising characters - And what it takes to turn your passion into a viable business that can attract investors and, most importantly, customers. Despite his successes Martin is such a humble and lovely man who we’ve had the privilege to get to know a bit in recent times through our respective roles as board advisors at the new for good accelerator Unrest. Martin’s upbringing saw his family flee civil unrest in Peru when he was 11 and has a big part to play in why he has always remained so grounded. It’s also a background that fuels his passion for sustainability, the circular economy and social enterprise something we discuss further in our chat. So if you want to know what it takes to reach the top in a variety of competitive industries while sticking to your principles, you won’t want to miss Martin’s advice in this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Martin, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinmoraleslondon If you want to find out more about Cerviche, have a look at their website – https://www.cevichefamily.com/
09/12/2051m 29s

Series 4 - Episode 6 - Jeff Lynn - Seedrs

Your 40 Minute Mentor today is the fantastic, Jeff Lynn, co-founder of the hugely successful crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Since recording this episode it was also announced that Seedrs will be merging with their biggest competitor Crowdcube to create the worlds largest PE marketplace – an incredibly exciting proposition! Jeff started his career as a lawyer but while doing his MBA at Said Business School he got the entrepreneurial bug and with his co-founder Carlos Silva, created Seedrs 11 years on have helped fund almost over 1200 businesses with more than £1bn has been invested on the platform including funding well known scale ups Revolut, Allplants, Perkbox and FreeAgent amongst many others! Jeff has such an insightful perspective on the start-up world, both from his own journey as a Founder and as the owner of a platform that supports other entrepreneurs following a similar path. In today’s episode, we delve into Jeff’s career and hear some incredible career advice, including: - How to approach doing an MBA if your goal is to become an entrepreneur rather than climb the corporate ladder - Why a Founder isn’t always the best person to run a start up in the long term, and how he came to the decision to replace himself as CEO of Seedrs in 2017 - And we discuss the power of crowd funding and hear which have been some of his favourite startups to come through the Seedrs platform over the years. It was fascinating to hear Jeff’s story and learn more about the incredible startups that Seedrs supports - from those just starting out to established household names. So, whether you’re thinking of starting your own business or are interested in finding out more about crowdfunding, I know you’ll take a lot from this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Jeff, take a look at his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefflynn/ If you want to find out more about Seedrs, check out their website – https://www.seedrs.com/
30/11/2050m 57s

Series 4 - Episode 5 - Check Warner - Diversity VC & Ada Ventures

Your mentor for the next 40 minutes is the incredible Check Warner, Co-Founder of non-profit organisation Diversity VC and Ada Ventures, a venture capital firm, committed to investing in overlooked founders and markets. It took around 18 months, 67 flights and 300 pitches to raise their first fund and Check shares her learnings through this process in today’s episode. She also shares brilliant insights into what it takes to succeed in the VC sector, including: - How her graduate job in advertising gave her experience across a variety of industries and some core skills that helped her as she transitioned into VC - Why she is passionate about supporting underrepresented founders and her tips for breaking into VC - And how having the right mentor can help you overcome imposter syndrome, recover from knockbacks and keep you focused on your goals D&I and social mobility are topics very close to our hearts, so it was an absolute pleasure to speak to Check about her career and the incredible work she is doing in the VC and tech world to drive much needed change. She’s made us feel much more optimistic about the future of the industry, so whether you’re a Founder fundraising or you’re desperate to break into VC, this episode is packed full of tangible advice that we're sure will be of great benefit. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Check, take a look at her LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/francescawarner/ If you want to find out more about Ada Ventures, have a look at their website – https://www.adaventures.com/ If you want to find out more about Ada Ventures, have a look at their website – https://www.diversity.vc/
23/11/2041m 53s

Series 4 - Episode 4 - Tessa Clarke - Olio

Your 40 Minute Mentor today is Tessa Clarke Co-Founder and CEO of the food-sharing app Olio. We throw away around one third of the food we buy, while 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. That’s 1 in 9 people on the planet who are starving or malnourished. Every one of them could be sufficiently fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the USA, UK and Europe each year. Tessa is on a mission to to change this. In just 5 years Olio has built up almost 2.5 million users in 54 countries and 50,000 ambassadors, who are all cutting waste in their communities by sharing their spare food with their neighbours. Tessa’s success as a founder is built on a high-flying career that’s taken her from consulting to publishing and included four years as MD of eCommerce at Dyson, where she worked directly with founder James Dyson. It was a pleasure to chat to Tessa and learn more about her career journey and what it takes to found and grow a successful social enterprise, like Olio. She shared so many interesting insights in this episode, including: - The leadership lessons she learnt from James Dyson, and how she has scaled Olio into the successful business it is today. - How Olio’s clear and simple mission and purpose is key for recruiting and retaining a high-performing team. - And how investors are short-changing the world by not backing diverse founders; and what we can do to change that. Tessa is a fantastic leader who is so passionate about Olio’s mission, which is incredibly inspiring. So if you’re looking for easy to implement ways to decrease your own food waste or perhaps you’re thinking about joining or starting your own mission-driven business, you’ll definitely want to listen to the great advice Tessa shares in today’s episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Tessa, check out her LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tecook/ If you want to find out more about Olio, have a look at their website and download the app – https://olioex.com/
11/11/2040m 46s

Series 4 - Episode 3 - Ben Legg - The Portfolio Collective

It’s not every day you get to chat to a former COO of Google, but Ben Legg, your 40 Minute Mentor today, is exactly that! Ben spent the first 10 years of his career in the British Army building bomb-proof structures and, occasionally, arm-wrestling members of the French Foreign Legion…. He successfully transitioned into business, working for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca Cola and Google as well as the high growth mobility Scale Up Ola and Adknowledge which he grew into one of the largest adtech companies in the US. Since then, Ben has built a portfolio career for himself and has recently founded The Portfolio Collective, a community for portfolio professionals. In this episode we explore the many sides of Ben’s career to date and what he’s learned along the way, including: - The skills that he was able to leverage from the military into business, such as the ability to bring order to chaos and stay calm under pressure - How he transitioned from a commercial role at Coca Cola to becoming a COO for Google and what it was like to work alongside the Google Founders - And the key things you need to consider when you’re recruiting a high performing team in any organisation It was fascinating talking to Ben who is one of the most impressive and productive leaders we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing. He is a real force of nature, with so much knowledge and experience to share. So, if you’re looking to switch sectors, want to start a business of your own or are considering becoming a portfolio professional, we know you’ll get so much from Ben’s insights and fantastic career advice. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Ben, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/benlegg/ If you want to find out more about the Portfolio Collective, have a look at their website – https://portfolio-collective.com/
28/10/2045m 23s

Series 4 - Episode 2 - Dan Ziv - TouchNote

Today’s guest and your mentor for the next 40 minutes is Dan Ziv, CEO at TouchNote, the world’s most popular postcard sending app. Since joining the company in 2016 as Chief Product Officer, they’ve gone from strength to strength and Dan quickly climbed the ladder to CEO. But Dan’s career hasn’t always been plain sailing. A previous tech start up he founded with a friend failed to take off, but with his infectious optimism, he saw the shortcomings as a good way to learn and move forward with his next venture, the last minute table booking app Uncover, which was a huge success. In just over two years Dan and his cofounders proved there was a market for the app, attracted £1m in seed funding and sold it to a competitor. Together, we discuss the ups and downs throughout his career and how they’ve shaped him as an entrepreneur and business leader, including: - How taking command of 132 soldiers as a 21-year-old in the Israeli army gave him a crash course in leadership and built his resilience - The importance of choosing who you work with carefully and how the complementary skills of his cofounders at Uncover contributed to its success - And why he has pivoted TouchNote from eCommerce to communications by focusing on a subscriptions business model. Dan is such an upbeat person with some brilliant insights into how to create a positive culture within an organisation. It was a pleasure talking to him and discovering more about the values that drive him and the wider team at TouchNote. If you’re considering starting your own business or are about to step into your first leadership role, this episode is an absolute must-listen. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Dan, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/danziv/ If you want to find out more about TouchNote, have a look at their website – https://touchnote.com/
19/10/2048m 11s

Series 4 - Episode 1 - Social Mobility - A Special Episode

Social mobility is a subject that’s very close to our heart which is why we're so excited to bring you this extra special roundtable episode of the 40 Minute Mentor. In today’s episode you’ll hear from an expert panel, who are all committed to advancing social mobility They are: Mandy Nyarko, Co-founder of Startup Discovery School; Lucy McCarthy-Christofides, Head of Proposition and Range at Tails.com; Ezechi Britton, Co-Founder of digital skills academy Code Untapped and Founding Member and Principal at Impact X Capital; Ruth Penfold, People Practice Lead at BP Launchpad and Euan Blair, Co-founder and CEO at WhiteHat. Every single person on this panel is incredibly passionate about levelling the playing field and providing more opportunities to those from underrepresented communities. It was so interesting to dive deeper into this important topic and we covered a lot of ground, including: - The numerous barriers people from underprivileged backgrounds must overcome as they attempt to build a career and we explored what steps business leaders can take to help level the playing field. - Why a degree isn’t the be all and end all, and how apprenticeships can play a key role in boosting social mobility. - The cultural shift many companies still need to make when it comes to recruiting people from different backgrounds, specifically people who have been on less traditional educational journeys. - Plus, why Black Founders are far less likely to gain venture capital funding and what can be done to rebalance this. As you’ll hear, there was so much to discuss and we could easily have gone on for another hour, so we hope that there will be an opportunity for a round 2 soon! Our panel shared personal stories, frustrations, many thought-provoking opinions and provided inspirational advice and ideas on how we can tangibly make a difference. So if you are keen to do more to support those who are underrepresented in your industry or society at large, then this podcast will give you an insight into what can be done right now and what you can do to start making a difference. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Mandy, Lucy, Ezechi, Ruth and Euan check out their LinkedIn profiles: Mandy Nyarko - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandy-nyarko Lucy McCarthy-Christofides - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucymccarthytails Ezechi Britton - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ezechi-britton-452a893/ Ruth Penfold - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruthpenfold/ Euan Blair - https://www.linkedin.com/in/euan-blair-54a11925/ And take a look at the organisations they’re part of: Startup Discovery School - https://startupdiscoveryschool.com/ Tails.com - https://tails.com/gb/ Code Untapped - https://codeuntapped.com/ BP Launchpad - https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/what-we-do/technology-at-bp/bp-launchpad.html WhiteHat - https://whitehat.org.uk/
07/10/201h 7m

Series 3 - Episode 10 - Adrian Blair - Receipt Bank

Today’s inspiring guest and your mentor for the next 40 minutes is Adrian Blair, CEO of the digital bookkeeping platform Receipt Bank. Receipt Bank helps make accounting easier for over 400,000 small businesses around the world and recently raised $75 million Series C funding for the next chapter in their growth journey. Before joining Receipt Bank, Adrian led the development of the eCommerce partnership strategy at Google and helped grow Just Eat from a small scale start up to the FTSE 100 company we now know it as now. In today’s episode, we talk about the lessons Adrian has learned on his amazing career journey so far, including: - The leadership lessons from working alongside Google Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and how they still influence his approach to this day. - The highs and lows from his journey with Just Eat and how this experience has shaped how he’s steering Receipt Bank on their rapid growth journey. - And, what to think about when planning your career and why you should be considering more than just money and experience when planning your next move. It was fascinating to learn more about Adrian’s early days at Google, the motivations behind his big career moves since, and what the future holds for Receipt Bank. If you’re thinking about making your next career move or want to know what it’s really like on the inside of an incredible growth journey like Just Eat, you’ll definitely want to listen to Adrian’s invaluable advice in this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you’d like to find out more about Adrian, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianblair To see what Receipt Bank are all about, take a look at their website - https://www.receipt-bank.com/uk/ And if you want to see some of the brilliant things Circl are doing, take a look at their website – https://www.circl.org/
28/09/2036m 7s

Series 3 - Episode 9 - Zoe Jervier Hewitt - EQT Ventures

People are at the heart of every startup’s success and nobody knows the importance of recruiting the right talent more than today’s 40 Minute Mentor, Zoe Jervier Hewitt, Operating Partner for Talent at venture capitalists EQT Ventures. Zoe’s career started in HR and Talent at Apple before transitioning into Tech at the high growth Start Up Mind Candy. She then became one of the first employees at Entrepreneur First, where she built a global, talent acquisition and assessment function from scratch. After 4 very successful years at EF, Zoe joined the leading VC EQT Ventures as an Operating Partner where she acts as both an in-house Talent Advisor to the investment team and EQT’s portfolio. In today’s episode, we talk more about Zoe’s unusual route into the sector, having done a degree in History of Art at Oxford University, and we take a deeper look into her biggest learnings from her career so far, including: - How growing up in a mixed race, working class family helped to instil in her a strong work ethic that has aided her throughout her career - The importance of brand building and proactively searching for talent when you are a small start up - Why a structured recruitment process is key to preventing biases creeping into your decision making - Plus, her advice for those from underrepresented communities looking to raise investment from VC’s like EQT Zoe’s passion for developing talent really shines through in this episode and it was fascinating to get her perspective on recruitment in the Tech sector from someone who is a bona fide expert. We really enjoyed chatting to her about a topic we are particularly passionate about. So, if you’ve recently founded your own start up and are looking to expand your team, or you’re looking for advice on how to raise from a top VC like EQT, or perhaps you’re weighing up the benefits of a career in talent – whatever your situation, we're sure you will benefit from Zoe’s insightful advice. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you’d like to find out more about Zoe, check out her LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoejervier/ And if you want to get to know EQT Ventures a little better take a look at their website – https://eqtventures.com/
16/09/2046m 27s

Series 3 - Episode 8 - Stefano Vaccino - Yapily

It’s not every day you close a $13m Series A funding round, but to do it in a global pandemic is really quite an achievement. That’s what today's 40 Minute Mentor Stefano Vaccino successfully did with his FinTech Yapily. A feat that is even more impressive, given the fact that he also contracted Covid-19 during the raise – he is truly made of tough stuff. Stefano has an impressive and diverse career, pivoting from academia to Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, then into product leadership roles in start ups, before he took the plunge and set up Yapily in 2017. Yapily’s mission is to transform the Financial services sector by harnessing the power of open banking and it was an absolute pleasure to hear more about their incredible growth journey over the last 3 years. In today’s episode we talk about the future of Financial Services and dig deeper into various aspects of Stefano’s entrepreneurial journey, including: - The lessons he learnt from raising a $13 million Series A round this year and his advice for anyone looking to fundraise - Why building a diverse team and a positive company culture is so important and why you need to build a team that embraces learning and innovation - Plus, his candid insights into the day-to-day life as a CEO of a fast growing, well-funded, start up. Stefano was a fantastic guest and it is not difficult to see how he has achieved so much in such a short amount of time with Yapily. He shares some wonderful advice that is applicable to anyone working in or looking to move into the start up world – from CEO’s looking to fundraise, to frustrated bankers looking to break into Fintech; Stefano provides fantastic mentorship throughout this episode. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you’d like to find out more about Stefano, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefanovaccino/ And if you want to get to know Yapily a little better take a look at their website – https://www.yapily.com/
07/09/2039m 32s

Series 3 - Episode 7 - James McClure - Adzuna

After eight successful years at Google, James joined what was at the time a little known travel tech firm called Airbnb to lead their business in the UK and Northern Europe. Over 3.5 years he had significant successes, as well as having to overcome a fair few challenges, before he moved to another US Headquartered Scale Up SeatGeek as their International GM Never shying away from a challenge, James joined the job search engine Adzuna, as their CCO, right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic…! In this episode, we talk though James' career highlights and lessons learned including: - How he built a successful career at Google and the lessons he’s taken forward into all his roles since - His experience of working for US headquartered businesses like Google and Airbnb and how you can ensure you stand out, even if you’re on the other side of the world - Plus, how he’s dealt with starting a new exec role in the middle of a global pandemic and how he’s helped the team adapt to the “new normal” We had a brilliant time talking to James who has had such an impressive career to date. Despite holding senior roles for some of the most aspirational Tech Scale Ups that have ever existed, he has remained incredibly down to earth and we really enjoyed hearing about his varied experiences. James provides a fascinating window into the workings of Tech Scale Ups and shares some great advice for anyone looking to follow in his footsteps. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you’d like to find out more about James McClure, check out his LinkedIn profile –https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-mcclure-5b6a364/ And if you want to get to know Adzuna a little better take a look at their website – https://www.adzuna.co.uk/
28/08/2053m 24s

Series 3 - Episode 6 - Tara Lajumoke - FT Strategies

Our 40 Minute Mentor in this episode is the brilliant Tara Lajumoke, Managing Director of FT Strategies’, the Financial Times consulting arm. After starting her career at Goldman Sachs, Tara moved in to consulting at McKinsey where she progressed to Junior Partner before taking the bold and entrepreneurial move in March 2020 to move to FTS. As you’d probably expect, it’s been a roller coaster few months for Tara, walking into a new senior role right at the beginning of a global pandemic and having to juggle this with having a young family, which is something we dive in to in this episode. Outside of work Tara uses the skills she’s learnt from Consulting to help develop the female leaders of tomorrow, working as a Business Mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs. In this episode, we dive into Tara’s story and explore how she’s been able to achieve the things she has, both from a personal and professional perspective, including: - Why Tara decided to leave McKinsey for what many would see as a riskier move and what it’s been like leading FT Strategies through a global pandemic. - The importance of education, why it’s such a big factor in Tara’s life and why it’s a huge focus for the way she’s bringing up her own children. - And we also discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and what companies and individuals can do to make a tangible difference to the cause We have had the pleasure of working with Tara for a little while and we were so excited to get her on our podcast as she is such a positive and down to earth role model. Needless to say, we loved hearing more about her career journey and how she’s managed to achieve so much in her career to date. So whether you work in consulting or you’re just in need of some inspiration from a brilliant leader, this episode is packed full of gems for you to learn from and apply to your own life and career. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Tara, check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tara-lajumoke-40aa29/ And if you’d like to find out more about FT Strategies, you can have a look at their website here - https://www.ftstrategies.com/
19/08/2050m 38s

Series 3 - Episode 5 - Will Greenwood MBE - Former Rugby International and Business Owner

Today’s guest and your Mentor for the next 40 minutes is an England Rugby legend, a hugely popular broadcaster and journalist and a successful business owner – Will Greenwood MBE. If you’re a Rugby fan Will needs no introduction, but for those of you who may not follow the sport, Will is one of the greatest English rugby players of all time, playing 55 times for his country, representing the British and Irish Lions on multiple tours and most famously, playing a fundamental role in England’s 2003’s Rugby World Cup winning team. Today, Will is a popular rugby commentator and analyst for The Telegraph and Sky Sports, as well as hosting his own Rugby union podcast. Will is also a fellow entrepreneur, and started his own hospitality business in 2011, Legend Holidays and Events, where he runs family holiday experiences, corporate events and sports festivals. It was a genuine honour to sit down with Will and hear more about his life and career, including: - Will’s upbringing and the influence his Dad (who was also a Rugby international and coach) had on his career - What it was like to be a part of World Cup winning team in 2003 and what made their culture so fundamental to their success - Plus, Will’s tips for anyone thinking of making a bold or difficult career change and his advice from his own experience of transitioning from Rugby into a career in media. Will has achieved so much in his career and his passion truly shines through in our conversation as well as his dedication to inspire and help others. He is a brilliant 40 Minute Mentor and whether you’re Rugby fan or not, we're sure you will be just as inspired as we were, hearing his career story. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Will, check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/willgreenwood If you’d like to find out more about Legend Holiday and Events, you can have a look at their website - https://www.ourlegend.com/
03/08/2048m 29s

Series 3 - Episode 4 – Claire Valoti - Snapchat

Today’s guest and your Mentor for the next 40 minutes is the incredible Claire Valoti from Snapchat. Having completed a degree in politics, Claire quickly realised that this wasn’t going to be the career for her and pivoted into marketing and advertising, spending a number of years at Mindshare before making the move into Tech with Facebook. In 2016 she was headhunted to become the GM responsible for launching and growing Snapchat in Europe and she has since progressed to VP of International. It was an absolute pleasure hearing about Claire’s career, which has seen her recognised as one of Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women. In today’s conversation we discuss a whole range of topics, including: - How Claire’s upbringing helped shape her career and how her parents instilled certain qualities and values that have helped her become the leader she is today - How she managed to secure leadership roles at two social media giants, one including Snapchat where she received an offer while pregnant and joined 2 weeks before the birth of her 2nd child - Plus, Claire’s first-hand experience of climbing the ranks in the largely male-dominated tech industry and what tech businesses can do to help promote diversity and inclusion Claire is one of the most inspiring and high profile female leaders in Tech and was an absolute joy to interview. She gave a truly honest and candid insight into her career and shared so many insightful pieces of advice – so whether you’re a job seeker, an aspiring GM or a leader in Tech, there is something for everyone in this episode. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Claire, check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairevaloti/ If you’d like to find out more about Snapchat, you can have a look at their website - https://www.snap.com/en-GB/
22/07/2046m 30s

Series 3 - Episode 3 - Dan Murray - Serter - Heights

In today’s episode of the 40 Minute Mentor, we had the pleasure of interviewing fellow podcast host and serial-entrepreneur, Dan Murray-Serter. Dan is Co-Founder of Heights, the holistic brand for the brain, and Co-Founder and Host of the UK’s number 1 business podcasts, Secret Leaders – one of my personal favourites. Despite initially wanting to be a Football coach, he started his career in the world of advertising before co-founding his first business at the age of 24. Since then, Dan has been running his own businesses for the last 7 years, which has led to him winning multiple awards, including being named Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 off the back of his success with his previous start up Grabble. Over the course of our chat we covered a number of topics: - Dan’s candid insights into the life of an entrepreneur - How the idea for Heights was born and how the team leveraged high-profile expert opinions from the likes of Stephen Fry to help rapidly grow their community - Plus, he reveals who the most inspiring person is, that he’s had on Secret Leaders. It was a real pleasure interviewing a podcast legend like Dan, who is such a honest and gregarious entrepreneur. We really enjoyed hearing Dan’s candid reflections on the ups and downs he’s faced as an entrepreneur and more about his ambitious plans for Heights. So if you’re currently thinking about taking the leap and starting out on your own, or if you’re a Secret Leaders fan keen to learn more about the man behind the mic, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode! We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview, just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Dan, you can check out his LinkedIn profile here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/danmurrayserter/ If you want to find out more about Heights, you can have a look at their website following – https://www.yourheights.com/ And if you haven’t listened to the Secrets Leaders podcast, you’ll want to head over to - https://www.secretleaders.com/
06/07/2054m 46s

Series 3 - Episode 2 - Ina Kjaer & Maggie Brereton - EOS Deal Advisory

In today’s episode of the 40 Minute Mentor, we get the privilege of speaking to not one, but two inspiring mentors – Ina Kjaer and Maggie Brereton from EOS Deal Advisory. Following successful careers as senior Partners within KPMG’s deal advisory business, Ina and Maggie took the bold decision to leave with a determination to shake up an industry known for it’s macho culture, long hours and a shocking gender pay gap. To do this they launched EOS Deal Advisory– a diverse, tech driven deal advisory consultancy that has already grown to a team of over 15 and has an enviable client list. It’s not every day that we get to talk to such impressive leaders who have reached the top of the Big 4 and then taken the bold leap of starting a business from scratch! It was fascinating to hear Ina and Maggie’s stories and learn more about their experience and how they’re striving to do things differently at EOS. Having started the business less than 12 months ago, today’s conversation focuses on the highs and lows of launching your own business, including: - The initial challenges they faced in the early months of EOS and how they were able to overcome them. - Why they decided to start EOS together, as equal partners, and how this has influenced the way they work and the way they’re building the business. - And the importance of culture and diversity and how EOS are actively trying to create a business that’s distinct from the ‘macho culture’ often found in bigger consultancies. Ina and Maggie were fantastic 40 Minute Mentors and it was an absolute pleasure to dive into their careers and the vision they have for EOS. So whether you’re currently working in a consultancy and want to understand how you can progress your career, or perhaps you’re contemplating starting your own professional services business – this episode is packed with great career advice and life lessons from two trail blazers, who are truly disrupting the industry. We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Ina, you can check out her LinkedIn profile here – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ina-kj%C3%A6r-065540/ If you want to find out more about Maggie, you can check out her LinkedIn profile here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-brereton-99339814/ If you want to find out more about EOS Deal Advisory, you can check out their website following - https://www.eos-dealadvisory.co.uk/
17/06/2050m 1s

Series 3 - Episode 1 - Sam Gyimah

I have always found the world of politics intriguing, so I was especially excited when Sam Gyimah, the Former UK Minister for Science, Technology, Universities, and Innovation, agreed to be on the 40 Minute Mentor. Sam was born in the UK but raised in Ghana before returning to study PPE at Oxford University, where he was elected the first Black British President of the Oxford Union Society - one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies. After starting out in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, Sam successfully transitioned into entrepreneurship, working in both Fintech and then a Logistic Training business which he scaled to £10m turnover and 70 staff in a 4 year period. His endeavours saw him voted the CBI Entrepreneur of the Future in 2005. Following his entrepreneurial success, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron, which was the start of an impressive and high profile political career. In today’s conversation, Sam shares a wealth of valuable insights from his incredible journey from a comprehensive school education to Number 10 Downing Street. During our fascinating chat we discuss: • How Sam’s experience at Oxford University set him on the path for a career in business and politics, despite initially being attracted to a career in law • What you need to know about working for a high-profile person and how to overcome the challenges of being in the public eye • Why working in politics is like being in a constant asteroid shower and the core skills you need to develop to survive and thrive in that kind of environment • Plus we also touch upon his take on how his former colleagues are coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. Sam was a great guest - open and honest, he shared some fascinating insights into the inner workings of parliament and what a career in government really entails. So whether you’re plotting to enter the world of politics yourself, or simply want to know how Sam came to be known as one of the most influential people in the country, I’m sure you’ll gain a lot of insights from hearing his story. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Sam, check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-gyimah/?originalSubdomain=uk.
01/06/2049m 44s

Series 2 - Episode 10 – Amir Nooriala – Callsign

In recent weeks we have been having lots of conversations with candidates who are concerned about the impact the current economic climate will have had on their careers. If this has been on your mind too, then today’s episode is perfect for you. That’s because our 40 Minute Mentor today is Amir Nooriala, whose story will both inspire and reassure you. He has proved through his career that no matter what the circumstances are, there are always opportunities, if you’re willing to put in the work. Amir is the Chief Commercial Officer at Callsign, a leading fraud detection, authorisation & authentication company. Although he now is a highly respected FinTech executive, he started his tech career in Silicon Valley at a very challenging time - just as the dot com bubble burst. Since then, Amir’s journey took him back to the UK and has seen him work in consulting and Banking, before pivoting into in the fast-paced world of FinTech at the Unicorn Oaknorth. Alongside his impressive CV, something that we really admire about Amir is the fact that he is also incredibly passionate about promoting social mobility. Alongside his full-time job, Amir is a trustee of Making the Leap and the UK Social Mobility Awards.  Alongside that, we take a trip back through Amir’s colourful career to date, where he shares some fantastic insights, including: - His top career tips for navigating through uncertain economic times, and his personal lessons from bouncing back from both redundancy and a demotion. - How you can tailor your CV and identify your transferable skills to break into the competitive FinTech sector, even if you have no direct experience and a limited network. - Plus, Amir’s entrepreneurial and productivity secrets and how he has successfully balanced all of his commitments over the years which have included full-on executive roles, advisory work, side hustles and 3 kids! Amir is a fantastic person as well as a super impressive leader and this conversation couldn’t have come at a better time given everything that is going on in the world. His journey has so much to teach us all about resilience, perseverance and staying positive when times are tough. No matter what stage of your career you’re in, we know you’ll get a lot of value and confidence from listening to Amir’s life lessons. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Amir, check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirnooriala/ If you’d like to find out more about Callsign, you can have a look at their website - https://www.callsign.com/
20/05/2053m 29s

Series 2 - Episode 9 - Shefali Roy - TrueLayer

Today’s episode features the incredible Shefali Roy, COO and CCO at TrueLayer. Shefali started her career in financial services, working across the Australasian market, before moving to London to get her Master’s degree in Economic History at LSE. Shefali decided to stay in London and joined Goldman Sachs before moving out of Financial Services and into the world of Tech. Since then she’s gone on to work for a whole range of leading Tech companies including global tech giant Apple, FinTech trailblazer Stripe and most recently, the leading tech company TrueLayer. In this conversation, Shefali shares some really interesting insights from her experience of building a successful tech career in the Compliance and Risk space, including: - What initially got her into compliance, and why this underrated sector could offer you a great opportunity to build a fantastic tech career. - What she learned from working across regions and across industries. Including her move into Tech and what it was really like to work at Apple. - And what a typical day as the COO and CCO at TrueLayer looks like and how the team have adapted and changed in the face of COVID-19. Shefali shares so many great insights in this episode and goes into detail on how she tackled those big and important career decisions over the years to help you, if you’re considering a career change. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Shefali, check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shefaliroy/
04/05/2057m 35s

Series 2 - Episode 8 - Chris Severson - PMI

Moving on to a different career path will always be a daunting prospect and it can be difficult to know how best to approach it. We regularly hear from candidates who are looking to make the shift and aren’t always sure where to start. And equally, from clients, unsure about taking a risk on someone with a different or out of the ordinary background. If you’re in this position, then you’re going to love today’s episode as our guest tells you all about his remarkable career change. Chris Severson has never been one to shy away from risk. Having started his career in the US Marine Corps as a TOPGUN fighter pilot, he took his adventurous approach into his post military career, successfully making the switch into leadership roles in the corporate and start up worlds. Chris has held senior positions across Barclays, Atlas Mara, Digicel and most recently at PMI, and has lived in the USA, the Middle East, Switzerland and the Caribbean. As Chris explains in today’s episode, making a career change is going to be hard work, no matter your background, but building a great network is the key to success. During our conversation we elaborate further on the power of networking and dig deeper into how leveraging your innate capabilities can help you as a leader. Some of the topics we discussed, include: - His experience of transitioning from a high pressure and disciplined military career into the private sector. Plus, how his background as a Marine taught him to be an enthusiastic leader and communicator. - The importance of networking when changing careers and how best to ‘find your tribe’ and build good relationships online and offline. - And his advice for building a high performing team. From hiring people smarter than himself, to his favourite interview question - it’s certainly one that might catch you off guard! Chris has been a candidate, client and friend of JBM, as well as a personal inspiration to James throughout his career. He is an amazing and charismatic leader, so it was fascinating to dig deeper into his diverse and exciting career journey. We're sure you’re all going to really enjoy this one – especially any of you who are fans of the movie Top Gun! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Chris, check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisseverson1/
06/04/2055m 16s

Series 2 - Episode 7 - Sophie Adelman - WhiteHat

When it comes to careers, there’s so many more options out there than there used to be even 5 years ago. Speaking to clients and candidates day in and out, we hear so many different stories of how people have got to where they are, the route they took and the different paths that people follow. The days of getting a university degree, joining a graduate scheme and staying with one company for 10-15 years are long gone. With rising university fees and increasing opportunity we’re seeing many companies starting to offer apprenticeships to enable talented young people to follow an alternative path to reach the career they want. At the forefront of this major shift across education and employment is today’s 40 Minute Mentor – the amazing Sophie Adelman, Co-Founder and president of WhiteHat. While Sophie has a very successful academic background herself, she saw her acceptance into Cambridge as a lucky break and in some ways an unfair advantage over all the equally talented people who for whatever reason didn’t get the same opportunity. As Sophie explains in today’s episode, this helped her shape her mission in life to create access to opportunities for everyone, no matter the background, social status or upbringing.  That’s where the idea for WhiteHat came from. Sophie and her co-founder Euan launched WhiteHat – a tech start-up building an outstanding alternative to the traditional university route – to level the playing field and open opportunities to work with great companies to more people, rather than a small selected pool of talent from well-known universities. Sophie’s passion for creating equal opportunities, changing the way the university system works and topics, such as social mobility is truly inspiring. In today’s conversation, we dig deeper into a whole host of topics, including:   The problems Sophie sees with the university sector and how her own experience has shaped her vision to change it. Why she founded WhiteHat and her experience of starting and growing her mission-driven business from just herself and Euan to a team of 140 people. And her experience of raising $16m Series A funding in 2019 and her advice for others looking to emulate her success. If you’re interested in working for a mission-driven start-up like WhiteHat, or you're a leader looking at diversifying your talent pool, or you're considering whether to go to university - you’re going to love this conversation. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Sophie, check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-adelman1/ If you want to find out more about WhiteHat, you can have a look at their website - https://whitehat.org.uk/
02/03/2034m 41s

Series 2 - Episode 6 - David M. Brear - 11:FS

We're really excited to bring you this special bonus episode of the 40 Minute Mentor with one of the most well-known figures in FinTech – the awesome David M. Brear, CEO of 11:FS. 11:FS are made up of some of the greatest minds in FinTech who are working to build and launch next-generation digital propositions for some of the biggest financial institutions in the world. In just 4 years they have achieved some incredible results as a challenger consultancy, whilst also launching one of the top business podcasts in the UK. Their strapline alone – Digital banking is only 1% finished – gives you a flavour of their drive to challenge the status quo and disrupt the industry. As a fellow podcast host and passionate sports fan, David and James had a lot to talk about! We have admired 11:FS for a long time so it was a real honour to sit down with David to find out more about his own career path and hear first-hand the incredible journey that 11:FS have been on. Meeting him in person didn’t disappoint and, in the episode, we cover some really exciting topics, including: - How David’s initial plans to become a professional Basketballer were curtailed by injury and how he ended working up in Banking during the Financial Crisis - His incredible journey with 11:FS and how they’ve carved their own path, creating a multi-faceted business full of incredible talent and amazing clients – all without any external funding - And what company culture means to him and how his love for sports has shaped the way 11:FS have grown their own high-performing team David is such a down to earth and refreshingly honest leader, who was so easy to talk to. This episode is filled to the brim with great advice, particularly for those of you working in consulting or Fintech. Whether you’re a junior consultant looking to advance your career or a founder yourself – David goes into detail on the secrets that have helped him succeed and the lessons he’s learned along the way. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about David M Brear, check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidbrear/  If you want to find out more about 11:FS you can have a look at their website –  https://11fs.com/
17/02/2040m 24s

Series 2 - Episode 5 - Catherine Wines - WorldRemit

The word ‘inspiring’ gets thrown around a lot when discussing entrepreneurs and business owners. However, with today’s guest, we can’t think of a more accurate or deserving description. Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is the incredible Catherine Wines, co-founder of WorldRemit. WorldRemit is a mission-driven online money transfer service that allows people to send money to friends and family living abroad. WorldRemit is one of the most successful and fastest growing Fintechs in the UK, with a worth of almost $1bn, employing over 700 people and serving 4 million customers across 150 countries. Catherine is one of the most high profile female leaders in Fintech so it came as a real shock to the industry when she was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in 2018. Despite the shock of this and the ensuing treatment she has had to go through, she has remained incredibly positive and active throughout. She continues to support WorldRemit’s as a Non-Exec Director whilst also mentoring and advising a number of other start up founders (including fellow 40 Minute Mentor guest, Alex Stephany of Beam). Since her diagnosis, she’s paved the way for firms to improve the way they support employees living and working with cancer. We go into detail on this in today’s show and Catherine shares some great advice for anyone out there either living with, or supporting a loved one or colleague with, cancer. In today’s conversation you’ll hear about a number of interesting topics, including: • Why Catherine set up WorldRemit and how she has grown the business from a small start up to a team of over 700 employees across 6 continents. • Her philosophy on living with cancer and how she is happy to talk about it in order to raise awareness and change perceptions about it • Plus, her thoughts on the importance of mentorship, championing women in tech and why she got involved with Beam, the tech for good start up that helps homeless people get back in to work and off the street. It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Catherine about her many achievements and hearing her unique and uplifting approach to life. She truly is an inspiration and is certainly a great reminder to live life to the fullest, and without regret. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk If you want to find out more about Catherine, check out her LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-wines-8060b26/ If you want to find out more about WorldRemit you can have a look at their website – https://www.worldremit.com/
03/02/201h 2m

Series 2 - Episode 4 - Ben Sanders - Pollen

Today’s guest and our first 40 Minute Mentor of 2020 is the brilliant Ben Sanders, who is the MD for Europe at the Tech Scale Up Pollen. Pollen, formerly known as Verve, is one of the top 10 fastest growing UK scale-ups and a global leader in word-of-mouth sales in the live entertainment and travel industries. As MD for Europe, Ben leads a team of over 100 people, and he has played a key role in the growth of their marketplace, which has been turbo charged by a recent £70m Series C Funding round. Ben started his career in Consulting at Bain & Company where he spent just under 5 years before pivoting into Fintech in 2014 with Worldpay. He was subsequently headhunted by the UK Digital Bank Pockit as COO in 2016, despite having no previous COO experience, and in that time achieved significant successes – scaling the team to over 70 people and winning multiple awards. Ben has achieved some very impressive feats during his career, and it was great to get a chance to talk to him about his diverse experience so far (which has also included spending time as a Nightclub promoter) and share his advice for others who want to do the same. Some of the highlights from our chat include: • Why Ben made the move from Consulting into Fintech and how he was able to adapt so quickly and achieve so much in a such a short time frame • How Ben successfully made the jump into being a COO, and the lessons he learned from his time at Pockit, as well as his advice for others looking to make a step change in their own careers • And finally, Ben’s guidance for building and leading high performing teams and his thoughts on the importance of getting culture right Having talked to a lot of candidates who want to make the move from Consulting into Fintech, it was fascinating to hear Ben’s experience and get his candid advice for people looking to make the same move that he did. Ben is one of the nicest and most impressive people I know in Tech. He was open and honest during our conversation and he shared some fantastic insights that I’m delighted to be able to share with you in this episode. I hope you’ll get as much out of it as I did. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk. If you want to find out more about Ben check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-sanders-b280716/ If you want to find out more about Pollen you can have a look at their website - https://pollen.co/uk/
06/01/2052m 43s

Series 2 - Episode 3 - Timothy Armoo - Fanbytes

In today’s episode I get to talk to a guest who has been described as “one of the UK’s most hotly-tipped young entrepreneurs”: co-founder and CEO of Fanbytes, Timothy Armoo. Timothy started his first ever business at the tender age of 14 and sold his second business at just 17. In 2017 Timothy and his co-founder, Ambrose, started the ‘Gen Z’ focused advertising agency, Fanbytes. Fanbytes specialises in helping brands reach the ‘Gen Z’ audience through popular social media channels like Snapchat and TikTok. Using their specially developed algorithm they search out the future stars of social media and connect them with global brands to create impactful campaigns. Their unique approach has drawn a high-profile client base and they’ve already worked with some of the world’s biggest brand names such as Apple Music, Warner Brothers, Deliveroo and Universal. Since launching the business they’ve grown rapidly, and Timothy and Ambrose now lead an award-winning team of 30. Helping their clients make an impact with Gen Z buyers. In today’s interview we cover some really interesting topics; going all the way from Timothy’s teenage years starting his first business through to how he’s growing and scaling a team working with global brands. During our conversation you’ll hear about: How Timothy began Fanbytes while still studying at University and how he balanced his studies with launching the business. The challenges he faced convincing brands to work with Fanbytes in the early days and his advice for other entrepreneurs looking to carve their way in a new niche. And his thoughts on the importance of culture and how he’s managed to maintain and develop Fanbytes unique culture while rapidly scaling the business. I really enjoyed speaking to Timothy and it was so inspiring to hear how much he’s accomplished as such a young age. He is clearly incredibly passionate about what he does and is a truly inspiring individual to talk to. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at james@jbmc.co.uk. If you want to find out more about Timothy check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothyarmoo/  If you want to find out more about Fanbytes you can have a look at their website - https://fanbytes.co.uk/
20/12/1953m 10s

Series 2 - Episode 2 - Alex Stephany - Beam

Today’s guest and your Mentor for the next 40 minutes is the ever so inspiring author of “The Business of Sharing” and Founder and CEO of Beam – Alex Stephany. Having started his career as a lawyer, living and working all over the world, Alex decided to join the tech startup JustPark as their COO in 2011. Alex was promoted to CEO at the end of 2012 and let the business to close the largest start up equity crowdfunding raise in history. Following his success with JustPark, where he remains a board advisor to this day, Alex ventured out on his own and started Beam - the world’s first crowdfunding platform that helps homeless people to train up and get back into work. Beam’s growing community of supporters have made a total of 17,000 donations, helping over 50 people find stable employment in a position that will provide a living wage. Beam hasn’t grown unnoticed, winning lots of plaudits in the press and it has won many awards, including being named by The Guardian as one of the most important social tech innovations of 2018. I loved finding out more about Beam and Alex’s diverse experiences. In our conversation, we talked about many different aspects of his career, including: - The skills that helped Alex switch from working as a lawyer to a high-growth tech startup and the challenges he faced in the early days of JustPark - How he became a thought leader on the sharing economy and how this led him to write and publish his book, “The Business of Sharing” (which involved him interviewing some very high profile people, which we discuss during our chat) - And also his ideas on how everyone can get involved in the sharing economy and how we can find long-term solutions for the homelessness problem, including ways to get involved with his amazing business Beam Alex’s passion for using technology to connect people who want to help, with people who need help, is both inspiring and contagious. I am so glad I get to share our conversation with you and I hope you’ll be as inspired as I was after hearing Alex’s story. If you want to find out more about Alex you can check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexstephany/ If you want to find out more about Beam you can have a look at their website - https://beam.org/ We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview, just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
06/12/1934m 43s

Series 2 - Episode 1 - Pippa Lamb - Sweet Capital

Today’s episode of the 40 Minute Mentor is another bonus episode which was recorded live at our JBM drinks event in September. We run these events every quarter, to bring together clients and candidates who have helped us spread the word about JBM and to thank them for all their help and support. These events are always great fun and give our network a chance to get to know some of the great business leaders that we get to work with. Our special guest on the night and your 40 Minute Mentor today is the brilliant Pippa Lamb, Partner at Sweet Capital. Pippa has had a fascinating career so far. After graduating from the University of Oxford, she joined the Global Equity Strategy Team at J.P. Morgan where she spent 5 years before leaving to pursue her MBA at Harvard Business School as a Fulbright scholar. Following her MBA experience, she decided to take a different course and moved into the VC world, joining Sweet Capital – the investment fund established by the founders of King.com. She climbed quickly and earlier this year was promoted to Partner across their London and LA offices. I really enjoyed my interview with Pippa and there’s some great advice in here for anyone considering a bold career move. Be it pursing an MBA, moving into venture capital or taking a step out to do something else. We cover a whole range of topics in this one, including: - How Pippa landed the role at Sweet Capital and her advice for anyone looking to move into the world of VC - Why Pippa left banking to undertake her MBA and the key questions that she would recommend asking yourself when deciding whether an MBA is the right choice for you - And her advice to start ups, and what she looks for in founders and companies that are pitching to her in her role at Sweet Capital It was great to sit down with Pippa and hear her advice on some of the hot topics that we regularly get asked about by our candidates. If you’re thinking about doing an MBA, looking to move into VC or want to learn how your business can secure its next round of investment, you’re going to love this conversation! If you want to find out more about Pippa you can check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pippalamb/ If you want to find out more about Sweet Capital you can have a look at their website - https://sweetcapital.com/ We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview, just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk Disclaimer: All views and opinions expressed in this episode are our guest's own opinion and do not represent any entity with which they've been, are now, or will be affiliated in the future.
27/11/1932m 2s

Series 1 - Episode 10 - Stiliyan Petrov - Ex Bulgaria and Aston Villa Captain

In today’s episode of the 40 Minute Mentor, I’m joined by the former Bulgarian football international and Aston Villa captain, Stiliyan Petrov. Having started his professional football career in Bulgaria, Stiliyan joined Celtic, in 1999, where he went on to win ten trophies, including four Scottish Premier League titles. Following his success with Celtic, he moved to Aston Villa, ultimately becoming the club’s captain in 2009, leading the team to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the League Cup in his first season. With his career going from strength to strength, everything changed for Stiliyan in March 2012 when after going for some routine medical tests after a game, he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He tackled this challenging part of his life with an incredible bravery and positivity and ultimately successfully beat the cancer, although the road to recovery took its toll and despite getting back to being fit and healthy, he ultimately had to retire from the professional game in May 2013. Stiliyan is extremely honest and open about the struggles he went through and it was amazing to sit down with him to learn more about his incredible career story and what he’s taken from both the highs and the lows so far. In this interview we talk about so many interesting and important topics including: - Stiliyan’s early years and how he went from playing Sunday league in Bulgaria to professional football in the UK, when he didn’t speak the language! - His take on what makes a great leader, how he adapted to the role of captain and his advice for others looking to get the best from their team. - And his battle with cancer and post football career, how he overcame the mental and physical challenges that he faced and what the future holds for him now. As an avid Aston Villa football fan, I’ve followed Stiliyan’s journey throughout his career and it was a true honour to sit down with him and learn more about his life on and off the pitch. What he’s achieved is truly inspiring and it’s incredible to see how he’s managed to come back from such adversity to continue pursuing a career and life around the game he loves. Meeting Stiliyan dispelled a lot of the stereotypes I had about footballers. He is warm and very down to earth, honest and generous with his time and ultimately a very loyal, family man with strong values and a genuine desire to help others. I hope you enjoy listening to this very special episode and take some inspiration from Stiliyan’s amazing story and his wise mentorship. If you want to find out more about the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation and how you can help its mission to revolutionise the way leukaemia and cancer are treated, check out the Foundation's website following - http://www.thestiliyanpetrovfoundation.com/phone/index.html We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
04/11/191h 2m

Series 1 - Episode 9 - Jenny Costa - Rubies in the Rubble

In today’s episode of the 40 Minute Mentor, I’m joined by founder and CEO of Rubies in the Rubble, Jenny Costa. Having started her career in finance, Jenny soon realised there was a bigger cause she felt passionate about. After reading that one third of all food produced globally is wasted, she knew she had to see it with her own eyes. So, one morning she decided to visit the New Covent Garden wholesale fruit and veg market. Her visit ended with her cycling back with baskets full of perfectly good and yet unsold produce. Produce that would have otherwise gone to landfill. That’s how Rubies in the Rubble, the UK’s leading ‘anti food waste’ brand, was founded. In 2011 Jenny started making and selling chutneys, made of produce saved from the rubbish heap. Having started with a single stall on Borough Market, Rubies in the Rubble now stocks their delicious jams, relishes, chutneys, ketchups and other condiments at major retailers, such as Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods and a large number of independent stores. In my conversation with Jenny, we cover some really interesting topics including: - How Jenny took the leap from a lucrative career in investment management to selling home-made chutneys on Borough Market. - Jenny’s key learnings as she’s taken Rubies from a single market stall to a rapidly growing business with products on the shelves of supermarkets up and down the country. - And Jenny’s advice to fellow entrepreneurs on growing a team, building a successful culture and her approach to work life balance. I loved chatting to Jenny about Rubies in the Rubble and hearing how her team are disrupting the food industry with their amazing products. It was fascinating to hear her advice on how we can all help do our part to tackling the problem of food waste and how her team are setting the tone for it. It has certainly changed my view on the importance I place on the appearance of the fresh produce I buy, and hopefully my conversation with Jenny will inspire you to follow in her footsteps and reduce your own food waste too. If you want to find out more about Jenny you can check out her LinkedIn profile here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-costa-685b474a/ If you want to find out more about Rubies in the Rubble you can check out their website following - https://rubiesintherubble.com/ We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
03/10/1939m 58s

Series 1 - Episode 8 - Fred Jones - Uber

In today’s episode of the 40 Minute Mentor, I’m joined by my first guest from a tech Unicorn, as I speak with Fred Jones, Board Director and Head of New Mobility for Uber UK and Ireland. Uber need no introduction, they’re one of the world’s biggest tech businesses and have grown from a small scale start up in 2009 to one of the world’s most valuable companies, with a market cap of over $56 billion. Having started his career on Consulting, Fred joined Uber in 2015 and climbed rapidly through the company, to where he is today. For those of you who are considering making this move yourselves, Fred’s journey from Consulting into tech is a really interesting one and something we discuss in detail in today’s show. In addition to his role at Uber, Fred advises a number of start-up and scale up businesses, including ourselves here at JBM, where he provides invaluable advice to myself and the team as part of our advisory board. We cover some really interesting topics in this interview including: - How Fred made the move from Consulting into tech and his advice to others thinking of doing the same. - What it’s like to work at one of the world’s biggest tech unicorns and why feedback is such an important part of Uber’s culture. - And Fred’s advice to aspiring leaders in tech and why he sees optimism is a key characteristic that all aspiring leaders should foster. If you want to find out more about Fred you can check out his LinkedIn profile here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/fred-jones-2b25875/?originalSubdomain=uk If you want to find out more about Uber you can check out their website - https://www.uber.com We're always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
02/09/1942m 24s

Series 1 - Episode 7 - Henry Faber and Walter Kerr - Oppidan

In today’s episode you get to hear from not one, but two brilliant guests as I chat with Henry Faber and Walter Kerr, founders of Oppidan. Frustrated by shortcomings that they saw in the tuition sector, Henry and Walter set up Oppidan to tackle the pressurised, anxiety-driven education market in the U.K. Their goal was to disrupt the tuition sector by focusing on mentoring children - not simply teaching them fact. Their services help children develop critical life skills like empathy and emotional intelligence and not just how to pass their 11+. Since founding the business in 2016 they have grown rapidly and in 2017 expanded from tutoring in to summer camps with their unique, Oppidan Camps. Taking the US summer camp experience and bringing them to the U.K for children aged 7-14. We discuss so many fascinating topics during this interview and go deep in to the state of education today including: - The impact that mentoring can have on children, - Why it’s important for children to learn these life skills at a young age and - What we can do to help level the playing field when it comes to social class and educational achievement We also dig into the business side of Oppidan and Henry and Walter share their insights in to what it’s like launching a start up in a completely new niche and the challenges they’ve had to overcome along the way. I loved chatting to Henry and Walter who are truly passionate about their business and it’s great to see them making a real difference. I took so much away from this interview and it really got me thinking about how I’ll approach some of these critical decisions for my own 3 year old daughter, Sienna, as she grows up. So if you’re currently working in the education sector, you’re a parent wanting to know how to give your child the best possible start in life or you simply want to hear how two inspiring entrepreneurs are carving a brand new niche in one of the UK’s most traditional industries, I know you’re going to love this one. If you want to find out more about Walter and Henry you can check out their LinkedIn profiles: Henry Faber - https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-faber-7989b5109/ Walter Kerr - https://www.linkedin.com/in/walter-kerr-145308119/ If you want to find out more about Oppidan you can check out their website - https://www.oppidaneducation.com/ We're always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
01/08/1941m 20s

Series 1 - Episode 6 - Caroline Murphree - Wealthsimple

Today’s episode is a special bonus episode which was recorded live at our JBM drinks event last month. We run these events for a mix of clients and candidates who have helped us spread the word about JBM over the years, and without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today. The goal for these evenings is to bring together a mix of talented people from diverse backgrounds to get to know each other better, make new connections and to learn from some of the best and most inspiring mentors in our network. Our special guest and your 40 Minute Mentor at this latest event was the brilliant former McKinsey Consultant Caroline Murphree, who is now the UK Director of Growth & Operations at Wealthsimple. Wealthsimple is an online investment manager that combines user-friendly digital tools and personal investment advice to make smart, automated investing available to everyone. They have over 100,000 clients globally, £2bn in assets under management and have raised over $250m Canadian Dollars to fund their impressive growth. I am pleased to say that I am one of those 100,000 clients having recently set up a Junior Isa for my daughter, Sienna and I am a big fan. Two of the questions that I get asked most often by candidates are “how do I move in to Consulting” and “how do I move in to Tech”. Having moved from Silicon Valley into Consulting and then from Consulting back to Tech, Caroline has experienced this first-hand and she shares her advice on exactly these questions in today’s interview. This conversation isn’t just focused on Caroline’s career advice though, we talk about the challenges that come with growing a rapidly scaling start up, the importance of culture and her advice for others looking to expand their business into international markets. We also touch upon her views on diversity in tech and what the industry can do to promote it as well as the key role that mentorship has helped play throughout Caroline’s career. Those who were there on the evening, the JBM team and I got a huge amount from this interview with Caroline. It was great to get the chance to speak with her and I’m really pleased to be able to share our conversation with you. As this was a live event our interview was followed by some questions from the live audience. Some of whom where a little further from the microphones than others so please excuse the fact that some of the questions at the end of this episode are a little quiet. I hope you will all really enjoy this extra special episode and learn lots from the great insights that Caroline shares! If you want to find out more about Caroline you can check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-murphree-73247112/ If you want to find out more about Wealthsimple you can check out their website - https://www.wealthsimple.com We're always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
16/07/1931m 52s

Series 1 - Episode 5 - Ruth Penfold - Onfido

Today’s guest is the brilliant Ruth Penfold, People VP at Onfido. Onfido uses machine learning to help companies verify the identity of their users online. Founded in 2012 the business has gone from strength to strength and earlier this year raised $50 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Investments and Salesforce ventures. Ruth is a phenomenal leader in the people and talent space and as People VP and part of the executive team at Onfido she is responsible for all aspects of their people strategy. Helping their ever-growing team to manage the people and recruitment challenges that come with a rapidly growing tech business. As Ruth says, her role is to create the right environment for the people of tomorrow, whilst retaining the people for today. Prior to joining Onfido Ruth was the head of talent acquisition at Shazam, responsible for managing their global recruitment as they went from start up, to scale up, to a household name. In this conversation we go into detail on Ruth’s journey with both Shazam and Onfido and discuss her experience of helping to scale two disruptive tech firms, how she is focused on creating cultures that enable individuals to bring their true self to work and how she has tackled the challenges that come with scale up life. In addition to her high-flying tech career Ruth is also a practicing yoga instructor and writes a regular blog. Her approach to balancing the different aspects of her life and ensuring she makes time for the things she enjoys is really unique and Ruth shares some great advice on how she does this in today’s show. If you’re looking to understand how to grow your own tech business, explore ways to make your firm more inclusive, or just looking for some inspirational mentorship from one of the most engaging and honest leaders that I’ve met - this conversation is a must listen! If you want to find out more about Ruth you can check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruthpenfold/ If you want to find out more about Onfido you can check out their website - https://onfido.com/ We're always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
01/07/1943m 58s

Series 1 - Episode 4 - James Routledge - Sanctus

Today’s guest is James Routledge, Founder of Sanctus. Sanctus is a mental wellness start up that is on a mission to inspire people to work on their mental health just like we do our physical health. They have a bold vision to put the world’s first mental health gym on the high street, and I for one hope that they can achieve this. James’s passion to help others improve their mental health came from his own experience having suffered mental health issues, following the failure of his first business Match Chat, something we discuss in detail in today’s show. The idea for Sanctus actually came about when he shared this struggle in a heart-felt and honest blog where he openly talked about the journey that he and his co-founder George had been through. This blog received 100s of responses and from this initial post the idea for Sanctus was born. Since then Sanctus has grown into a large team with over 40 businesses including Aviva, Secret Escapes, Tansferwise, RedBull amongst others, to help them reframe the conversation around mental health. Their amazing work has been featured in publications including the Times, The metro, and now the 40 Minute Mentor! I have close friends and family that have had struggled with their mental health over the years so when I heard about the work Sanctus was doing and saw the refreshing honesty and humour with which James talks about it, I was really keen to get James on the podcast to have a chat. This episode was recorded shortly after mental health week here in the UK and we go into some really important topics in this interview around mental health, the challenges we all face and what you can think about to look after yours. James’s experience of launching and growing a VC funded start up and then dealing with and overcoming its failure to get to where he is today is truly inspiring. It’s a little longer than previous episodes but I know you’re going to get so much from what he shares in this interview. If you want to find out more about James you can check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdroutledge1?originalSubdomain=uk If you want to find out more about Sanctus you can check out their website - https://sanctus.io/ We're always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
05/06/191h 0m

Series 1 - Episode 3 - Kresse Wesling MBE - Elvis & Kresse

Today’s guest is the environmental entrepreneur, Kresse Wesling MBE, who is quite simply, one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. Kresse is the co-founder of the award-winning business Elvis and Kresse, who turn industrial waste into innovative, luxury products and return 50% of their profits to charities related to the waste that they use. It was a chance meeting with the London Fire Brigade in 2005 that gave Kresse the idea that ultimately become the business she runs today. At the time, the London Fire Brigade sent all of their decommissioned fire hose to landfill and Kresse thought that there had be a better way to reuse and recycle it. This led Kresse and her partner Elvis – hence the brand name – to launch Elvis & Kresse. Since founding the business Elvis and Kresse has gone from strength to strength. From their origins using reclaimed firehose they now work with 12 different waste streams, have several charitable partnerships and are involved with collaborations across industries. This includes a unique partnership with the Burberry Foundation to turn Burberry’s off cut leather into stunning bags and accessories. In recognition of the incredible work she has done, she was awarded an MBE and was named Cartier’s Women in Business Laureate in 2011. She has advised global brands, governments and recently sat on a judging panel with Will I Am from the Black Eyed Peas! In this episode we cover a range of fascinating topics including: Kresse’s childhood and why she decided to leave home at 16 to attend collage half way around the world in Hong Kong. How Elvis and Kresse started the business and the challenges that they had to overcome in their early years. Kresse’s philosophy on building a team and her approach to hiring great people. And the importance of the circular economy and why it is critical to your business’s long term success. It was a lucky encounter with her partner Elvis on a train back after a rugby match many years ago that led to me getting to know Kresse and hearing about their inspiring story and unique mission, played a big role in me setting up JBM almost 7 years ago. She was also the first person I asked to join our board of advisors and has been a brilliant confidante and mentor to me over the years. So if you’re thinking about launching your own business or want to know how you and your firm can achieve profitable growth that also helps the environment then you’re going to love this interview. If you want to find out more about Kresse you can check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kresse-wesling-mbe-0933646/ If you want to find out more about Elvis and Kresse you can check out their website - https://www.elvisandkresse.com/ We're always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at james@jbmc.co.uk
14/05/1945m 9s

Series 1 - Episode 2 - Iain Martin - Moonpig

Today’s guest is Iain Martin, former Managing Director of Moonpig and the recently announced, new CEO of Mahabis. I was introduced to Iain by a client who thought we’d really get on and he was completely right. Iain’s a great guy and was kind enough to come and talk at one of our recent JBM Ambassador networking events which is where this interview was recorded. Now, Most of you will have used Moonpig at some point in your life but for those who haven’t heard of them, Moonpig are the UK’s largest online card retailer with over 15 million cards sent through their online platform in 2017 alone. Iain was one of the early members of the Moonpig team and during his time as Managing Director, he grew the business from a team of just 8 people to a team of over 160, turning over £60m a year. This phenomenal growth led to Moonpig being acquired by Photobox for £120m in 2011. Iain’s story of how he became the MD of Moonpig and his take on what’s important when growing a tech business were fascinating and he shares so many great insights during this conversation. Including how they came up with the Moonpig jingle! Those who were there on the night really benefited from his insights and advice, and I hope that you will to. If you want to find out more about Moonpig you can check out their website - https://www.moonpig.com/uk/ If you want to find out more about Mahabis you can check out their website - https://mahabis.com/ If you want to find out more about Iain you can check out his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/iainscv/
15/04/1941m 33s

Series 1 - Episode 1 - Charlene Chen - BitPesa

Today’s guest and our first mentor is Charlene Chen, COO at BitPesa. BitPesa is an online payment platform that leverages Blockchain technology to significantly lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to, from and within sub-Saharan Africa. I sat next to Charlene at an Innovate Finance dinner a couple of years ago and we instantly hit it off, sharing very similar views on the importance of people, culture and mentorship. She had a fantastic energy and I found her passion for BitPesa infectious. Charlene’s story is a really interesting and inspiring one that shows what you can achieve if you chose to follow the path less well travelled. Having started her career in Consulting she decided to take some time out to complete an MBA which led to her moving to Ghana for 3 months to work with the Tech Start up, Busy Internet. This trip opened her eyes to the opportunities that existed in Africa and after completing her MBA she went back to work with companies across Kenya and Tanzania for the best part of the last decade before moving to London to launch BitPesa. We cover some really interesting topics in today’s conversation and I hope you’re going to get a lot from what Charlene has to say. Whether you’re thinking about launching your own start up, considering an MBA or thinking of going to work in a different country or continent, there’s something in here for everyone. If you want to find out more about BitPesa you can check out their website - https://www.bitpesa.co If you want to find out more about Charlene you can check out her LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlenechen
12/04/1947m 13s
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