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The Financial Times's Jonathan Moules talks to entrepreneurs about building successful brands, giving birth during a funding round, and rebuilding a reputation in the wake of bankruptcy. Real stories from those who've done it, from idea to exit. Produced by Fiona Symon

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The Financial Times's Jonathan Moules talks to entrepreneurs about building successful brands, giving birth during a funding round, and rebuilding a reputation in the wake of bankruptcy. Real stories from those who've done it, from idea to exit. Produced by Fiona Symon

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FT Start-Up Stories

Latest release on Sep 19, 2018

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The Financial Times's Jonathan Moules talks to entrepreneurs about building successful brands, giving birth during a funding round, and rebuilding a reputation in the wake of bankruptcy. Real stories from those who've done it, from idea to exit. Produced by Fiona Symon

Rank #1: A payment solution for Latin America

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Philipp Bock set out to solve one of the biggest problems faced by consumer businesses in Latin America - the lack of a localised cross border payments infrastructure.  

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Sep 11 2017

23mins

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Rank #2: Episode 2 - Funding

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Andy Harter funded his technology start-up with an early version of crowd funding. He tells Jonathan Moules how fans of his software provided an excellent source of seed capital and market research  

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Nov 02 2015

12mins

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Rank #3: Live panel debate: living in a world of optimism

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Six entrepreneurs who have featured in recent episodes of FT Start-up Stories discuss survival strategies and key ingredients for success with Jonathan Moules in front of an invited audience at the Financial Times in London.  

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Dec 12 2016

24mins

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Rank #4: Dale Murray: networking saved my business

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Dale Murray co-founded Omega Logic, which provided an electronic solution for mobile phone top-ups just as mobile phone use in the UK was becoming widespread. Timing played a big role in the success of the company, but it was ultimately her networking skills that saved the business

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Jun 04 2018

19mins

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Rank #5: A winning commute

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A crowded train journey home after a Chicago baseball game provided the inspiration for Katie Hill-Gottesman's Commuter Ads business, as she tells Jonathan Moules  

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Aug 20 2017

21mins

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Rank #6: Series 2: The serial entrepreneur 10/10

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John Stapleton co-founded a successful food business in the UK and then sold the business with the idea of setting up a similar venture in the US. As he tells Jonathan Moules, things didn't quite go to plan.  

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May 02 2016

13mins

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Rank #7: The business that spun out of control

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Julie Deane set up the Cambridge Satchel Company as a way of financing her children's education, but its rapid success attracted outside investors and the venture took a direction that made her feel uncomfortable. She tells Jonathan Moules how she regained her confidence and took back control.

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Jun 18 2018

21mins

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Rank #8: Episode 3 - Hiring

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Entrepreneur Martin Spiller tells Jonathan Moules that using recruitment professionals doesn't always make sense when you are looking to hire graduates. He found a talented designer for his design start-up by chatting to a barista.  

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Nov 09 2015

8mins

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Rank #9: Europe's tech pioneer

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Bernard Liautaud's startup was the first French company to go public in the US back in the 1990s. He describes how he steered the company from idea to exit and now advises other European companies hoping to take the same route.  

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Aug 14 2017

22mins

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Rank #10: Series 2: Learning and the lean start-up 3/10

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The Drum is a magazine and events business for the marketing industry. It was well regarded but not particularly profitable, and Diane Young its chief executive found herself looking for ways to boost her flagging motivation. She tells Jonathan Moules how she turned things around.  

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Mar 14 2016

13mins

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Rank #11: Successful entrepreneurs tell their stories

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Jonathan Moules introduces a second season of his popular FT Start-up Stories podcasts, in which entrepreneurs talk candidly about their successes and failures: real stories from those who've done it, from idea to exit.  

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Feb 22 2016

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Rank #12: Series 3: The Coconut Merchant 10/10

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Al Shariat trained as a lawyer, but then took a job with the UNDP in Iran, working on microfinance and other projects. It was this experience that inspired him to change direction and set up a business providing ethically-sourced coconut products to western consumers.  

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Dec 05 2016

15mins

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Rank #13: Beating off the competition

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Will Dean tells Jonathan Moules how a legal challenge acted as a catalyst for the growth of his extreme sports business Tough Mudder.  

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Jul 24 2017

18mins

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Rank #14: How fighting a computer bug turned into a vocation

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Marcin Kleczynski’s interest in computer software was sparked at the age of 14 when a battle to remove a virus from his home computer brought him into contact with the world of cyber geeks. He teamed up with some of them to provide a free service, later turning their ‘freemium’ model into a lucrative global business, Malwarebytes.

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Jun 25 2018

25mins

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Rank #15: Episode 4 - Getting close to your customers

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James Watt found the secret of success was building a community of fans for his craft beer. They have provided investment, ideas and even helped find locations for his expanding network of bars. Picture credit: Rosie Hallam  

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Nov 16 2015

10mins

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Rank #16: Series 3: Mixcloud and the art of bootstrapping 9/10

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Mixcloud, a music streaming service, got off the ground and achieved profitability without any external funding - something highly impressive and unusual in the world of tech start-ups. Nikhil Shah tells Jonathan Moules the story.  

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Nov 28 2016

19mins

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Rank #17: Episode 5 - Setting the right price

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The Brompton folding bike has grown into a global brand sold in 43 counties. During the recent downturn, it raised its prices by over 65 per cent without putting a dent in sales. Finance director Lorne Vary tells Jonathan Moules why having a bold pricing strategy makes sense.  

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Nov 23 2015

14mins

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Rank #18: Series 3: Market research from the grassroots 7/10

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Tugce Bulut's market research business Streetbees uses social media and mobile technology to gather data from paid volunteers in 87 countries  

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Nov 14 2016

15mins

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Rank #19: Series 2: The benefits of agility in a changing world 6/10

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Alicia Navarro has been dubbed the 'queen of the pivots', a process of developing a business by changing the direction of travel - and living with an expectation of constant change. She tells Jonathan Moules her story.  

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Apr 03 2016

13mins

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Rank #20: Series 3: How to thrive in a downturn 4/10

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Gary Grant found that his "ethical" approach to business that put people before profits helped his toy shop chain thrive when others were closing down.  

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Oct 24 2016

15mins

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Uncovering the secrets of computing

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Alex Klein tells Jonathan Moules about his ambition to transform attitudes to computing with his kit to help people of all ages make their own and write the programmes to go with them.

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Aug 13 2018

23mins

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How not to hire a psychopath

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Geoff Watts and Julia Fowler co-founded EDITED, an innovative tech company that brings data analysis to the retail industry, nearly a decade ago. They tell Jonathan Moules that the toughest problem they've faced was when they hired someone who wasn't a team player.

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Aug 06 2018

23mins

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Pursuing the AI dream

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Twenty years ago, Chetan Dube left the world of academia, at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, to pursue a career in business. He tells Jonathan Moules what inspired the move. 

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Jul 23 2018

20mins

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The accidental entrepreneur

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Michelle You, co-founder of the music ticketing and concert discovery platform Songkick, tells Jonathan Moules about the fun of creating a business, and the sense of failure she felt after the company was acquired by Time Warner.

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Jul 16 2018

21mins

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Creating trust in an online world

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When Peter Mühlmann’s mum had some bad experiences making her first purchases online in 2007, he decided there must be a way to guide consumers to businesses they could trust. The result was Trustpilot.

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Jul 09 2018

21mins

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Buddi: what to do when a deal goes wrong

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Sarah Murray’s mobile alarm and tracking technology company faced an early setback when a government contract she’d been pinning her hopes on fell through. She tells Jonathan Moules how she dealt with the disappointment and bounced back.

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Jul 02 2018

20mins

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How fighting a computer bug turned into a vocation

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Marcin Kleczynski’s interest in computer software was sparked at the age of 14 when a battle to remove a virus from his home computer brought him into contact with the world of cyber geeks. He teamed up with some of them to provide a free service, later turning their ‘freemium’ model into a lucrative global business, Malwarebytes.

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Jun 25 2018

25mins

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The business that spun out of control

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Julie Deane set up the Cambridge Satchel Company as a way of financing her children's education, but its rapid success attracted outside investors and the venture took a direction that made her feel uncomfortable. She tells Jonathan Moules how she regained her confidence and took back control.

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Jun 18 2018

21mins

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iZettle: beating the incumbents

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If you are trying to fill a gap in the market and a very conservative industry tells you it can’t be done, then go for it because there is “massive opportunity and the sky’s the limit”, iZettle’s Jacob de Geer tells Jonathan Moules


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Jun 11 2018

22mins

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Dale Murray: networking saved my business

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Dale Murray co-founded Omega Logic, which provided an electronic solution for mobile phone top-ups just as mobile phone use in the UK was becoming widespread. Timing played a big role in the success of the company, but it was ultimately her networking skills that saved the business

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Jun 04 2018

19mins

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Start-up Stories returns

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We’re back. Start-up Stories is returning with a new set of entrepreneurs sharing their insights about the joys and challenges of starting a business.

So look out for our first episode in series five - from Monday June 4



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May 30 2018

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A payment solution for Latin America

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Philipp Bock set out to solve one of the biggest problems faced by consumer businesses in Latin America - the lack of a localised cross border payments infrastructure.  

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Sep 11 2017

23mins

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The Aspen busters

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Glenn Keys and Andrew Walker were childhood friends who'd both served in the army and run businesses. Eventually they found a way to pool their resources, creating a company that provides tailored healthcare solutions in 12 countries from the UK to Africa, East Timor and Iraq.  

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Sep 04 2017

21mins

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Challenging the consumer giants

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Jeff Raider has helped pioneer a high quality, low cost model for selling consumer products like glasses and razors online. He tells Jonathan Moules how he did it.  

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Aug 28 2017

20mins

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A winning commute

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A crowded train journey home after a Chicago baseball game provided the inspiration for Katie Hill-Gottesman's Commuter Ads business, as she tells Jonathan Moules  

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Aug 20 2017

21mins

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Europe's tech pioneer

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Bernard Liautaud's startup was the first French company to go public in the US back in the 1990s. He describes how he steered the company from idea to exit and now advises other European companies hoping to take the same route.  

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Aug 14 2017

22mins

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Building a successful team

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Slack co-founder Cal Henderson and his collaborator Stewart Butterfield started out with the aim of creating a successful video game but ended up doing something completely different.  

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Aug 07 2017

18mins

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Blazing a trail for cycling safety

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Emily Brooke wanted to help solve the worst problem faced by urban cyclists - safety. She tells Jonathan Moules how she went about it.  

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Jul 31 2017

21mins

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Beating off the competition

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Will Dean tells Jonathan Moules how a legal challenge acted as a catalyst for the growth of his extreme sports business Tough Mudder.  

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Jul 24 2017

18mins

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Plugging into the global maker movement

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Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh imagined a product for fixing things that would help end the global throw-away culture. She tells Jonathan Moules how she turned her idea from a fun concept into a reality.  

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Jul 17 2017

21mins

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