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FT Start-Up Stories

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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

Updated 5 days ago

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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: Series 3: Launching by stealth 1/10

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Shakil Khan and his co-founder kept their student accommodation website out of the media spotlight during its early years while they tested the market and its global potential. He tells Jonathan Moules why he thinks this was the right strategy
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Oct 03 2016

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 02 2015

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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 12 2016

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Rank #4: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 07 2017

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Rank #5: Series 3: Working with investors 5/10

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Nuno Sebastiao had trouble finding European backers for his untested tech start-up based in Portugal. But he found US investors more willing to take a gamble because they understood the technology behind Feedzai's fraud detection service. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 31 2016

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Rank #6: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 11 2017

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Rank #7: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 14 2016

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Rank #8: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 22 2016

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Rank #9: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 28 2016

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Rank #10: 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.

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Nov 16 2015

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Rank #11: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 09 2015

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Rank #12: Series 3: Discovering that missing ingredient 3/10

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Daniel Reilly made a mistake that is all too common among tech entrepreneurs. He failed to test the strength of demand for his product before launching it onto the market. But the experience left him with a renewed respect for founders and helped him to discover what he really wanted, he tells Jonathan Moules. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 17 2016

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Rank #13: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 28 2017

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Rank #14: Series 2: The surfing cure 9/10

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Richard Walton moved from London to Costa Rica to take up surfing and run his business remotely from there after a health scare prompted him to rethink his work-life balance. He tells Jonathan Moules how it worked out. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #15: 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

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Rank #16: 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

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Rank #17: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 14 2016

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Rank #18: Episode 8 - Defining your brand

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Branding is about more than just a logo, says Adrian Lomas of digital marketing company Blueleaf. It's about defining a clear purpose for your business and making sure everyone - from staff to customers and competitors - know what that is. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 14 2015

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Rank #19: 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

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Rank #20: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 04 2017

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