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You’ve reached the talktank - the official podcast of the LSE Entrepreneur Society. We delve into the minds of those who think, live, and breathe outside the box, by interviewing thought-leaders about their work, experiences and stories they've collected along the way. Through our three series called "Beyond Profit", "Artistpreneurs" and "Bits and Bytes" we explore diverse areas including social entrepreneurship, the creative arts and technology. Our aim is to expose our audience to diverse perspectives and inspire the next generation of change-makers.

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Penny Martin - ladies and gentlewomen

The Artistpreneurs Series - Penny Martin Hosted by Esther de Jongh Today’s guest is Penny Martin, Editor in Chief of The Gentlewoman, a biannual women’s magazine with style, character and purpose. Penny originally started her career in academia with a background in art history and museum studies, but the world of curating soon swept her away. Fast forward to 2009, when she was approached to co-create The Gentlewoman, which has just printed its 23rd issue starring Scarlett Johansson and Stella McCartney. Tune in for an open conversation on redesigning an entire magazine from scratch twice a year, staying authentic through turbulent yet undaring times, and why significant moments always involve drinks and dancing. Thank you Penny! Tune in to find out more! 🎧🎙 Special thanks to Rho Mezon and Konrad Dabrowski for sharing their music.


20 Apr 2021

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Torsten Schreiber - unf*ck the world

The Beyond Profit Series - Torsten Schreiber Hosted by Julian Kirschner This week we are excited to introduce Torsten Schreiber, serial social entrepreneur and climate activist. In 2014, he co-founded Africa GreenTec, the company that brings sustainable green energy to rural areas in Africa, creating opportunities for businesses to flourish while reducing the need for Diesel power plants. Torsten joins us from Chad, where he is currently working with the UNHCR and local authorities on the electrification of African regions ⚡️ Tune into our fascinating conversation about social impact , the incredible experiences from Torsten’s projects in Africa, and how to make the world a greener place! 🌿🎧 Special thanks to Konrad Dabrowski for editing this episode and to Rho Mezon for sharing his music “In the Mist”.


12 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Jamie Crummie - too good to go's magic

The Bits & Bytes Series - Jamie Crummie Hosted by Tina Soh This week we take you on board to fight food waste with us. You will listen to the story of Jamie Crummie, entrepreneur, waste warrior and industry leader, who empowers others to make the world a better place. 💫 Jamie Crummie is the co-founder of Too Good To Go, the world’s leading marketplace for surplus food. The free app connects food outlets and retailers with surplus food to consumers who get delicious food while also doing their bit for the planet - a win-win. Jamie was part of Forbes 30 under 30 in 2019 and was Young Entrepreneur of  the Year in 2020, so we can safely predict he’ll be continuing his impressive work in 2021. 🚀 Tune in to find out more! 🎧🎙 Check out Too Good To Go: https://toogoodtogo.org/en Special thanks to Konrad Dabrowski for producing this episode and  many thanks to Rho Mezon and Milky Day for sharing their music “In the  Mist” and “Pink Yellow Rain”.


5 Apr 2021

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Ben Beal - music makes you smile :)

The Artistpreneurs Series - Ben Beal Hosted by Jessica Ge Featured on every lo-fi study playlist you jam to, when you think 22-year-old NYC rapper, you don’t envision the laid-back, jazzy lo-fi hip hop artist Ben Beal. Ben Beal, who boasts 65 million worldwide listeners and a viral TikTok hit on his song Smile, lived your typical college life but always had a deep-rooted passion for music. 🎵🎤 If you’ve ever felt pulled into the corporate life of your peers, but you also hear a creative calling ☎️, this episode is for you. Hear how Ben Beal broke into the music scene and turned his passions into a business by co-founding the record label, Birdhouse. 🦉 Embodying the Artistpreneurs title quite literally, you might wanna strap in... Check out Ben Beal! 🙇🏻‍♂️ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0CTpeTOAvzc1FOlPj4uYWV?si=_cUBNm13SvO3NYN-r8cgIA IG: https://www.instagram.com/imbenbeal/ Special thanks to Konrad Dabrowski for help producing this episode and to Ben Beal for sharing his song “Smile”.


28 Mar 2021

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Lola Lafia - exploring space(s)

The Bits & Bytes Series - Lola Lafia Hosted by Alki Giavridis Today's guest is the extraordinary Lola Lafia, who studies Computer Science and Architecture at Columbia but took a year off from university to co-found Schefs. ✨ Schefs is a mission-driven platform that invites university students from all around the world to lead and join themed conversations on diverse topics, from astrophysics, to music, philosophy and what the world will look like in 300 years🚀🎸. It is a new space for casual, organic and real-time discussion amongst people that may have never even met. In this way, Schefs pushes up against passive and shallow interactions on existing social networks and knocks down barriers to knowledge and ideas. Schefs has hosted over 350 events with nearly 1,000 students from over 90 global universities. We talk to Lola about everything from the power of platforms, to performance art, the meaning of success, and imaginary cities. She shares the story behind the birth of Schefs as well as its unique name. Tune in to find out more! 🎧🎙 Check out Schefs: https://schefs.us/ Special thanks to Konrad Dabrowski for producing this episode and many thanks to Rho Mezon and Milky Day for sharing their music “In the Mist” and “Pink Yellow Rain”.


23 Mar 2021

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Nassia Matsa - a model, writer, and raver walks into a bar

The Women of LSE Series - Nassia Matsa Hosted by Alki Giavridis Today’s episode is part of our ‘Women of LSE’ mini-series, a collaboration with the LSE SU Women in Business Society dedicated to the insights of women alumnae who are making waves in their respective fields 🦸‍♀️💥 This week we celebrate Nassia Matsa, a London-based journalist/model with published work in the Financial Times, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and many other high-profile publications👔👠. When she’s not writing about culture, tech, and fashion, Nassia works as a hugely successful model. She’s been featured in Vogue, worked for Christian Louboutin and even became a video game avatar for Balenciaga !✨ She shares with us the secret to unlimited confidence (just pretend you’re a mediocre white man), and teaches us how to curate a unique way of working, if we’re not sold on the “British Dream” of nine-to-five jobs and endless mortgage payments. We also dive into her international career as a model, which is not always as effortlessly glamorous as it seems... We are certain that you will be just as inspired by Nassia’s journey as we were ! 🎧💥 Special thanks to Rho Mezon and Konrad Dabrowski for sharing their music.


16 Mar 2021

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Jiawei Li - someone call a doctor!

The Bits & Bytes Series - Jiawei Li Hosted by Jessica Ge During a global pandemic, the world lives in uncertainty. Today’s guest addresses this uncertainty through her London based company. Jiawei Li, a graduated PhD medicine student from UCL, is the founder and CEO of Tuli Health. 🏥💜 A digital health platform catered to serving global citizens. 🌎 Hear Jiawei’s fascinating story of dropping everything as a prospective doctor to travel across China and begin her own start-up. 🏃🏻‍♀️🇨🇳 Tune in to find out more! 🎧🎙 Check out Tuli Health: https://tuli.health/#/ Special thanks to Konrad Dabrowski for producing this episode and many thanks to Rho Mezon and Milky Day for sharing their music “In the Mist” and “Pink Yellow Rain”.


8 Mar 2021

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Steve Dool - double denim & depop

The Artistpreneurs Series - Steve Dool Hosted by Tina Soh This episode’s guest is Steve Dool, Head of Brand Partnerships at Depop - a social shopping marketplace with over one third of all 16 to 24 year olds as members in the UK, and 26 million users in 147 countries worldwide. 👖👗👚Depop empowers young creatives to sell thrifted, secondhand and sustainable fashion. Not only this, but Steve has written a book, A Guide to Men's Footwear 👟👞🥾and last, but certainly not least, he’s an LSE alumnus! Today he talks about the unique path that led him from New York to London, and from a career in PR, to journalism, to Depop. He also unveils some priceless fashion tips along the way, so trust me, you'll want to tune into this one...🎧🎙 Special thanks to Rho Mezon and Konrad Dabrowski for sharing their music.


2 Mar 2021

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Ben Judah - sharp journalism unwrapped

The Unwrapped Series - Ben Judah Hosted by Rafae Qazi Are you interested in journalism? Do you actively follow political news and always have an opinion on current events? 🧐 Then you need to check out this week’s special episode! We talked to Ben Judah, author, journalist and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Ben Judah’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, The Evening Standard, The Financial Times, and Standpoint. 🌟 We had the pleasure of talking to him about fake news, breaking into journalism and many other topics. Ben has also spent a considerable amount of time studying Russia and Putin’s political regime while writing his first book ‘Fragile Empire’. In discussion with our team, he shared his perspective on the recent political events in Russia,  the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny and the future of the country. Tune into the talktank tomorrow! We can’t wait to share our conversation with you. 🎙✨ Special thanks to Rho Mezon and Konrad Dabrowski for sharing their music.


23 Feb 2021

Rank #9

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Roderick van der Lee - seeing the UNSEEN

The Artistpreneurs Series - Roderick van der Lee Hosted by Esther de Jongh Today’s guest is Roderick van der Lee, one of the founders of UNSEEN Amsterdam, a contemporary photography fair praised by the Guardian - amongst many others - as “the best loved of them all, known both for it's intimacy and strong curatorial agenda.” After curating for other international fairs he is back this year to direct the 9th edition of UNSEEN. Before founding UNSEEN, Roderick went to business school, studied art history, and learned the tricks of the trade at auction house Christie's in London and Amsterdam’s well-known photography museum FOAM. Today he will give us insight into the fascinating industry, tell us what it’s like to curate for such a dynamic art field - and answer some of the questions people ask him most. Tune in to find out more! 🎧🎙 Special thanks to Rho Mezon and Konrad Dabrowski for sharing their music.


16 Feb 2021

Rank #10