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Founder Sessions

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Founder Sessions is a podcast that puts the spotlight on founders. We go beyond the pitch in each session to truly understand a founder's mindset.

We understand the difficulty of gaining exposure in the ever-changing startup landscape. So we have created Founder Sessions to give founders the exposure they truly deserve, the opportunity to show off their personality, chat about their ideas, and make those valuable connections.
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How to scale a startup | Founder Sessions 22

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The transition from agency to startup | Founder Sessions 25
Today's session features Pete Daykin, CEO and Co-Founder at Wordnerds. To quote Wordnerds directly, they are "a SaaS platform that genuinely understands language, delivering metrics-led insight from unstructured text... in all its misspelt, sarcastic glory." In this session, we chat about Pete's entrepreneurial journey. From the days before Wordnerds to the story around founding Wordnerds and transitioning from agency to SaaS startup.  ▶ Check out Wordnerds: https://www.wordnerds.ai/ ▶ Follow Pete: https://twitter.com/peterdaykin This session could not be possible without our good friends at Northstar ventures. Northstar Ventures is a VC firm investing in innovative solutions to help solve the most pressing societal issues we have today.   They are a pre-Series A investor with ticket sizes between 100,000 to 1 Million pounds. They focus on building long-term relationships with their portfolio clients to see them through to exit. ▶ Find out more about Northstar Ventures: https://northstarventures.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
36:27
August 17, 2022
Making a difference with diversity & inclusion | Founder Sessions 24
Today's session features Lynsey Harbottle & Lyndsey Britton-Lee, Co-Founders of 50:50 Future.  50:50 Future is a Diversity & Inclusion training and consultancy company that values difference. 50:50 is on a mission to be a catalyst for inclusion by demystifying diversity and providing solutions to break down barriers. Throughout this chat, we talk about diversity & inclusion, how startup founders can build a diverse team early, and how we can be more inclusive as a community.  ▶ Check out 50:50 Future: https://5050future.co.uk/ ▶ Connect with Lynsey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynsey-harbottle/ ▶ Connect with Lyndsey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyndsey-britton-lee-910a1a3b/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
33:08
August 05, 2022
Growing through pandemic and war | Founder Sessions 23
Today's session features Eugene Shestopal, CEO & Co-Founder of Poptop, The leading event planning platform on the UK market and the most technologically advanced events marketplace in the World. Eugene is a serial entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in the events and music industries before founding Poptop. We chatted to Eugene about how adapting to the global pandemic and the war in Ukraine impacted the Poptop team and how investors reacted to these situations.  ▶ Check out Poptop: https://www.poptop.uk.com/ ▶ Connect with Eugene: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eugene-shestopal-66785438/ This session could not be possible without our good friends at Northstar ventures. Northstar Ventures is a VC firm investing in innovative solutions to help solve the most pressing societal issues we have today.   They are a pre-Series A investor with ticket sizes between 100,000 to 1 Million pounds. They focus on building long-term relationships with their portfolio clients to see them through to exit. ▶ Find out more about Northstar Ventures: https://northstarventures.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
46:31
July 29, 2022
How to scale a startup | Founder Sessions 22
Today's session features Kufa Matiya, Founder of FutureMatch, an end-to-end hiring platform that uses data science to hire early career talent for organisations. Kufa is a 2nd-time Founder in the Ed Tech and HR Tech spaces. Kufa and his co-founder scaled their first startup from a team of 2 to 45 and raised £1.4M over five funding rounds.  Throughout this chat, Kufa talks about his journey into entrepreneurship, the process of scaling a startup from a hiring and investment perspective, and the challenges he has faced as a founder. ▶ Check out FutureMatch: https://www.linkedin.com/company/futurematchtalent/ ▶ Connect with Kufa: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kufamatiya/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
37:33
July 22, 2022
Learning from the past when starting again | Founder Sessions 21
Today's session features Brett Shanley, CEO & Founder of Knoma, which provides an ethical finance solution and marketplace for lifelong learners. Brett joins us to chat about his journey from the University of Cambridge into investment banking. Before seeking a new adventure, that took Brett to the southern hemisphere, where he started his first startup in Australia. After success with his first startup down under, Brett returned to the UK to do it again with his second startup, Knoma.  Throughout this chat, Brett provides critical insights into running a startup and gives excellent advice to fellow entrepreneurs.  ▶ Check out Knoma: https://www.knoma.io/ ▶ Connect with Brett: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettshanley1/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
22:51
July 15, 2022
20 entrepreneurship lessons | Founder Sessions 20
In today's session, we reflect on the past 19 sessions of the podcast to give you 20 lessons on entrepreneurship. These lessons and the full sessions could not be possible without the excellent guests taking the time to give back their experience and knowledge.  Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
19:03
June 22, 2022
How to deal with imposter syndrome | Founder Sessions 19
Today's session features Rob Napoli, author of The Social Soul, Host of The Bear Necessities of Entrepreneurship podcast, and Founder of RiseUp Media.  Rob joins us from Brooklyn, New York, to chat about his journey into entrepreneurship, the importance of your social soul, and so much more.  ▶ Website: www.robnapoli.com ▶ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/robnap ▶ Get To Know Rob Napoli Episode: https://the-bear-necessities-of-entrepreneuership.simplecast.com/episodes/get-to-know-your-host-rob-napoli Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
51:59
June 15, 2022
Mental health of startup founders | Founder Sessions 18
Today's session features Floe founder Hamish Rutherford.  Hamish joins us to discuss creating great co-working spaces, the power of community, entrepreneurial mental health, and so much more!  ▶ Connect with Hamish here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamish-rutherford-995a3457 ▶ Learn more about Floe here: https://www.thefloe.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
39:12
June 01, 2022
Tech advice for non-technical founders | Founder Sessions 17
Today's session features your friend and mine, Dylan McKee Since the age of 13, Dylan has been developing awesome things and giving back to the local tech scene in the North East. Dylan joins us to talk about MVP building, no-code, startups, community, mentoring, and so much more!  ▶ Follow Dylan here: https://twitter.com/djmckee ▶ Learn more about Nebula Labs here: https://nebulalabs.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
33:14
May 25, 2022
Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable | Founder Sessions 16
Today's session features a newfound friend of the podcast, Craig Smith. Craig is a startup founder and community builder with 15 years of experience that has seen him work for BT, before entering the world of startups.  His experience includes working & living around the globe, speaking to customers and learning all things startup.  Now, Craig is the founder of JustLend. Helping build sustainable financial relationships between people, family and friends wanting to do good.  We chat about various topics, including being comfortable with the uncomfortable, learning from your customers, and more!  ▶ Connect with Craig here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigsmith4/ ▶ Learn more about JustLend here: https://justlend.co/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
27:47
May 11, 2022
How to build a startup, exit, and repeat | Founder Sessions 15
Today's guest is Josef Wasinski.  Josef is a serial fintech entrepreneur who has built multiple startups, raised VC investment, and exited a great business (Wayhome). Josef then took a well-earned break in Nicaragua before the startup bug returned, and he embarked on his new startup endeavour.  ▶ Follow Josef here: https://twitter.com/JosefWasinski Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
40:49
May 04, 2022
How can crypto help personal finance? | Founder Sessions 14
Today's guest is Vee Venski, Co-Founder & CEO of RT App.  We chat about how RT App uses crypto and gaming to create a unique personal finance experience. We also chat about how crypto can impact personal finances and Vee's entrepreneurship journey so far.  RT App is an engaging money manager. We help young professionals and students to manage their money for FREE and EARN crypto by playing. ▶ Connect with Vee here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vee-venski/  ▶ Learn more about RT App here: https://RT-App.io/  Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
29:34
April 27, 2022
Life of an early-stage startup | Founder Sessions 13
Today's guest is Laura Mills, Co-Founder of NogginHQ.  We talk about the big problems with credit scores, and how NogginHQ is working towards modernising the space. We also talk about pre-seed startup life, building a community, pre-accelerators, and much more startup goodness.  ▶ Connect with Laura here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-mills-15050b187/ ▶ Learn more about NogginHQ here: https://www.nogginhq.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
31:13
April 20, 2022
Tackling the problems of online dating | Founder Sessions 12
Today's guest is Elaine Parker, Founder & CEO of Safer Date.  We talk about the shockingly massive problems in the modern age of dating and how Safer Date is tackling these problems to make dating better. ▶ Connect with Elaine here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elaine-parker-86b09517/ ▶ Learn more about Safer Date here: https://saferdate.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:00:08
April 06, 2022
How to meet demand & scale quickly | Founder Sessions 11
Today's guest is Owain Brennan, Founder & MD at Seer BI. We talk about solving a much-needed problem in a legacy industry, scaling quickly, and the importance of universities in the startup ecosystem. ▶ Connect with Owain here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/owain-brennan-b6b697167/ ▶ Learn more about Seer BI here: https://seerbi.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
48:50
April 01, 2022
Are you ready for enterprise? | Founder Sessions 10
Today's guest is Deepak Prabhakara, CEO & Co-Founder of BoxyHQ. We talk to Deepak about his experience in startups and bigger businesses spanning the past two decades. We deep dive into the process of startups getting ready for enterprise-level customers. We also get a great perspective and insight into open-source.  ▶ Connect with Deepak here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepakp/ ▶ Learn more about BoxyHQ here: https://boxyhq.com/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:00:40
March 23, 2022
Building a FinTech startup | Founder Sessions 9
Today's guest is Sam Abrika, CEO & Co-Founder of Nova Money.   In this episode, we talk to Sam about how his startup is helping people get smarter with their finances and the big problems around consumerism.   Our friends at Nova Money are offering a free upgrade to Nova Premium 🙌   Use the link to gain control over your personal finances! 💰   https://novamoney.app.link/podcast?code=SOWL-METE-NATU ▶ Connect with Sam here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-abrika/  ▶ Learn more about Nova Money here: https://novamoney.com/  Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
43:27
March 16, 2022
Bootstrapping a startup | Founder Sessions 8
Today's guest is  Ollie Reeves, founder of Compiled.  In this episode, we talk to Ollie about bootstrapping a startup business, learning from trial and error, and the importance of customer conversation. ▶ Connect with Ollie here: https://compiled.social/ollie ▶ Learn more about Compiled Social here: https://compiled.social/?r=foundersessions Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
52:06
March 09, 2022
Winning an Innovate UK grant | Founder Sessions 7
Today's guest is Purch It Co-Founder & CEO Justin Edlagan. In this episode, we talk to Justin about building an advertising technology startup, the process of winning an Innovate UK grant, and using international markets to validate products. ▶ Connect with Justin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinedlagan/ ▶ Learn more about Purch It: https://www.purchit.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
55:32
March 02, 2022
Life as a young entrepreneur | Founder Sessions 6
Today's guest is Housr Co-Founder & CEO Harry Panter.    At only 21, Harry is smashing it with Housr and with their launch happening this week, now is the perfect time to check out what Harry and the team are building.   Housr is a student housing app, changing the way students search & attain their student home whilst streamlining the tenancy search & management process for landlords and estate agents.   ▶ Connect with Harry: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harry-neil-panter-738703120/ ▶ Learn more about Housr: https://www.housrapp.co.uk/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:03:07
February 21, 2022
Why you shouldn't fear failure | Founder Sessions 5
Today's guest is Wocal founder Andrew Crossley.    Wocal helps individuals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and teams find workspace within local venues quickly and efficiently while supporting our local economy.   ▶ Connect with Andrew: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-crossley  ▶ Learn more about Wocal: https://wocal.co/  Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:01:39
February 14, 2022
Challenges of life & startup life | Founder Sessions 4
Today's guest is James Allen - Founder of Chronic Insights, Ignite Alumni, Freelance App Developer, and Tech Startup Advisor.    James has 18 years of experience working in tech. Which has taken them through the founder journey of developing an idea into a product. James is the creator of Chronic Insights, a symptom diary app that allows you to record symptoms on a 3D model. James is also a freelance app developer and a tech startup advisor, offering open and honest support to fellow startup founders and more.   ▶ Connect with James: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elegantswift/ ▶ Learn more about Elegant Swift: https://www.elegantswift.com/ Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:14:20
February 07, 2022
How to pitch with impact | Founder Sessions 3
Today's guest is Peter Hopwood - Global Speaker Coach & Events MC / Storytelling for Sales / Virtual Speaking Specialist / International TEDx Coach & Startup Pitch Coach.   Peter travels the globe (physically & virtually) supporting executives, leaders, founders and teams to craft and deliver engaging stories, increase their leadership presence and persuasive connection - with impact.    Peter’s coaching skills strengthen CEOs, leaders and TEDx speakers’ storytelling skills and presence on stage or virtually. Brand stories, CEO conference talks, to virtual selling techniques, Peter’s 15 year experience helps bring more value - every time you speak.    With extensive international experience of working alongside founders and global accelerators in Europe and the MENA region, Peter helps to transform and strengthen pitches that connect, engage and get listeners to take action.    As a global corporate events MC, hosting 500+ events, Peter shapes some of the strongest tech stages on the planet, including MWC Europe / Asia / US, GITEX Dubai and JEC World - more recently involved in challenging demanding hybrid projects creating engaging & intriguing worldwide virtual experiences.    Chair of the Communication Committee of the The World Innovation and Change Management Institute (WICMI), Peter has worked in 41 countries (physically) and lived in 7 - now based in Split. Croatia.   ▶ Connect with Peter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterhopwoodpublicspeaking/  ▶ Check out Peter's incredible work: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEdpj1M3GSpGfIvUo79M1cQ   Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:10:10
January 31, 2022
Why is data important | Founder Sessions 2
Today's guest is Jamie O'Neill of WiFi Marketing.    Jamie helps businesses capture big data for marketing purposes, aid operational teams to get businesses up and running, and helps FMCG brands get their products into the hands and mouths of customers.   ▶ Connect with Jamie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamieconeill/  ▶ Learn more about WiFi Marketing: https://wifimarketing.co.uk/   Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:13:04
January 24, 2022
Educating entrepreneurs | Founder Sessions 1
Today's guest is Steve Pugh of Roadmap MBA. Steve and Roadmap MBA offer real-world business education to established businesses, entrepreneurs and career professionals worldwide.    With over 650 users in 26 countries and counting, Steve talks about his business, how he started it, and the big takeaways he's had along the way.   ▶ Connect with Steve: www.linkedin.com/in/stevendanielpugh/  ▶ Learn more about Roadmap MBA: www.roadmapmba.com   Founder Sessions is a podcast that helps people relate to the reality of startup life.  We go behind the glitz & glamour and speak to the REAL entrepreneurs working hard to make a difference. ▶ Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
01:12:27
January 17, 2022
Founder Sessions Trailer
Hi everyone. I'm Karl Murray, Host of Founder Sessions.  Founder Sessions is a podcast focused on startups and startup life.  Our guests on the podcast are founders themselves, and we go beyond the pitch to truly understand their perspective of startup life.  So far, we have spoken to a range of amazing founders who have shared their knowledge and insight around various topics.  Such as pitching, investment, building a team, finding customers, validating ideas, and many more.  I have created Founder Sessions to allow founders to share their ideas, stories, and the problems they face throughout their journey.  But most importantly, the podcast looks to inspire the audience to learn, grow, and be awesome at what they do. Founder Sessions is available on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.  I hope you enjoy it.  Find out more about Founder Sessions here: https://compiled.social/foundersessions
00:49
January 07, 2022