Mark Abraham is a young entrepreneur who runs a tech start-up in London called Shackle. The goal of “The Power of Hindsight” is to share actionable insights from leaders in their chosen field, successful entrepreneurs and inspiring individuals to help people listening achieve their own goals.
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How to protect your start up with the best legal structure
In this episode, I sat down with Esteban to discuss what it takes to become a Formula 1 driver, the mindset you need, and work ethic required. This was a fascinating insight to the mind of an elite athlete who risks his life every time he sits in the car.
Esteban Manuel Gutiérrez is a Mexican racing driver. In 2008, Gutiérrez won the Formula BMW European championship title, becoming the youngest Mexican driver to win an International Championship at 17 years old. He also won the inaugural GP3 season in 2010. With the Lotus GP team in 2012, he became the first GP3 graduate to finish in the top three of the GP2 parent series.
From 2013 to 2014, Gutiérrez drove for the Sauber F1 team but lost his drive at the end of the 2014 season. He then signed with Ferrari as their test and reserve driver for 2015. Gutiérrez drove for the Haas F1 Team for the 2016 Formula One season.
On 10 January 2017, Gutiérrez announced that he would be joining Formula E, for selected races during the 2016–17 season.
He is now the official reserve and development driver for the Mercedes AMG F1 team.
Nick Telson is the Co-Founder of DesignMyNight who recently exited the company for multiple millions after 9 years at the helm. DesignMyNight are in 20 cities and towns in the UK and Ireland, and have also created their very own bookings and enquiries system, Collins, as well as one of the leading ticketing platforms in the UK, Tonic.
In this episode we discussed what it was like starting a business back in 2009 as well as bootstrapping it to success after pivoting three years into the business. Huge value in this episode.
Leonard Sekyonda is a British Internet personality, Best-selling Author, Motivational Speaker & Life Coach. At 19 years old Leonard jumped straight into the deep end, setting-up his first international business flying to South Asia (Philippines) and recruiting nurses to the UK.
Aware of the lack of support and belief available for aspiring entrepreneurs, Leonard went on to Co-found Tech startup MYCOMEUP in early 2009, motiving it’s audience with motivational articles and MYCOMEUP (words of wisdom) videos which have garnered over 31 Million views on Youtube.
MYCOMEUP WORLD is a social network that matches freelancers, entrepreneurs and creatives. It also provides work opportunities through an internship. The network now boasts over 127,000 global users. Leonard’s goal is to make the Personal Development techniques and methods that he has used throughout his journey accessible and applicable within people's day to day lives.
In this episode, Mark sat down with Dr Kevin Fleming & Dr Sandeep Kapur from Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic at their new clinic in Portland Place London. Mayo Clinic is widely regarded as the leaders in medical research and preventative healthcare with 63,000 employees globally. They are a not for profit organisation, so all revenues are reinvested into research and better care for their clients. The topics covered included the effects of alcohol & drugs, the catastrophic results of a pure vegan diet for a child can lead to, anxiety & depression, sleep and what is the most optimal diet.
Knowledge is power and Gary Beckwith certainly has lots of knowledge to share with over three decades working on the River Thames in London. Starting out with just a fuel barge, it slowly grew to a passenger boat and then to become London’s No 1 sightseeing cruise. Only two weeks ago, Gary and his wife Rita signed the sale of the company to a US firm in a trade sale. I sat with Gary to talk about the emotion of this sale as well as his life in business. A truly amazing man who anyone listening will learn from.
In this week’s podcast, I sat down with Melissa Lester of Dig Ventures, a venture capital firm that puts founders first. If you are a founder looking to raise investment, this is the podcast for you. We discussed how to build your investment deck, how to pitch to investors in a meeting, what to look for from an investor and how to negotiate favourable terms. Melissa demystifies the investment world which can be full of semantics. I hope you enjoy.
What does every startup need to know from a legal standpoint? From trademarking to IP protection to negotiating terms with your investors, we cover it all with James Lewis of Fieldfisher LLP.
James Lewis is a dispute resolution lawyer with over 10 years' experience providing valued advice on contractual and related disputes to assist his clients in making informed commercial decisions. In this episode of The Power of Hindsight, we discuss how a start-up should tackle the formation of a company from a legal perspective. The importance of IP protection, trademarking, employee incentives through shares and how to negotiate terms with investors.
Many entrepreneurs & self-employed people fail miserably at managing their accounts. Whether that be failing to save their receipts or forgetting to put away money for the taxman each month, the same mistakes are made. Starting a business can be hard and bring many stressful situations over the first year or two, financial management can be one of the biggest. Mark sat down with Dave Sellick of Sidgrove to answer all the above and more. Dave is one of the most innovative accountants transforming this industry where he matches tech to help startups and exceptional founders manage their finances.