Being yourself is good for business ❤️ I run a company called @sanctus and every day I upload my personal voicenotes and share what I’m thinking and feeling as I run the business - I also upload a longer ‘Talking Business’ episode every week with co-host Scott + guests - GB x
In this episode we’re Talking Business with Jason Stockwood
Jason is the Vice Chairman of Simply Business and it’s difficult to sum up his career in a paragraph ...
Vice-Chairman & CEO at Simply Business (acquired for £400m in 2017)
Non-Exec at Skyscanner
MD of Match.com & Lastminute.com
Simply Business won ‘best place to work in the UK’ in ‘15 & ‘16
Jason was voted ‘Best Leader in the UK’ in 2016
and in 2018 he published his first book ‘Reboot’
Jason has also invested in 25 companies, including Sanctus.
In this episode Jason talks to us about:
- how making money isn’t the end goal
- how growing up on a council estate and studying philosophy translated to being good at business
- why the existential question ‘who are you?’ drives him so much
- how it felt to make a life-changing amount of money
- why genuinely caring about people has been good for business
Jason is one of the most successful people I know but also one of the most genuine and I felt lucky to get the chance to sit down and talk business with him for an hour - hope you enjoy :)
In this one I talk about what it’s been like getting to know some of the most successful people I’ve ever met and how it feels to get the chance to sit down and talk business & life with them on the podcast - GB x
In this episode we’re Talking Business with James
James is my best mate and co-founder @sanctus and in this one we talk about one topic in particular ...
‘How you do business is more important then why you do business’
We started by talking about the concept of a ‘glassbox brand’ and how companies have nowhere to hide anymore now that people get to see behind the scenes through social media and platforms like Tripadvisor, Glassdoor and even Netflix.
We talk about companies like Revolut, SportsDirect, Boohoo and Qantas and Scott asks us about how we run Sanctus and what that’s been like for us - we also do a round-up of our last 3 guests ... Tom, Damien & Mills
This is the kind of conversation me and James have every day so it was fun to get him on the podcast and Talk Business - it won’t be the last time we have him on!
I’d love to know what people think about this topic - email me on email@example.com if you have any thoughts/feedback - hope you enjoy :)
#035 I’m scared of giving away our finances
In this one I talk about building the finance team, giving away control and how I feel about it 😱💰*
I also talk about avoiding finance with my last business and looking back, although others managed it, I wish I’d been more involved - GB x
Talking Business with Mills | Episode 9
Mills is the co-founder of ustwo, a company he has built w/ best mate Sinx over the last 15 years, with 100s of employees and studios all over the world
More recently Mills has built and invested in many different companies and last year he also launched his podcast ‘THE JFDI CAST’
In this episode Mills talks about:
- how it feels putting your purest, realest self out online and at work every day
- what he’s learning about himself working with his therapist
- what it’s like being yourself when running a big company and you’re losing millions of £££s
Mills has been a huge inspiration for me ... he was the first person to show me that you really can be yourself in business and this is probably the most excited and emotional I’ve been on the podcast ...
There’s some serious nuggets of wisdom inside Mills’ brain and the more he talks the more gold we find so it’s worth listening all the way through to the end and I hope you enjoy :)
In this episode we’re Talking Business with Damien Lane - Damien is a partner at Episode 1 VC and a prolific angel investor - in this one Damien talks about what it’s like ‘being himself’ as an investor, how he’s made his money, stories from some of his favourite investments and Damien is also an investor in Sanctus so we talk about our relationship and how great/challenging we are to work with - Hope you enjoy! GB x
FROM PLAYING AT GLASTONBURY TO DRAGONS DEN •
In episode 7 we’re talking business with one of our investors ...
Tom is an entrepreneur + angel investor and has an amazing story where he started his career in a band playing at Glastonbury ...
Tom talks about how he made his money and got to where he his building his most recent company profitably from the ground up
Scott asks the questions and asks Tom ...
- Why he invested in Sanctus?
- Does he want to make money or have social impact?
- Does he want us to sell the company?
I absolutely loved getting to know Tom more and I hope you enjoy it :)
I’ve met with a few people this week who have all said the same thing to me ... I’m scared of failing ... something that’s held me back a lot and holds everyone back ... it’s a massive topic that I’ll cover in a full episode on Talking Business at some point but I wanted to get my thoughts down in this voicenote first - GB x
In this one I talk about some of the feelings I’ve been keeping below the surface, some of what I’ve learned about myself recently, and how the experience of Sanctus coach @valentina has helped me see things differently - GB x
In this one I talk about how long it took to get 1000 listeners compared to 2000 listen(er)s ... I talk about what life’s like at Sanctus right now & how I’m keeping the right frame of mind, and I have some exciting news GB x
In this episode we’re Talking Business with my best mate/co-founder @jdroutledge - we talk about our 50-year vision and business plan, why a 5-year exit plan can cause problems, and what we’d do if we were offered £10m tomorrow - WOULD WE SELL SANCTUS? | Ep. 6 w/ @jdroutledge
I recorded this one last Friday after a long week and didn’t upload it because I didn’t think it was any good ... but that’s not very Talking Business so f*ck it I’m uploading it now and I don’t care what you think 👀 ... (here’s a few snippets) ... ‘It’s a Decathlon not a sprint’ ‘Don’t start a business’ ‘AVOID AT ALL COSTS!’ 😂 - GB x
In this one I talk about why we now need a business plan more than ever, how it’s constantly changing, and how in the early days having a 42 page business plan with a SWOT analysis and 5 year financial projections really didn’t matter ...