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01The Cambridge Satchel Company's Julie Deane20190701Julie Deane started The Cambridge Satchel Company at her kitchen table with £600. Ten years on the company sells 10,000 bags a month. But getting to this point hasn't been easy. She talks to Kamal and Rohan about having to fire her manufacturer whilst orders piled up and how pressure from venture capitalists nearly brought her company under.

Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva lift the lid on the realities of starting up a business.

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

02Deepmind's Demis Hassabis20190702Rohan and Kamal talk to artificial intelligence expert, neuroscientist and entrepreneur Demis Hassabis. A former chess child prodigy, Demis is chief executive of DeepMind, the artificial intelligence business bought by Google for £400m only three years after it had started. But previously Demis had another company, which had failed. In this podcast he talks about lessons learnt from that experience, the dangers of being over idealistic, burnout and knowing when to cut your losses.

Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva lift the lid on the realities of starting your own business.

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

03Comptoir Libanais: Tony Kitous20190703
04Mumsnet: Justine Roberts20190704Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva lift the lid on the realities of starting your own business.

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

05Surinder Arora20190705At the age of 11, Surinder Arora was living at home in Punjab, India. He had fallen in with a bad crowd and moved to England to live with who his aunt and uncle, only to learn they were not who he thought. He tells Kamal and Rohan the remarkable story of how he built up an empire of hotel and property assets.

Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva lift the lid on the realities of starting your own business.

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

06Sir James Dyson, Founder Of Dyson2019121820200205 (R4)Sir James Dyson took four years of working alone and 5,127 prototypes to get to his first cyclone vacuum cleaner. Today his company is worth over $5bn.

The Disrupters comes out of the studio and into a semi-anecoic chamber in Dyson's offices in Malmesbury to speak to Britain's foremost pioneer and inventor about his career.

He talks about how the death of his father at a young age made him want to be self-sufficient and independent, why trying something new, even at the risk of failure is so important, and how his desire to make things has never left him.

Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt

Sir James Dyson: 5,127 prototypes and the importance of failure.

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

It took four years and 5,127 prototypes for Sir James Dyson to create the first cyclone vacuum cleaner. Today his company is worth over $5bn.

In today's episode, The Disrupters comes out of the studio and into a semi-anecoic chamber in the secretive Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, to meet one of Britain's foremost inventors.

He talks about why trying something new, even at the risk of failure is so important, and why passion is the most important reason to start a business.

'Start a business because you have a passion for something.'

07Temie Giwa-tubosun, Founder Of Lifebank2019121920200206 (R4)At 30 weeks into her pregnancy, Temie Giwa-Tubsoun was in America when she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Had she been in Nigeria, she realised she would probably have died.

In response to the shortage of blood supplies in Lagos, Temie founded LifeBank, a business enterprise working to improve access to blood transfusions in Nigeria which has today saved over 6,936 lives.

Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt

Temie Giwa-Tubosun on setting up LifeBank, a company that has saved 6,936 in Nigeria.

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

08John And Irene Hays2019122020200207 (R4)hit the headlines last year when they bought 555 Thomas Cook stores last year, protecting the jobs of more than 2,000 employees.

John started his travel agent, 'Hay's Travel' forty years ago in the back of his mother's shop. He and his wife Irene have steered the company through recessions, the internet revolution, and snobbery from other parts of the industry. They tell Kamal and Rohan how they did it and what they learnt along the way.

Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt

John and Irene Hays bought 555 Thomas Cook stores last year. They tell Kamal and Rohan why

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

09Martha Lane Fox And Brent Hoberman, Founders Of Lastminute.com20200203Rohan Silva and Kamal Ahmed meet Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman, founders of LastMinute.com, a company that became the poster child for the internet boom of the late 1990s.

Lastminute.com was an online travel and leisure website, took unsold inventory – flights, hotels, theatre tickets – and sold it online. Their personality, humour and guerrilla style marketing tactics disrupted the travel industry forever – and in the '90s/early 2000s, raised the profile of Martha and Brent to near-celebrity status.

However their rise was quickly and brutally followed by a fall as their share price, when they floated on the London Stock Market, crashed by 95%.

They talk to Kamal and Rohan about learning so much so young, the dangers of scaling too fast, and how you need to be careful what you wish for.

Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt

\u2018We were on a machine of people who could see dollar signs'

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

10Co-founder Of Linkedin, Reid Hoffman20200204In 2002, Reid Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, a professional networking site that was acquired by Microsoft in 2016 for $26.2 billion, making him one of Silicon Valley's most famous, and most successful, entrepreneurs.

But his first business, SocialNet, hadn't worked out. He talks to Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva about how to know when to quit, why he thinks his philosophy degree is more valuable than an MBA, and why successful entrepreneurs need a thirst for infinite learning.

Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt

'Entrepreneurship requires infinite learning'

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

11Ceo Of Netflix: Reed Hastings20210129Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva lift the lid on the realities of starting your own business.

Kamal and Rohan speak to founder and CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings. Reed discloses the mistakes made in his first business and how he overcame them. They talk about what it took for Netflix to take on a company 100 times their size - and win.

Plus why creative industries need to break away from work practises tailored to the industrial era and what that means for Netflix employees: no bonuses, no holiday limits and why being 'on the clock' doesn't apply.

Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt

\u2018I woke up every day feeling like I'm a crappy leader'

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

Reed discloses the mistakes made in his first business and how he overcame them. They talk about what it took for Netflix to take on a company 100 times their size - and win. Plus why creative industries need to break away from work practices tailored to the industrial era and what that means for Netflix employees: no bonuses, no holiday limits and why being 'on the clock' doesn't apply.

'You've got to be radical and try things'

12Founder Of The Cambridge Satchel Company, Julie Deane20210205Julie Deane started The Cambridge Satchel Company at her kitchen table with £600. Ten years on the company sells 10,000 bags a month. But getting to this point hasn't been easy. She talks to Kamal and Rohan about having to fire her manufacturer whilst orders piled up and how pressure from venture capitalists nearly brought her company under.

Presenters: Kamal Ahmed and Rohan Silva
Producer: Georgia Catt

'I let the confidence in myself be shaken.'

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.

13Deepmind's Demis Hassabis20210212Rohan and Kamal talk to artificial intelligence expert, neuroscientist and entrepreneur Demis Hassabis. A former chess child prodigy, Demis is chief executive of DeepMind, the artificial intelligence business bought by Google for £400m only three years after it had started. But previously Demis had another company, which had failed. In this podcast he talks about lessons learnt from that experience; the dangers of being over idealistic, burn out and knowing when to cut your losses.

\u2018Just because you passionately believe in it, that doesn't make it a good idea'.

Unfiltered, revealing interviews with pioneering entrepreneurs.