The Entrepreneurs


Monocle Radio’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, whether they are starting from scratch, reinvigorating the family firm or developing new technology.

  • 33 minutes 47 seconds
    Bloqs and Kabin

    Can the shared-workspace model work in manufacturing? We head to Bloqs, a pay-as-you-go workshop in north London, to hear how founders Arnaud Nichols and Al Parra are redefining the production process by providing creatives and businesses with flexible access to top-tier machinery, tools and a community of makers. Plus: we learn how Kabin founder Walter Craven uses the Bloqs factory for product testing and prototyping.

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    17 July 2024, 4:45 pm
  • 6 minutes 14 seconds
    Eureka 398: Pierre Lou des Alpes

    We meet Pierre-Lou Million, the founder of Pierre Lou des Alpes, a Swiss brand known for its whimsical and sustainable socks. Million shares how his joyful Alpine upbringing inspired his unique designs and his aim to spread the positive feeling of the mountains through his products.

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    12 July 2024, 4:03 pm
  • 24 minutes 29 seconds
    Apple’s Lisa Jackson and the Apple 2030 initiative

    Lisa Jackson, vice-president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, stops by Midori House to talk about her journey from public service to leading the company’s sustainability efforts. She discusses her background in government, including her tenure as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under Barack Obama, and how it has shaped her approach to corporate social responsibility. Plus: how Apple plans to deliver on its ambitious goal of full carbon neutrality across its supply chain by 2030.

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    10 July 2024, 4:33 pm
  • 9 minutes 37 seconds
    Eureka 397: Unimatic

    We meet the co-founder of Unimatic, a Milan-based maker of sporty, minimalist wrist watches that has attracted a loyal following since it launched in 2015. Giovanni Moro talks about keeping production close to home by manufacturing in Italy and crediting the success of the brand to the role of physical retail. 

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    5 July 2024, 3:42 pm
  • 31 minutes 12 seconds
    The Development Studio and Ando Living

    We explore smart urban development and innovative real-estate strategies with two founders leading the transformation of city spaces. Founder Keith Kerr talks about the evolution of The Development Studio, highlighting its design focus and adaptability in Hong Kong’s competitive market. Plus: Ando Living chairman Hakan Kodal discusses the company’s focus on neighbourhood connectivity, opportunities in the serviced apartment market and its expansion into key European cities.


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    3 July 2024, 5:31 pm
  • 9 minutes 48 seconds
    Eureka 396: Heath Ceramics

    Creative director Catherine Bailey and clay studio director Tung Chiang discuss the storied history of Heath Ceramics, a California-based maker of home goods. Plus: the evolution of the company’s San Francisco facility and its commitment to fostering community and artist collaboration.

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    28 June 2024, 4:34 pm
  • 32 minutes 40 seconds
    Troubadour and Vee Collective

    We discuss how feedback can drive innovation with the founders of two high-end accessories labels. Troubadour’s Abel Samet explains how fostering customer interactions shapes their product development. Plus: Vee Collective’s Lili Radu talks about the value of physical retail for growing a brand and creating a comprehensive customer experience.

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    26 June 2024, 6:07 pm
  • 7 minutes 46 seconds
    Eureka 395: Seebad Enge

    We explore Switzerland’s swimming culture with Tom Maurer, co-owner of Seebad Enge, a beloved outdoor swimming facility on Lake Zürich. Maurer explains how the ‘badi’ blends views of the Alps and a top-class hospitality offering to attract visitors from near and far.

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    21 June 2024, 4:50 pm
  • 28 minutes 32 seconds
    Severan Wines

    Record label boss and serial entrepreneur Dumi Oburota talks about his impressive career journey, from selling lollipops on the playground to playing a key role in the rise of prominent artists while starting multiple businesses along the way. Plus: we taste his high-end Blanc de Blancs Brut, the hero product from his latest venture, Severan Wines. 

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    19 June 2024, 5:24 pm
  • 13 minutes 22 seconds
    Eureka 394: Miminat Designs

    We meet the founder of the eponymous Miminat Designs, a London-based interiors, furniture and lighting studio. Mimi Shodeinde talks about her spontaneous design philosophy, the significance of collaborations to the growth of the brand and tailoring projects from a client-centric approach, while staying true to her vision.

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    14 June 2024, 5:10 pm
  • 27 minutes 19 seconds
    Moyagi and Clown Cardio

    This week’s show is a celebration of having fun. Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco belts out his favourite tunes at Moyagi, a new London karaoke bar that pays homage to the medium’s Japanese origins. Plus: we meet the creator of Clown Cardio, a fitness programme that is based on physical theatre and the art of clowning.

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    12 June 2024, 6:33 pm
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