This week's BWB Extra continues our conversation with Lewis Maleh, Founder & CEO of Bentley Lewis, an award winning global boutique executive search firm where we get to know more about what makes him tick and how he came to be one the leading global minds on what's next in the workplace, how hiring and attracting talent is evolving and what people are really looking for from work.
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Neil Smith, Chairman of Tower Transit is this week’s guest on Business Without Bullsh-t along with the return of Juliet Oury as co-host!
With a career spanning over 40 years in Public Transport, Neil’s originally from Sydney, Australia where he built Tower Transit - Australia’s biggest passenger carrying company responsible for carrying a whopping 380,000,000 people per year and is also present in Singapore, London and LA. He also moved from Australia to London in 2013 when he initially bought into First Group, the UK’s leading provider in transport services.
Alongside being Chairman, Neil spends a lot of his time working with Relay Trust, a charity that operates in post-conflict areas of Africa providing local community leadership training amongst other great initiatives.
The three get deep in conversation about the future of travel and transport post-Covid, scepticism around driverless cars, realities of the London Bus Network as well as hearing about Neil’s legacy work in Africa with Relay Trust.
This is the kind of episode you want to clear the diary for. No distractions, just you, Dominic, Juliet and Neil for 42 minutes. Pull up the sofa and press play.
This week on Business Without Bullsh-t, we take a look back at the month’s episodes in conversation with Martin Adams from Codec, Jonathan Wood from C2 Cyber and our Budget Special hosted by Oury Clark’s very own Richard Oury, Ian Phipps, Simon Walsh, Jeremy Coker alongside Andrew Oury and Dominic Frisby. You'll hear new, unheard parts of our conversations that take a deeper look at the topics we discussed.
There’s more from Martin Adams telling us about the top 3 business trends he’s got his eye on at the moment, as well as giving holistic advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Jonathan Wood talks about the realities of transitioning from military life back to normal living, how the entrepreneurial community can work closer with the military to facilitate veteran’s transitions back into work and how Jonathan likes to approach managing his company’s workforce and productivity. Plus there’s more from Oury Clarks’ very own Ian Phipps and Richard Oury talking about the new UK budget, in particular about the new requirements for EMI (Enterprise Management Incentive) schemes as well as Richard explaining what the UK needs to do to get Free Ports working.
Another fully loaded barrel of business talk with experts, talking like people. No bullsh-t. So pull up that chair and press play (and always have a note pad handy)
Jonathan Wood, Founder and CEO of C2 Cyber joins us this week to talk Business Without Bullsh-t.
On the surface, Jonathan’s current work-life seems synonymous to that of a typical technophile: a former Charted Engineer with a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy Systems Technology and a certified professional in Data Protection, Jonathan now runs C2 Cyber specialising in cybersecurity for major corporates and enterprises.
But there’s more to this man's legacy than meets the eye ..
Jonathan tells all about his life before C2 Cyber: from the Afghan Deserts with NATO through to the boardrooms at BT via the Royal Navy, Jonathan's directly intercepted drug smuggling operations in the Caribbean, specialised in Intelligence Gathering in Afganistan and now works with charities helping ex-veterans get back into work through mentorship and direct employment at C2 Cyber. Sounds fascinating, right?
You’ll also hear Jonathan talk about his comparables between the disciplines of military and white-collar culture, how it's influenced his approach to team building at C2 Cyber as well as hot tips on how to best protect your personal data.
Another fully loaded episode, minus the bullsh-t. Pull up a chair and press play (and stick around for the outtakes ;)
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This week, Business Without Bullsh-t sees an all-star line up joining Andy and Dominic for a UK Budget Special.
Bossman Richard Oury alongside Simon Walsh, Ian Phipps and Jeremy Coker take to the (virtual) round table to discuss what the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak described as “the most important budget for a generation”.
The team discuss an array of topics including their overviews of what the budget looks like as a whole and its implications on businesses and future taxes, the dawn of new VAT rates post-Brexit, how the housing industry has been affected by the extended zero rates on Stamp Duty Land Tax, how the new Self Employment Income Support Scheme will make 600,000 more people eligible for grants and how all of this incredibly generous government spending will be paid back in the long run. Andy also tells us how he plans to do his bit to refuel the economy (involving lots of wine and lobster!)
Whether you’re a novice or a pro, this is a no bullsh-t breakdown of the UK budget given by experts, speaking as people. Pull up a chair and press play (with a notepad and pen handy).
Martin Adams, Founder of Codec joins Andy and Dominic this week on Business Without Bullsh-t to talk about how Codec’s cutting-edge AI and Deep Learning technology is enabling them to help companies gain a better understanding of their audience's cultural behaviour through the content they interact with. Fascinating and smart to say the least.
But the focus wasn’t just on plugging Codec.
The three went deeper and spoke about the nefarious side of Ad Tech fraud (those cheeky Russian gangsters!), the ever-evolving alliance between government and Big Tech; will we even need governments as public service providers in the future when the tech industry is doing a much better job? and the truth behind the Games Stop fiasco, an indecent which clearly exemplified the power of harnessing online communities to create seismic change in the “real” world.
In fact, so much valuable ground was covered in this conversation that we thought why not deliver the goodness in digestible portions? so expect to hear more from Martin about his top 3 business trends, plus some sage advice for future entrepreneurs, later this month. In the meantime, pull up a chair, press play and get stuck into this week’s serving.
This week on Business Without Bullsh-t, we take a look back at the month’s episodes to round up some of our favourite moments in conversation with Richard Celm of Startupbootcamp Australia and Entrepreneur Tom Graham .. but with a bit of a twist .. we’ve put them together with new, unheard parts of the conversations where you'll hear Tom speak about his experiences living in China, what learnt about the Chinese way of life and the differences between eastern and western cultures. He also talks more about his time working at Harvard, its social structures and gives comparisons to education in Australia. Richard also dives deeper into Crowd Funding and which sectors are the most appealing in Australia as well as giving tips on the best and cheapest investment platforms on the market today.
As always, we get straight to the point, minus the bullsh-t. Pull up a chair and press play.
If you caught last week’s episode, you would’ve heard just how articulately Tom spoke about a range of topics, so much so that we decided to save our favourite part of the conversation for its own mini-episode speaking about one of my hot topics, and one which is on the tip of everyone’s tongue at the moment - Cryptocurrency.
Not even sure what Cryptocurrency is? don’t worry, nor does Andy, and you’ll hear Tom break it down beautifully as well hear us give advice on how to take your first steps into the world of DeFi.
Tom Graham is this week’s guest on Business Without Bullsh-t. With a CV length stretching from London to a small Cheese shop in Paris, Tom’s career legacy really is something. He’s the Founder of several successful tech companies, was Managing Partner at TLDR, a leading crypto advisory firm, a qualified Lawyer who lived and practised in China speaking fluent Chinese, and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.
Tom’s wealth of knowledge and calibre of thought took the conversation to some fascinating and insightful depths covering a range of topics including the world of DeFi, the impact of Cryptocurrency and how it’s becoming Gold 2.0, why Food and Energy Security are the next spaces to be looking at for future projects and why world governments must step in and start working with social networks to regulate the dissemination of false information to protect the health of society. And that’s just this week’s dose ????
We also flip the script and go off-topic for a quick minute to hear Andy's perspective around privilege. He speaks from experience and wears his heart on his sleeve for this one!
Pull up a chair and press play.
Richard Celm, Co-Founder & Executive Program Director at Startupbootcamp, Australia joins Andy and Dominic on this week’s episode of Business Without Bullsh-t.
With a multifaceted career history driven by an ingrained entrepreneurial spirit and a hunger to constantly challenge himself, Richard’s CV is a very impressive read: from selling Skateboards and investing in eatfresh.com in Australia, to managing Investment Funds and establishing the award-winning Accelerator London startup Innovation Centre in London and serving as an Army Reserve Major in command of 117 men in Afganistan, Richard’s work has earnt him a wealth of knowledge and experience which he currently pours into Startupbootcamp Australia, the world’s largest industry-based startup accelerator program.
The conversation goes deep as the three talk about the realities and intricacies of the startup world, which sectors Richard is currently excited about as well as valuable insight into what makes a strong startup team and what it really takes to be a successful entrepreneur in today’s climate.
Usually, we’d stop there, however, we recently came to realise that there’s always so much of our chats with guests which we don’t end up including in the show, chat which may be less about business but nevertheless, well worth a listen. So in light of our epiphany, we thought we’d try something new by adding a brand new chapter to our show. Some might call it the outtakes, but as Andy likes to say, it’s less business, more bullsh-t!
And so we kick off this new chapter with Dom's and Andy's rants about their annoyances with having to deal with banks and stockbrokers during COVID while Richard talks about Army life in Afganistan and his thoughts on how society can recover from the war (the latter definitely not being bullsh-t, just to make that clear)
Sounds interesting, right? Pull up a chair and press play.
On the last episode of Business Without Bullsh-t, we had the pleasure of speaking to Con Konstantopoulos, a Pharmacology and Physiology graduate and Director of 4 companies who we spoke to in great lengths about a range of topics which we just couldn’t fit all into one episode. So to make sure you don’t miss out, we decided to split the conversation into 2 parts!
In this episode we take a deeper look at what makes Con tick; his passion for facilitating business in niche markets, his views on the emerging medical marijuana industry, the reality of drug testing in clinical trials and why trusting scientific research about COVID vaccinations is a better idea than relying on social media. Pull up a chair, press play and soak it in.
Con Konstantopoulos joins Andy and Dominic on this week’s episode of Business without Bullsh-t. With a studied background in Pharmacology and Physiology, Con soon realised that working in the labs wasn’t for him and transitioned into the commercial business side of the industry. Fast forward to today, Con is the Director of four (yes, FOUR) companies providing life-changing services in the Pharmaceutical industries.
Con’s tell us about what drives his passion for his work, a lot of it coming from his love of connecting people to solve issues that exist out of the conventional box of pharmaceutical practice and improve access to information to help improve people's lives. The three also discuss the very hot (and fitting) topic of COVID, concerns around proper clinical trials, opinions on government reaction to the pandemic, the clampdown on free speech and explorational thought within Science and ultimately what keeps Con’s faith alive in the pursuit of Scientific truth amid all of the challenges.
Some much-needed expert insight on topics which most of us really are none the wiser about. Want to know more? Pull up a chair and press play.
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