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Episode 313 - From Dragon's Den to Green Dentistry: Dr. Simon Chard's Battle Against Plastic in Oral Care

Simon is a leading UK cosmetic dentist and co-founder of the sustainable oral care brand PARLA, as seen on Dragon’s Den

We discuss PARLA's pioneering methods for reducing single-use plastics in dentistry with products like toothpaste tablets and plastic-free floss. We talk about the environmental impact of traditional oral care products, the intricacies of launching a sustainable business, and the hurdles faced by dentists and startups.

We also discuss the importance and strategies to manage stress and prevent burnout, and highlight the benefits of disconnecting from constant digital connectivity.

Simon also explains why greenwashing and gimmicks qualify for the big bin of bullsh*t.

Chapters:

00:00 BWB with Dr Simon Chard

01:41 The Problem with Plastic in Oral Care

02:30 Innovative Solutions by Perla

06:03 Challenges in Changing Consumer Habits

07:31 Toothpaste Ingredients: What You Need to Know

11:14 Mental Health in Dentistry

13:43 Dragon's Den Experience

15:46 Entrepreneurial Journey and Future Plans

33:11 Mental Health in Dentistry and Startups

34:10 Cosmetic Dentistry Market

36:16 Fear of Dentists and Media Influence

40:50 Public Health and Dental Care

45:08 Best and Worst Advice

48:23 Mentorship and Business Challenges

53:10 Quickfire Round - Get To Know Simon

58:51 Mental Health in Startups

01:04:36 Wrap Up

Simon's recommendations:

The Almanac of Naval Ravikant (book)

Unstressable - Mo Gowdat (book)

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Episode 257 - QUIZ - Business or Bullshit with Nisha Ramisetty

Naksha Collections co-founder Nisha Ramisetty is in the quiz seat this week alongside antics-fuelled hosts Andy and Philippa. We say no more! Strap in and press play.

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Episode 256 - Nisha Ramisetty - Co-Founder - Naksha

Nisha is the co-founder of Naksha, an award-winning F&B startup which launched in November 2020 after winning a place in a National Incubator Programme in the UAE. The concept - a unique spin on meal kits helping ordinary folk to cook adventurous food from around the world, at home.

We speak about how Naksha was born and the journey to winning the National Incubator Programme which fast-tracked Naksha products onto major retailer's shelves. We discuss the range of challenges F&B startups currently face and how Nisha believes they could be tackled. She also tells us why the current Minimum Order Quantity levels set by manufacturers qualify for the big bin of bullshit.

Nisha's recommendations:

Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The Earth - Haruki Murakami (book)

Gattaca (film)

The Missing Cryptoqueen (BBC podcast)

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Episode 255 - QUIZ - Business or Bullshit with Jonathan MacDonald

SELF Founder Jonathan MacDonald is in the quiz seat this week who brings his absolute A-game. Best contestant yet!

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Episode 254 - Jonathan MacDonald - Founder & CEO - SELF

Jonathan is the Founder of SELF, a hyper-personal AI-powered assistant that learns your personal preferences and simplifies your life.

We talk about his concerns around the rise of AI, why there is a need for an ethical alternative and how having a more moral approach to business makes it harder to raise investment.

Jonathan also explains why he thinks tech platforms who don't prioritise human rights over profit qualifies for the big bin of bullshit.

Jonathan's recommendations

Making Sense with Sam Harris (podcast)

Man's Search For Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl (book)

Rise Of Advanced Thought - Jonathan MacDonald (book)

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Episode 253 - QUIZ - Business or Bullshit with Kevin Tang

Kaytea founder Kevin Tang is in the quiz seat this week talking all things nocturnal working hours, downrounds and foreign espionage risks!

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Episode 252 - Kevin Tang - Founder - Kaytea

We talk to Kevin - Founder of artisan iced tea brand Kaytea - about the reality of raising money, challenges dealing with product buyers and the pain of fighting for shelf space in a crowded market. We ask Kevin why he started an ice tea brand, his experience launching the business during COVID and why he values having a mentor>

Kevin also tells us why he thinks people being 'too busy to reply to emails' qualifies for the big bin of bullshit.

Kevin's recommendations:

The Grocer (magazine)

The Economist (magazine)

Hungry (podcast)

Brand Growth Heroes (podcast)

Zoe (podcast)

How I Built This (podcast)

FKJ (musician)

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Episode 251 - QUIZ - Business or Bullshit with Jody Rowe

Rowe Advisory CEO and Tough Talk podcast host Jody Rowe is in this week's BOB quiz seat. Quick fire action from start to end!

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Episode 250 - London to LA Special with James Cummings - London & Partners

We're off to LA with London & Partners next week! We speak to Vice President, LA James Cummings ahead of their Grow London Global program which we're delighted to be joining.

James tells us about the work London & Partners are doing connecting LA and London, and about 2023's Grow London Global program. We discuss the similarities and differences between the two great cities, how American's perceive London, and what they really think of Sadiq Khan.

For more information head over to Grow London

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Episode 249 - Jody Rowe - CEO - Rowe Advisory

What's it like being a female CEO in a male dominated industry? Jody is CEO of Rowe Advisory, a consultancy firm providing support to the oil, gas and mining industries with offices in London, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, Australia.

Jody is also podcast host of Tough Talks discussing all aspects of energy transition with industry leaders and experts. Her chat on our podcast ranges from how and why Rowe advisory began to why compliance qualifies for the big bin of bullshit via some f**k ups (as part of the chat, not f**k ups in the podcast).

The word trepidatious also makes an unscheduled appearance.

Jody's recommendations:

Tough Talk with Jody Rowe (podcast)

The Essential Entrepreneur - Richard Turner (book)

The Mentor with Mark Bouris (podcast)

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Episode 248 - QUIZ - Business or Bullshit with Akshat Rathi

Akshat is an author and Senior Reporter for Climate at Bloomberg News.

We discuss Akshat's new (debut) book - Climate Capitalism: Winning The Global Race To Zero Emissions - and how climate change is affecting business. We talk about what big business and government need to do to take climate action and get some advice for SMEs on how they can make a climate positive impact.

Akshat also tells us why he thinks that social media qualifies for the big bin of bullshit.

Amazon link to Akshat's new book

Akshat's recommendations:

Bottled Lightening - Seth Fletcher (book)

Four Thousand Weeks - Oliver Burkeman (book)

Is It Time To Break The Law - Chris Packham (documentary)

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Episode 247 - Akshat Rathi - Senior Reporter for Climate - Bloomberg News

Akshat is an author and Senior Reporter for Climate at Bloomberg News.

We discuss Akshat's new (debut) book - Climate Capitalism: Winning The Global Race To Zero Emissions - and how climate change is affecting business. We talk about what big business and government need to do to take climate action and get some advice for SMEs on how they can make a climate positive impact.

Akshat also tells us why he thinks that social media qualifies for the big bin of bullshit.

Amazon link to Akshat's new book

Akshat's recommendations:

Bottled Lightening - Seth Fletcher (book)

Four Thousand Weeks - Oliver Burkeman (book)

Is It Time To Break The Law - Chris Packham (documentary)

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