We’re now less than a week away from “Make interesting companies, not interesting advertising”, so we just wanted to send you a quick update on the great panel of business founders we have lined up to speak.
Dan Kieran – Unbound
Dan, described as “a true disruptor” by Richard Branson, is CEO of Unbound, a crowdfunding publishers that gives people the tools, support, and creative freedom to bring their ideas to life. He is also an author of 12 books including The Idle Traveller and a travel writer for The Guardian, Observer, Times, Telegraph and Die Zeit in Germany. He presented a BBC Radio 4 programme about the month he spent driving across England in a 1957 vintage milk float and gives talks on entrepreneurship, creative writing and how to have ideas.
Joan Murphy – Frame
Joan co-founded Frame, a London-based fitness brand which pioneered the boutique pay-as-you-go studio movement in 2009. The brand has expanded to 5 locations across the city. Together with Pip Black she set out to build a brand which would encourage fit, healthy living through high energy and fun-filled classes. Over their 8 years they have proven a new fitness model that is both profitable and can diversify into other areas such as apparel, equipment and education. Joan is currently launching a new business, Mumhood, to promote fit and healthy pregnancies and help rebuild bodies after birth.
Charlie Hoare – Tapped
With an extremely tender bottom, Charlie Hoare got off his bike after a year having cycled 10,000 miles from Malaysia to London raising money for the mental health charity SANE. Switching the saddle for sap (but still wanting to satisfy his need for healthy living) Charlie then moved onto his next challenge – co-founding TAPPED birch water.
Charlie met his co-founder, Paul Lederer whilst working at Innocent Drinks and together they took TAPPED from nothing to a business with RSV of £250,000 in its first year. They are building the tree water category, educating consumers about alternative sources of healthy hydration, whilst creating value for retailers. Charlie still cycles to work.
Each of these businesses have something teach us about how to win fans through execution, product, originality, and industry disruption – so it will be fascinating to hear what they have to say.
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