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This is Samira Stalks the podcast that brings you reckless dreamers and their stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and impact. Every week, I’ll be curating dreamers from an eclectic mix of fields the arts, sciences, education, digital, social enterprise, sport, retail- you name it! I’m finding those crazy kids in the corner- you know the ones with wide eyes and strong hearts who have gone against the status quo to create extraordinary and meaningful products and services to drive change for the good!

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#35 Croissant: the key to unlock a global co-working space with Nisha Garigarn (Jan 16th, 2018)

In a world of access not ownership, Nisha co-founded Croissant - a Classpass for co-working spaces in NYC to empower users to work from anywhere. Born out of frustration with nowhere to work on ideas at the weekends, teaching herself to code and tired of overpriced pastries - this startup story is the modern day version of Friends. Croissant now has over 200 spaces signed up across 10 cities and has been through the 500 Startups school.


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#34 Exit West: Migrants and magical doors with author, Mohsin Hamid (Jan 8th, 2018)

Tired of having to justify his seat at the table, Nikesh Shukla wrote a book curating 21 essays from upcoming writers from diverse backgrounds. They unravel British culture, explore self-identity and question the legacy of imperialism to provide an open space to discuss race. Against the backdrop of increased hostility to immigrants at a global scale, it sold 50k copies and accidentally became a reference pillar in the post Brexit debate. Crowdfunded by Unbound.


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#33 The Good Immigrant: a document for what it means to be a person of colour. Nikesh Shukla (Dec 5th, 2017)

Tired of having to justify his seat at the table, Nikesh Shukla wrote a book curating 21 essays from upcoming writers from diverse backgrounds. They unravel British culture, explore self-identity and question the legacy of imperialism to provide an open space to discuss race. Against the backdrop of increased hostility to immigrants at a global scale, it sold 50k copies and accidentally became a reference pillar in the post Brexit debate. Crowdfunded by Unbound.


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#32 x.ai- bring your own bot! Amy the personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence, Dennis Mortensen (Nov 27th, 2017)

Dennis counted he had scheduled 1,019 meetings in a year! With big data startups under his belt, he deployed artificial intelligence techniques to create Amy, a virtual assistant and is on a mission to harness the power of AI to increase human potential. Hundreds of thousands of meetings have been scheduled automatically and x.ai raised of $40m of Venture Capital investment. In this episode, he divulges the technology underpinning Amy, jobs of the future, and the the morals and ethics behind...

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#31 Streetbees, capturing real life moments from real people to power new products with Tugce Bulut (Nov 13th, 2017)

With a bout of microfinance experience in India, a PhD and a client trying to invent a new tea flavour, Tugce founded Streetbees to give consumers a voice when brands design new products. Today, Streetbees is a UK startup disrupting the $45bn market research industry by providing grassroot insights for global clients with access to over a million ‘bees’ on the platform in over 80 countries.


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#30 citizenM, the new boutique hotel on the block for the modern mobile traveller with Noreen Chadha (Nov 7th, 2017)

Against the backdrop of Airbnb, citizenM has come to the fore as a boutique hotel for the modern mobile citizen.


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#29 The only social university for lifelong learning with Ivy, Beri Meric (Oct 23rd, 2017)

Refusing to lose the magic of his Harvard business school network after graduating, Beri embarked on creating IVY:a social university for adults.


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#28 Building a media empire out of a daily email newsletter, The Hustle with Sam Parr (Oct 16th, 2017)

“Email since it began 25 years ago has changed very little, whereas Facebook changes dramatically in a couple of months - we couldn’t rely on anyone else.”


Firing off an irreverent note to attract non-techies to an event, Sam Parr had never envisaged he would resurrect email to start a media company - The Hustle - a daily email newsletter. A young gun set to be the next media mogul uncovers bumping into Tim Ferriss walking his dog and writing amazon romance novels to journey through The Hustle...

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#27 The challenger bank for the smartphone generation with Monzo, Tom Blomfield (Oct 9th, 2017)

Monzo is the latest challenger bank on the UK fintech scene, racking up half a million customers with half of them under 30 years old and raising £1m in under 96 seconds from its customers. With its seamless user experience, open dialogue with customers and friendly nudges - we hear how it’s got young adults excited about their personal finances.


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#26 The tech community response to refugee needs, Techfugees with Josephine Goube (Oct 2nd, 2017)

An insight into how the tech industry can be a disrupter for good to meet refugee needs.


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#25 The kids bank that turns pocket money into lifelong spending lessons, Osper with Alick Varma (Sep 25th, 2017)

“In the UK, 31% of adults fail to save with 50% of UK households without a budget... these habits start young and out of school.”


Taught as an 11 year old kid to manage his own finances by his diligent accountant parents, Alick spent his adult life observing most people had no clue when it came to personal budgeting and saving. He set out to create a kids bank Osper to address the endemic spending crisis and instill healthy financial habits early on in life. Today, Osper has over 100k kids ban...

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#24 Empowering the crowd to startup invest with Luke Lang, CrowdCube (Sep 14th, 2017)

With an unheated room in an English castle, no fintech experience but a watchful eye on Kickstarter, two former colleagues decided "startup investing should not be just for the rich". Today, Crowdcube has created a platform for the 'rest of us to invest'


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#23 The invisibility cloak made with fasiontech by Saif Siddiqui, ISHU (Sep 4th, 2017)

Fusing fashion and technology together, Saif has invented the closest thing to an invisibility cloak. Listen to the story of the scarf with a magical symmetrical pattern. In a world of eroding privacy, it has gone down a treat with celebrities such as JAYZ, Cameron Diaz and Jaden Smith. Put the scarf on - take a flash picture - POOF! - the face disappears. Saif is now turning his hand to deploy fashiontech to power clothes with solar energy in the developing world.


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#22 3 words to invent a new address system with Chris Sheldrick, What3Words (Aug 28th, 2017)

Chris is an entrepreneur who has invented a better way to navigate by taking on the address, GPS and postal space. He’s divided up the world into 57 trillion 3m squares and assigned 3 words to each one - a giant grid and the simplest way to communicate a location.


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#21 Is bitcoin a better savings investment? Cedric Dahl, Bitcoin expert (Aug 20th, 2017)

Join Cedric Dahl, an early investor in Bitcoin who has the classic story of being in right place at the right time.


After buying bitcoins in Starbucks for himself, he helped friends get in on the action, then angel investors and finally VC firms. He went on to found Buttercoin- a bitcoin exchange taking on the financial regulation systems. Not averse to failure, nor volatility we’ll hear his tales from Silicon Valley, starting then folding Buttercoin and understand the new world order of crypt...

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#20 A spoken poet word saving youth politics with Suli Breaks (Aug 14th, 2017)

"It was only music, it was only grime... poetry was my way to tell stories to my peers."

A lyrical genius - Suli is on a mission to express his views on education, politics, work and other social norms- a refreshing voice for the youth. 


Suli rose to the public eye on YouTube after launching a viral video titles ‘Why I Hate School but love Education’. His love for the lost art of poetry has earned a reputation as hard-hitting, poignant and thought provoking. His efforts have been rewarded with ...

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#19 How the canvas tote bag became a fashion statement with Smruti Sriram, Supreme Creations (Oct 24th, 2016)

Ever wondered where the canvas tote bags, which we’ve become so reliant on for everyday errands, come from? In the episode, we hear from Smruti Sriram from Supreme Creations, the world’s largest ethical manufacturer of reusable bags with 50,000 clients across Europe. Originally a business set up by her father, she was the pioneer behind shifting perceptions of these sustainable bags by partnering his fashion labels to make them somewhat of a fashion icon in their own right.


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#18 How a 20 yr old became a Venture Capital star, Harry Stebbings- The Twenty Minute VC (Oct 10th, 2016)

In this episode, we’re joined by Harry Stebbings- the 20 yr old who has become somewhat of a star in the Venture Capital industry. He set out to make his mark on it after watching Peter Thiel invest in Facebook in the The Social Network movie as a teen. Harry is the host of the 20 Minute VC podcast where he has interviewed over 600 investors and thought-leaders, he’s amassed over 100k subscribers and has sponsors queuing up to put their services in front of his audience.


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#17 How Pixar makes imaginary worlds real with Danielle Feinberg (Sep 25th, 2016)

“At the most basic level, the thing that makes movies at Pixar unique is its dedication to story.”

In this episode, we’re joined by Danielle Feinberg, the Director of Photography at Pixar who has created stories with heart, soul and wonder for 12 Pixar movies and counting! We go behind the scenes of Pixar classics including A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Brave, Finding Nemo (and Dory) to discuss its infamous creative process and the edge between believable and fantastical. Like all of us and Pixar’s lo...

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#16 Harness the maker mindset in kids with a hands-on kit subscription box, Sahar Meghani (Sep 11th, 2016)

“Kids are born scientists, born explorers, born tinkerers! They touch, they feel, they ask questions – that’s how they learn.”

Sahar Meghani is one of many girls who enjoyed science growing up. She was bored of the lack of sophisticated toys on offer for her nieces and couldn’t understand why houses in the UK aren’t full of craft kits, like the US. She’s on a mission to teach kids with Trunkaroo– a subscription box with hands-on DIY arts and science maker kits for the home which both entertain...

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