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Courier Workshop is a weekly podcast about the human moments behind big business decisions. Hosted by Courier's editor Daniel Giacopelli, each episode explores how founders deal with the unexpected: 'What should I do when my business is running out of money?' 'What happens when my startup is ruining my mental health?' We sit down with founders, experts and friends, to workshop what went wrong – and dig up some hard-won tips for you.

Courier Workshop is produced by the team behind Courier magazine, which reports on the world of modern business from its headquarters in east London and is sold in 27+ countries around the world.
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Workshop: Backdrop

Workshop: Backdrop

2019-11-1500:23:19

In a world when everything from toothbrushes and mattresses to hair loss pills have been re-designed, re-made and re-branded for a new generation, there’s one industry that’s been relatively untouched: paint. Husband and wife team Caleb and Natalie Ebel are the founders of Backdrop, a direct-to-consumer brand that’s trying to shake up the multibillion-dollar paint industry. But while launching a new startup is always hard, starting one with your spouse after just having a new child can be even more challenging...
Workshop: Grabble

Workshop: Grabble

2019-11-0900:40:52

Five years ago, Dan Murray co-founded Grabble, a fashion discovery app that went viral and raised millions in VC funding. But behind the scenes, the business was going through deep growing pains that affected Dan's health, including a severe period of insomnia. He and his co-founder eventually faced a stark choice – pivot the company or shut it down completely and start something new. Dan shares how, after Grabble shut, he emerged with a new brain performance business called Heights.
Olly Dixon is co-founder of Something & Nothing, a new low-calorie seltzer brand. But he’s also worked at Dazed & Confused, launched a creative agency, got signed to a record label and toured the world... and owns a popular pub in London. Olly shares all the highs and lows, including how a huge manufacturing disaster almost killed his business.
Workshop: Maude

Workshop: Maude

2019-10-2400:27:18

In Brooklyn, a direct-to-consumer brand is trying to reinvent the way we think about sex products. Maude, founded by one of the earliest employees of Everlane, makes what it calls modern intimacy products – from condoms to a minimalist, gender neutral vibrator. But as founder Éva Goicochea explains, one of the big challenges – but also opportunities – was taking on a giant, fractured market filled with old-school companies and assumptions.
Workshop: Finimize

Workshop: Finimize

2019-10-1700:24:37

Finimize is a financial news app with many thousands of subscribers and huge ambitions. Run by Max Rofagha, the company translates big financial topics in a way that everyday mortals can understand. So why did Max shut down one of Finimize's most promising products? And what did he and his team learn from it?
Workshop: Violet

Workshop: Violet

2019-08-2300:39:06

In the world of pastries, bakeries, cakes and all the sweet stuff in between, Claire Ptak is a superstar. The California-born, London-based pastry chef and entrepreneur is the owner of Violet, one of London’s most popular bakeries, in Hackney. Claire, who once worked as a pastry chef at Chez Panisse in California, moved to London and opened a food stall, which eventually led to her bakery in 2010. And just last year, she was chosen to bake the royal wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Claire shares all the highs and lows of her journey.
Workshop: Earl of East

Workshop: Earl of East

2019-08-1500:54:12

The London-based homeware brand Earl of East is known for its hugely popular candles, sold worldwide. Launched as a side hobby for business and life partners Niko Dafkos and Paul Firmin, the brand now has 2 permanent stores and a growing international presence. In Episode 11 of Workshop, Paul and Niko share all the ups and downs – from supply chain, branding and legal challenges to growing a global brand while still holding down their day jobs.
Workshop: Allbirds

Workshop: Allbirds

2019-08-0900:43:48

While playing professional football, New Zealander Tim Brown started noticing how flashy and uncomfortable shoes often were. He decided to do something about it – and it involved lots and lots of wool. Today, Tim’s company Allbirds is a direct-to-consumer darling with sustainable credentials, stores around the world – and a mighty big valuation of $1.4bn. In Episode 10, Tim shares what he’s learned along the way.
Workshop: Tony Conrad

Workshop: Tony Conrad

2019-08-0201:05:52

Tony Conrad has been around the block. As an entrepreneur, he founded the tech startups Sphere and About.me, both of which he sold to AOL. And as a partner at True Ventures in Silicon Valley, he invested early in the likes of Wordpress and Blue Bottle Coffee. On Episode 9, Tony shares the many life lessons he's learned along the way.
Workshop: Hodinkee

Workshop: Hodinkee

2019-07-2600:50:16

In the small but fanatical world of wristwatches, Hodinkee is considered the gold standard. The 10-year old media and lifestyle brand has a popular website, print magazine, podcast, film series, e-commerce site, more than half a million Instagram followers – and is about to open a physical shop in New York City. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.In Episode 8 of Workshop, Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer tells Courier editor Daniel Giacopelli and this week's co-host, tech journalist Dan Frommer, about the many ups and downs since he launched the brand in 2008.
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