Startup Survival Podcast

Peter Harrington

Created and written for people affected by a crisis and involved in any stage of business start-up, this podcast provides storified expert insight, research-backed theory and practical advice. Presented by Peter Harrington, a serial entrepreneur with 30+ years of business start-up and growth experience, this engaging and fact-filled production is designed to inspire both thinking and action. This podcast is sponsored by SimVenture - Digital Learning Solutions Bringing Business Learning to Life - https://simventure.com/

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Episode 3.12 - Billionaire Guilt
Jun 26 2022
Episode 3.12 - Billionaire Guilt
How does a billionaire entrepreneur view the world? How do they feel about the wealth they’ve generated, the people with whom they’ve worked and the family that has journeyed with them?Honest and frank with thoughts and feelings from start to finish, listen to the quite remarkable Gregory Shepard. Tune into his story and journey – from poverty to wealth, from struggle to challenge, from failure to success and from dying twice to an extraordinary life. For any startup seeking to learn from others and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship emotion, Gregory’s profound yet humble reflections, philosophy, ethics, philanthropy and proven business practices make for essential listening.Learn more about our special guestGregory Shepard is a 20-year startup veteran and serial entrepreneur who has many qualities including autism, dyslexia and a range of unique processing methods (also referred to as disorders). He sold some of his business interests for $925M back in 2016. A TEDX speaker, Gregory is also a founder at BOSS Capital Partners, a global syndicate that invests in tech startups. Gregory also co-founded BOSSStartupScience an open source learning centre created to help entrepreneurs survive and thrive.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.12 - Billionaire Guilt
Jun 26 2022
Episode 3.12 - Billionaire Guilt
How does a billionaire entrepreneur view the world? How do they feel about the wealth they’ve generated, the people with whom they’ve worked and the family that has journeyed with them?Honest and frank with thoughts and feelings from start to finish, listen to the quite remarkable Gregory Shepard. Tune into his story and journey – from poverty to wealth, from struggle to challenge, from failure to success and from dying twice to an extraordinary life. For any startup seeking to learn from others and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship emotion, Gregory’s profound yet humble reflections, philosophy, ethics, philanthropy and proven business practices make for essential listening.Learn more about our special guestGregory Shepard is a 20-year startup veteran and serial entrepreneur who has many qualities including autism, dyslexia and a range of unique processing methods (also referred to as disorders). He sold some of his business interests for $925M back in 2016. A TEDX speaker, Gregory is also a founder at BOSS Capital Partners, a global syndicate that invests in tech startups. Gregory also co-founded BOSSStartupScience an open source learning centre created to help entrepreneurs survive and thrive.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.11 - Personal Pride
Jun 14 2022
Episode 3.11 - Personal Pride
When going against the grain, we engage uncertainty and test ourselves. Yet rewards are never guaranteed. We flourish in the moment because the action, the risk, the ambition connects us with the possibility of meaningful achievement and a deeper sense of personal pride in what we do, and critically who we are.In this episode, tune into Munir Mamujee and learn about his ‘never say die’ attitude and the personal pride he acquired through keeping his company afloat in the most difficult of Covid times.By listening to this show you’ll discover how pride weaves its way into entrepreneurial life. From taking risks and motivating teams to expanding business horizons and being recognised for achievement, this episode is an enjoyable ride exploring key facets of personal pride.Learn more about our special guestMunir Mamujee is the Founding Director of m2r Education, a multi award winning, international education services company based in Wakefield. As well as being awarded an MBE in the 2022 Queen’s New Years’ Honours List for Services to Education and Export, Munir is also a Department for International Trade Export Champion and works with clients in over 40 countries.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.10 - Trust & Female Founders
May 30 2022
Episode 3.10 - Trust & Female Founders
According to the renowned author, Stephen R Covey, Trust is the glue of life. Without trust we can’t build personal relationships and we therefore cannot expect to be able to build any kind of business.But what is trust and how does this complex subject play out in the Startup world? In this fascinating episode, entrepreneurship expert Kajal Sanghrajka explores the issue of trust and focuses the subject lens on female founders. Listen to this episode to learn how and where women are most likely to be trusted less compared to their male counterparts. By tuning in you’ll also discover what Kajal says about startups sustaining trust through Covid, how women in business should view the issue of imposter syndrome and much more.Learn more about our special guestPassionate about supporting the growth of early to mid stage businesses, Kajal Sanghrajka is an experienced entrepreneur, speaker in demand and advisor to many. Globally networked and with a finger on the pulse of global startup trends, Kajal is typically to be found at forefront of development work within the entrepreneurship industry.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.9 - Know your Vulnerability
May 18 2022
Episode 3.9 - Know your Vulnerability
Start-ups need to be strong-minded. Start-ups need to lead with confidence. Without such strength, how can a business expect to survive especially when times are tough?But strength is also a weakness. Too much strength can blind start-ups and derail thinking. Too much strength can alienate others or turn them into ‘yes’ people.In life and business, mistakes are inevitable. And we have all done things that have led to shame. So how do entrepreneurs embrace weaknesses, getting things wrong and feelings of shame? This fascinating episode explores the world of start-up vulnerability and seeks behavioural answers that will help entrepreneurs to connect more deeply with others and lead with greater confidence and ability. Ultimately, by understanding and embracing vulnerability anyone involved with startup will achieve greater results.Learn more about our special guest This episode’s special guest is serial entrepreneur Kyle Hegarty. Kyle has many years’ experience running and growing start-ups in different parts of the world. His work has taught him much about entrepreneurship emotion, the value of vulnerability and also led Kyle to write the book ‘The Accidental Business Nomad’. This popular text shares honest stories about the personal challenges people face and common mistakes they make when seeking to build a business. Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.8 - Managing Emotions in a Crisis
May 2 2022
Episode 3.8 - Managing Emotions in a Crisis
Human behaviour changes when the pressure is on. And for business owners, nothing generates pressure quite like a crisis.In this compelling episode all about entrepreneurship emotion, seasoned academic Dr Rachel Doern explores and explains how startups behave in really challenging situations. Importantly, she goes onto talk about issues such as emotional intelligence as well as strategies that any startup can learn about and apply so they are better able to manage their emotions in a crisis.By tuning into this episode, anyone who has had practical experience of working through the pandemic (or any other crisis) will be able to develop their knowledge and apply theoretical principles. Understanding these principles will allow you to better control emotions, make more informed decisions and thus help your business to survive and prosper in the future.Learn more about our special guestDr Rachel Doern is a Reader in Entrepreneurship in the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Much of her research examines the cognitions, emotions and behaviours of entrepreneurs in adverse conditions, including times of crisis. Her research is inter-disciplinary in nature and draws on micro-sociological and psychological approaches to understanding resilience and vulnerability. She is especially interested in how entrepreneurs navigate difficult situations, contexts and emotions. Her recent research projects also look at entrepreneurial diversity, and different entrepreneurial identities and communities.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.7 - Empathy
Apr 19 2022
Episode 3.7 - Empathy
Successful startups create and build long-term relationships. Building long-term relationships requires us to empathise with others.Starting and sustaining any new business is a huge challenge and requires deep reserves of energy. As a result, startup entrepreneurs typically feel compelled to tell other people what they do because no-one will do it for them. But whilst this personal promotion sounds logical, ‘telling’ people about our work doesn’t help us to understand them – and thus build empathy.In this enthralling episode, communications and language specialist Derek Utley (81), reflects on his life and how and why taking the time to create empathy with others is a fundamental building block in the development of our business and personal lives.Learn more about the special guestA lover of languages and teaching, Derek Utley took up his first post as a teacher of Spanish and French at Charterhouse School in 1963. Nearly twenty years later Derek co-founded York Associates, a highly successful language training and intercultural communications company used by many multi-national organisations. Now retired, Derek is a keen community volunteer leading weekly walks and helping people in the north-east plant trees.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.6 - Managing Mental Health
Mar 21 2022
Episode 3.6 - Managing Mental Health
Starting and running any new venture can be as exciting as it is stressful.Successful entrepreneurs must continuously develop new skills and as their business grows so does the level of responsibility. Research increasingly points towards growing mental health challenges in the start-up space and in this episode, serial entrepreneur John Peebles shares his insight, scars and experience.As importantly, John talks about what can be done to help not only entrepreneurs, but entrepreneurial teams. Tune into this strength of feeling episode and discover how John has introduced innovative ways to tackle mental health issues within start-up teams and learn about the impact his initiative is having.Learn more about the special guestJohn Peebles is the CEO of Administrate, a SaaS training management platform, and one of Scotland’s fastest growing tech companies.  Headquartered in Edinburgh with offices in Dublin, Bozeman, and Beirut, Administrate is learning infrastructure used by large enterprises to define, deliver, and track their training operations.  Hundreds of companies, thousands of users, and millions of learners access Administrate every day.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.5 - Finding Happiness
Mar 7 2022
Episode 3.5 - Finding Happiness
We all seek to be happy but what is happiness? And more importantly, how do we find happiness in our startup and entrepreneurial lives?If you want to lift your mood or simply develop a better understanding of how we can all feel better when running our own businesses, tune into Elena Höge. Recognising money doesn’t buy you happiness (Yaldi Games is yet to afford Elena a salary), our special guest for this episode offers invaluable, authentic gems and deep as well as upbeat insight on the subject of happiness.Learn more about the special guestElena is the founder of Yaldi Games, a startup games studio with the mission to create video games that have real life impact. Since starting the company, she has won several awards such as the Young Innovator Award and the Social Shifter Global Innovation Challenge. Inspired by her passion for nature and foraging, she is now working on their first title: Wholesome – Out and About: A game that inspires real life activities such as foraging, cooking and crafting and has a positive impact on players’ wellbeing and happiness.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.4 - Understanding Anxiety
Feb 22 2022
Episode 3.4 - Understanding Anxiety
This episode's special guest, Richard Hughes Jones, has suffered from anxiety for as long as he can remember.Richard (41) spent several years working in the private and public sector before going it alone and starting his own coaching and consultancy company in 2013.  Like so many entrepreneurs Richard wasn't fully prepared for the angst of the start-up years; but nothing prepared him for the news he received on Friday 13th February 2015.Listen to this podcast to find out how Richard has battled with and against anxiety to win through in business and his personal life.Frank and very honest, Richard talks openly about his own experience of managing through stressful, uncertain and dark times. He also shares key lessons from experience and through coaching clients.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.3 - Building Self Belief
Feb 7 2022
Episode 3.3 - Building Self Belief
In this episode, tune into Steve Gwenin a man who really believes – and as a result throughout his career has combined global discovery and adventure with personal development and sustainable conservation. Whether he’s talking about working on a remote Pacific island, handling dangerous snakes or how and why self-belief really works, Steve is a highly engaging guest who has something special to share with us all.Learn more about the Special GuestOver 20+ years Steve Gwenin worked to develop and ultimately became leader of GVI, a social enterprise and multi-award winning global experiential education organisation. Whether in the jungle, on a remote island or in wild mountainous country, Steve has been at the heart of hundreds of personal and professional development programs as well as sustainability projects. Overall, Steve calculates he has helped over 100,000 people find greater self-belief – and as a result feel empowered to take action to change lives for the better.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here. A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.2 - Applying Surprise
Jan 25 2022
Episode 3.2 - Applying Surprise
Why is surprise such a powerful emotion and how can you use it in your work to attract customers and build brand loyalty?In this episode, listen to the charismatic Dr Claire Hookham explain how to create lasting surprise that works with customers and consumers. Dr Hookham worked at and completed a PhD with one of the world's leading entertainment brands. Her insightful experience allows her to share and explain how authentic surprise is created and how the creation of this emotion impacts future behaviour.Full of energy and ideas, this episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to develop their creative thinking skills.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.  A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 3.1 - Understanding Anger
Jan 24 2022
Episode 3.1 - Understanding Anger
How and why can anger (and getting angry) work for any start-up, any venture?In this episode, hear seasoned entrepreneur Alan Donegan explain how anger fuelled his desire to turn an idea into a business that has gone onto impact the lives of over 16,000 people worldwide.By listening you'll discover how a highly distressing moment in Alan's early life connected him to his startup plans. You'll also hear his views on channeling anger, understanding rejection, the importance of saying sorry and much more.Alan has invaluable gems to share. Don't miss this compelling first episode in Series 3.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here. A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Introduction to Series 3
Jan 10 2022
Introduction to Series 3
Discover what Series 3 of the Startup Survival Podcast covers and how the content is designed to help anyone involved with the world of startup and entrepreneurship.Learn why understanding emotions is such an important issue for entrepreneurial minds and find out how we can better get to know ourselves.Presented by podcast author Peter Harrington, this context-setting introduction will help you to appreciate why tuning into our feelings helps decision-making, informs behaviour and ultimately helps us to start, manage and grow more sustainable ventures.Subscribe to the podcastIf you enjoy the Startup Survival Podcast and want to receive news and notifications of upcoming episodes, subscribe here.  A bit of podcast author background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 2.17 - How a Surviving Startup Thinks and Works
Oct 6 2021
Episode 2.17 - How a Surviving Startup Thinks and Works
Surviving startups recognise there is no perfect way through the maze of entrepreneurship. False dawns and one way streets are inevitable; but left unchecked these unrewarding routes can confuse, frustrate, trap and worst of all lead to an unplanned exit. By listening to this special episode, you'll discover how to think, plan and navigate through the 'early days maze'. You'll also get to know key reference sources and guides that you will treasure when working out and through the dawn of any new venture.Tips and ideas for business forecasting, planning, research and moving forward are shared  on the show. You will also discover thought provoking true stories which support key points throughout the podcast. A bit of Podcast background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the London School of Economics and London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.
Episode 2.15 - How to Think through your Entrepreneurial Future
Sep 8 2021
Episode 2.15 - How to Think through your Entrepreneurial Future
May be you know how your entrepreneurial adventure will end. And may be you know how you will get there. But given the uncertainty of life (pandemic or no pandemic) the chances are you don’t.So how the heck do you plan, prepare and think through your entrepreneurial future with any degree of confidence? One way is to tune into this final episode and hear from a seasoned entrepreneur who has not only passed the start and finishing lines with several businesses but has also viewed the journey from multiple perspectives.By listening to Jane Murray you’ll discover how to take greater control of your entrepreneurial future, how to prepare for a successful exit and how to give yourself the best chance of making start-up life work for you. Jane shares how you can think, learn and work so you avoid painful traps and instead spend as much time as possible enjoying the journey.A bit of Podcast background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the London School of Economics and London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.
Episode 2.14 - Perfect Presenting
Jul 27 2021
Episode 2.14 - Perfect Presenting
Like it, love it or loath it, presenting is one of those key skills all entrepreneurs should learn to master. Being able to speak effectively to an audience gives you the power to communicate, influence and persuade.In this episode, tune into presenter extraordinaire, Alex Simmons. Learn about his journey from Young Enterprise national finals and ‘DJing’ at teenage club events to talking to tens of thousands of people at Wembley and the 2020 Black Lives Matter event in London’s Hyde Park.Alex shares how to plan and prepare presentations, how to structure thinking, how to use your voice and critically how to speak so people buy into what you say. Humble and still learning himself, Alex is one of the standout guests in this series.A bit of Podcast background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the London School of Economics and London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 2.13 - Negotiate Negotiation
Jul 11 2021
Episode 2.13 - Negotiate Negotiation
How much money and time will you let slip in the months and years ahead because you assume you’ll always negotiate the best deal and get the very best outcome for your venture?Whether it’s hiring fresh recruits, working with suppliers, winning new clients or renewing contracts, the issue of negotiation is at the heart of so many start-up activities.Being a skilled negotiator really pays. With the help of Devon Smiley, a seriously smart and highly engaging negotiation expert with vast experience and an array of start-up tips and stories to share, you’ll learn how and why in under 60 minutes.By tuning into this episode, you’ll discover how to adjust your behaviour, develop practical strategies, appreciate subtle tactics and ultimately build great business relationships with people who want to work with you.A bit of Podcast background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the London School of Economics and London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.
Episode 2.12 - Local to Global: Expand your Entrepreneurial Horizons
Jun 27 2021
Episode 2.12 - Local to Global: Expand your Entrepreneurial Horizons
What mindset and skills are required to start a business and grow it globally?In this fascinating episode, tune into Vikrant Shaurya and learn how this young, gentle but highly focused publishing entrepreneur transformed his own life and started a business that has become a global success story.Vikrant shares the struggles of not being truthful with his family and how his early business failure led friends to laugh at his misfortune. He also talks about how he worked hard, discovered his entrepreneurial talent and used customer feedback and deep competitor analysis to exploit market opportunities.Ultimately, you’ll discover that as long as key building blocks are in place, technology now provides all entrepreneurs with the ability to start and grow a sustainable business that works across borders.Learn more about Vikrant at the foot of this post. For the benefit of all, a transcript for this episode will be made available.A bit of Podcast background...UK-based Peter Harrington set up his first business following graduation in York in 1989. He has since started and grown several companies in various sectors including research, marketing, design, print, educational software and consultancy. Over the last 30+ years, Peter has employed over 1,000 people and experienced many highs and a few lows including burglaries, floods, fire and of course the most recent pandemic.As well as being the CEO with the SimVenture team, Peter is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the London School of Economics and London South Bank University.Big thanks to LSE Generate, the SimVenture Team and Seajam Moths for supporting the Startup Survival Podcast.Find Guest details and all Reference SourcesThe full podcast series together with additional materials, guest details and hyperlinks to all episode reference sources is available on Peter Harrington's Blog 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Entrepreneurship'.