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Jimmy's Jobs of the Future

Jimmy McLoughlin OBE

Former Downing Street adviser, Jimmy McLoughlin interviews top entrepreneurs about where they are creating jobs of the future presented in the form of a Prime Ministerial briefing.

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16-03-2021
4 mins
Herman Narula - Building the plumbing of the metaverse
When I started this podcast I wrote down a list of dream guests to come on the show. Today's guest is one of them. When asked about starting careers, another dream guest on this show, Pete Flint, gave the advice to "pick a sector, not a company'. Herman Narula is at the forefront of the sector of the future- The Metaverse. This might be a term fairly new to you but Herman has been working on this space for 9 years with his company Improbable, who are building the 'plumbing of the metaverse'. But what is it exactly? How can people interact with it? Will it really be as transformative as people imagine?Herman is writing a book about the Metaverse called "Virtual Society" which is coming later this year.  You can pre-order it here. This is the last episode in our 4th series - thank you all so much for listening. This has been a transformative series that has seen us reclaim our #1 spot in Apple Careers Podcasts and double our listenership. A huge thank you to this series' headline sponsors, The Octopus Group. The Octopus Group is a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas and industries that will change the world.We will see you all very soon...In this episode with Herman we talk about:Where did the name improbable come fromwhat gave Herman this initial idea over 9 years agoWhat is the definition of the metaverse- and it’s why important we have one that works. How the creation of environments is natural human behaviour.How the metaverse can be a catalyst to extraordinary experiences.The changes seen in the Metaverse since he started- and simply how hard it is to build the metaverse.Building the plumbing of the metaverse- the metaverse isn’t just about entertainment.Where we can see real-life examples of the metaverse helping everyday people.The big opportunities for the UK economy with the metaverse- and how the government can help.How the government could get ahead of the metaverse and recommendations for how the UK government can regulate it. How can we drive more UK companies into this spaceHerman’s first jobHow does the metaverse benefit older generationsAugmenting not replacing the real worldHow this world is closer than we thinkHow do people engage with the metaverseHow we learn from the mistakes of web 1 and web 2The jobs of the future in the metaverseWhat roles Improbable are hiring forSign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
23-03-2022
54 mins
Sophie Adelman- Co founder, The Garden and Multiverse
Today’s guest is Sophie Adelman, who is a member of that exclusive club: a serial entrepreneur.Her first business, Multiverse, created alternative routes into the world of work via apprenticeships and raised over $130 million, transforming the world of education-technology during the process.Her new venture, The Garden, brings the experts & academics out of the institutions, enabling you to learn from true experts who have dedicated their lives to studying a subject. Through interactive live talks, their aim is to create a community of inquisitive minds in a world of misinformation and alternative facts. In this episode we discuss with Sophie:Where the name of The Garden comes from and what it doesHow to build a team from scratch and how to hire great peopleFundraising with the benefit of doing it a second timeWhy she’s doing it all again in creating another startupWhat makes a good co-founder and the crucial aspect of shared values.Highlights of The Garden so farWhat are her key takeaways for first-time foundersCreating peer networks instead of mentorsHer time at multiverse and what it doesHer reflections on early hires and learnings for other entrepreneurs Taking the MBA route at Stanford and what we can learn from Valley cultureTaking creative arts more seriouslyThe importance of asking ‘Why’The talks you can access on The GardenIf she was 22 in 2022, where Sophie would start her careerPass the mic- who would be an entrepreneur Sophie wants to shine a light on?Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
16-03-2022
47 mins
IWD Special - Izzy Obeng - Inclusive Innovation: Educating women and young people in enterpriseIWD Special - Romanie Thomas - Taking gender diversity and flexible working into her own handsCassandra Stavrou - Kickstarting a British snack revolution and the importance of International Women's Day
Today's interview is with Cassandra Stavrou, co-founder of PROPER Snacks. One of the top female entrepreneurs in the UK, Cassandra helped to kick-start the revolution in the snacking industry that has gripped the UK for nearly a decade. I've been incredibly excited for this episode and Cassandra shares candidly her experience on everything from founding an iconic British Brand to being a female founder in a male-dominated world.This episode is part of our campaign for International Women's Day. You can see our other bonus episodes on our podcast page, each one shining a light on the amazing female entrepreneurs we've had on the show. In this episode we discuss:What is behind the name proper- and how it formed the company's ethosWhy Cassandra is obsessed with an emphasis on product and following the advice of ‘keeping the main thing, the main thing’.The moment She thought ‘I have something here’ and how people can scale their lockdown hobbiesHow Top Gear gave her the inspiration for her first productWhat Cassandra had to go through to get that initial £10,000 to start the business- and her  low moments in this journeyThe things that drive Cassandra toward successHer first hire at Proper and the importance of prioritizing salesWhat the next ten years of food innovation will look like Jobs of the future in foodHow to maintain culture when growing so fast and the problems of over-complicating cultureBecoming a B-Corp so early onMentors on her journeyThe importance of international women’s dayHiding her pregnancy during negotiations to sell her business Pass the mic- the entrepreneur Cassandra wants to shine more light onSign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
09-03-2022
39 mins
IWD Special - Pip Jamieson - The fear of entrepreneurship, the need for more female mentorsIWD Special - Anne Boden - Higher standards for diverse groups in the workplaceWhat is the future of British farming?Ruth Handcock - Octopus Investments: What skills CEOs hire for and how to be an accessible leader
Today's guest is Ruth Handcock, CEO of Octopus Investments. Ruth has had a really interesting career. She's gone from working on checkouts and factories during the nightshift to being the CEO of one of the UK's biggest financial service firms. It's an incredible journey and one we're excited to share with you.Investing can often seem an opaque world but Ruth talks us through what Octopus Investments does and dismantles the long-held beliefs about what you need to start investing.  Ruth is also the Chair of Octopus MoneyCoach.  The British tendency not to talk about money means we are often shy when it's going well but are especially tight-lipped when things go wrong. In this episode, we delve more into the role MoneyCoach plays in reducing people's money worries and why it's so crucial for employers to offer this type of service. In this episode with Ruth we discuss:Her experience as Global finance director of Bacardi , specifically martini whiskey and cognac.Ruth's wide variety of jobs including checkout operative, salad chopper on a nightshift and car washer- what did those jobs teach her about being CEO of an investment firm? What do CEOs look for when hiring?Learnings from her own entrepreneurial failure What attracted her to join Octopus?What does Octopus Investments do? How much money do you need to invest? The difference between Octopus Ventures and Investments.What is the role of a Chief Executive? How the pandemic was an opportunity to do that better.Setting boundaries in the world of work.What more can we do to inspire women at the top of financial services? What the government can do to help this?How easy has she found it to achieve work-life balance? How did she find what she was passionate about? What is Octopus Moneycoach and what does it do?Where are there opportunities to improve education post-pandemic? If Ruth was 22 in 2022, what sectors would she like to work in? What sources of information does she consume? What her cocktail of choice is? Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
23-02-2022
49 mins
The Future of Farming and Agritech - AI Powered Insect Mini-farm
Today we're looking at one of the world's oldest sectors: Farming.  Specifically how it's updating itself for the 21st Century. We spoke to Jo and Charles Mear, egg farmers from Full Circle Growing, who have been farming for over 2 decades and recently launched the UK's first AI-powered Insect mini-farm. Farming is inherently entrepreneurial and in this episode you'll hear terms that wouldn't be out of place at any UK startup: product-market fit, concerns on marketing, adapting to shifting consumer trends, thinking how to retain shelf space in supermarkets and more. The future of agriculture is tech - and there are so many examples of British entrepreneurship and innovation happening right across this sector. This episode is brought to you in partnership with the National Farmers Union, which represents over 50,000 farmers across the UK.  I'm speaking at their annual conference and will have another episode from there in a few weeks about how British farmers are continuing to innovate. In this episode we discuss:Their routes into the world of work. What running the UK’s first AI-powered insect mini-farm actually looks like.What they thought when the opportunity for an AI-powered farm presented itself. What sort of sounds a chicken can make (really!).The challenges of running an AI farm.Impact on the quality of the livestock as a result. Why aren’t more farmers using it yet? How can listeners support British farmers? Farms becoming more self-reliant.Farming during the pandemic.Impact of Clarkson's farm in terms of people appreciating farming more.Working as a husband and wife team. The future of British farming. The role of the NFU.Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
16-02-2022
41 mins
#SaveDerbyCounty - Bonus EpisodeMarta Krupinska Google for startups - how to build a new institution
"A bizarre mix of accelerator lead, angel investor and agony aunt."so today's guest, Marta Krupinska, describes herself. Marta has done 'the big three' of entrepreneurship: failed, scaled and sold. That's why she's perfectly placed as the head of Google's new(ish) institution in London- rising from the ashes of the infamous Google Campus, Google for Startups is designed to support thriving, diverse, and inclusive startup communities.Today's discussion is a must-listen for anyone seeking advice in developing and scaling their business. Marta is also the host of 'Scale-Ups and Downs", an upcoming panel podcast powered by Google for Startups, which invites founders at all stages of their journey to pick the brains of some of the most successful business leaders and experts in the UK.In today's show we discuss with Marta:What is the role of Head of Google for Startups? The closing of Google Campus and creating a new institution for startups in LondonHow Google for Startups is focused on opening up opportunities beyond just central London and increasing access to finance, talent and jobs.The different roles in the Google for Startups team and how they have changed.The Black Founders Fund Europe- Google using their brand to shine the light on important founder-lead issues. They have invested £2million into 30 black-lead startups from the EU, including 20 from the UK. Since then, those founders have raised $63m in follow on funding. The coolest thing Marta has seen at Google that we might not know about. If Marta was 22 in 2022, where she would start her career. Advice to those applying for jobs at Google-and how it's far more than just your academics that matter. Scale-ups and Downs, the Google for Startups podcast helping entrepreneurs solve problems of scale. What resources inspire Marta on a weekly basis. If Marta could go back in time at any point in history for 24 hours when would she go?Entrepreneurs and companies Marta believes deserve more recognition. Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
09-02-2022
45 mins
Sarah Ellis: How to coach yourself and why we should experiment rather than fail in our careers
Our guest today is Sarah Ellis,  co-founder of career- development company Amazing If. Founded with her long-time friend Helen Tupper, what began as a side project to help people with their careers has now grown to a full-on career-boosting powerhouse. They created the concept of 'squiggly careers'- the notion that in the modern world, people's careers are no longer linear with no defined and rigid growth ladders.  Sarah and Helen are the hosts of The Squiggly Careers podcast and the authors of two books, their first being a Sunday Times Bestseller. Their TED talk has also been viewed over 1.5 million times.   Their most recent book is called "You Coach You" and it forms the basis of today's discussion: that coaching works but it’s often only available to the fortunate few.  Packed with practical exercises, tools and advice from inspiring people this book will help you to find answers, take action and achieve more in your career.I also wanted to quickly shout out to an amazing British entrepreneurial story in John Wardle. John is the creator of viral game Wordle and recently sold the game to the New York Times for a 7 figure sum.  Just a few months ago it was played by only a handful of people- it's now played by millions. It shows how something created for friends and family can blow up into something enormous. In today's episode with Sarah we talk about:What Amazing If doesWhat did Sarah did before Squiggly careers and Amazing IfWhat is the process of “co-blending” and did it work for Sarah?Successful career change always happens incrementallyThe upcoming book You Coach You its the key themes on coachingExplaining the difference between a coach and a mentorWhich chapters of her book are the most pwoerful.The importance of 'experimenting' rather than failing in your career. Any advice that would tell her former selfWhat’s it like founding a business with a close friendHer podcast Squiggly Careers and the best episodes to listen to: #243 How to be a Learn it All and from the Ask the Expert series- Empathy with Roman KrznaricHer Favourite book: The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
02-02-2022
46 mins
Steve O’Hear: The importance of journalism and how to pitch your business to the media.
If you're a tech founder in the last 10 years, you'll know who Steve O'Hear is. Chances are, you've even pitched him your business. Steve is best known for his 15 years as a technology and business journalist, including reporting for TechCrunch, covering European startups and venture capital. He was the first to write about the now household names of Deliveroo, Monzo and Transferwise. Steve is now the VP of Strategy at home-delivery brand Zapp.  Steve was born with muscular dystrophy and you'll hear in this episode how in the midst of the pandemic, this has shaped his mid-career switch from journalism to building the future of convenience retail. Someone at the top of their game and changing their career is a unique situation on the show. Whether you're looking to get into journalism or looking for strategy roles at upcoming startups, I'm incredibly excited to share this episode with you.  If you're interested to try Zapp, Jimmy's Jobs listeners can get £10 off when they spend £20 by using the code ZAPPJIMMY at checkout.We're not taking any commission from this link, we're just using it to test how many of you amazing listeners click through.In this episode with Steve we discuss:How he defines the job of a journalist and what the best route is to become oneAnd how has the job of a journalist changed?When did people start coming to him with stories rather than the other way around? And how did he cultivate online relationships?When pitched dozens of businesses a day, what he looked for in the stories to cover.Famous stories that stuck with him and companies that weren’t successful that he thought might beWhy he made the decision to leave journalismWhat is strategy and what is a Vice-President?The growth of Zapp and how to maintain a cultureWhere does the name come from?Why did he join Zapp specifically?Tips for working from home? Different roles Zapp are hiring for and expansion plans for ZappThe future of Zapp and the scale of the problem it's tacklingWhy do we need this instant delivery?If Steve was 22 in 2022, where would he look to work?What more can we do to get disabled people into work?If you could go back in time to any point in history, when and where would it be?A tech-themed quickfire roundJoin the #SaveDerby campaign by using this template to email your MP and raise the issue with them- we've generated amazing support and have even had a question asked in parliament. Even if you're a casual football fan, local teams are the lifeblood of UK towns and it would be a travesty to let one of the oldest clubs in the UK fall into the history books. Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
26-01-2022
1 hr 1 min
Nigel Phan - Whirli - The Future of Toys and how a child develops through play.
I wanted to interview today's guest for quite some time.Nigel Phan is the founder of Whirli - a toy subscription service.My family is expecting our second daughter and all the clichés about parenthood are true: it changes your perspective on everything. One thing that changes most dramatically is the number of toys around the house- I am terrified that child number 2 could lead to a doubling of the toy rate.  That's where Whirli comes in. When a child loses interest in a toy (which believe me can happen with surprising regularity) you can return it and swap it for a new one. Whirli have raised a round of £5 million from this series' headline sponsors, The Octopus Group. The Octopus Group is a collection of 8 entrepreneurially minded businesses that look to back the people, ideas and industries that will change the world. If you want to check out Whirli you can get a 30% discount by visiting https://whirli.com/offers/jimmysjobs or using referral code JIMMYSJOBS at the checkout.We're not taking any commission from this link, we're just using it to test how many of you amazing listeners click through.In this episode with Nigel we discuss:Where he came up with the idea for Whirli despite not being a parentWhere the name Whirli came fromHis career, including time as a partner at McKinseyWhat did he hire his first employee to do?How he chooses what toys go on the platformHow Whirli focuses on at-home educationHow parents can use the Whirli subscriptionWhat jobs he is hiring for (didn't we all want to work in a toy shop when we were younger?)The most popular toys on the platform (not what you might expect)How he approaches marketing to parents and building trust digitallyWhy he is hiring for a Head of People and what that meansWhat the toys of the future are going to beWhat adults can learn from playing with children's toysLetting toys be toys- removing the gender bias that is prevalent in the industryHis favourite toy of all timeFuture plans for Whirli including the plans for experiential eventsJoin the #SaveDerby campaign by using this template to email your MP and raise the issue with them- we've generated amazing support and have even had a question asked in parliament. Even if you're a casual football fan, local teams are the lifeblood of UK towns and it would be a travesty to let one of the oldest clubs in the UK fall into the history books. Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
19-01-2022
55 mins
Rishi Sunak: How to fail in politics and keeping your mental health in check
Welcome back to Jimmy's Jobs of the Future. It's great to say we are now starting our fourth series. The aim of this podcast is to ask people who are at the forefront of our economy about their jobs and what the future of their industry will look like.Some of the topics and sectors we explore can be complex, but we try to ask the obvious questions of the brightest minds as that can lead to the most revealing answers.And in this series, we are kicking off with one of the biggest jobs of them all, Chancellor of the Exchequer. We've all seen Rishi Sunak on the TV, holding up the red box on budget day. But what actually does it involve? What do the civil servants in the treasury do? And what is the aim behind the government's new economic compass in Darlington? And in a world of so much information, what sources does the Chancellor use to keep on top of developments in the modern economy?We recorded this episode in the Locomotion train museum in the Northeast of England. A dramatic backdrop near the government's new economic campus in Darlington. We filmed the episode and you can watch it and get the transcript on our website at www.jobsofthefuture.co and you can subscribe to our new YouTube channel @jimmy'sjobs. And you can follow me on Twitter @jimmym.We recorded this episode in the Locomotion train museum in Darlington, before the severity of Omnicrom became real, a dramatic backdrop near the new treasury campus in the North West. We discuss with Rishi:How Stanford formed his worldviewWhat is the job of the Chancellor of the Exchequer? And how does the treasury work?Why have they set up their new campus in Darlington?How he encourages a culture of failureHow we can get more capital into people's handsWhich policies are working best and how he's introducing business practices like A/B testing into governmentHow he's using data in governmentWhere the opportunities are for the UK economy and where the jobs of the future are coming from?How the UK can take advantage of the creator economyWhere are there regulatory opportunities from Brexit?How we can encourage healthy business culture and how the government can help with thatHow businesses can put themselves out thereIf Rishi was 22 in 2022, where. would he start his career?What sources of information does he read? (amazing answer)What are his New Year's resolutions and how does he look after his mental health?How has this job changed him in two years? (more grey hairs!)What's his top parenting advice?  (be nice to your parents and read your daughter's this book)Some amusing quick-fire questions e.g. Bored Apes or CryptoPunks? Red or Brown sauce? His first-ever job? Favourite biscuit?Sign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
09-01-2022
40 mins
Tessa Clarke -  OLIO - Series 3 finale
Welcome to the final episode in the third series of Jimmy’s Jobs of the Future.Throughout this series, we've heard from amazing guests on topics ranging from the future of care to uncovering the hidden world of NFTs to discussing how entire technology fields are dedicated to improving women’s health.Another emerging trend of this series has been the rise of social enterprises - whilst potentially at risk of being a buzzword, it has struck me just how many modern startups come with a mission to improve our lives and the planet. And someone who speaks about this with more passion than anyone else is today's guest- Tessa Clarke, CEO & co-founder of sharing-app, OLIO.Initially created to reduce food waste by allowing unwanted food to be shared with neighbours near you, the app has grown into something far greater. To date they have over 5 million users worldwide, sharing over 34 million portions of food and saving over 9 billion litres of water. And that’s just their consumer side- businesses can work with OLIO to distribute leftover goods throughout communities and partnerships with Pret-a-Manger and even Tesco have allowed big business to reach net-zero faster.In September of this year, OLIO  announced a $43m series B round making the founders Tessa and Sacha the most heavily backed female founding team in the whole of the United Kingdom. This series' partners, Octopus, have a mission to invest in the ideas, industries, and people that will change the world- so it comes as no surprise that OLIO is an Octopus portfolio company, having attracted their attention back in 2018 where they lead OLIO's series A round.With a focus on true sustainability,  education and action, I couldn’t think of a better company to sign off our third series before we return in 2022.We discuss with Tessa:Where the name OLIO came from.Why they decided quickly to expand into services beyond food waste.How OLIO  grew from 1 million to 5 million users during the pandemic.The difference between mission-driven founders and ‘mercenary’ founders.Why the model of consumption is broken- and what ‘virgin retail” means.The race to net-zero.How making OLIO globally accessible so early allowed them to expand into unlikely markets by following the data.How they will use their recent $43m Series B to propel OLIO forward.Why they are hiring for a Head of Customer Insights and Head of Product Design- and what those roles actually do!What harnessing gamification can do to spark sustainable action.Their amazing partnership with Tesco- and how it took 3 and half years to achieve.How they were remote working before it was cool- and why no one believed it could work.Recruiting not just for mission fit but for mission obsession.Books that inspired Tessa’s journey: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries & Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein.You can follow us on social media:Instagram: @JimmysjobsTwitter: @JimmysjobsAnd most importantly on LinkedInSign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
24-11-2021
32 mins
Kelli Fairbrother - xigxag - Reinventing the audiobook and taking on Audible
All startups share the same fear - what if Google, Amazon or Apple decide to invest in this space?Well, today's guest faces a slightly different problem- what if they already have?The world of audiobooks is dominated by Audible/Amazon - but it has not really updated from cassette tapes of 40 years ago. Enter xigxag which you can check out at www.xigxag.co.uk/jimmyKelli Fairbrother - co-founder and CEO of xigxag, a company that has created a new type of audiobook which allows you to read, listen, quote, search and see illustrations all in one. It's a fitting finale to our third season - the earliest stage company ever to be on the show taking on the 4th largest in the world. With such a unique guest, we spend a bit more time discussing the ins and outs of creating a startup than usual to create a fuller picture of what it takes just to get something to market.We chat to Kelli about:Why audiobooks are primed for disruptionHow xigxag customers actually read moreWhy crowdfunding is such a powerful toolWhy starting a career in the Army lead Kelli into a world of booksJob creation in the Audiobook spaceWhy she's growing a company in CornwallIf you'd like to check out xigxag for yourself head to xigxag.co.uk/jimmyxigxag have just launched their crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs which you can find here. Legal disclaimer: This show does not provide investment advice and your capital is at risk. You can follow us on social media:Instagram: @JimmysjobsTwitter: @JimmysjobsAnd most importantly on LinkedInSign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
17-11-2021
52 mins
Mona Mourshed - Generation - the Microsoft & BlackRock-backed training organisation
One of the reasons we started this podcast was because I was worried about how the pandemic would affect employment. A lot of people are thinking about what the future of jobs and the future of work look like but few are doing more about it than our guest today, Dr Mona Mourshed.Mona is the founding CEO of Generation- an international non-profit organization that makes careers accessible to all by transforming education and employment systems across the world. Learning from the story of her father, Mona saw at a young age the transformative power education could have on one's situation and has dedicated her career to serving people facing systemic barriers to employment - from degree attainment to underrepresented communities and people who have dependents. Generation has recently conducted research into the hidden employment crisis: 40-70% of the long term unemployed are aged 45+ and face steep challenges for re-employment. Today's episode focuses on the ramifications of this research, how the pandemic has affected employment and why solving for access is so important.  As we get prepared for our 4th and 5th series, we are running some customer feedback of our own - so if you would be prepared to answer some questions then please get in touch via our website or via hello@jobsofthefuture.coYou can follow us on social media:Instagram: @JimmysjobsTwitter: @JimmysjobsAnd most importantly on LinkedInSign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
10-11-2021
45 mins
Hugo McDonaugh - Exploring the world of NFTs
When I left Downing Street, I took a small stake in a company called Cryptograph - a leader in the Non Fungible Tokens (NFT) space and more broadly digital art as a whole.It was founded by today’s guest, Hugo, who is one of the UK's pioneers of NFTs, having got interested in it in 2017.NFTs are a brand new technology and the industry is fast-moving and complicated - it's widely discussed in tech circles but is yet to really enter the mainstream. In fact, it's never yet been mentioned in the House of Commons. I find them beautiful and compelling- if you haven’t seen an NFT before, have a google of Cryptopunks and Lava Labs and look at those pieces of art  - some of these are trading for millions of pounds and, though they look like simple JPEGs at first glance,  they have grown on me over time. The purpose of today’s episode is to explore exactly what NFTs are with one of the UK’s experts - with me asking the stupid questions, so you don’t have to!And as you’ll learn in this episode, NFTs are a whole lot more than meets the eye- so to use Hugo’s words, let’s go down the rabbit hole...As we get prepared for our 4th and 5th series, we are running some customer feedback of our own - so if you would be prepared to answer some questions then please get in touch via our website or via hello@jobsofthefuture.coYou can follow us on social media:Instagram: @JimmysjobsTwitter: @JimmysjobsAnd most importantly on LinkedInSign up to our mailing list at https://www.jobsofthefuture.co/newsletter to see our series 5 launch guest To apply for The Octopus Group's Entrepreneurship Awards please click on my Twitter here
03-11-2021
49 mins