Success Is In The Mind with Oliver Bruce

PinPoint Media

In this podcast, Oliver goes on a journey to tell the candid truth around start-up and scale-up life and just how important focus, mental agility, mental health and strength is in this idealistic and largely fake world of social media and unspoken truths. Told through relatable stories of others, Oliver sits down with founders, entrepreneurs and notable individuals from across the globe who have, like him, overcome barriers both mentally and physically to become the people behind the brand, organisation or self they are today! But what actually is success? Well, we hope you take some solace and learn a thing or two from the unspoken reality and subjectivity of that word, ‘success’...

S5 Ep59: E59: Habito Founder - Daniel Hegarty
23-03-2022
S5 Ep59: E59: Habito Founder - Daniel Hegarty
After dropping out of school with no qualifications aged 16, Daniel Hegarty got signed to the same label as Boy George and went touring with his punk band for just £100 a week. He then spent the next ten years carving out a career as a working musician in LA, writing for and performing with the likes of S Club 7, Robbie Williams and the Sugababes, before returning to the UK to be one of the first employees at Wonga, where he became fully immersed in the world of tech startups. Dan became frustrated with the whole property buying process after almost losing the house he was trying to buy due to mistakes made by his solicitors. He realised there was huge potential for change in the mortgage and property market, and in 2016, Habito was born. Habito is a tech startup that is dedicated to ending ‘mortgage hell’ and aims to streamline the whole process, cutting down the average transaction time from 21 days to just 10. Since its founding six years ago, Habito has seen rapid growth, from sorting just 245 mortgages in 2016 to a whopping £4 billion worth of mortgages in 2020. With £80 million of funding raised so far, Habito had recently expanded into lending their own mortgages, streamlining the process even further. In this week’s episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce sits down with Daniel to ask, how do you set up a business with no experience and raise millions in funding? Was dropping out of school the best decision he ever made? And what does the future of mortgage broking look like? Watch the best bits here -   Listen to the full podcast –   For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - - Capsule Insurance Produced by: PinPoint Media
S5 Ep56: E56: HYBR Founder - Hannah Chappatte - Student housing, winning funding, and the hustle culture
02-03-2022
S5 Ep56: E56: HYBR Founder - Hannah Chappatte - Student housing, winning funding, and the hustle culture
From an early age, Hannah Chappatte was surrounded by successful family members, but her initial confidence took a knock when her teachers told her she had dyslexia. Despite this, she went on the secure As and A*s across the board in her A-Levels, before spending a globe-hopping year working in intern roles in various companies around the world.  While studying English Literature and Language in Bristol, Hannah spotted a huge gap in the market for a platform that would provide reputable student accommodation, as well as help and support to students renting from private landlords in the tricky and often murky world of student housing.  Thus in 2019 HYBR was born, and Hannah quickly won several competitions which gave her the initial seed funding she needed to get HYBR off the ground. Fast forward to 2022, and HYBR has hundreds of properties listed in 8 cities across the UK, and with a fresh round of funding that garnered £600k, it’s only up from here for HYBR. In this episode of Success Is In The Mind, Oliver Bruce asks - how do you go it alone as a founder of a company fresh out of university? How do you build a middle ground between students and landlords who mistrust one another? And who can you turn to for support when you’re in the lonely position of founder? For more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - - Capsule Insurance Produced by: PinPoint Media
S5 Ep48: E48: Caleño Drinks Founder Ellie Webb - Going it alone, breaking the ‘funding’ glass ceiling and launching a brand
05-01-2022
S5 Ep48: E48: Caleño Drinks Founder Ellie Webb - Going it alone, breaking the ‘funding’ glass ceiling and launching a brand
Entrepreneur Ellie Webb spotted a gap in the market when asked to be the designated driver. Ellie realised that there were no exciting alcohol-free options available at the venue, this got her thinking. Wanting a beverage with a little more punch, no alcohol but still grown-up, Caleño was born! As a solo female entrepreneur Ellie has come up against the ‘funding’ glass ceiling, a number of times but through research and hard work Ellie in just a few short months has managed to raise over £1 million to launch her business.  Ellie’s first order of 1,000 bottles didn’t quite go to plan, when they turned up just before Christmas with bubbles in the label it took Ellie and her sister most of the festive week to print out and hand stick them all! That’s commitment!  From giving out bottles at festivals to being stocked in Sainsbury’s, Caleño is now stocked in supermarkets nationwide. In this podcast Oliver Bruce asks, how do you develop a successful alcohol-free brand? What are the challenges of launching a business as a solo female and how do you raise funding when people keep saying no!    Exclusive Content – Women entrepreneurs get less funding  - teaches you how to launch a brand  - a brand is hard on your own  - more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - - Capsule Insurance
44: E44: Thursday Founder - Matthew McNeill Love - marketing, military and love
09-12-2021
44: E44: Thursday Founder - Matthew McNeill Love - marketing, military and love
Earlier in 2021 the co-founders of Thursday (the dating app) boldly announced to LinkedIn that over the next 12 months they would take their start-up from a valuation of £0 to some £50m; brave to say the least. Where do you even start?  What started as a dating app called HoneyPot, founded in an Officers’ Mess whilst Matt was serving in the British Army, is now undergoing a Series A fund for £20m (Dec 2021) - the two schoolmates (co-founders) George and Matthew have seen over 250,000 downloads in just 9 months. This Thursday (a unique day for us to release a podcast) Oliver Bruce chats to co-founder Matt McNeill Love about the ‘pointless pints’ behind the company’s infamous guerrilla marketing techniques and how they built a brand on just £500! Why did they rename their app ‘Thursday’ and why focus solely on 1 day of the week and not the remaining 6?  It’s not all cardboard signs, pink balloons and reactive marketing in London, in fact most of what the team at Thursday do is incredibly proactive. From ensuring people get home safe on the night tube via push notifications to hosting parties for singletons in venues throughout the city, Thursday are 100% on the ‘ones to watch’ list…! Enjoy.  Exclusive Content – How to fuel guerrilla marketing - 10 apps in the App Store - to get the best when developing tech - more exclusive content visit Oliver's YouTube - - Capsule Insurance -