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Perspective FM

A podcast by founders of small indie creative agencies, giving our perspective on starting and running our own companies. The aim is to provide some useful advice and inspiration to others, as well as learn from each other and others we get to come talk on the show. Hosted by Jon Darke and Dan Gent.
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Perspective FM podcast; A podcast by founders of small indie creative agencies, giving our perspective on starting and running our own companies. 

Oct 30, 2016

This week Jon is joined by Pete Campbell from Kaizen Search - an SEO and digital marketing agency based in London. Pete started his agency 3 years ago as a one-man band, and has since successfully scaled to 9 people.

 

In the episode they cover:

  • Starting a business as just one person
  • Hiring the first person
  • Should you take on interns or apprenticeships when you’re a small agency?
  • What skill levels should your early employees be?
  • Handling cultural differences in a small team

 

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Oct 16, 2016

This week Jon is joined by Brad Flowers from BullHorn Creative - a brand & communication strategy agency in Kentucky USA. Brad and his fellow directors have been making changes to how they run their business, inspired by meeting folks at peer groups and studying business books. This inspiration has helped provide them with a more solid foundation for growth and stability. In this episode Jon and Brad go over this experience, and share how anyone else can do the same.

In this episode they cover

  • Focus on working more on your business than in your business.

  • Adapting and assigning roles to individuals as you grow.

  • Having accurate data to be able to make informed business decisions.

  • Understanding your core values of your business - why you exist.

  • Using peer groups to share experiences and learn from others locally.

 

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There are some great blog posts over on Bullhorn’s blog. A few recent examples include:

 

 

Oct 2, 2016

Jon is joined by Rory MacDonald from MadeTech - an agile development agency - to talk about how you can use agile methodologies to deliver website development projects.

 

In the episode they cover:

  • What characteristics make a successful agile delivery?

  • How to spot a if a client is going to be suitable to work in an agile way

  • Managing scope, budget and timelines with agile

  • Working with clients to understand complexity

  • Managing risk to ensure software is shipped and deliverables

  • Reassuring customers that the agile processes you are proposing will deliver them the results they need

  • Educating clients about the benefits of agile processes and transforming businesses from within using it

 

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