Business Shapers

Contributor: Best of the guest

Every Saturday at 9am Jazz Shapers with Elliot Moss broadcasts from Jazz FM. The show shares music from the risk takers, leaders and influencers of jazz, soul, funk and blues, alongside interviews with their equivalent in the business world: entrepreneurs who have defined and shaped business categories and ways of operating.

Recent posts by Best of the guest

  • Shapers: Lawson Muncaster and Jens Thorpe

    “Where is the most important place for business in the world? I’d have to say, it’s London. As much as it pains a Scot to say that.”  “I think we launched in 14 different countries, from Hong Kong to Chile, US, Canada and a lot of places in Europe.” “Mr Torpe has, I think, probably… Read more

  • Shaper: Jo Malone

    Jo Malone created one of the world’s most sought after luxury fragrance brands eponymous with her name. In 1999, Jo sold her beauty business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until her complete departure in 2006. Two years later in 2008, Jo was honoured with an MBE for her services to the beauty… Read more

  • Shaper: Sonia Brown

    “I came to that point in my career where I just thought: this is hell on earth; I cannot do another day” “I want to get them out there, shining and being great influencers in their communities, in their sectors, and being fantastic role models – because, tomorrow, I want very girl to say it’s possible.”… Read more

  • Shaper: Rupert Gavin

    “The total group has about ten thousand people…but versus some of the organisations I have been part of before, such as BT or the BBC, we are relatively small and compact I think” “its intent was to make the most depressing evening in the theatre possible, that is how we set out to create the… Read more

  • Shaper: Jonny Persey

    “I found myself in a sort of circuitous series of events in Zimbabwe…” “I want the company, the organisation, the institution to represent the world I want to live in. I want it to be modelled on how I think the world should be” “…we give them the resources, the space, the people, the technology, to… Read more

  • Shaper: James Averdieck

    “I think entrepreneurs don’t really want their kids to be entrepreneurs; they want them to have proper jobs” “No one is interested in margarine. It’s a product with zero consumer interest” “It was a hell of a rollercoaster on the way, I have to say.” “There was a fabulous bomb au chocolat which really smelt, tasted and… Read more

  • Shaper: Vanessa Vallely

    “I was a washer upper – I used to wash up, clean the eel stand…” “I come from an area where girls didn’t go on to work in banks. I think there was always this part of me that liked to kind of reboot the system”  “…I had some fairly strong role models in my… Read more

  • Shaper: Saul Klein

    Saul Klein is a Partner at Index Ventures,which works with fledging businesses to help them grow. He joined in the London office in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Alertme, Chartbeat, Codecademy, GlassesDirect, MyHeritage, Seedcamp, Songkick and Soluto. Follow Saul on Twitter @cape

  • Shaper: Ajaz Ahmed

    Ajaz founded AKQA when he was 21 to create an ideas and invention company to help organisations embrace the digital revolution. AKQA’s clients today include Nike, Red Bull and Google. AKQA has created some of the world’s most recognised and iconic digital products, services and ideas. AKQA is now the largest and most awarded company… Read more

  • Shaper: Brent Hoberman

    Brent Hoberman is the co-founder of, and PROfounders Capital. Follow Brent on Twitter @brenthoberman

  • Shaper: James Lohan

    James Lohan is one half of the couple behind Mr & Mrs Smith.

  • Shaper: Nick Wheeler

    Nick Wheeler is the founder and chairman of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicktheshirt

  • Shaper: Lord Young

    Lord Young The Rt Hon the Lord Young of Graffham DL has had a distinguished career, first graduating from University College London and then becoming a Solicitor.  After a year he left the profession and went to work for The Great Universal Stores Ltd. where he worked for the Chairman Sir Isaac Wolfson, Bart.  After… Read more