Virgin Disruptors Podcast

Virgin Disruptors Podcast


The Virgin Disruptors Podcast is a melting pot for disruptive thinking, designed to inspire, provoke and activate change in the world of business and beyond. Presented by Holly Ransom, the show features a series of talks from influential entrepreneurs, who like Richard Branson, share a ‘screw it, let's do it’ attitude - pushing themselves to create change in areas of purpose, performance, people and planet. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an individual, or an organisation, this series is packed with plenty of tips and tricks that you can apply to your own thinking – to disrupt the way you work and the world around you. Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent and a regular commentator globally on millennials, entrepreneurs, politics and innovation. A Pixiu Production for Virgin.


Equality with Sara Kahn (Inspire)  

Holly Ransom introduces the final episode in this series of the Virgin Disruptors podcast featuring human rights activist and founder of Inspire, Sara Kahn. In this moving talk Sara explains how we can foster a more inclusive world by challenging extremism and the politics of fear to protect equality, human rights and the freedom of expression. To find out more about Virgin Disruptors and for more inspirational articles and podcasts head to

BONUS: Backstage with Richard Branson, Solly Solomou, Emma Sinclair and Peter Smith  

Before the final episode in this series of Virgin Disruptors Podcast, we’ve a few backstage extras from Richard Branson, Solly Solomou (TheLADbible), Emma Sinclair (Enterprise Jungle) and Peter Smith (Blockchain) who ponder what disruption means to them – with thoughts on overcoming failure and their all time favourite disruptors.

Performance with Andy Walshe (Red Bull)  

One of the most popular talks at Virgin Disruptors 2016 came from Red Bull’s Head of Performance, Dr Andy Walshe. In his day job Andy helps extreme athletes and creatives push the boundaries in eliminating fear and maximising performance. Whilst he's commonly found working on record breaking projects such Felix Baumgartner's free fall jump from the stratosphere to Earth, here he explains how we can harness these techniques in our own day-to-day lives. As Andy says “it’s not always about a box of snakes…”

Diversity with Chuck Stephens (Google)  

Google EMEA’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion Chuck Stephens explains the importance of understanding your team and adapting practises to meet needs of different people. Drawing on his own personal story Chuck gives advice on how to apply these ideas in your own workplace, harnessing diversity to positive effect. For more about the re:Work programme Chuck refers to in this podcast, please head to

Teamwork with Dom Price  

Holly Ransom introduces Dom Price, a senior member of one of the world's most successful tech companies, Atlasssian. As a self styled ‘work futurist' Dom has been instrumental in fostering growth, enabling innovation and supporting the start-up ecosystem – and here he shares tips on getting the most from your team, as well setting challenges to help rephrase the way you think. To access the ‘playbook' referred to in this podcast, head to

Augmented Reality with Daniel Cheetham (Happy Finish)  

How will virtual and augmented reality disrupt life as we know it? Holly Ransom introduces a talk by Daniel Cheetham, CIO at content company Happy Finish, who explores the power of this software and how it can be harnessed to problem solve real-world issues.

Environment with Cyril Gutsch (Parley for the Oceans)  

Holly Ransom introduces Cyrill Gutsch – designer and founder of Parley for the Oceans. Claiming that a new future is possible if we all do our part, Cyrill has developed a platform where the creative industries can get together and act to protect our life-sustaining ecosystem. His initiative is for the industry to adopt a new business culture and disrupt for the good of the planet.

Unconsumption with Nisreen Shocair (Virgin Megastore)  

One of the most celebrated entrepreneurs in the Arab world, Nisreen Shocair, has grown Virgin Megastore MENA to be one of the most well respected customer-centric brands in the region. In this podcast Nisreen explains how she needed to disrupt both the brand and her customers’ thinking to get there, which has included promoting unconsumption – the somewhat controversial move of telling customers to consume less.

Behaviour change with Matt Wallaert (Microsoft/Get Raised)  

Holly Ransom introduces Matt Wallaert, director of Microsoft Startup Partners, who explains the psychology behind behaviour change – and how you can identify factors that are holding you back. Matt is also a prominent campaigner for gender equality and through Get Raised has helped women across the world to earn pay rises collectively worth over 2.3 billion dollars.

Purpose with Richard Branson, Emma Sinclair, The LADbible and Blockchain  

Host Holly Ransom chairs a discussion with Richard Branson and three influential entrepreneurs, asking the question, 'Is a disruptor born, or are they made?’ They are joined by Emma Sinclair, the co-founder of Enterprise Jungle and the youngest ever person to float a company on the London stock exchange. ‘Content King’ Solly Solomou from The LADbible brings his fresh take from the world of media, and fintech disruptor Peter Smith draws on his experience as founder of Blockchain – the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet. The panel passionately discuss their motives to disrupt and whilst they don’t always agree, they are decidedly all driven by an deep sense of purpose.

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