100+ MAKERS AND MAVERICKS — 2018

Each year we compile a list of the one hundred+ people that got us to utter those words ‘I wish I had done that, made that, invented that, thought like that, changed that’. These are the people who have shone the brightest for us in 2018.

Maker Of The Year

Name: James Dyson

Title: Inventor

How many people would spend years in a shed making one improvement on their invention per day. A total of 5,126 iterations. Then you patent it. And, Hoover like your invention so much, they make a blatant copy of it.

Eventually, in the Court of Appeal, you take them to the cleaners. Dyson’s innovative technology is now found in hair-dryers, fans and hand-dryers. What next? Maybe a car? Watch out Elon. He’s our Maker of the year.

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Maverick Of The Year

Name: Elon Musk

Co-Founder & CEO

In 2018 most of Wall Street bet against him. Most of the automotive industry hoped they were right. But people kept buying his vision of what a car needs to be if we are going to look after this planet. And then he turned a profit.

His critics haven’t gone away, but if the future of the car is electric, no other automotive company is ahead of him. Not one. His enemies want him to fail. His fans want him to get some sleep. He’s our Maverick of the year.

Twitter + Website

Tech

Pip Jamieson

CEO and Founder

The Dots

Pip who lives on a canal boat in Central London trained as an economist before launching her creative networking platform, The Dots. Her vision is ‘to kill LinkedIn’ by connecting freelancers and creatives with opportunities.

Instagram + Website

Tenzin Seldon

Co Founder & CEO

Kinstep

Kinstep matches pre-vetted immigrants with employment opportunities, an opportunity Tenzin knows very well, having been an immigrant herself and struggled to be taken seriously finding work.

Instagram + Website

Ludvig Berling

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Karma

Following huge success in Sweden, the app that has rescued over 210 tonnes of food that would otherwise have ended up in the bin has just come to the UK, their next challenge is taking on supermarket waste.

Instagram + Website

Shane Reiley & Killane Stokes

Founders

Moyee

Shane & Killane met at the innovation academy in Dublin. Their coffee company is taking fair trade to the next level with a radically transparent sourcing chain that rewards every hand that touched the bean, using blockchain technology.

Instagram + Website

Tracey Young

Co- Founder

PlanGrid

One of few females in construction, Tracey is on a mission to support the industry by eliminating the need for blueprint plans meaning work can be faster, with plans being viewed and shared on a phone.

Instagram + Website

Alex Fefegha

Co- Founder & Head of Creative Technology

Comuzi

Alex is a creative technologist who renders emergent technologies like blockchain, AI, robotics and augmented reality into next generation products and services for positive human interaction.

Twitter + Website

Pavel Durov

Founder

VK & Telegram

Self-described ‘libertarian & vegetarian’, the founder of Russian social network VK and Telegram, an encrypted messaging service operating from Berlin. It currently has over 100 million users.

Instagram + Website

Tamas Kocsis

Web Developer & Founder

ZeroNet

This web developer was never motivated by highly paid jobs, instead, he is making his case for a decentralised internet and has founded ZeroNet, a company with a mission to share open, free and uncensorable websites.

Twitter + Website

Travis Vanderzanden

Founder

Bird

Dockless scooter sharing based in California now operates in over 100 cities worldwide. Former exec at Lyft and Uber before going on to launch ‘one of the most sought-after startups in the US’ according to Time Magazine this year.

Twitter + Website

Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss

Founders

Rent The Runway

At the epicenter of a trend tipped to be massive in 2019 for revolutionising the way we think about owning our goods. This company rents out designer dresses and accessories and is more like a logistics company than a fashion company.

Instagram + Website

Cindy Mi

Founder

VIPKID

Cindy has matched 30,000 North American teachers with 200,000 Chinese based students through her app that takes the stress away from teachers and lets them focus on doing their best work.

Twitter + Website

Laura Behrens Wu

Founder

Shippo

Used by some of the biggest direct to consumer brands globally, Lauren’s company is offering a way for small businesses to take on Amazon by connecting them with shipping providers worldwide.

Twitter + Website

Alice Bentinck

Co-Founder & General Partner

Entrepreneur First

Following her first role at McKinsey, Alice co-founded Entrepreneur First, the world’s leading talent investor. Since the beginning, EF have invested in more than 1000 individual technologists across six global locations.

Twitter +Website

Well-Being

Wim Hof

The Iceman

First, he ran a half marathon above the Arctic Circle in bare feet, then he developed the Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind. Now he is making taking cold showers de rigueur.

Instagram + Website

Michelle Kennedy

Founder

Peanut

Peanut is like a dating app for expectant women and new mothers, Michelle is dedicated to finding your community and getting likeminded women together at what can be a lonely time. Over 300,000 mums have signed up.

Twitter + Website

Tom, Guy & Rob

Co-Founders

Tribe

The three friends started natural sports nutrition brand Tribe, following a 1,000 mile run with a mission to end human trafficking. As they’ve grown to supply Britains leading supermarkets, their mission has stayed true.

Instagram + Website

Gini & Eccie Newton

Co-Founders

Karma Cans & Karma Kitchens

The founders of the lunch delivery service that brings people together, because the best ideas happen at lunch. This year they launched Karma Kitchens, a co-working space for food brands to launch, grow and scale their businesses.

Instagram + Website

Hamish Grierson, Eliot Brooks & Tom Livesey & Annie Coleridge

Founders & Commercial Manager

Thriva

Encouraging the public to take health into their own hands. Their beautifully packaged mobile blood tests are sent to you by post, and following a quick prick of the finger your results will be with you within 48 hours.

Instagram + Website

Ingrid Fettell-Lee

Designer

The Aesthetics of Joy

IDEO fellow Ingrid saw a connection between our physical environments and our emotions and has written about her studies of joy to teach us how to find more of it around us. Changing your surroundings can change a lot.

Instagram + Website

Proffessor Julian Marchesi

Professor

Human Microbiome Research & Gut Health

Since 2001 Julian’s research has focused on understanding the microbiology of the gut, skin, lung and female reproductive system. He’s also looking at how the microbiome interacts with the diet to drive health.

Twitter + Website

Bryan Johnson

Founder

Kernel AI

Bryan’s self-funded company, Kernel is looking at ways to improve the understanding of human cognition for clinicians and researchers of neurological diseases and dysfunctions.

Twitter + Website

Michael Acton Smith

Co-Founder

Calm

Michael is dedicated to giving users 10 minutes of peace each day to rest their thoughts and undertake guided meditation, sleep exercises and activities to slow and rest the mind.

Instagram + Website

Money

Kristen Green

Founding Partner

Forerunner Ventures

Kristen is a founding partner at Forerunner Ventures, the VC firm behind the success of Warby Parker, Glossier, Hims, Outdoor Voices, and Dollar Shave Club, to name but a few.

Twitter + Website

Joseph Mason

Founder

Repost Network

Joseph’s company Repost Network works with thousands of artists even those without a record deal, placing them on major platforms, in exchange for a cut of streaming dollars.

Twitter + Website

Nicky Goulimis

Founder

Nova Credit

Nicky is a graduate of Y Combinator who’s looking at solutions for US immigrants to access personal financial plans, by sourcing their international history and making relevant for US-based decision makers.

Twitter + Website

Naval Ravikant

Founder & Investor

Angel List

Naval is a pioneering angel investor who has put his backing into dozens of companies in their infancy stages including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo. If he calls you, take the call.

Twitter + Website

Jovin Conin Wilesmith, Milana Rabkin & Tim Luckow

Co-Founders

Stem

Stem is trying to simplify the payment of royalties for streaming music by collecting money earned YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, as well as splitting payments among collaborators.

Instagram + Website

Zooko Wilcox

Founder & CEO

Zcash

Zcash is a digital currency built on the original bitcoin. The big difference with zcash and other cryptocurrency’s is its level of privacy. So its code allows private transactions (and generally private data) in a public blockchain.

Twitter + Website

Jimmy Song

Bitcoin Educator

Coindesk

Jimmy is a programmer with 20 years of experience, the last 4 being in Bitcoin. His aim is to inform, educate and connect the global crypto and blockchain community through digital media, events and information.

Twitter + Website

Changpeng Zhao

Founder

Binance

Within seven months, Changpeng acquired 6 million users, and the capability to transact 1.4 million times-per-second, making Binance the world’s largest crypto-exchange. And getting bigger each day.

Twitter + Website

Elizabeth Stark

CEO & Co-Founder

Bitcoin’s Lightening Network

Elizabeth is trying to make Bitcoin faster, with Lightning, an open layer that leverages the power of blockchains and smart contracts to make cheap, fast, private transactions available to anyone around the world.

Twitter + Website

Gavin Andresen

Programmer

Blockch & Bitcoin

He wrote the code together with Satoshi Nakamoto, which makes him one of the most influential people in cryptocurrency, but what motivates him today is to contribute to the future of Blockchain.

Twitter + Website

Mike Novogratz

Founder

Galaxy Digital

Ex-Hedge Fund manager Mike runs Galaxy, a company trying to bridge the crypto and institutional worlds, to grow and advance the underlying ecosystem and technology behind digital assets and blockchain.

Twitter + Website

Brendan Blumer

CEO

Block.One

Using blockchain for security. Before they launched their product they raised $4 Billion, eclipsing the world’s biggest initial public offerings in 2018 and more than doubling the next biggest offering of that type.

Twitter + Website

Experience

Nate Mitchell

Co Founder + VP

Oculus

Oculus is redefining digital entertainment and 2019 looks to be their biggest opportunity to date. That’s because VR needs incredible content if it’s really going to take off, and Nate has some huge partnerships scheduled for the year ahead.

Twitter + Website

Priya Parker

Founder & Author

Thrive Labs & The Art of Gathering

In a world where connections are formed digitally rather than in person, Priya is determined to make physical gatherings memorable and transformative so she’s published a book about how we spend our time and why it matters.

Instagram + Website

Nick Jones

Founder & CEO

Soho House Group

Nick opened Soho House in 1995 as a private members destination for creatives. In 2018, they opened Soho House White City, Amsterdam and Mumbai, bringing their portfolio to 18 houses globally.

Twitter + Website

Charlie Brooker

Producer, Screen Writer, Presenter & Author

Black Mirror

Co-creator of Black Mirror, the series that shows the convergence of humanity and technology, giving us a glimpse into a not-so-distant dystopia. This year he’s published the book ‘Inside Black Mirror’ telling us how the show came to be.

Twitter + Website

Charlie & Caroline Gladstone

Serial Entrepreneurs

Pedlars, The Good Life Experience, Glen Dye & more

Founders of North Wales based festival The Good Life Experience, Charlie & Caroline have just opened Glen Dye, a collection of outdoor Cabins, Cottages & Hot Tubs in Scotland.

Instagram + Website

Miguel Mckelvey & Adam Neumann

Co-Founders

WeWork, WeLive, RiseByWe, WeGrow, Meetup + Flatiron School

First they redefined the workplace and now they’re looking at the way we inhabit cities and come together outside of the 9–5. This year they also acquired Meetup, connecting individuals with shared interests across the world.

Instagram + Website

Henry Cookson

Founder

Cooksoon Adventures

Henry is taking experience to a whole new level. He left working in finance to became a record setting polar explorer and has built a multi million dollar business taking people on truly world first experiences.

Instagram + Website

Alyssa Ravasio

Founder

Hipcamp

Alyssa is making it possible to pitch up your tent on ranches, farms, vineyards, nature preserves & public sites across the U.S.connecting campers with spots of land that were out of reach before.

Instagram + Website

Diqui James

Director

Fuerzabruta

The mastermind behind ultimate live experience Fuezra Bruta, a world touring event where the audience stands and moves around between and beneath the ever-changing sets during the performance.

Twitter + Website

Food

Anja Dunk

Chef, Co-Founder & Author

Our Two Tables & Strudles, Noodles & Dumplings

Anja was born in Wales to a German mother and a Welsh father. This year, the multi-talented Anja published Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings, her beautiful cookbook that champions the new taste of German cooking.

Instagram + Website

Hugh Thomas

Co-Founder

Ugly Drinks

Hugh moved out to America in 2018. He has taken Ugly’s sugar-free canned drinks across the pond as he tries to bring transparency into the fizzy drinks trade. It’s a good battle that he is fighting.

Instagram + Website

Claire Ptak

Founder

Violet Bakery

This baker began her journey selling cakes as a side project on Broadway Market, cupcake by cupcake she’s self-funded her way to opening a cafe in Hackney and in 2018, she was invited to make the royal wedding cake. Boom.

Instagram + Website

James Hennebry & Mathew Russell

Co-Founders

Rosslyn Coffee

The new opening in the City of London, serves specialty coffee on a rotating program championing the best of global independent roasters. Despite being open less than a year, they’ve been named within the 8 best new cafes in the world.

Instagram + Website

Gareth Ward

Founder

Ynyshir

Gareth’s Michelin starred restaurant is based on the coast of Mid Wales, near the Snowdonia National Park. Ynyshire means long island in Welsh. Denmark has Noma.Wales has Ynyshir.

Instagram + Website

Davide Caranchini

Chef

Materia

Davide cut his teeth at Noma and has since returned to his hometown to open his own restaurant, Materia, where he grows produce on site and wants to turn fine dining on it’s head.

Instagram + Website

Irving Fain

Co-Founder & CEO

Bowery

Using his background in tech for good, Irving is making farming 100x+ more productive while using 0 pesticides and 95% less water. He’s striving for pesticide-free farming to be the norm.

Instagram + Website

Giles Coren

Chef & Author

Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery

This year Giles pubically championed the worlds most ethical and sustainable restaurants in a new publication, Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery, they have big plans for 2019.

Instagram + Website

Chantalle Nicholson

Chef & Author

Tredwells

Author of Planted and chef-patron of Tredwells, Chantalle is a multi award-winning champion of plant-based cooking and a vocal ambassador for the food waste movement.

Instagram + Website

Lee Jaszcuk

Founder

The Custodial Pie Corp

Lee is pulling prisoners together to make phenomenal pies, bringing a sense of worth and focus for prisoners coming to the end of their time. The aim of the pie corp is rehabilitating prisoners to break the reoffending cycle.

Twitter + Instagram

Tim aka Clerkenwell Boy

Author & Social Entrepreneur

Cook For Syria

Influencer don’t always get a good press. But Tim is a ‘food influencer’ who has used his power for good, Tim is the guy behind Cook For Syria, a global movement in a time of humanitarian crisis.

Instagram + Website

Sommer Carroll

Co-Founder and CDO

Dirty Lemon Beverages

Sommer’s company delivers drinks on a text-to-order platform, since launching in 2015, they have processed more than a million message-based orders. You text. You drink. Simple.

Instagram + Website

Daniel Honig

Founder

Happy Valley Meat

The founder of Happy Valley Meat wants to address the communication breakdowns between farmers, buyers, and restaurants that stops paying customers from knowing where their food is coming from.

Website

Ted Rosner

Founder

Redemption Roasters

A UK based coffee roaster with a very strong point of difference. Ted’s business exists to reduce reoffending, by giving inmates a practical outlet and a sense of purpose through creation.

Instagram + Website

Platforms Of Influence

Emily Weiss

Founder

Glossier Inc

The D2C skincare brand revolutionizing a market traditionally impossible to break into. With everything stacked against her, Emily’s attitude saw her from product creation to running the worlds biggest community around beauty.

Instagram + Website

Tyler Brûlé

Founder

Monocle

Tyler is a Maverick. When every magazine was going digital, he went print. His idea of Social Media is a room full of smart people and a glass of wine. He has built a global community around his values of good design and higher standards.

Website

Maria Raga

CEO

Depop

Taking the helm of a business that had grown faster than it’s people, Maria was brought in to take direction of Depop after the founder had left. The first thing she did? She hired back the founder, and she won the heart of the whole company.

Twitter + Website

Will Hudson

Co-Founder

The HudsonBec Group

Co-Founder of It’s Nice That, Anyways & most recently, Lecture In Progress, bringing advice, insight, and inspiration for the next generation of creatives to demystify their perception of the working world.

Instagram + Website

Matthew Johnson

Chief Technology Officer

1414 Degrees

Matter’s team is looking at how energy is stored, so they can reduce how much energy is wasted in transport. Right now, they are under-going their first commercial pilots of molten silicon energy storage systems.

Twitter + Website

Sharmadean Reid

Founder & CEO

WAH Nails, Beauty Stack & Future Girl Corp

A serial entrepreneur and mother with an impactful side project, Future Girl Corp, equipping women of all ages to start out in business and to manage their personal finances.

Instagram + Website

Tobias Lütke

Founder

Shopify

CEO by day, Dad in the evening, hacker at night. Tobias’ team came to Cardigan in the Spring to film our factory move at Hiut. His e-commerce technology has allowed the small makers take on the status quo.

Twitter + Website + Our Shopify Studios documentary

Kristin Hallenga

Founder

CoppaFeel

Following a late breast cancer diagnosis in 2009 at 23 years old, Kris and her sister Maren founded CoppaFeel with a simple aim to get the world to know their boobs. Kris spoke about life at The Do Lectures, you can watch her talk below.

Instagram + Website + Kris’s Do Lectures talk

Kike Oniwinde

Founder

BYP Network

Ex British Javelin athlete Kike has this year launched the BYP network aka the Black Young Professionals network. Her plan is to change patterns of access into work for young people of colour.

Twitter + Website

Patrick Grant

Designer, Factory Owner & Entrepreneur

Owner of a factory, menswear tailor or Saville Row, Ready to Wear menswear label E Tautz, Community Clothing and his own factory in the North of England. Patrick is on a mission to try and change the cycle of cheap fast fashion.

Instagram + Website

Kate Ryder

Founder

Maven

No one likes going to the doctors. So Kate started Maven to offer an alternative to visiting the doctor, by providing video connection and private messaging facilities focused on female health.

Twitter + Website

David Katz

Founder & CEO

Plasticbank

By enabling the exchange of plastic for money, items or Blockchain secured digital tokens, David’s team reveals the value in plastic, empowering recycling ecosystems around the world to stop the flow of plastic into our oceans.

Twitter + Website

Rebekka Bay

Creative Director

Uniqlo

Rebekka’s lead the product team at transparent retailer Everlane. In her new role at Uniqlo, we hope she’ll bring the style and substance to bricks & mortar powerhouse Uniqlo.

Website

Claire Tomkins

Founder

Future Family

Many founders say they going to change the world, but Claire will for sure. She is bringing an easy and affordable subscription-based fertility program enabling families to save for IVF or egg freezing.

Twitter + Website

Amy Chang

Founder

Acompany

Amy is on a mission to build a platform and a community to take on LinkedIn and Google as the best spot for finding up to date information about people so they can network more effectively.

Twitter + Website

Purpose Driven

Meghan Markle

Duchess Of Sussex

Bono said there was no point having fame if you couldn't use it to do some good. So thank you for using it Meghan, you’ve made a huge impact on our town and other independent brands globally this year.

Ali Parsa

Founder

Babylon Health

Ali wants Babylon to be the Google of Healthcare, offering affordable and accessible options for everyone on earth. He has recruited a team from over 60 different countries and is using AI to make his dream happen.

Instagram + Website

Alice Zhang

Founder

Verge Genenomics

Alice’s company uses artificial intelligence for drug discovery to treat neurological diseases. Verge discovered a way to map out the hundreds of genes that cause disease, and then find drugs that target all the genes at once.

Twitter + Website

Bob Iger

CEO

Walt Disney

On Bob’s watch, Disney has released five of the top 10 grossing global hit movies of all time, selling a cumulative $8.4 billion worth of movie tickets. He has recently reworked the entire company’s bonus structure, including his own.

Twitter + Website

Jack Graham

Founder

Year Here

A social innovation incubator where young people build solutions for society’s toughest problems in London. Fellows learn from, and design with, people at the frontline of inequality — in care homes, hostels and youth services across London.

Instagram + Website

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon

Founder

Stemettes

Dr Anne is the founder of an award-winning social enterprise aimed at inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of prestigious events and opportunities.

Instagram + Website

Loujain Hathloul, Wajeha Al-Huwaider & Manal Al-Sharief

Activisits

Saudi Arabia

It’s not easy to do brave things. But these are the women to thank for the eventual passing of a law allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia. (pictured: Loujian Hathloul).

Erik Hersman

Founder

BRCK

The man leading BRCK, a team of dedicated individuals trying to connect Africa to the internet. BRCK is a rugged wireless WiFi device designed and engineered in Kenya for use throughout the emerging markets.

Twitter + Website

Eli Pollak & Earl St Sauver

Co-Founders

Apollo Agriculture

They are bringing modern farming technology to the 50 million small hold farmers of Africa. They use agronomic machine learning, remote sensing, and mobile phones for soil data, farmer behaviour data and crop yield models.

Instagram + Website

Jamie Feilden

Founder

Jamie’s Farm

History Teacher turned social innovator, Jamie’s team is re-engaging children by getting them outside and onto the farm, aiming to change perspectives and enable disadvantaged young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Instagram + Website

Dame Tessa Jowell

Former Labour Cabinet Minister

Dame Tessa played a major role in the Olympics 2012 and this year campaigned for new cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS while she was herself battling brain cancer. She past away last May.

Rob Solomon

CEO

Go Fund Me

A platform that exists so the public can collectively fund projects that matter to them. Everyday, 10,000 new projects are added and to date, Go Fund Me has raised $5 Billion.

Instagram + Website

Luis Von Ahn & Severin Hacker

Co-Founders

Duolingo

The pair behind language learning app, Duolingo that has 300 million users across the world. Whatever way suits you best to learn, Luis & Severin’s aim is to make language learning fun and intuitive.

Twitter + Website

Creativity

Agnes Varda

Photographer

90 year old photographer and documentarian, Agnes made a trip around France with artist JR to create Faces Places, a beautiful documentary about chance happenings and the people that make the places we travel to.

Instagram + Website

Christopher Raeburn

Fashion Designer

Innovation & responsibility are integral to Christopher Raeburn’s REMADE studio where he and his team use surplus fabrics to create new pieces.He uses his work to get us to think about the environmental implications of waste.

Instagram + Website

Andy Gent

Head Puppet Master

Isle of Dogs

Right-hand man to Wes Anderson since Fantastic Mr Fox, Andy has since worked as a key part of the crew on the Grand Budapest Hotel and this year, Isle of Dogs where he headed up the whole puppet department.

Instagram + Website

Algy Batten

Founder

The Art of Ping Pong

Combining a love of Art and Ping Pong, Algy has created a brand with huge impact and fun at it’s heart. In his latest project, Algy has created a series of wall mounted ping pong tables, for every 21 he sells, a table is gifted to a care home.

Instagram + Website

Rowan Minkley & Robert Nicoll

Founders

Chip[s]

Turning what was food waste into something new altogether, Rowan & Robert, founders of Chip[s] have made a ‘chipboard’ entirely from potato peelings, using readily disposable materials instead of fabricating new.

Instagram + Website

Rachel Rossin

Artist

Rachel uses paint and photography to seamlessly explore what gets lost in translation between physical and virtual spaces. Her pieces can be amplified by seeing them through the added layer of the Oculus Rift headset.

Instagram + Website

Isabel Farchy

Founder & CEO

Creative Mentor Network

Founder of the Creative Mentor Network tackling the lack of diversity in the creative industries through mentorship schemes setting up creative professionals with diverse young talent.

Instagram + Website

James Victore

Artist

James is a firestarter. And the fire he wants to start is in you. He’s an artist and designer whose aim is to help you find your voice, doing wow work and building a life that inspires will devastate your limits. And show you how to win.

Instagram + Website

Richard Beavan

Editorial & Documentary Photographer

Before the US election, Richard visited homes and workplaces of Trump supporters to understand their perspective. One year later, he returned to the same locations and asked Trump voters to grade the progress of their president.

Instagram + Website

Banksy

Artist

Granted a certificate by Pest Control, Banksy’s authentication body, this artwork by Banksy made us question art and it’s value this year following it’s unexpected shredding at Sotheby’s this year. Going. Going. Gone.

Instagram + Website

Jake Carpenter

Founder

Burton

This man didn’t just create a company, he created a whole new sport. Together with his wife who is the CEO of Burton, they won a lifetime achievement award this year at the Outdoor Inspiration awards.

Instagram + Website

Words That Matter

Joh Su-Yong

Publisher & Serial Entrepreneur

Magazine B & Kakao

Ad-free magazine interrogating everything good about a brand, why they matter and why they make you feel something. He’s also the Co-CEO of Kakao, one of South Korea’s most disruptive tech companies.

Twitter + Website

Carole Cadwalladr

Journalist

Carole is a self-proclaimed ‘middle-aged woman who isn’t’ very technical’. Despite that, she is the journalist who led the Cambridge Analytica investigation this year despite all the barriers she had to face.

Twitter + Website

Otegha Uwagba

Founder & Author

Women Who

Founder of Women Who and author of a series of tool-kit books to educate women on how to own their careers, understand the potential of their earnings and how to cope with the freelance world of working.

Instagram + Website

Martin Usborne and Ann Waldvogel

Co-Founders

Hoxton Mini Press

A husband & wife team proving print is far from dead. Together they have just reached a milestone of 50,000 copies of their art and photography books from London based studio Hoxton Mini Press.

Instagram + Website

Anisa Kisliuk

Human Rights Activist

Anisa is just 21 years old. She is skillfully combatting unlawful police practices and working hard to popularize the ideas of human rights in her home, Belarus. Wow. Kudos to her.

Website

Lucy Yeomans

Editor-In-Chief

Porter Magazine & Net A Porter

Lucy is a savvy wordsmith who isn’t afraid to publically make the connection between content and commerce. She launched Porter Digital, a platform updated daily in 4 languages to serve loyalty, engagement, customer acquisition & sales.

Instagram + Website

Sean Dagan Wood

Editor-In-Chief & Co-Founder

Positive News & Constructive Journalism Project

A media innovator with a passion for personal and social transformation. As the editor-in-chief of Positive News and co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project, Sean’s vision is media that informs, inspires and empowers.

Twitter + Website

Preethi Kasireddy

Founder & CEO

TruStory

The brains behind the platform designed to bring truth to online research and validate claims that people make online, whether in a blog post, white paper, website or social media post.

Twitter + Website

Jeff Taylor

Founder & Editor In Chief

Courier Magazine

Jeff heads up Courier, reporting on modern business and start-up culture around the world. He also heads up their events, bringing business leaders together for interesting and challenging conversations to broaden the minds of their audience.

Twitter + Website

Kim Scott

Author

Radical Candour

Kim has drawn on experience at Apple, Google and various start ups to write Radical Candour, a book about How to be a kick ass boss and a better colleague without losing your humanity.

Twitter + Website

Shonda Rhimes

Screen Writer, Producer & Author

A prolific producer, screenwriter and author, Shonda published her own books, ‘The year of Yes’ and many more. Last year, Shonda made an agreement with Netflix for all her future productions to be made into a Netflix original series.

Twitter + Website

Music

Loyle Carner

Screen Writer, Producer & Author

Arguably a breakthrough act of 2018, Loyle Carner is a charismatic rap artist who’s talents extend into the kitchen too. He’s been teaching kids to took, and his latest song is named after Ottolenghi.

Twitter + Website

Allen Hughes

Director

Defiant Ones

Allen’s Netflix exclusive documentary traces the rise of music legends Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. He chronicles their groundbreaking partnership that went on to form Beats Partnerships. It is one of the best docs I have ever seen.

Twitter + Website

Josh Lloyd-Watson & Tom McFarland

Co-Founders

Jungle

Modern soul collective founded by Jay & Tom, best friends at school. Jungle enlist a diverse collective of artists to broaden their sound and challenge themselves to resist the temptation to reproduce the popular sounds of their first album.

Instagram + Website

Anna Calvi

Singer

Anna’s quiet speaking voice is but a distant memory when she graces the stage with her but huge presence and fearsome guitar. The subject of her new album is sexuality the tiredness she feels of ‘performing to her gender’.

Twitter + Website

Drew Silverstein

Founder

Amper Music

Drew’s tool uses artificial intelligence to create unique tones tailored to various types of content, to relieve content marketers spending hours trawling for stock music that fits the bill.

Twitter + Website

Jorja Smith

Singer & Songwriter

Her effortless voice was scouted via Youtube and she started writing for Maverick Sabre while she was still at school. Jorja worked in a coffee shop to support her music, three years later she is a Mercury award nominee.

Twitter + Website

Sam Fender

Singer

Sam is a natural born storyteller through music, his track Dead Boys is one of the most impactful tracks of the year tackling male suicide head-on. He was named one of the BBC’s Sound of 2018 alongside other emerging artists.

Instagram + Website

James Rhodes

Pianist & Author

Instrumental

James is a world acclaimed Pianist who has also published a raw account of the abuse he suffered as a young child. To be allowed to publish, he had to hail supreme court permission to lift an injunction barring it’s publication.

Twitter + Website

Slowthai

UK Rapper

One of the most exciting rappers in the UK right now, with a similar vibe to Dizzee Rascal. His track, Rainbows, confronts racism straight on. His live shows are high energy, a spectacle of sweat and skin.

Instagram + Website

Sport

Sorrell Walsh

Founder & Ultra Runner

WMN Run

‘Championing Female Endurance’ is Sorrell’s mission, a softly spoken writer and long distance runner who brought women together to run 50km or 100km in a bid to even the 80:20 male:female split in long distance running.

Instagram + Website

Mark Gainy

Co-Founder

Strava

Gainy’s social fitness network brings strangers together with virtual challenges on popular local routes. Rather than charging users for the service, Mark decided to charge city planners for the rich information they gather about routes.

Twitter + Website

Brian Moore

COO

Tracksmith

A company built for runners, by runners. The community values and beautiful product by Tracksmith are shaking up the playing field of performance led brands in Track and Field.

Instagram + Website

Rachel Atherton

Downhill Mountain Biker

This year was another standout year for Rachel, claiming both the World Cup title and her fifth World Championship — her sixth including her junior title in 2005. She began riding BMX at the age of 8.

Twitter + Website

Alex Honnold

Climber

Alex is the only person in the world to have free climbed El-Cap nothing but chalk and his rubber-soled rock shoes. He has achieved the impossible. More people have stepped on the moon.

Twitter + Website

Crew of Exxpedition

Crew

A crew sailing the globe to find solutions for environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics and toxins in the world’s oceans. Since departure crew members have included lobbyists and social media experts to spread the word.

Twitter + Website

Alexander Zverev

Tennis Player

This 21 year old German Tennis player made big moves up the ranks this year, right now he’s ranked 4th in the world, having won the ATP Finals taking on legends Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Instagram + Website

Marit Bjorgen

Skiier

Marit is a cross country skiier from Norway, she’s also ranked the top athlete of any gender to win the most medals in the Winter Olympics history, this year she took home 8 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronze medals in Pyeongchang.

Twitter + Website

Billy Monger

Formula 3 Driver

Winner of Helen Rollason Sports Personality of the Year award this year following his return to motorsport having had both of his legs amputated following a crash during a Formula 4 race at last year.

Twitter + Website

Product

Tim Little

Owner & Creative Director

Grenson

Tim was an ad-man who dreamt of being a part of all aspects of a business, so he started his own, and revived British shoemakers, Grenson. He has struck the perfect balance between tradition and modernity. Inspiring.

Instagram + Website

Robby Stein

Director of Product

Instagram

Robby’s career started at Google, and now he’s the Director of Product Management at Instagram where he leads the consumer product team for sharing, which includes Stories, Feed, Live and Direct Messaging.

Instagram + Website

Molly Goddard & Joel Jeffery

Co-Founders

Desmond & Dempsey

Husband and Wife team who came together from opposite sides of the world and founded Desmond & Dempsey, a London based pajama brand who hand paint all of their designs in London.

Instagram + Website

Asad Hamir

Founder

Nolii, Kite Eyewear

The 28th member of his family to get into the glasses business, Asas is now working on a new project trying to combat daily tech frustrations with a beautiful collection of useful products.

Instagram + Website

Gideon Day

Founder

Kame Bags

Gideon has seen more factories than we will ever see, he’s designed for Paul Smith, Howies and here at Hiut. So when he came across a Japanese bag factory making the best bags he’d ever seen, he decided to start a bag company.

Instagram + Website

Jen Rubio

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Away

In the ‘year or D2C’ Jen, founder of Direct To Consumer suitcase company Away doesn’t just want to shake up the suitcase industry, she wants to shake up the whole travel industry.

Instagram + Website

Chris Morton

Founder

Lyst

Chris is the maker behind Lyst, an inventory-free fashion company, using aggregation and discovery with universal checkout to offer ultimate choice to the customer. Is this the future of the shop?

Twitter + Website

John Zimmer & Logan Green

Co-Founders

Lyft

An Uber alternative matching drivers and riders. Right now, they’re celebrating the Lyftie awards, a list of the top to’s and from’s of users rides with Lyft globally. This is their mantra: Be yourself. Uplift others. Make it happen.

Instagram + Website

Shane Curran

Founder

qCrypt

This 19 year old has spoken on cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, and technology at OECD Forum, Web Summit & the European Union ICT Conference. Since 16, he has worked on qCrypt, looking at next-gen security solutions for businesses.

Twitter + Website

Ross Bailey

Founder

AppearHere

Appear Here connects empty spaces owned by a landlord as a potential location available for brand takeover from 1 day to a few months. The digital product has a wider impact, aiming to transform the high street one shop at a time.

Twitter + Website

Podcasts

Guy Raz

Host

How I Built This

Guy prods & probes into the world best companies, asking direct questions to get to the heart of who’s behind them and how it all came to be. His podcast does exactly what it says on the tin.

Twitter + Website

Imran Ahmed MBE

Founder, CEO & Podcast host

Business of Fashion & BoF Podcast

Harvard Graduate & ex-McKinsey consultant, Imran is one of the most powerful men in fashion. His podcasts cover all aspects of running a modern fashion business, featuring founders, CEOs and strategists.

Instagram + Website

Brian Clark

Host

UnEmployable Podcast

Using learnings from eight successful businesses of his own, Brian’s podcasts offers actionable strategies for ambitious freelancers and creative entrepreneurs. So you can build your dream, rather than someone elses.

Twitter + Website

Rachel Hollis

Host

Rise & Rise Together Podcast

Rachel is host to two podcasts and a serial entrepreneur. Rise, is a talk show with fellow business leaders, while Rise Together is a chat hosted together with her husband, about successful relationships and growing together.

Instagram + Website

Felix Thea

Host

Shopify Masters

Rotating business leaders are interviews about the journey of their venture and how they use Shopify, a podcast with tangible takeaways, inspirational and actionable insights for listeners.

Twitter + Website

Yotam Ottolenghi

Host

Simple Pleasures

Food brings people together in a way nothing else can. In his podcast, Yotam cooks for guests in his home, whilst discussing culture, travel, food and life’s simple pleasures. Like his food, it is simple but with lots of surprises.

Instagram + Website

Jad Abumrad

Host

Radio Lab

Radio Lab’s aim is to investigate ‘our strange world’. Topics include philosophy and science, touching on life’s big questions as well as more light-hearted listening.

Twitter + Website

Dolly Alderton & Pandora Forsyth

Hosts

The High Low

A weekly chat between journalists and friends Dolly & Pandora, covering high brow and low brow culture setting you up with varied opinion and insight for the week ahead.

Twitter + Website

Jessie Ware

Host

Table Manners

Jessie hosts a podcast about food, family, and the art of good conversation, from her dinner table. With a bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie, each week guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics drop by for a chat.

Instagram + Website

Indi Davies

Host

Creative Lives

Interviewing creatives about their 9–5, how they got there and what they actually do. This none intimidating podcast is like a desert island disks for those just starting out, demystifying career options for grads and young people.

Twitter + Website

Shane Parrish

Host

The Knowledge Project by Farnham Street

Love this website and podcast. Shane’s plan is to ‘help you master the best of what other people have already figured out’. Recent interviews and conversations feature world-leading surgeons and global business leaders.

Twitter + Website

Brave New Wales

Geraint Howell Thomas

Cyclist

Winner of Tour De France

Geraint gained the yellow jersey at stage 11, and retained the lead for the remainder of the event becoming the first Welshman to win the tour, and went on to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Twitter + Website

Catrin Parry-Jones + Osian Wyn Jones

Co-Founders

Crwst

Crwst serve a great quality, great tasting all day brunch menu that has quickly become a new favourite of ours at Hiut and The Do Lectures. Its opening has given our small town a real confidence that good things are happening.

Instagram + Website

Huw Tomos Griffiths

Writer & Photographer

Wander Wonder

Huw was always asked for recommendations for walks around his home in North East Wales. As a photographer, writer and dad to Athur & Wilf, Huw started Wander Wonder to share the way he sees the outdoors with his family.

Instagram + Website

Jessica Leigh Jones

Electrician & Astrophysicist

Sony

26 year old engineer and astrophysicist from Cardiff was the first woman to win Young Engineer of the Year award in 2012 and now she’s working on building Sony’s factory of the future.

Twitter + Website

Jess Lea-Wilson

Writer, Author & Brand Manager

An independent marketer, designer & writer who works with forward-thinking conscious food brands from Anna Jones to Halen Mon. She’s also on the brink of publishing Do Salt, a book about the magic of seasoning.

Instagram + Website

Andy Middleton

Founder

Twr Y Felin

Andy is a Maverick. He’s helping to pioneer the Million Minds platform that is being built by progressive educators and activists in businesses and community to find and share the best resources imaginable to help those future leaders grow.

Twitter + Website

Olly Davey

Director

Heartwood Saunas

Saunas 100% handmade in Machynlleth, West Wales, with sustainably sourced Welsh wood. Every detail of their work is carefully thought out and designed to last in the UK weather. Saunas have never been so cool.

Instagram + Website

Jen Goss

Co-Founder & Chef

Our Two Tables & The Do Lectures

Jen is a talent. She is one-half of travelling kitchen concept ‘Our Two Tables’ with Anja Dunk. Throughout the year, you will find her at Bara Menyn, here in Cardigan. Then, come the summer, she heads up the kitchen at The Do Lectures.

Instagram

Walter May

Founder, Business Consultant, MBA Lecturer & Coach

Global Welsh

The word diaspora describes a group of people living “away from an established or ancestral homeland”. Walter is on a mission to create the Welsh diaspora. A global network of Welsh friends who could all help to make a difference for Wales.

Twitter + Website

Chris Loyn

Founder

Loyn Architects

To Chris, it’s important that people are central to design. His ethos is that buildings are built to be lived in and enjoyed and that they don’t come to life until they’re inhabited.

Twitter + Website

Eifion & Amanda

Partners

Melin Tregwynt

A Woolen Mill producing woven Welsh fabrics and has been kept running by the same family since 1912. But Melin Tregwynt has taken designs from yesteryear and updated with a modern twist. And built a global brand along the way.

Twitter + Website

Founders

T Samways

It’s a big thing when you buy the old established butcher in your small town that you have been working in, and then start building your own high quality reputation with each day that passes.

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