Courier magazine issue 17
Courier magazine issue 17

In this issue:

  • Just the two of us? Forming an invincible business duo

  • The middleman is dead. The unstoppable power of the ‘direct-to-consumer’ model

  • How the music industry is turning up the volume once again

  • Getting to know Monzo founder, Tom Blomfield

  • Tunnel vision: Why startups love advertising on the underground

  • Would you sell your data for a pair of trousers? Why personalised services aren’t always a good thing

...and more.

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Are you ready for the most emotionally demanding relationship of your life? We take a look at the brave entrepreneurs founding companies with their best mates, and hear about the stresses and strains of being a co-CEO. We speak to some of the most successful co-founders in the industry about how to manage each other and avoid the dreaded business break up. 

For some time, middlemen have been slowly killed off as scores of companies adopt the direct-to-consumer model. But what makes the model so successful, and where does it leave the future of the third-party retailer? We do the maths and pick out the best case studies.

In our profile section we meet Monzo CEO Tom Blomfield, the man credited with turning the bank into a lifestyle brand. 

Finally, we tell you about why startups love to advertise on the Tube, and how your personalised pair of trousers might cost you your personal data. 

Courier learns the secrets of the great business double acts from some of the most successful founder partnerships around. We also tune in to the resurgent music industry and meet Monzo founder Tom Blomfield.