40 Minute Mentor - Ben Stephenson

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by Ben Stephenson, the Founder and CEO of the ground-breaking travel platform Impala.

Ben has raised millions in funding for Impala over the last five years from some of the best VCs out there, including Lakestar which previously invested in Airbnb. He’s seen his staff mushroom to over 100 people, and he made the company remote-first way back in 2017, when having remote teams wasn’t something people looked too favourably upon.

A true problem-solver in every way – whether the problem is how to rebuild travel-booking infrastructure from the ground up, to how to create exactly the right culture at work – Ben has made it his mission to improve the industry.

Speaking to Ben was truly inspiring and we cover some really interesting topics, including:

  • How Impala has grown to a team of over 100 people and raised millions in funding in just five years.  
  • The secrets behind Impala’s outstanding culture DNA, including Ben’s advice for anyone looking to build a remote-first team.
  • And why the best Founders are the ones who don’t try to do everything themselves but hire talent that compliments their skills.

If you’re a Founder yourself looking to support your remote or hybrid teams, or you’re looking to get into the travel industry – this episode is packed with great advice and honest anecdotes from Impala’s inspiring growth journey.

And a thank you to our sponsors for this Series –  Chipper Cash. The team have been on an incredible journey, having launched their borderless way to send money across Africa and beyond, in 8 countries so far and are widely considered to be Africa’s most valuable Start up. To find out more,  head over to their website, or tune into our 40 Minute Mentor episode with their Co-Founder and CEO, Ham Serunjogi.

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If you want to find out more about Ben, take a look at his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-stephenson-13032b33/

If you want to find out more about Impala, head over to – https://impala.travel/en-gb

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