Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Twelve on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Twelve on TEN

Pentablock - The pitch for this product was instantly impressive – claiming that it is 49x faster than the work of your average stonemason. Pentablock is a unique interlocking vertical construction block system, featuring a patented design, the result of years of research to create a “dry stack” system. As with all investments, the Sharks became very interested in how the patent was approved and what the patent was for exactly. Often entrepreneurs overlook the importance of ensuring all the checks…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Eleven on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Eleven on TEN

This is a great episode to observe how co-founders work together – all bar one of the pitches have several people pitching – and Tommy who is the only solo founder tonight is well surrounded by advisors and mentors – some of whom have an equity stake in the business; great to watch their interplay. Choosing a business partner for the strengths that they bring to the business – is fundamental to its success… choosing someone because they’re your spouse…

Shark Tank Series 2 Episode Ten on TEN

Shark Tank Series 2 Episode Ten on TEN

This episode is all about customer experience and customer promise – whilst what is presented to us differs vastly in terms of customer groups, markets and audiences – the fundamentals of brand promise remains the same; Does the customer believe that ‘you will do what you say you’re going to do?” Intelliweed - As a ‘would be’ green thumb myself, I know that whenever I start to grow something weeds pop up and keep popping up – as soon as I…

Do you never seem to have any cash?

Do you never seem to have any cash?

As I walked through the city last week between appointments, I noticed the Big Issue being sold by a regular face that I have seen many times. (The Big Issue is celebrating 20 years of helping people help themselves. It is a social enterprise that supports the homeless and disadvantaged by having them be the sellers of a well produced publication splitting the revenue 50/50.) I asked for a copy and as I reached for my wallet I realised I…

Why pitching is storytelling with facts

Why pitching is storytelling with facts

I was asked last week, in an interview as part of the ANZ Business Ready program at #IdeaNation hosted by B-School, what makes a great pitch. Even though a third of my new book Ready To Soar is dedicated to answering that question, I think there is one element that appeals to me most and that is how well the ‘pitcher’ engages with the listener. All of us in small business pitch for one reason or another. Whether it is…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Nine on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Nine on TEN

  Another magical episode of Shark Tank Australia – exploring what it takes to turn an idea into a business. This episode we have many seasoned entrepreneurs that are looking to supercharge their businesses with the help of a shark or two. New age store – Jen has a ‘set and forget’ business with a recurring online income produced with her tarrot card reading site New Age Store – her profits are good, her web traffic outstanding, and she only…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Eight on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Eight on TEN

“Is this a dream or a nightmare?”  This is what we set out to discover in this episode of Shark Tank – clearly I am incredulous about something – the joy of discovering is not lost on even battle worn one’s like me. There was the inspired, the ingenious, the innocent, the inventor and perhaps the idiotic; we cover so much ground in just one episode. What we continue to love about the program is it’s diversity of ideas and…

Being bowled over by the ‘Big Idea’.

Being bowled over by the ‘Big Idea’.

Waiting, waiting – wondering ‘Is this the one?’ I’m sure every investor is the same, not just the Sharks on Shark Tank – who so publicly wait with baited breath to hear the story behind the business idea – wondering is this the next big thing. The entrepreneurs passion can be infectious – there enthusiasm and energy is exciting… and they truly believe that the ‘Big Idea’ is the next big thing. We as investors can get swept away in…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Seven on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Seven on TEN

Your Closet - For Millennials young women who want to wear designers formal dresses (and then send them back for another one).  – the allure of “no ownership” is moving beyond housing and cars and has transformed retail shopping entirely. Gone are the days where you save your weekly pay for the expensive shop window beauty you’ve pined for that will look stunning at your formal – now you have the choice of renting a designer dress for a fraction of…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Six on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Six on TEN

 There is such wonderful variety in each episode of Shark Tank and episode six is true to form – Aussie innovators who bet it all to get their idea off the ground. From Road Traffic Control to the eradication of skin cancer – getting you anything anywhere within 60 minutes to a natural doggie ablutions platform…. Incredible – here are my notes from set. There is a #SharkFight or two – but even a #Dogfight – wonderful Cap Hat - Bernie…