The future of retail… Why Freckleberry changed its spots?

The future of retail… Why Freckleberry changed its spots?

Is the end of bricks and mortar retail approaching? In the most recent episode of TEN’s Shark Tank, John McGrath talked in depth about the rise of online retail versus bricks and mortar. I thought the topic was worth exploring more, because the jury is still out as to what is the most effective business model for retailing. Before RedBalloon was started back in 2001, I looked at all sorts of online business opportunities. One thing I noted was that…

Has Shark Tank made pitching the new Aussie national sport?

Has Shark Tank made pitching the new Aussie national sport?

Move over Monopoly, Scrabble and Jenga; there’s a new game in town, and I seem to be playing it every day. My guess is the other Sharks are playing it too. Official kick off starts at 7.30pm on Sunday nights in close to a million homes across Australia, but it’s played outside those hours too. Who knows, it could become a new national sport. The game I’m talking about is called ‘Pitch It’. When we started filming Shark Tank, it…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Eight on TEN Sunday 29 March 7.30pm

Shark Tank Australia Episode Eight on TEN Sunday 29 March 7.30pm

Here are my notes that I took on set during the shooting of this episode. Italian fast food, an online portal, deodorant – and I don’t know how to categorize the G-Stick – oral hygiene I guess. There were laughs – but plenty of advice and insights. Tommy Sugo – Fast fabulous authentic Italian pasta -  very impressive presentation (including the fantastic arancini balls). With one store in operation, and father in-law a key supplier – the founders had set…

Where it all began…A checklist for Start Up businesses

Where it all began…A checklist for Start Up businesses

“How did you start?” is the question that I get asked most, which is a wonderful question because it also gets me to reflect. I was a guest on Channel Ten’s Studio 10 last week and this is the exactly the question they wanted me to answer – with a bit of a twist: How do you turn your passion into a business? So I share below the 5-minute video where I summarize the key steps I took to start…

Why “I didn’t know” is no excuse

Why “I didn’t know” is no excuse

This article first appeared on LinkedIn in March 2015. I was always getting into trouble as a child and breaking the rules. At the time I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I didn’t think anyone would notice. I was trying to ‘get away with it’. One thing I have found fascinating through my experience on TEN’s Shark Tank, is that some people pitching somehow still think they are in the schoolyard, and that cutting corners is OK….

Shark Tank Australia Episode Seven on TEN Sunday 22 March 7.30pm

Shark Tank Australia Episode Seven on TEN Sunday 22 March 7.30pm

This particular episode shows the extremes of businesses – from parties and chocolate experiences to childcare frustrations. The show started with a pitch that was very difficult to understand. And whilst David Hill lamented “I need investors who understand the importance of this.” The number of investors who are world experts in skate board tracks might be quite limited – it was his job to include us in his world so that we could understand the ‘importance’ of his work…

How I got hooked on a peg – called HEG

How I got hooked on a peg – called HEG

This article first appeared in BRW in the week following the airing of Episode 5 of Shark Tank Australia. When the double doors open and someone walks through the Shark Tank ready to start their pitch, there are a number of things that go through my mind. Do I know anything about this industry? Could I add value beyond investment to this business? Is it scalable? Am I going to have to fight another Shark for this? For more than…

Talking about Live What You Love

Talking about Live What You Love

Here is a bit of an insight into the why, how and thoughts behind writing Live What You Love. Booktopia interviewed me just at the time of launch… You can see that this is my deep passion…. sharing what I have learned.

Your business will thrive when your people thrive

Your business will thrive when your people thrive

In last Sunday night’s episode of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank – John McGrath gave some very sage advice to one of the entrepreneurs – he said “I think you are both the biggest asset … and liability to your business.” John is a measured guy – and he did not say this lightly. A leader, founder, inventor, entrepreneur needs people around them to tell them how it is… often we can’t see this. And if we ever want to grow…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Six on TEN Sunday 15 March 8.00pm

Shark Tank Australia Episode Six on TEN Sunday 15 March 8.00pm

If you saw the program you will see clearly how much fun it was to make – I know I say it every week but the diversity of ideas is amazing. I’m sure you too can see the difference in the effectiveness of the pitches – sometimes we just could not quite ‘get’ it. Other times the inventor had us at the first sentence. Scrubba Wash Bag – light and effective a way to wash a few small clothes in…