When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable?

When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable?

    When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable? That feeling like no other. When you are so inspired; so full of energy; so aligned to your purpose – so sure of where you are going and simultaneously knowing there is no looking back. I feel like that right now. I have spent the last few days in the Amazon with The Unstoppables. Brain child of the incredibly energetic Julio De Lafitte – his energy is contagious, one…

Four steps to make the most of the planets aligning.

Four steps to make the most of the planets aligning.

  If you were up at 5:30am last Thursda you might have noticed something in the sky that isn’t normally there: for the first time in ten years, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible and form a neat line from the horizon to the moon. If you missed it, don’t panic – it should be visible until 20 February. When the planets align While I’m not usually a star gazer; with all that energy in the universe aligning and…

The entrepreneurial journey is a long and personal one

The entrepreneurial journey is a long and personal one

I saw the movie ‘The Intern’ with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in the cinema when it came out late in 2015. It brought tears to my eyes… Then my mother, returning on a Qantas flight, watched the same movie a few weeks ago and she called me to ask (tongue in cheek) if I had been ‘writing screen plays’ in my spare time because there was similarities to my own life in the film. Then a fellow female…

3 lessons learnt from a Guinness World Record attempt

3 lessons learnt from a Guinness World Record attempt

For me this season is about laughter, fun and getting together with loved one’s. It can be challenging to keep positive and focus on all the good in the world when there is much pain and suffering in other places. In the spirit of Christmas the team at RedBalloon decided to do something completely fun, colourful and joyous… and attempt a Guinness World Record. What do you get when you combine hundreds of red and white suits, 30 of the best surf…

The importance of peers, networks and ideas – for 2016

The importance of peers, networks and ideas – for 2016

    We are going nowhere fast if we do not surround ourselves with instrumental, successful, wise, courageous and inspiring people. How can we expect to challenge ourselves to greatness if we are only seeking advice from ourselves? (And maybe having some fun as we do.) At the core of every entrepreneur is a network of greatness – whilst not called “Boards” they almost are just that. A number of trusted “advisors” we go to for help, advice, encouragement and…

The power of crowds vs the power of many.

The power of crowds vs the power of many.

The power of ‘crowds’ has taken hold over recent years. Crowdfunding, crowd reviews, crowd sourcing – though we are seeing a little less crowd ‘surfing’ than we used to. But rather than crowd – the real question is the power of many. When I look at businesses that come into Shark Tank  – or anybody that approaches me with a ‘great idea’ (and they look at me expectantly to determine if ‘I have the answer’ which I don’t) – the…

A gift for you or a gift for a loved one

A gift for you or a gift for a loved one

It is all hands on deck at RedBalloon now – Christmas is fast approaching and there are hundreds of thousands of red envelopes to make it  under the tree in the next few weeks. Christmas for me is always a time for reflection and review – before I get on with next year and run really hard again… 2015 was like no other for me… my world shifted. Clearly being on Network TEN’s Shark Tank is a wonderful new experience…

The Power of Positive

The Power of Positive

ISIL is Weak Waleed talks about how we can stop ISIL #TheProjectTV Written by Waleed Aly and Tom Whitty (@twhittyer) posted by The Project on Monday, November 16, 2015 Waleed Aly – made a powerful statement on Monday following the events last weekend in Paris. His message had 100 million views in the subsequent days. Madonna too in a concert in Stockholm only days after the event made an emotional plea: “these people want to silence us – and we…

Innovation is not the idea…it is the ‘means’ to change the world

Innovation is not the idea…it is the ‘means’ to change the world

I find it fascinating that every meeting I have had recently keeps coming back to one central discussion point: the state of entrepreneurship in Australia. What are the stopping points for success and where are the opportunities to excel? I am having so many conversations that dance around this landscape and these conversations have raised many interesting observations…even this morning on Fitzy & Wippa’s radio show we discussed all things innovation.  Not to mention all the innovations we are seeing…

Standing out – is about the customer experience

Standing out – is about the customer experience

These days, I am known to many simply as the #RedShark from Channel TEN’s Shark Tank Australia or ‘that lady in red,’ but being the Founding Director of RedBalloon did not mean I always wore red – nor infact is it my favourite colour. The question I often get is – how is it not being the CEO? How did you do it? I appointed Jemma Fastnedge as CEO (now CEO of Redii.com) close to five years ago – and…