Category Archives: Innovation

Start Up businesses #ReadyToSoar: April

Start Up businesses #ReadyToSoar: April

One of the wonderful things about being a ‘Shark’ on Network TEN’s Shark Tank (catch us on Sunday’s at 9:00pm on TEN) is that I have many people present their business ideas to me – not always pitching for investment, often they are seeking advice or direction. The thing I can do is to support these businesses by letting other people know how great they are – so once a month I will give you a selection of some of the great…

No one intends to crash and burn

No one intends to crash and burn

  As the new book ‘Ready to Soar’ begins to arrive in book stores I reflect on why I dedicated hours and hours to putting down on paper what is in my brain. The experience of nearly 30 years of being in, or working with small business has given me not just vast knowledge but battle scars. People ask me regularly “I’ve got a business idea, what should I do next?” – and quite frankly the answer to that question…

Start Up businesses #ReadyToSoar: March

Will and Saxon from Year13

  One of the great things about being a ‘Shark’ on Network TEN’s Shark Tank (returning soon) is that I get ‘pitched’ regularly – well maybe people are just sharing their fantastic ideas with me. One thing I can do is to support these businesses by letting other people know how great they are – so once a month I will give you a selection of some of the great Start Ups that I have been introduced to. So here are a…

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…

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…

New ‘crop’ of great innovators

MAP Innovators pitch at an ANZ event - I was the warm up gig

Here is a list of the teams that pitched. More information is available on the MAP website. ·         Hypetap is a platform that connects an invitation only network of agencies, brands and influencers to work on marketing campaigns together. A full suite of management tools allows brands and agencies to easily find influencers, negotiate, facilitate payments, track results, and project manage their campaigns. ·         Parkhound is an online community where members can easily exchange and lease parking spaces with other drivers….

Getting ready for Shark Tank Season 2

Getting ready for Shark Tank Season 2

In the lead up to heading back into the Shark Tank for another period of filming for this inspirational Australian made business reality show, I thought I would share a few thoughts on how to prepare for your day in the Tank (or for everyone else, pitching your idea to anyone in your network). There will be people nervously getting ready for his or her day in the Shark Tank… you have probably watched every episode from last season a…

RedBalloon 2.0

RedBalloon 2.0

What do the following music albums have in common? Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’, Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Axis: Bold as Love’, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘The Freewhelin’? If you’re a music wiz, you might know that these are the critically acclaimed second albums of the above musicians. But what you might not know is that these albums are known as being significantly better than their debut predecessors. Today we’re welcoming RedBalloon 2.0 – our long-awaited “second album”. We have launched a new…

If I’d Stayed at Apple, I’d Never Be an Entrepreneur

Apple in the early 1990s (was I really wearing red back then too)

“Could have,” “would have,” and “should have” are all statements of regret, and not ones that I tend to use. I “should have” practiced more yoga and I “could have” started when I was younger, so I rarely look back. So when I was asked to write this, it gave me time to reflect and dream about what life might have been like if I had not left my job at Apple. I was a marketing manager at Apple Australia…

‘Striving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem.

‘Striving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem.

Of course I would much rather say that we had a ‘thriving’ women entrepreneur ecosystem but striving is a start. We have achieved so much since April 2012 when Melbourne-based startup incubator York Butter Factory caused controversy with it’s tweets that were labeled as ‘sexist’ and derogatory for women entrepreneurs. In fact it is so exciting to see how far and established the community is – I want to share this freely should you have the desire to connect in…