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Shark Tank Australia S2 Episode Three on TEN

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From experiences, to innovations, to the ‘out there’ and wonderful tonight brings us a fresh plate of Australian Shark Tank companies vying for investment…here are my notes from Shark Tank on set Episode Three – remembering that we don’t know anything about the businesses before they arrive on set: The Cave Commando Experience – Sirens, search lights – and abseiling military men kicked this pitch of with a few expletives from me…  Then Mick got quickly on to business “Imagine…

Shark Tank Australia S2 Episode TWO on TEN

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With a mix of disruptive businesses, innovators and some rich discussions on valuation Episode Two has many lessons, great insights and a few laughs as well…Our entrepreneurs are prepared, their pitches entertaining and expressive – all the founders in this episode happen to be relatively young (well compared to us) – some have been battling away at their idea for years whilst others are not even a year into the business. These are the notes that I took while filming…

Coming up this week 9th May 2016

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Last week was busy, interesting and exciting – popping into the world of TV, publishing all whilst keep up my day job. I hosted a session with the RedBalloon team sharing insights on #CustomerExperience and the #Startup Days, a with the Minster for Innovation and Better Regulation talking all things #growth, working with my own start ups, celebrating the Barnardos Mother of the Year Awards,  a full day of media talking all things #SharkTank and the new book #ReadytoSoar on Studio10,…

#TBT…Nine life lessons distilled from 770 blog posts

In October 2013, I was reflecting on the 770 blog posts I had written to date, what I had learned from them and how best I should sum them up. Now, in April 2016, I’m now up to 961 blogs and still learning! I thought I would share the lessons again for you… These are my own originals – but I add four from the more famous below. Persistence is not pigheadedness. Passion is authentic – you either love what…

New Book Cover released – Ready to Soar (May 2016)

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Turn you brilliant idea into a business you love. (2016) In Store May 2016 I’m very pleased that all the hard work over the last number of months is coming to fruition…. I had locked myself away, put my head down, and answered the question I get asked the most. Okay so it might take 86,000 words to do so… the ‘question’ has so many implications – to do it justice I had to look at it from many angles….

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

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…

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…

Creating community… when you’re a thousand miles away

I’m on the road a lot. In fact, as I write this, I’m about 2,500kms away from home sharing what I have learned for the Northern Territory October Business Month. And, as anyone who has to travel for work knows, you often feel isolated and not part of the team. I’ve learnt how to adapt to being on the move and can now work from anywhere, but one of the things that comes to mind constantly is how technology has…

Who to hire into your start up – is a big decision.

I recently spoke to The Start Society in it’s iCentral.co space for tech startups in Sydney, and one of the questions I was thrown was: “When you are looking to hire people in your business, how do you do it effectively?” My answer was very straightforward: “I hire adults. I hire people who share my values, my passion — and most importantly are aligned to my purpose — but I don’t want people just like me.” I need to know…