Tag Archives: Innovation

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Twelve on TEN

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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 Series 2 Episode Ten on TEN

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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…

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…

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 Five on TEN

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Here are my notes that I took on set during the filming of Episode Five. If there is a word to describe this episode, it would be #Courage. All entrepreneurs by nature must be courageous – but may show it in different ways. All the businesses we see tonight have grand plans for growth – but all believe that they would do much better with the experience of a shark to help them reach their aspirations sooner. It also takes…

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…

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…

Getting ready for Shark Tank Season 2

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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…

The opportunity of a life time – Shark Tank series 2

I sound like I am try to sell a used car… Actually I’m not trying to sell anything… if there is one thing I have learned it is people need to choose to buy  – and in this case need to choose to ‘play’. As I have been touring around for Small Business Victoria and at other recent events, when I encourage people to join us in the tank for the next series of Shark Tank… many times I would…

Shark Tank to return in 2016

It’s official – Australian’s love innovation… here is the announcement from Network TEN this morning… In summary Shark Tank Australia a ratings success, it’s captured the hearts and minds of the country – and Shark Tank will be back in 2016. —- June 8, 2015. Shark Tank To Return To TEN In 2016. Network Ten is delighted to announce that Shark Tank will return to TEN in 2016 for a second series. The show that boasted a plethora of Australian…