Tag Archives: Entrepreneurial Journey

What new thing did you do today?

Life is too short to miss out on new experiences; routine can be wonderful but new things stimulate our creativity, conversation and the richness of life.  What have you got on your ‘one day some day maybe’ list?… What is it that you have always wanted to do but have delayed because it is too far away, too expensive or you just don’t have the time. We are all given 24 hours in a day… how we choose to use…

Six things to do to make sure you have a great day at work

How many positive experiences did you have at work today? I have spent the last few days at the Spire HR Summit in Singapore, learning from renowned HR experts about the challenges and issues, but more importantly the opportunities in today’s market of “people”. My plenary session was on Day 1 and I chose to challenge the audience to this very question: “So You Want To Be An Employer Of Choice?” RedBalloon was not always a great place to work…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Thirteen on TEN Sunday 17 May 9.00pm

There are still so many ideas, businesses and concepts that are coming before us. Each time those doors open I wonder – “What will I learn about this time?” With every pitch we learn not just about a different industry or market – we also learn more about people and what drives them. We get to witness passion and persistence in action – and tonight’s episode was no exception. Here are my notes from when I was on set. Hipsta…

The ‘customer gets customer’ rule for start-up valuation

As we head toward Sunday night and the new time of 9.00 on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank I wonder how many pitches will be considering how customers find customers. For the telephone to be successful, the owner of the phone needed to have friends who also had the device… it was the original ‘friends get friends’ marketing campaign. Fax machines were only useful if you knew someone who had one. In my early days at IBM the first fax machine…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Eleven on TEN Sunday 26 April 7.30pm

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In reviewing my notes for this episode I was left feeling a little sad. I know this is not an emotion that we often talk about when it comes to business. In my book Live What You Love I talk about the four elements to support living a life of passion and purpose. One of these elements is persistence. I am very clear in defining the difference between persistence and pigheadedness. And I fear that episode 11 had an element…

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…

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…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Five on TEN Sunday 8 March 8.00pm

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Watching this episode at home with the family – we had plenty of laughs. Every week we marvel at how diverse the business ideas are – and equally how commercially ready they may or may not be. I was delighted with the show – it showcases great Australian innovations come from everywhere. Here is my wrap up from episode five. Joseph Mourad – inventor and hair stylist to the stars. For more than 30 years as I stylist he has…

Is an investor what you want?

As we enter the second month of Shark Tank, I thought it was time to reflect on an important topic. Although this might seem confusing, sometimes when you miss out on an investment deal, it’s actually the best thing for your business. This may seem contradictory, but when someone so passionately shares the ins and outs of their business – and it looks as if it has significant traction – sometimes it’s best if they just keep doing what they’re…

Live What You Love: Purpose (Extract)

  Purpose extract from Live What You Love I don’t live to work, I work to live. But if I love the work I choose, then my work is no longer work. Our society celebrates the idea of the workaholic. Earlier in this book I have written that the happy employee creates a great workplace. I note that a culture of fun and happiness can be authentic and fostered by all people in a business and that hap­piness can deliver…