Tag Archives: Entrepreneurial Journey

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…

The importance of peers, networks and ideas – for 2016

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    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.

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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…

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…

New ‘crop’ of great innovators

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….

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…

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…

I got control by giving up control – peer to peer leadership

People often ask “Did you ever imagine RedBalloon would become what it is today?”  In all truthfulness, not really…. but I do remember that it is a long time since RedBalloon was a startup. Back in 2001 there was no such thing as social media; digital photography was rare; no smart phones; the tech industry looked vastly different than it does now… there was no TechCrunch (we had computer daily which would fax it’s daily roundup – but I digress)……

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Role Models—and to Always Be Listening for Gold

  “We all need role models — someone to lead the way, and drag others along with them.” Back in 2011, I attended an Ernst & Young Young Women’s Entrepreneur Workshop and the words of Avril Henry still resonate with me. She explained that one of the traits of entrepreneurs is that “we are there for the long term.” We do not give up easily – we are fiercely opportunistic, and are forever looking at the next success story. Success…