Tag Archives: Entrepreneurial Journey

Shark Tank Australia S2 Episode Four on TEN

This episode of Shark Tank is a wonderful overview of the entrepreneurs journey – we often read in the press or hear all the positive stories, but there is real human cost and the toil behind them. There is no such thing as an overnight success story. Some ideas we see on Shark Tank will scale, or grow better than others – some are extremely capital intensive ie they need a lot of money before a customer is anywhere near…

An Entrepreneur’s Journey – Coming Up This Week 23 May 2016

The big news for the week is Shark Tank moving from Sunday nights to Wednesday nights…. Episode 4 of Shark Tank will air on Wednesday 25 June – straight after Master Chef Last week for me was all about planning. With all of the businesses that I work with we are coming close to the end of the year. Looking, designing and creating strategies as very much a part of the entrepreneurs journey. I have been using the #OnePageStrategicPlan from…

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…

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…

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,…

Shark Tank Australia S2 Episode One on TEN

Well we are back – the five sharks (all self made entrepreneurs) listening, learning and delighted to see what we have coming in to Shark Tank for Series 2. All of these pitches were completely new to us. We have no briefing, we literally only have our ability to ask questions and find the answers before determining if we think that the pitch is ‘investable’. Each of us has a different approach to investing and what we are looking for…

Coming up this week 2nd May 2016

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Last week was all things media…especially given the arrival of #ReadyToSoar in book stores. I also had the pleasure of attending Claire Halliday’s launch of her book Things My Mother Taught Me which and here Benjamin Law’s stories first hand. Big groups at the #TotalSuccess events in Melbourne and Sydney, I shared many a story on the entrepreneurial journey. As we move into the on air week for Shark Tank as well as the book launch there is really a…

No one intends to crash and burn

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  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…

Coming up this week 26th April 2016

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Finally after the long wait Ready to Soar – my new book – will begin to appear in book shops. After congratulating the women finalists of the Barnardos NSW Mother of the Year I was in full swing last week producing a podcast with Dymocks, preparing for Simpatico (in mid July – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane – with Reese Witherspoon’s first Australian appearance). And I had great fun presenting at the Oracle Modern Marketing Meetup.             Coming…