Tag Archives: Success

A very special Qantas shipment.

I love a success story. As you may remember I met Scott in one of the earlier episodes of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank.  We have come such a long way in such a few months. Today, a Qantas plane packed full of the fabulous #HEGS left Australia bound for the US. This is such a moment for Scott Boocock and all his team – a great story of Aussie Innovation, Manufacturing and Export. HEGS is your perfect example of homegrown…

The future of retail… Why Freckleberry changed its spots?

Is the end of bricks and mortar retail approaching? In the most recent episode of TEN’s Shark Tank, John McGrath talked in depth about the rise of online retail versus bricks and mortar. I thought the topic was worth exploring more, because the jury is still out as to what is the most effective business model for retailing. Before RedBalloon was started back in 2001, I looked at all sorts of online business opportunities. One thing I noted was that…

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…

‘The Sharks’ reveal their secrets to running a successful business.

THEY are ‘The Sharks’ on Ten’s new reality show Shark Tank — and here they reveal their secrets to running a successful business. This article appeared in news.com.au on 18 February 2015 So just who are these entrepreneurs and what have they done to be worthy of the label ‘Shark’? Tech entrepreneur … Steve Baxter from Shark Tank. INTERNET PIONEER STEVE BAXTER My business motto is… Do business you are proud of. The best deal I ever made was… On…

Seven secrets to nailing your pitch

  Let me paint a picture for you .?.?. You’ve been practising your business pitch for days – to family, friends and even your dog. You’re confident everyone will love your idea as you’ve been told you’re onto a winner. As you wait for the signal, you rehearse your pitch over and over again. This is the moment you have been waiting for. The music starts as you begin the long walk through the Shark Tank. The doors swing open…

New Year… new you? Your personal style.

I always find that at the beginning of the year I reflect on what I achieved last year and what I plan to do differently this year. One thing we often avoid considering is our personal style (and the impact our choices have on people around us). Does how you present yourself reflect who you are planning to be this year? There’s a lot of information available to help you to consider what is right for you. You will want…

What I see for a successful 2015

I was asked by the editorial team at LinkedIn to pen what I see coming for 2015 so I have put some thoughts together to look at ideas and trends that are likely to shape 2015.  Next year is likely to be a very big year for me too – with three big new initiatives that I am working on in the new year – no guesses that one is Channel Ten’s Shark Tank and another is the launch of…

Thank you to the 800,000 people reading my LinkedIn posts

At the Channel Ten 2015 Launch event with fellow 'shark' Andrew Banks and the MasterChef team

I thought it might be interesting to share what it is like to have a “public profile” – not as a celebrity of course – merely someone that people might look at in the street and have a sense of familiarity with. I was in the LinkedIn office in Paris in February – far away from home – and several of the team there were staring at me. Only one offered this comment, “I’m sure I know you – are…

One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

When you are given the opportunity of an hour with the CEO of the world’s largest professional network, i.e. the 313 million people who are part of the global LinkedIn network, you know it is a significant moment in your career. Instantly my mind started racing – What did I want to know? His journey to leadership? His vision for the future? How he aligns the team to the company’s mission? Or even how he comes up with ideas for…

Best Advice: Discover What Is Inside the Book

Book designers are very clever – whenever I walk into my local book store, I am enticed to pick up a variety of wonderful volumes. The vividness of the cover, the style of the title, words all reach me before I have any idea about what is in the book. This was not always the case. I am embarrassed to say that as a young teenager I only selected books from the library that had black covers. For some reason,…