Right now I am working on Wooboard, capital raising, my Focus Talk, marketing and corporate incubation. Some past businesses I've worked on include Spreets, Dealised, 99Dresses, Coachy, Carmates and Booking Angel.
I've learnt so much in the last ten years working on startups: Focus makes everything easier, better, stronger; You can't learn by thinking, only by doing; Team are critical; Success is more about character than ideas.
I love startups. You learn very fast and you can make an impact with one days work. You work with motivated, optimistic people. You see the first ideas, first products, first customers, first revenue.
In my spare time I surf, play soccer, play basketball, have been known to partake in really bad karaoke, love travel, cooking and being a Dad.
I was very fortunate to be asked by some of our Telstra contacts to participate in a Hypotheticals session with Geoffrey Robertson last Monday. My dad and I used to watch these on TV when I was young, so I was thrilled to be a part of it. It was pretty scary with no briefing, [...]
The best chance of success for angel investors is to make 20 small, early investments and follow on with the winners. How can you hope to do that in Australia? Angel investment is a wonderful opportunity. You get to make a huge impact on a team of people, enjoy the thrill of creation and also [...]
The Australian technology industry faces unprecedented opportunity. It can be economy driving, child inspiring, job creating, life improving and world leading, Will we come together to make it happen? Seven years ago 17 people turned up to a dinner for startups. There were more people around, but not many and not many startups, not many events, not [...]
Today Pollenizer turns 5 and it’s been one crazy ride. We talk a lot about what we’ve done and what we’ve achieved. I got asked last night why we started Pollenizer and it’s a great question and I’d like to share some thoughts on my motivations. The simplest reason was that I didn’t have a [...]
Great video by Steve Jobs on Focus. Focus is not about what you say yes to, it’s about what you say no to. Read more about our thoughts in our book Startup Focus. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. [...]
Yes, I’m a wifi guy, but I just moved home and have cabled up the house with CAT 6. (I asked for CAT 5 which shows how long it’s been….) Cables are going from the router by my desk to; My wifes iMac Our main TV Wifi is great but there is still nothing as [...]
There has been a bit of noise lately about share options in Australia and Niki and I have been chatting on Twitter about it. The summary of the problem is that if you’ve got a startup with some value and you offer options to an employee or advisor then they need to consider them as [...]
At Google Sudo event last night we had a solid panel with Niki Scevak from Startmate, Kim Heras from Pushstart and nicely moderated by Alan Noble. Key messages, though none of these should be a surprise to you all; People – the idea, business and everything will change so many times that it’s all about [...]
We’ve worked with lots of suppliers over the years and here are a few thoughts; Make sure you have flexibility in case you need to ditch them. No long term contracts. Monthly fees much better than annual. Check that they have worked with your type of company before. Reference checks! Make sure they have customer [...]
The first question of a new company should be………. Some say start small. Others say ‘what is your purpose on earth?’ And the gap between the two is your job as an entrepreneur. More correctly, it’s not choosing a single spot between the two, it’s spending your whole life swinging from one to the other. [...]