Hi I'm Phil, CEO of Pollenizer Global. I co-founded Pollenizer with Mick in 2008. Since then I have co-founded a great many businesses.
I am working across our teams in Singapore and Sydney, helping entrepreneurs and corporations to innovate using Pollenizer's 'startup science'. I have learned that startups have nothing at the start other than a good theory and a fire in the belly. Our job is to turn that theory into fact; a working business model that the world can see.
I have worked with over 200 startups and have actually founded about 20. I love to see the patterns of success and failure that emerge in this context. I love making things from scratch with limited resources. It's slightly addictive.
Before Pollenizer I was the CTO at Kazaa which was one of the massive p2p businesses in the early 2000s. We had millions of users at any one time and I learned a lot about creating value that is led by consumers.
While all this can take time and keeps me busy, when out of the hive offices, I love to hang with my family, run, cook, ride BMX (#midlifcrisis), travel.
This is a quest post from Holly Cardew, one of the founders of Pixc. It’s been a great example of how startups can benefit from co-working at Pollenizer. Eight weeks ago I knew very little about start-ups and the amazing community that existed around me. Less than four weeks ago, Pixc was fortunate enough to win [...]
Four Pollenizer businesses require co-founders. All businesses are very young and need gutsy entrepreneurs with the audacity to believe that they can pull off a global business with limited resources. First you need to be interested in one of these opportunities: Fitbit for Your House – collaborate with your social network to use energy more [...]
Pollenizer is a company builder. Our business model is to create new, global internet/mobile businesses and to exit them for profit. With such a business model, it is helpful to know what is happening out there. Are companies being invested in? Are they being acquired? By who? Getting hold of this information is extremely difficult [...]
Jason Calacanis just posted about Sequoia’s most illuminating question to entrepreneurs. Why now? I am pitching my heart out for Pollenizer these days and enjoying the opportunity to try the different ways to think about what we do. The ‘Why Now?’ for Pollenizer is: global markets have never been more accessible, tools this powerful and [...]
Daniel H. Pink has suggested some new patterns for pitching. I had a go at Pollenizer’s Pixar Pitch. Once upon a time there was a tribe of people who lived in a place faraway called Australia. Every day they dreamed of starting a company of their own. To change the world. To have an impact. [...]
In December, I shared some Long Thoughts for 2013 on what we learned last year at Pollenizer. One flearn was that agencies can’t build startups. Here’s some of what I said: Agencies can’t build startups – the need for a ‘burning platform’ We founded Pollenizer with the goal of creating a real and practical way [...]
We are trying a new approach at Pollenizer, inspired by L.David Marquet in his book Turn This Ship Around. Instead of asking permission, say “I intend to…” Think about what should be done. Communicate that you are about to do it. Answer any qualifying questions. Execute. Try it. Google+
Unlocking the last 1% to make something out of nothing Isaac and I presented some thoughts on entrepreneurship to the leaders of Globe Telecom in Philippines yesterday. My thesis is that starting something new from nothing requires a massive amount of energy and discipline. This energy comes from properly aligned and motivated people, and the [...]
This year has been massive. We now have the nucleus of a global venture business which excites us and 2013 will be the year to create momentum around that core. I thought I’d share some of our learnings that may prove helpful to others. Pollenizer is a startup too, and this shows us discovering our [...]