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“Shoeys”

I’ve always been involved in the shoe business in some way, shape, or form. I worked in the factory during Yr. 10 work experience. I accompanied Mum on sales trips during our school holidays and on weekends, helping her when she struggled working seven days a week. When I finished high school, business was tough. It was the late ‘90s…

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The Points Whisperer

The sense of a bargain is my biggest driver, so I created iFLYflat to enable people to fly business and first class at discounts between 40% to 90% just by using credit card points a bit smarter. There’s an emotional feeling when you know that the person behind you is paying 10 times the amount for the same flight and…

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Innovating at the Heart of Money

I like people. A lot. I like their stories. I have a couple of my own. I describe myself as a global citizen, taking a chameleon approach to my working life, proactively building a stash of rich life experiences. My career started in risk which led to Wall Street and later to McKinsey & Company, a leading consulting firm, and…

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Creating Wealth For Others

My main motivation for starting Lambda School – which is somewhere between a university computer science degree and a coding bootcamp – is the creation of wealth for other people, particularly those who are starting from a low-income base, lower than many people who live in San Francisco could even recognise. In a sense we take bets on people, which…

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Higher Purpose

My grandmother lived a courageous and challenging life. Growing up in Russia in the 20th century, her story is one of survival. During World War II her house was occupied by the Germans and she was taken to work in a POW camp in Poland with her mother. One night, they managed to escape and ran for six weeks to…

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Act as One

I’m all about growth: growth in customers, growth in staff numbers, growth in revenue, and even personal growth. I’m a lifelong learner, always trying to expand my knowledge and capabilities. Those are the things I’m passionate about and that’s what’s driven me during my three years as CEO of JCurve Solutions (ASX: JCS). Our growth has been underpinned by a…

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Speed

Getting Here I’ve worked in healthcare IT for close to 20 years, although I started my career programming software with IBM, straight out of college. At IBM, I did every sort of technical job you can imagine. Even when I moved into management and leadership positions, I always had a desire to remain technically strong and current. It was like…

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Creating Enduring Value

Like most founders, I like building things. I’m driven by an ambition to create something of enduring value. It’s the satisfaction of building something from the ground up that motivates me, rather than being part of an established organisation. It’s not just building anything however, for me it has to be aligned to a meaningful purpose. Redbubble exists to ‘bring…

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The Five C’s

At Redbubble our culture is built on values; what we call the 5Cs: Creativity, Courage, Commitment, Accountability and Compassion. I think of them as a balanced set. The most obvious is creativity which is celebrated at the heart of everything we do. It’s part of us. Creativity is demonstrated through the website, through having artists in residence at Redbubble offices,…