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Enabling Social Change

I started my working life in the hospitality industry. One night the computer system crashed while I was managing a hotel. It fell to me, with no experience in IT, to work with the vendor to get the system up and running again. I must have done okay, because a couple of weeks later they offered me a job installing…

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All In

Predictive Hire was founded four years ago by two friends from England who have known each other since they were kids. They were both recruiters who came to realise that the recruitment process was unfair and inefficient. They found themselves making calls that affected people’s careers without having any concrete way of knowing if they were right for the job….

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Saudi Youth

I am on a mission to drive one of the leading telecommunications companies to new heights in my current position as the CEO of Virgin Mobile KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). In Saudi Arabia, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in the economy. It is aligned with the endearing Saudi Vision 2030 which is framed by the great leadership of…

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Risk, AI and Global Ambition

I spent 16 years in risk management, living the corporate life, firstly at a big four accounting firm and then at a major bank. As a risk executive I saw two issues: the big accounting firms are very expensive, and their value is starting to erode. It’s fine being expensive. I don’t mind paying for the brand if there’s a…

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Democratising Software

At heart, I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I founded my first company at the age of 17, which made me fall in love with entrepreneurship and building businesses from the ground up. I like to create something impactful, so when I finished university I dived straight in and created Checkbox. Our ultimate purpose as a company is to democratise the…

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Building Communities

When I was in primary school I was the kid who organised the lunchtime sports competitions. I was sports captain for my house at high school and organised team sports while at university. As an adult I’ve worked at Netball Australia, the World Swimming Championships, and the Deaflympic Games. In one form or another I’ve been doing this type of…

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Guard This With Your Life

The best thing about running a startup is you’re in control of your destiny, but it takes a lot of effort. You’ve got to push yourself. You’ve got to be ready to make sacrifices and have the mental toughness to stick it out when it feels like the walls are closing around you. As bad as it seems at that…

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Smart Contracts and the Modern Artist

Entrepreneurs, more than anything else, tend to be people who run into a problem or encounter some friction when pursuing their dreams and then create a business because of it. When confronted with a difficult pathway we see an opportunity to capture value. For me, I always wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write and publish my own…

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Front Row View

I’m originally from the UK where I worked in the Cambridge office of Ernst and Young. There’s a big tech sector in Cambridge with many startup businesses spinning out of the University, especially in biotech and health technologies. Eventually I moved to Sydney and continued to work with innovative businesses like the coworking community Tank Stream Labs (TSL), where I…

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Start with a Billion Users in Mind

I often think that being an inventor and being a founder share common intent, groping around in a foggy vision of the future, grabbing whatever you can get your hands on and pulling it back into the present. We look at the full matrix of life and see where things are taken for granted, how things could be put together…

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Solving A Uniquely Australian Problem (and other reflections)

Property, in Australia, is a massive asset class. It’s highly tangible and well understood, yet it has become inaccessible for many people. With BrickX (Brick Exchange) we’ve created a platform where people can buy and sell property in a similar way that they buy and sell shares. We’re opening up an asset class that was otherwise becoming unavailable and in doing…

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Bringing Founder Passion to a Corporate Role

When I arrived at Europcar in 2008, the business was not performing at all well. We were losing money every month and having to request funds from head office just to pay our bills. We had to make significant people changes in the organization, not to mention strategic changes in sales, marketing, fleet, and operations. It often felt like open…

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A Quick Peek into the Future

I started FORKaiA, a startup accelerator, because I believe in full-throttle Artificial Intelligence (AI). We can take any concept and move from idea to commercialised product incredibly quickly using AI, machine learning, neural nets, and big-data algorithms. I believe that in the future there aren’t necessarily going to be businesses. There’s just going to be A-to-B platforms that allow us…

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A Very Large Ambition

Founding With Airwallex I found something that I’m really passionate about and enjoy doing on a day-to-day basis. I get a lot of satisfaction from creating a business that can scale very quickly around the world. Every day we’re building something bigger, seeing new things, and solving larger issues. The motivation for the founders is not money. From day one…

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Creative Content and Authentic Influence

Tribe is an influencer platform specialising in micro influencers, yet we didn’t build the platform to be about influence; we built it to be about content. Brands need content. Agencies need content. Social media managers need content and when they do, it doesn’t necessarily have to be highly produced, stylized, and expensive to create. It needs to be real time,…

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An Innovation Journey

It may be a horrible cliché but my driver for seeking a position in parliament was to make a difference. I don’t come from a political family and in fact I was the first among my relatives to finish high school. Almost everyone can name that one teacher who had the biggest impact on their lives. For me it was…

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The Science of Wow

Creating the Product: Growing up in South Africa, we’d head to the Easter Show every year. We ate carnival food, went on show rides, saw animal performances, watched woodchopping competitions and listened to live music in pavilions which were connected by cable cars running high above the action. So it’s probably fitting that at FunLab, our latest offering is the…

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Keeping an Organisation Secure

I love security and I love hacking. In 1977, my school had a mainframe computer, one of the first mainframes anywhere Australia, and I hacked into it. I got into such trouble, but I found hacking interesting and exciting… even though I was banned from the mainframe for the rest of my school days! Fast forward to 2010 and I…

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Transformation at the National Stock Exchange

As a Tier 1 marketplace, the fundamental purpose of the National Stock Exchange (NSX), is capital formation; bringing together companies who require capital to fund growth, with investors who have capital and are looking for investment opportunities. By targeting companies with sub $50m market-cap, we see ourselves as funding innovation and facilitating diversification in the Australian economy. We aim to…

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The Things I Value

In 2001, a new recruit was drafted to the West Coast Eagles football club. He was a mature age recruit who’d played a lot of football in country WA and was seen as a bit of an unknown in AFL circles. At a pre-season meeting that year, the new players were introducing themselves and had to describe their likes and…