Stevan Premutico Founder of ‘Dimmi’ & new startup ‘me&u’Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Stevan is one of Australia’s leading tech entrepreneurs. In 2007, in the middle of the GFC he conceptualised Dimmi Online Restaurant Reservations on the back of a napkin and went on to revolutionise the Aussie restaurant industry. In 2015, his startup was acquired by TripAdvisor. Dimmi was the perfect text book start-up story - started in a garage, ran out of money, took on the big Goliath, won the battle, sold to a tech darling. He is an entrepreneur, a passionate tech investor, sits on the board of a couple of disruptive Aussie start-ups and strongly believes that the world (and our businesses) would be in a better place if we all acted a bit more like founders and a bit less like CEO’s. He believes that life's short and that we should do stuff that we love and stuff that makes a difference.
Dr Amantha Imber Founder & CEO InventiumTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
Inventium is Australia’s leading innovation consultancy. Amantha’s latest book, The Innovation Formula, tackles the topic of how organisations can create a culture where innovation thrives. Two years ago, Melbourne innovation consultancy Inventium announced that it was offering all staff unlimited paid leave – with no strings attached. The initiative sparked intense debate, ranging from how empowering and innovative the initiative was, through to people believing that staff would abuse the system and. Two years in, Inventium CEO Dr Amantha Imber reflects on how the initiative has impacted her team:
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Andrew Alcock CEO of HUB24Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
HUB24 was established in 2007 by a team with a very strong track record of delivering market-leading solutions in the financial services industry. HUB24’s award-winning platform solution continues to be recognised across the industry for value for money and customer experience, providing advisers with the technology to efficiently manage and add value to their clients. Andrew Alcock is an accomplished financial services executive with strong leadership skills and a track record of successfully delivering significant change programs. His senior management positions cover many areas of financial services including general management, customer service, operations, information technology and product development. Andrew also has extensive experience overseeing the compliance, trustee and investment management functions in the superannuation arena.
Michael Beresford Director, Investment Services OpenCorp.Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
OpenCorp is Australia’s only end-to-end property investment specialist. Successfully guiding thousands of Australians in accumulating over $400 million in property wealth, Michael has helped grow their finances sustainably. He brings a wealth of investment, advisory and strategic business acumen to the executive team. Michael began investing in his early twenties, having bought his first owner-occupied property in 2001. With the mission to change the game and turn the idea of ‘investor sharks’ on its head, OpenCorp is founded on the principals of honesty, openness and education and its unique business model enables Australians an opportunity to secure their version of financial freedom. Similar to the other founders of OpenCorp, Michael has used his personal investment journey to develop the business into generating billions of dollars’ worth of property transactions. He is passionate about mentoring Australians and enabling them to take control of their financial future.
Brenda Keane Founder and Director at ‘Be Keane Healthy and Fit’ Activewear.Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Brenda created her line of active wear for curvy women because she noticed the demand for functional and fun designs made of good quality that wasn’t offered by standard ranges. She says they are the only brand in Australia to offer beautiful curvy woman activewear of excellent quality that is functionally fitted for sizes ranging from 10-38. She had a strong feeling that there were many women, with curvy figures like herself, that were desperate to find fun, colorful (and functional!) activewear, but her fear of failing got the better of her. For starters, she had never launched any business before, much less an online retail business. But now pursuing her dream has totally changed her life. She’s grown in confidence. She’s met amazing people. She’s learnt new skills. She’s conquered old fears & built a rich network of amazing women around her.
Janine Allis Founder and Executive Director of Retail Zoo and 2018 Telstra Business Awards Judge.Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Janine Allis is founder of Boost Juice Bars and is among Australia’s most respected business women, having been presented through her business numerous domestic and international awards in digital marketing, retail, franchise and business. In 2015, business magazine BRW named her one of fifteen people that changed the way Australia does business in the last 35 years. Her vision is to “do retailing differently”, delivering a unique customer experience based on the “love life” philosophy. In 2000, the first Boost Juice opened its doors in Adelaide, South Australia. 18 years on Boost Juice has over 500 stores in 14 countries. Here she draws from her own experiences of starting a business and growing it successfully into an empire, Janine can talk about the hallmarks of business success. Janine is also discusses why the Telstra Business Awards, are so important in supporting small businesses – celebrating their achievements and propelling them to even further heights.
Hein Vogel Investec Emerging CompaniesTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
Hein specialises in investing in, advising and connecting emerging companies and entrepeneurs. He has over 17 years of experience in structuring and providing financial and strategic advice in relation to various commercial transactions. His specialty skills include negotiation and transaction structuring to achieve the organisation's strategic objectives. Here he discusses what investec is, the objectives of the business, the way investec works and specifically identifying & investing in emerging companies & growing those opportunities.
James Spenceley Founder of Vocus Communications, CEO & Co-founder MHOR, Chairman AirtaskerTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
He founded Vocus Communications in 2007 and led the company to a $25million listing in 2010. When he stepped down as CEO in February 2016 it had 1,500 staff, annual revenues of $1.8billion, and a market capitalisation of $5billion. In addition to twice being an EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner, James debuted on the BRW's Young Rich list in 2011, and is one of the youngest people in Australia to have launched and run a billion-dollar company. Following his time with Vocus, James co-founded MHOR Asset Management, an Australian small caps investment fund. As a thematic investor, who is keen to support the ideas and trends that are most likely to reshape the economy and have relevance into the future, James is an avid VC investor including in businesses such as Airtasker, where he is Chairman, to futurist superannuation fund, Spaceship, online food delivery service, Marley Spoon, urban agriculture concept, Sustenir, and Integrated Green Energy Solutions (ASX:IGE), which uses patented technology to be the first in the world to turn unwanted plastics into road ready fuel.
Leo Tyndall Founder & CEO MarketlendTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
Leo Tyndall is the CEO and founder of Fintech Marketlend and he’s been on a crusade recently to warn the SME sector about Fintechs, saying the sector is akin to a “wild west”. He’s a former barrister and has seen businesses being burned too many times by unethical lending. But equally of interest is the road Leo took to get here. After decades of working in the ‘big end of town’ – global legal and financial services firms – Leo realised the ‘small end’ was being badly neglected. While large-scale investors and borrowers had any number of sophisticated finance options available to them, the SME space was largely ignored; investors couldn’t break into the market, leaving SMEs with only banks and large financial institutions to turn to. So Leo went ahead and assembled a team of veteran finance industry professionals, and built a first-of-its-kind proprietary platform through which SMEs could form direct relationships with institutional and sophisticated investors. Marketlend is now closing in on $50 million lent and $100 million in secured funds to SMEs.
Peter Castellas CEO Carbon Market Institute (CMI)Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Peter leads CMI in its important role in catalysing and driving the growth of the Australian carbon market including CMI’s approach to the development of market leading research; running national events and industry working groups; and servicing a national membership base of carbon market participants. Here he discusses expanding the carbon farming industry creating new jobs and economic opportunities as it helps Australia meet its climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement in 2020 and beyond. The Carbon Farming Industry Roadmap indicated that by 2030 the industry could generate up to 21,000 jobs nationally, and between $10.8 and $24 billion in revenue to the Australian economy. Carbon farming earns income for landholders via changes in land management which reduce greenhouse gas emissions or store carbon in soil and vegetation. This generates tradable carbon credits that allow government, corporations and organisations to meet their legal obligations (in the compliance market) or their social responsibility goals on the voluntary market.
Steve Layton Founder & CEO of SofabrandsTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
The Layton Group has been one of Australia’s premier furniture supply and manufacturing businesses, supplying furniture and homewares to the majority of Australia’s largest retailers since 1998. Founder, Steve Layton, started the group in Hong Kong, in 1990, and was one of the early pioneers in developing China’s production and export of furniture to Australia, USA and Europe. Steve has a unique knowledge of manufacturing, retail, product development and supply chain from 30 years in this industry sector. Australia furniture retailers face a huge challenge with endless discounting and sales, ever reducing margins, low transaction values and poor quality perception. Sofa Brands offers a solution to these problems. One of the other businesses that are currently part of the Layton Group include a highly custom 'design your own' sofa business that is currently in the works.
Anthony Hart Author, Speaker & Founder Lifeback Tracker and Workplace Wellbeing Workshops.Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Anthony’s mission is to help bring about a significant reduction in the rate of suicide in Australia. His business Hart Wellbeing Pty Ltd, operates with a focus on developing early intervention tools, which can be used the second a person is confronted by any life challenge affecting their daily wellbeing. Its signature tool, Lifeback Tracker cleverly tracks four simple principles, and is available online and delivered via talks and workshops and product. If you, or someone you know needs crisis support, please call Lifeline 13 11 14 now or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.
Mark Teperson Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Accent Group LimitedTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
Accent Group Ltd is Australia’s largest footwear retailer with over 445 stores across Australia & New Zealand. Mark has extensive experience in a variety of retail disciplines including Merchandise, Marketing, eCommerce, CRM, and Omni-channel retail. He has developed a reputation as a change agent, leading several high-profile change management and strategic projects at Accent Group through digitising the organisation and re-imagining retail. He is responsible for the Group Digital Strategy and execution for 9 retail and wholesale brands including, The Athlete’s Foot, Platypus, HypeDC, Skechers, Vans, Timberland, Merrell, Sperry, Saucony & CAT. Mark holds a Masters of Management and MBA from MGSM, and is a non-executive director of not-for-profit board.
April Arslan Founder & Creator of Law-Whiz and Managing Director of ARSLAN Lawyers.Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Law-Whiz is a creation and design by April Arslan who has practised in high end commercial litigation for 20 years. April had a vision to "make a difference" in the way lawyers conduct business across Common Law based legal systems. Recently launched in Australia and New Zealand Law Whiz is set to disrupt the legal industry and in what some quarters see as the somewhat archaic practices that are currently used to connect Barristers, Solicitors and Clerks. Law-Whiz is a unique platform custom-designed to connect barristers and solicitors instantly and facilitate a seamless business operation to improve the work flow and revenue of those in the legal profession.
Ian Jones Executive Director ‘Naturescoin’Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Ian has over 30 years in intellectual property commercialisation as Managing Director and CEO in media, financial services, biotechnology, property, and agribusiness. ‘NaturesCoin’ is a cryptocurrency but it’s not a Bitcoin clone; rather it seeks to fill the gap between decentralised economies and real world use. Based on blockchain technology, it is developed by Australian tech thinkers, who recognise by putting real value into the ‘Naturescoin’ currency. The developers recognised the United Nations Sustainability Goals could be harnessed through linking in with national and international businesses that have adopted Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects, which until now have no intrinsic value other than being costly “feel good” PR exercises. By linking ‘NaturesCoin’ to CSR projects they turn into real-time valued assets, which then create an asset base for the cryptocurrency.
Anton Szpitalak Co-founder & CEO of Tribe BreweriesTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
From a beer and cheese making hobby, to launching a new state-of-the-art $35 million craft beverage production facility in Goulburn, NSW, Anton is a highly respected, young entrepreneur that is disrupting the independent brewing space, and going up against some of the biggest and long-standing players in the market. Tribe boasts itself as the home to the largest number of craft beers in Australia, and the emerging leader in the Austral-Asian independent beer movement. In addition to a growing international portfolio of brands including Stockade Brew Co, Chao Siam and Wilde Gluten Free, Tribe shares its capacity with its contract brewing partners, assisting brands to become ‘national heroes’.
James Cooper-Jones CEO of CropLogic Limited.Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
An innovative agri-technology company CropLogic offers large scale crop growers with agronomic expertise based upon scientific research and delivered with cutting edge technology – science, agronomy and technology interwoven into an expert system for decision support. James has been involved in the company from inception and discusses croplogic’s agri technology and its application to various agri industries in Australia and the US.
Maurice Ben-Mayor President, Stryker, South PacificTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, specialising in innovative products and services across Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, Neurotechnology and Spine. Their low-profile could be attributed to their focus on innovation, boasting no less than 44 manufacturing and R&D locations worldwide, and in 2016 alone, spending $787 million on research and development. A mix of art and science that saw them take out the top spot in Australia’s Great Place to Work (GPTW) benchmarking study in 2017. Ben-Mayor has navigated the business through the transformative period from traditional medical company to industry-leading technology specialists.
Steven Crutchfield Vice President & Managing Director ANZ Motorola SolutionsTalking Business with Alan Kohler add
Motorola Solutions is the industry leader in mission-critical communications, providing the vital networks and tools that first responders and heavy commercial sectors in Australia depend on every day. The company's two-way radio technologies are as relevant today as ever, as evidenced by Motorola securing its largest ever deal in Australia, a $261 million contract to upgrade the networks used by Victoria’s emergency services.
Mark Thompson Founder & Managing Director Talga Resources Ltd.Talking Business with Alan Kohler add
Mark Thompson is a Perth-born self-taught geologist who is widely respected around the world. Talga is a vertically integrated advanced material technology company emerging as a global leader in graphene and graphite supply. Graphene is the world’s most powerful additive making products stronger, lighter and more conductive, which has an abundance of commercial property uses. Talga is differentiated from its ASX and global stock-market listed peers by virtue of its unique process to liberate bulk quantities of graphene, along with graphite, via a world first environmentally low impact electro-chemical method with potential to massively lower costs.