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  • Summary

    Steve Grace shares his journey into the startup space, influenced by his father's entrepreneurial spirit. He discusses the challenges and lessons learned from selling his first business and emphasises the importance of being involved in all aspects of your business, even if you outsource certain tasks. Steve also talks about the changing nature of work-life balance and the need to adapt routines as life circumstances change. He shares his daily routine, which includes exercise, work, and family time. In this conversation, Steve Grace shares insights and advice based on his experience as a startup founder and recruitment industry expert.

    He discusses his weekly routine, the importance of content-driven growth, and the challenges faced by women in startup leadership roles. Steve also talks about the significance of company culture and the need for founders to keep going and overcome doubts. He concludes by sharing his definition of success and his upcoming challenge of cycling across the Simpson Desert.

    Takeaways

    Entrepreneurship can be influenced by family background and early experiences with running businesses. Selling a business can be a challenging process, and it's important to be involved and informed throughout the negotiation and due diligence stages. Maintaining work-life balance requires adapting routines as life circumstances change. Being involved in all aspects of your business, even if you outsource certain tasks, is crucial for success. Having a daily routine that includes exercise, work, and family time can contribute to physical and mental well-being. Maintaining a consistent routine and work-life balance is important for startup founders. Content-driven growth can be a sustainable and cost-effective way to generate sales. The recruitment industry is working towards addressing the low representation of women in leadership roles. Company culture should be regularly assessed and guided to ensure it aligns with the desired values and goals. Success is defined by enjoying the journey, consistently performing at a high level, and pushing oneself out of the comfort zone. Founders should persevere through the ups and downs of the startup journey and be open to new opportunities. Physical challenges can help build confidence and overcome mental challenges. Cycling across the Simpson Desert is a unique and extreme challenge that Steve is planning to undertake.

    LINKS

    Steve's LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevegrace/

    The Nudge Group: https://thenudgegroup.com/tng-media/

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    Chapters:

    02:00

    Family Influence and Early Experiences

    10:30

    Lessons Learned from Selling a Business

    15:08

    Embracing Failure and Taking Responsibility

    26:48

    Balance the Grind and Work-Life Balance

    28:17

    Steve Grace's Daily Routine

    29:57

    Introduction and Weekly Routine

    33:20

    Content-Driven Growth and Sales

    37:32

    Women in Startup Leadership Roles

    41:36

    Nurturing Company Culture

    48:16

    Defining Success and Perseverance

    52:09

    Building Confidence through Physical Challenges

    55:38

    Cycling Across the Simpson Desert

    Tags: #Startup #Entrepreneurship #Business #WorkLifeBalance #Routine #Founder #Recruitment #ContentGrowth #WomenInLeadership #CompanyCulture #Perseverance #Success #SimpsonDesert

  • Summary

    Ren Fernando, the co-founder of Re-Love, shares the story behind the organisation and its mission to support people in crisis by providing them with furniture and household items. Re-Love was founded during the COVID-19 pandemic to address the need for furniture for individuals and families setting up new homes. The organisation rescues furniture from corporate relocations and hotels and offers it for free in their store. The impact of having a furnished home goes beyond providing basic necessities; it gives people a sense of dignity, stability, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Ren's personal experiences and empathy drive her to help others, and she believes in the resilience and creativity of individuals facing challenges. Re-Love's work is not just about providing furniture; it is about creating human connections and moments of joy for those they support. Ren discusses the importance of constantly rethinking and adapting their approach to meet the challenges they face.

    They emphasise the need to remove barriers and provide free services to support those in need. Funding and organising volunteers are ongoing challenges, but they have found success in creating additional revenue streams.

    Ren also shares insights on being a woman in the startup space and the value of having a co-founder. They highlight the importance of collaboration and environmental responsibility. Building a team and finding funding are key priorities for the future, and the running group continues to provide support and community engagement.

    Links

    ReLove https://www.relove.org.au/

    Ren’s LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ren-fernando-848415211/


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    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background

    04:20 The Need for Re-Love

    06:50 Expanding Support and Impact

    10:31 The Importance of Furnishing Homes

    14:51 Founding Re-Love During COVID-19

    24:57 The Impact of Personal Experiences

    29:34 The Joy of Helping Others

    32:53 Stories of Transformation

    38:26 Defining Success and Overcoming Challenges

    40:41 Constantly Rethinking and Adapting

    45:16 Removing Barriers and Providing Free Services

    45:58 Organising Funding and Volunteers

    48:41 Creating Additional Revenue Streams

    52:02 Challenges of Funding and Staffing

    54:35 Women in the Startup Space

    01:00:17 The Importance of Collaboration and Environmental Responsibility

    01:06:50 Building a Team and Finding Funding

    01:12:23 The Value of Having a Co-founder

    01:15:51 The Running Group and Community Support

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  • Summary

    Anne-Marie Brook, founder and CEO of Rights Intelligence, shares her journey from being a senior economist to a social entrepreneur. She discusses the challenges she faced in transitioning to entrepreneurship and the need to commercialise data to increase revenue.

    Anne-Marie's drive to advocate for human rights stems from her experiences in Peru and her interest in understanding systemic issues. She highlights the challenges of working in the human rights field and the importance of creating a steward-owned company to protect the social mission of the organisation.

    In this conversation, Anne-Marie Brook discusses various topics related to human rights, social impact, and entrepreneurship. The conversation covers the transition of OpenAI, funding challenges and advice, setting up the right structure, the relationship with capitalism, funding challenges in the philanthropic world, dealing with funding setbacks, the value of setting goals, rewarding experiences in human rights and social impact, dealing with burnout and stress, lessons learned in founding HRMI and future plans and call to action.

    Takeaways

    Transitioning from a stable career to entrepreneurship requires overcoming the fear of failure and trusting your instincts. Advocating for human rights often involves navigating political challenges and funding constraints. Experiences in different countries can shape one's perspective and drive to create systemic change. Commercialising data can be a viable strategy to increase revenue and expand the impact of social organisations. Steward-owned companies provide a structure to protect the social mission of an organisation. Setting up the right structure from the beginning can help avoid problems in the future. The philanthropic world can be challenging to navigate when seeking funding, but it's important to have conversations with potential investors and foundations. Failure is a part of the learning process, and it's important to iterate and adapt based on feedback. Taking care of mental well-being is crucial for founders, and strategies like healthy eating, exercise, and meditation can help maintain resilience. Having a clear ask and offer when talking to potential investors or partners is essential.

    Contact Anne Marie

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-marie-brook/

    Email: [email protected]

    https://www.rightsintelligence.com/

    https://humanrightsmeasurement.org/

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    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Background

    01:03

    Journey to Founding HRMI and Rights Intelligence

    08:09

    Commercialising Data and the Creation of Rights Intelligence

    10:38

    The Need for Increased Revenue and the Creation of Rights Intelligence

    11:06

    Overcoming the Fear of Failure

    16:38

    The Drive to Advocate for Human Rights

    21:26

    Challenges in Human Rights Work

    23:03

    Steward-Owned Company Model

    25:24

    Rebel's Move and Elon Musk's Offer

    26:22

    Transition of OpenAI

    26:27

    Funding Challenges and Advice

    27:20

    Setting Up the Right Structure

    28:40

    The Relationship with Capitalism

    30:54

    Funding Challenges in the Philanthropic World

    33:30

    Dealing with Funding Setbacks

    34:18

    The Value of Setting Goals

    35:48

    Rewarding Experiences in Human Rights and Social Impact

    40:41

    Dealing with Burnout and Stress

    43:29

    Lessons Learned in Founding Hermi and Rights

    44:30

    Future Plans and Call to Action

  • Summary

    Pia, co-founder of Clean Slate Clinic, shares her personal journey and the challenges of addiction. She discusses the stigma and culture surrounding alcohol consumption and the impact of childhood trauma on addiction.

    Pia also talks about her experience as an accidental founder and reluctant CEO, as well as the challenges of capital raising for a social enterprise. She provides advice for social enterprise startups and highlights the importance of building supportive networks within the industry.

    In this conversation, Pia discusses the importance of investing in the right people and targeting the right investors. She emphasises the need to start early conversations with potential investors and build a network of supporters. Pia also shares the lesson of strategically planning for funding growth and the pros and cons of investment. The conversation highlights the stigma and barriers to access faced by cultural communities and the LGBTQI+ community. Pia explains the comprehensive care provided for alcohol and stimulant addiction and the ineffectiveness of the war on drugs. Lastly, she shares her windsurfing license and discusses coping mechanisms for stress.

    Links

    Lifeline: phone 13 11 14 Website: www.lifeline.org.au/

    https://www.cleanslateclinic.comhttps://

    www.linkedin.com/company/clean-slate-clinichttps://

    www.instagram.com/cleanslateclinic/https://

    www.facebook.com/Cleanslateclinic/

    About Clean Slate Clinic:

    Clean Slate Clinic is a Social Enterprise with a mission to tear down barriers to accessing addiction treatment services. They are doing this through innovating the model of service delivery for clients struggling with dependence on alcohol, stimulants and cannabis. Clean Slate Clinic provide clinical services that are delivered fully at home, using virtual care, enabling clients to continue to work & live whilst they receive long-term support from experienced doctors and nurses. This model is demonstrating incredible results, with low levels of relapse and high client satisfaction.

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    Website: www.failwisdom.com

    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Background

    03:29

    Personal Journey and Co-founding Clean Slate Clinic

    07:54

    Providing Help for Addiction and Overcoming Challenges

    08:55

    The Impact of Alcohol and Drug Addiction

    10:18

    The Stigma and Culture of Alcohol Consumption

    12:02

    Childhood Trauma and Addiction

    14:23

    Dealing with Trauma and its Effects

    16:12

    Accidental Founder and Reluctant CEO

    27:52

    Finding Funding from Impact Investors

    31:08

    Advice for Social Enterprise Startups

    32:17

    Investing in the Right People

    33:05

    Start Early Conversations with Potential Investors

    34:04

    Strategically Plan for Funding Growth

    35:03

    The Importance of Investment for Accelerated Growth

    37:17

    Consider the Pros and Cons of Investment

    39:20

    Stigma and Barriers to Access in Cultural Communities

    42:09

    Stigma and Barriers to Access in LGBTQI+ Community

    44:25

    Comprehensive Care for Alcohol and Stimulant Addiction

    49:00

    The Ineffectiveness of the War on Drugs

    54:23

    Pia's Windsurfing License and Coping with Stress

    57:58

    Surround Yourself with Advisors and Supporters

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  • Summary

    Ben Lannan, a former tax consultant, shares his journey into the startup space and the importance of using data to improve trade regulation. He highlights the challenges faced by small businesses in the freight industry and the role of technology in overcoming them. Ben also discusses his transition from consulting to entrepreneurship and the lessons he learned from a failed partnership.

    Additionally, he talks about his involvement in organisations focused on perinatal support and youth mental health. In this conversation, Ben Lannan discusses two organisations he is involved with: Panda, a startup that provides digital tools for community organisations, and Origin Youth Mental Health, a leading youth mental health research organisation.

    Ben highlights the importance of digital tools in providing equitable access to mental health services and the use of AI to support therapy. Ben shares success stories from Origin and emphasises the need for ongoing support in mental healthcare. He also provides advice for early-stage startup founders and encourages taking action and pursuing one's purpose.

    Takeaways

    Using data and technology can improve trade regulation and create efficiencies in supply chains. Small businesses in the freight industry face challenges due to technology and data asymmetry. Alignment and commitment are crucial in partnerships to ensure progress and success. Prior experience and networks play a significant role in the success of startups. Addressing mental health challenges, especially among young people, is essential. Digital tools are crucial in providing equitable access to mental health services. AI can be used to support different types of therapy and improve the quality and reach of digital tools. Ongoing support is essential in the mental healthcare journey. Taking action and pursuing one's purpose can lead to a fulfilling and purposeful life.

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    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Background

    00:24

    Journey into the Startup Space

    03:09

    Importance of Technology for Small Businesses

    05:19

    Challenges Faced by Small Businesses in the Freight Industry

    08:15

    Importance of Understanding Business Problems

    12:42

    Transitioning from Consulting to Entrepreneurship

    13:36

    Applying Design Principles to the ESG Space

    15:38

    The Importance of Networks and Prior Experience

    20:35

    The Importance of Alignment and Commitment in Partnerships

    24:36

    Involvement in Perinatal Support and Youth Mental Health Organisations

    27:36

    Introduction to the Organisations

    28:32

    Origin Youth Mental Health and Digital Tools

    29:30

    The Need for Digital Mental Health Services

    30:24

    Improving Access and Affordability

    31:25

    Success Stories from Origin

    33:04

    Challenges in Mental Healthcare

    34:28

    Ongoing Support and Importance of Autonomy

    35:21

    The Role of Research and Evidence in Digital Mental Health Services

    36:23

    Expanding Reach Beyond Australia

    36:39

    Advice for Early Stage Startup Founders

    42:01

    The Importance of Taking Action

    43:53

    Questioning Constraints and Pursuing Dreams

    46:29

    Living a Purposeful Life

    47:07

    Conclusion

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  • Summary

    Tony Rothacker, founder of Youngster.co, shares his journey in the startup space and the story behind his company. Youngster.co aims to connect generations by leveraging the wisdom of seniors and the tech skills of young people. The conversation explores the challenges of technology, the importance of ethical platforms, and the need for long-term thinking. Tony also discusses the benefits of bootstrapping and the lessons learned from failures in the startup world. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the impact of Youngster.co in creating jobs and helping the community.

    Tony Rothacker shares his journey from growing up in Slovakia to becoming a successful entrepreneur and founder of Youngster.co. He discusses the challenges he faced as a child in Slovakia and the decision to move to Germany. Tony emphasises the importance of teachers and mentors in shaping his life and the impact they can have on young people. He also highlights the significance of mental health and finding balance in life. Tony shares his love for nature and the ocean, and how it provides him with inspiration and refuge. He offers advice for early stage startup founders and discusses the benefits and threats of social media and AI. Tony concludes by discussing his plans for the future, including expanding to New Zealand and helping Aboriginal communities.

    Takeaways

    Youngster.co aims to connect generations and address the challenges of technology by leveraging the wisdom of seniors and the tech skills of young people. Ethical technology platforms are needed to counter the negative effects of social media and misinformation. Long-term thinking and serving humanity should be prioritised over short-term gains. Bootstrapping can be a viable option for startups, but it's important to consider customer traction and profitability. Youngster.co is creating jobs and helping the community by providing tech assistance to seniors and fostering human connections. The influence of teachers and mentors can have a profound impact on a person's life. Maintaining mental health and finding balance is crucial, especially in the demanding world of startups. Nature and outdoor activities can provide inspiration and a sense of peace. Creating human connections and prioritising ethical considerations are essential in the age of AI and social media. Surrounding yourself with amazing people can lead to personal and professional growth.

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    Socials:

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    Facebook: Facebook

    Instagram: Instagram

    YouTube: YouTube

    Website: www.failwisdom.com

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    CHAPTERS

    02:35 - Introduction and Background

    04:02 - The Story Behind Youngster.co

    09:20 - The Importance of Wisdom and Balance

    10:35 - The Challenges of Technology and Social Media

    12:17 - Addressing Loneliness and Isolation

    13:49 - The Need for Ethical Technology Platforms

    15:36 - Long-Term Thinking and Serving Humanity

    17:13 - Learning from Failures in the Startup World

    22:01 - The Challenges of Bootstrapping

    23:57 - The Importance of Customer Traction

    25:54 - Helping the Community and Creating Jobs

    28:18 - Becoming an Entrepreneur

    29:18 - Childhood in Slovakia

    30:42 - Moving to Germany

    31:45 - Learning English in London

    32:48 - The Impact of Teachers

    33:35 - The Importance of Mental Health

    35:35 - Finding Refuge in Nature

    36:49 - Advice for Early Stage Startup Founders

    38:55 - The Napkin Test

    40:37 - Creating Human Connections in the Age of AI

    43:46 - The Importance of Surrounding Yourself with Amazing People

    45:07 - The Benefits and Threats of Social Media and AI

    47:58 - Expanding to New Zealand and Helping Aboriginal Communities

    49:02 - The Question No One Has Asked

  • Summary

    Joel Ramirez shares his journey from growing up in the Philippines to becoming a successful entrepreneur in Australia. He discusses the challenges he faced with chronic loneliness and severe depression and how these experiences led him to co-found a software implementation business. Joel emphasises the importance of connections and support in the startup world and shares insights on timing, technology, and funding. He also discusses his book on loneliness and mental health and the impact it has had on psychologists in Australia.

    In this conversation, Joel Ramirez shares his entrepreneurial journey and the impact of loneliness and depression. He discusses the causes and effects of loneliness, particularly in the context of COVID-19. Joel also explores cultural differences in loneliness and the importance of kindness and purpose. He emphasises the significance of relationships in the workplace and the practice of gratitude. Overall, Joel's insights provide valuable lessons for early-stage startup founders and entrepreneurs.

    Takeaways

    Loneliness and mental health challenges can affect anyone, regardless of their background or success. Connections and support are crucial for startups to thrive and overcome challenges. Timing and technology play a significant role in the success of startups. Bootstrapping can be advantageous, but funding may be necessary for rapid growth. Navigating investor relationships requires careful consideration and alignment of goals. Loneliness and depression can have a significant impact on individuals and communities. The causes of loneliness are often rooted in environmental factors and lack of meaningful connections. Cultural differences play a role in how loneliness is perceived and experienced. Kindness and purpose are essential for personal and professional growth. Practicing gratitude can help shift focus to the positive aspects of life.

    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Early Years

    03:42

    Passion for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    07:33

    Loneliness Epidemic and its Impact

    09:12

    Challenges Faced by Startups

    11:04

    Importance of Connections and Support

    13:42

    Lessons from Sarah Blakely and Failing Fast

    17:55

    Failure and Lessons Learned

    24:49

    Bootstrapping vs. Funding

    27:45

    Navigating Investor Relationships

    31:15

    Considerations in Partnering with Investors

    31:59

    Journey into Depression and Writing the Book

    32:39

    Joel's Background and Entrepreneurial Journey

    33:34

    Starting and Selling Businesses

    37:39

    The Impact of Loneliness and Depression

    39:35

    Uncovering the Causes and Effects of Loneliness

    43:53

    The Role of COVID-19 in Raising Awareness

    45:03

    Cultural Differences in Loneliness

    48:28

    The Importance of Kindness and Purpose

    55:53

    The Importance of Relationships in the Workplace

    60:52

    Practicing Gratitude and Finding Purpose

    01:04:32

    Closing Remarks

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  • Summary

    In this conversation, Mark James, a customologist, shares his journey as an entrepreneur and the importance of focusing on customer outcomes. He emphasises the value of learning from failure and the need for commercial curiosity.

    Mark discusses the process of acquiring and retaining customers, highlighting the significance of onboarding and check-ins. He also emphasises the importance of solving customer problems and building a strong brand.

    Mark concludes by emphasising the power of selling on emotions and benefits rather than features. In this conversation, Mark James shares insights on aligning with the customer's needs, identifying and attracting the right investors, learning from failure, and the deeper purpose behind his work.

    Takeaways

    Focus on customer outcomes and solve their problems to retain them. Embrace failure as a learning opportunity and be commercially curious. Invest in onboarding and check-ins to ensure customer satisfaction. Build a strong brand by focusing on emotions and benefits rather than features. Focus on the difference your product or service can make to the customer's business, not just the monetary gain. When seeking investors, find the right type of money that aligns with your business and can provide more than just capital. Failure is an opportunity for growth and learning. Use the lessons from failure to make better decisions in the future. The purpose behind success should be to make a positive contribution and have a meaningful impact on the lives of those closest to you.

    Chapters:

    Introduction and Background: 02:17

    Becoming an Entrepreneur: 05:53

    Shifting Focus to Customer Outcomes: 09:50

    The Importance of Learning and Failure: 15:46

    The Value of Commercial Curiosity: 18:35

    Acquiring and Retaining Customers: 21:37

    Retaining Customers in B2C and B2B: 27:18

    The Importance of Onboarding and Check-ins: 30:25

    Solving Customer Problems: 34:38

    Building a Strong Brand: 40:40

    Selling on Emotions and Benefits: 44:03

    Aligning with the Customer's Needs: 44:06

    Identifying and Attracting the Right Investors: 47:27

    Learning from Failure: 55:42

    The Deeper Purpose: 01:03:06

    Links

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/markjamesgji/
    https://www.leadify.com.au/
    https://www.customology.com.au/
    https://conversify.com.au/
    https://www.colorcorp.com.au/

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    Website: www.failwisdom.com

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    Disclaimers: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the podcast owner or sponsor. Any content provided is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as professional advice. Always consult with a qualified professional for specific advice tailored to your situation.

  • Summary

    Tony Rothacker, founder of Youngster.co, shares his journey in the startup space and the story behind his company. Youngster.co aims to connect generations by leveraging the wisdom of seniors and the tech skills of young people.

    The conversation explores the challenges of technology, the importance of ethical platforms, and the need for long-term thinking. Tony also discusses the benefits of bootstrapping and the lessons learned from failures in the startup world. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the impact of Youngster.co in creating jobs and helping the community.

    Tony Rothacker shares his journey from growing up in Slovakia to becoming a successful entrepreneur and founder of Youngster.co. He discusses the challenges he faced as a child in Slovakia and the decision to move to Germany.

    Tony emphasises the importance of teachers and mentors in shaping his life and the impact they can have on young people. He also highlights the significance of mental health and finding balance in life. Tony shares his love for nature and the ocean, and how it provides him with inspiration and refuge.

    He offers advice for early stage startup founders and discusses the benefits and threats of social media and AI. Tony concludes by discussing his plans for the future, including expanding to New Zealand and helping Aboriginal communities.

    Takeaways

    Youngster.co aims to connect generations and address the challenges of technology by leveraging the wisdom of seniors and the tech skills of young people. Ethical technology platforms are needed to counter the negative effects of social media and misinformation. Long-term thinking and serving humanity should be prioritised over short-term gains. Bootstrapping can be a viable option for startups, but it's important to consider customer traction and profitability. Youngster.co is creating jobs and helping the community by providing tech assistance to seniors and fostering human connections. The influence of teachers and mentors can have a profound impact on a person's life. Maintaining mental health and finding balance is crucial, especially in the demanding world of startups. Nature and outdoor activities can provide inspiration and a sense of peace. Creating human connections and prioritising ethical considerations are essential in the age of AI and social media. Surrounding yourself with amazing people can lead to personal and professional growth.

    CHAPTERS

    02:35 - Introduction and Background

    04:02 - The Story Behind Youngster.co

    09:20 - The Importance of Wisdom and Balance

    10:35 - The Challenges of Technology and Social Media

    12:17 - Addressing Loneliness and Isolation

    13:49 - The Need for Ethical Technology Platforms

    15:36 - Long-Term Thinking and Serving Humanity

    17:13 - Learning from Failures in the Startup World

    22:01 - The Challenges of Bootstrapping

    23:57 - The Importance of Customer Traction

    25:54 - Helping the Community and Creating Jobs

    28:18 - Becoming an Entrepreneur

    29:18 - Childhood in Slovakia

    30:42 - Moving to Germany

    31:45 - Learning English in London

    32:48 - The Impact of Teachers

    33:35 - The Importance of Mental Health

    35:35 - Finding Refuge in Nature

    36:49 - Advice for Early Stage Startup Founders

    38:55 - The Napkin Test

    40:37 - Creating Human Connections in the Age of AI

    43:46 - The Importance of Surrounding Yourself with Amazing People

    45:07 - The Benefits and Threats of Social Media and AI

    47:58 - Expanding to New Zealand and Helping Aboriginal Communities

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  • Summary

    Matt shares his journey as an entrepreneur and his experience in the tech industry. He discusses the advantages of working in startups and the challenges of innovation in large organisations. Matt also talks about the importance of focusing on solving real problems and delegating tasks to maximise efficiency.

    He shares his insights on the decentralised space and the potential of blockchain and AI technologies. Matt emphasises the need for startups to stay focused and avoid getting distracted by industry trends. He concludes with a personal story about his family fostering 100 children and the impact it had on his perspective.

    Takeaways

    Working in startups allows for more influence and impact on projects. Delegating tasks and focusing on strengths is crucial for startup success. The decentralised space offers opportunities for innovation and solving real problems. Startups should stay focused and avoid getting distracted by industry trends. Personal experiences and stories shape one's perspective and values.

    Matt's Links

    https://twitter.com/MattGeddes https://versatus.io https://incomplete.io

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    Chapters

    01:24

    Introduction and Background

    04:17

    The Current State of the Tech Industry

    06:41

    Starting a Startup and Delegating Tasks

    08:30

    Delegating Sales and Marketing

    10:24

    Moving to Silicon Valley

    12:41

    The Benefits of Networking in Silicon Valley

    15:07

    Transitioning to Leadership Roles

    17:30

    The Role of AI in Software Development

    23:06

    Understanding the Decentralised Space

    29:10

    Lessons from Startup Failures

    34:18

    The Importance of Focus and Delegation

    37:29

    Advice for Startup Founders

    38:39

    Personal Story and Background

  • JAMES TYNAN

    James Tynan is a seasoned investor and startup enthusiast, currently serving as a partner at Square Peg, where he invests in exceptional founders solving significant problems across Australia, Israel, and South-East Asia.

    With a rich background in the startup ecosystem, including leadership roles at Startmate and Khan Academy, James brings a wealth of experience and insights to the table. His journey into the world of venture capital, coupled with his involvement in building brands and fostering innovation, makes him a valuable guest on the Startup FailWisdom Podcast.

    Summary

    James discusses his journey into the startup investment space and his involvement with Square Peg and StartMate. He shares insights into the challenges of early stage funding and the criteria for investing in startups. James also talks about the role of venture in solving global problems and the importance of building strong brands for startups. He reflects on his experience at Khan Academy and shares personal failures and lessons learned. Finally, James discusses the impact of AI in healthcare and climate. In this conversation, James Tynan discusses his interest in the less glamorous aspects of AI and the potential for AI to solve industry-level problems. He also shares his plans to continue working with great founders and his optimism for the future of the startup industry in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, he emphasises the importance of seeking advice from the right people and developing one's own inner compass. Finally, he highlights some underrated individuals and resources in the startup ecosystem.

    Takeaways

    Early stage funding is crucial for startups and investors should focus on the team's potential and the problem they are solving, rather than revenue. Investing in startups requires a balance between supporting the founders and learning from them. Building a strong brand is essential for startups and founders should focus on purpose, positioning, and personality. Failure is a part of the startup journey and it is important to learn from mistakes and prioritise mental health. AI has the potential to revolutionise industries like healthcare and climate by increasing efficiency and solving complex problems.

    Contact James

    twitter @jamestynan

    Website https://www.squarepeg.vc/

    Chapters

    02:40

    Venturing into the Startup Investment Space

    05:40

    Square Peg and StartMate

    08:40

    Challenges of Early Stage Funding

    11:40

    Investing in Early Stage Startups

    14:40

    Criteria for Investing in Startups

    17:40

    The Role of Venture in Solving Global Problems

    20:40

    Building Brands for Startups

    27:40

    James' Involvement with Khan Academy

    31:40

    Personal Failures and Lessons Learned

    38:40

    Balancing Work and Mental Health in Startups

    42:40

    The Impact of AI in Healthcare and Climate

    44:20

    The Least Sexy Parts of AI

    47:20

    Doubling Down on Current Work

    48:00

    The Future of the Startup Industry in Australia and New Zealand

    51:00

    Advice for Early Stage Startup Founders

    53:00

    Underrated People and Resources in the Startup Ecosystem

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  • Summary

    In this conversation, Mark W Travis, a renowned director and educator, shares his career journey and the challenges he faced in the film industry. He discusses the impact of studio interference on his first major film and the lessons he learned from that experience. Mark also provides valuable advice for startup founders, emphasising the importance of choosing the right collaborators and understanding hidden agendas.

    He highlights the power of storytelling and the role it plays in engaging the audience. Overall, Mark's insights offer valuable lessons for both filmmakers and entrepreneurs. This part of the conversation explores the power of manipulation in storytelling and the importance of staging in filmmaking and pitching. It also delves into the risks and instincts involved in the film industry and startups. The chapters cover topics such as the shock of getting the green light, the techniques of compression and expansion in storytelling, and the loneliness of comedians and directors. The conversation emphasises the significance of storytelling and the need to engage the audience's imagination.

    In this conversation, Mark W Travis discusses the influence of franchise films and streaming platforms on the film industry. He highlights the importance of big-budget superhero movies and the rise of streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. Mark also shares his experiences working with actors and the challenges they face, including the fear of damaging their image and the ego that comes with fame. Lastly, he talks about his ongoing legacy project, which aims to record and make available all of his teachings and insights for future generations.

    Takeaways

    The film industry can be challenging, and success is not always guaranteed. It is important to be adaptable and open to new opportunities.

    Collaboration is key in any creative endeavour. Choose collaborators who prioritise the project's success over personal gain.

    Storytelling is a powerful tool that can engage and captivate an audience. Use storytelling techniques to take the audience on a journey and make them feel connected to the story.

    Be aware of hidden agendas and motivations when working with investors or partners. Do thorough research and seek feedback from others who have worked with them.

    Learn from failures and setbacks. They can provide valuable lessons and opportunities for growth.

    Get in touch with Mark W Travis

    email: [email protected]

    website: https://tifi.us/

    Chapters

    03:27 Introduction and Overview

    06:27 Mark's Career Journey

    11:27 The Challenges of Directing

    17:27 The Impact of Studio Interference

    21:27 Lessons for Startup Founders

    28:27 The Importance of Collaborators

    33:27 The Power of Storytelling

    41:27 Engaging the Audience

    42:54 The Power of Manipulation in Storytelling

    43:39 Pitching to Warner Brothers

    44:32 The High Stakes of Pitching

    46:55 The Importance of Staging in Filmmaking

    47:54 The Unexpected Meeting with a Studio Executive

    49:42 Adapting the Pitch to the Executive's Knowledge

    51:08 The Shock of Getting the Green Light

    52:16 The Antagonist in the Story

    53:49 The Power of Staging in Filmmaking and Pitching

    56:41 The Techniques of Compression and Expansion in Storytelling

    57:58 Manipulating the Audience's Imagination

    01:02:26 The Importance of the Audience's Imagination in Storytelling

    01:03:42 The Loneliness of Comedians and Directors

    01:04:48 The Risk and Instincts in Filmmaking and Startups

    01:12:09 The Brutality of the Film Industry and Startups

    01:18:33 Projects with Emotional Significance

    01:20:31 The Risk and Pride in Filmmaking

    01:21:47 The Importance of Storytelling in Films

    01:22:03 The Influence of Franchise Films and Streaming Platforms

    01:24:53 Working with Actors

    01:29:25 The Legacy Project

  • Summary

    In this episode, Evan Henshaw-Plath (Rabble) the co-founder of Twitter and an experienced entrepreneur, discusses his experiences and insights from his time at Twitter from the very beginning as an audio blogging startup that evolved into a social media platform. He was the man that hired Jack Dorsey. He discusses his background, early startups, failures, and pivots.

    He emphasises the importance of building networks and credibility. Rabble also shares the story behind his nickname 'Rabble' and how it came to be. He talks about keeping in touch with former colleagues from Twitter and the dynamics within the company. The conversation delves into the turbulent history of Twitter, including the firing of key individuals and the subsequent leadership changes. Ravel also discusses the influence of Silicon Valley culture and the need for embracing uniqueness and diversity in the startup world.

    Takeaways

    Twitter started as an audio blogging tool and evolved into a social media platform. The success of startups in Silicon Valley is heavily influenced by the network of talented individuals. The history of Twitter is marked by leadership changes and internal conflicts. Silicon Valley culture values innovation, diversity, and a willingness to try new things. Businesses are adopting AI slowly due to existing ways of working and collaborating. AI has a significant impact on low performers, making them equivalent to the median performer. User feedback and collaboration are crucial for the growth and success of a product or platform. Building networks and credibility is crucial for startup founders. Attending social events and connecting with industry professionals can lead to opportunities.

    Chapters

    03:00 - Introduction and Background

    09:41 - Early Startups and Lessons Learned

    22:02 - Startup Failure and Pivot

    30:34 - The Impact of Social Media

    38:40 - Adapting to New Communication Platforms

    42:39 - The Role of AI in Communication

    46:32 - Adoption of AI in Businesses

    47:16 - AI's Impact on Performance

    48:33 - AI's Effect on Low Performers

    49:22 - The Birth of Twitter

    51:08 - The Evolution of Podcasting

    54:21 - The Name 'Twitter'

    57:48 - Twitter's Success and Pivots

    01:02:32 - The Importance of Networks in Silicon Valley

    01:10:24 - Leaving Twitter and Regrets

    01:18:06 - The Power of User Feedback

    01:19:22 - The Impact of Twitter on Career

    01:25:01 - Building Networks and Credibility

    01:26:19 - The Story Behind the Name 'Rabble'

    01:28:27 - Keeping Up with Former Twitter Colleagues

    01:29:56 - The Turbulent History of Twitter

    01:36:37 - The Influence of Silicon Valley Culture

    01:43:34 - Lessons Learned and Embracing Uniqueness

    01:44:56 - The Importance of Diversity and Openness

    01:45:51 - Closing Remarks and Appreciation

  • Summary

    Laura Hicks shares her journey from a challenging childhood in Colombia to becoming a successful entrepreneur. She discusses the limited opportunities for entrepreneurs in Colombia and the determination she developed from a young age.

    Laura recounts how she secured a scholarship to study abroad and the support she received from her mentor, Juan Luis. She also shares her experience starting a vending machine business and later transitioning to Ewoki, a marketplace for suppliers.

    Throughout her journey, Laura reflects on the importance of determination and knowing when to quit. Laura shares her experiences as a startup founder and offers valuable insights on finding balance, reviving a failing business, creating opportunities, and learning from failure.

    She emphasises the importance of sharing personal stories and understanding others through their life stories. Laura also highlights the role of mentors and support in the entrepreneurial journey.

    LINKS

    Laura's LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurahicks44/ Women Leading Tech by Atlassian https://womenleadingtech.com.au/finally-women-leading-tech-finalists-revealed/

    Takeaways

    Limited opportunities can fuel determination and drive individuals to overcome challenges. Mentorship and support from others can play a crucial role in achieving success. Entrepreneurs often face obstacles and must be willing to adapt and pivot. Knowing when to quit and pursue new opportunities is an important aspect of entrepreneurship. Finding a balance between work and personal life is crucial to avoid burnout. When reviving a failing business, it is important to understand the competitive advantages of successful competitors and find ways to differentiate. Creating opportunities and making your own luck requires determination, hard work, and the ability to seize the right moments. Sharing personal stories helps foster understanding and connection with others. Learning from failure is an essential part of the entrepreneurial journey, and perseverance is key to success. Having mentors and a support network can provide valuable guidance and help navigate challenges.

    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Background

    01:26

    Childhood and Determination

    06:11

    Limited Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Colombia

    10:42

    Overcoming Challenges to Pursue Education

    18:43

    Securing a Scholarship and Studying Abroad

    23:29

    Support and Mentorship from Juan Luis

    27:52

    Starting a Vending Machine Business

    39:26

    Transition to Iwaki and Bytes Company

    45:11

    Iwaki: Building a Marketplace for Suppliers

    47:18

    Reflections on Determination and Quitting

    48:58

    Finding Balance and Avoiding Burnout

    52:59

    Reviving a Failing Business

    58:18

    Creating Opportunities and Making Your Own Luck

    01:00:32

    The Power of Sharing Personal Stories

    01:02:09

    Understanding Others through Their Life Stories

    01:03:48

    Learning from Failure and Persevering

    01:04:18

    The Importance of Mentors and Support

  • Summary

    Megan Flamer shares her journey from journalism to mindfulness and her work in the startup industry. She discusses the importance of self-awareness, purpose, and mental health in startups.

    Megan also addresses the impact of algorithms and social media on mental health and the role of women in the startup industry. This conversation explores various themes related to gender inequality, power dynamics, and the challenges faced by underrepresented groups in the startup industry. It highlights the need for diversity and inclusion in startup communities and the importance of creating inclusive spaces for individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    The conversation also touches on the emotional labor and mental health issues faced by startup founders, as well as the value of networks, connections, and diverse perspectives in problem-solving.

    Takeaways

    Self-awareness is key to increasing presence, compassion, and diversity in the world. Success should be defined by personal fulfilment and making a difference, rather than external validation. Increased awareness of tech use and its impact on mental health is crucial. Women play a significant role in the startup industry, but face challenges in funding and recognition. Gender inequality and power dynamics persist in the startup industry, and there is a need for more awareness and conscious change. Tokenism and thanklessness are common experiences for women in startups, and there is a need for more support and recognition. Emotional labor and mental health issues are prevalent in startup culture, and there is a need for better support systems and resources. Success in startups can be achieved by women and older entrepreneurs, and their unique perspectives and experiences can contribute to innovation. Building networks and connections is crucial in the startup industry, and diverse perspectives in problem-solving can lead to better outcomes. Identity and cultural background play a significant role in navigating exclusion and creating inclusive spaces in the startup industry. Taking action and creating change is essential in addressing the challenges and inequalities in the startup industry. Pricing and commitment are important factors in achieving success in startups, as they create a sense of value and accountability.

    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Background

    01:13

    The Dynamic Between Megan and Alan

    02:11

    Megan's Background and Early Years

    04:14

    Working in Stressful Situations and Discovering Mindfulness

    05:28

    Running Yoga Retreats and Starting Shiny Happy Healthy

    06:50

    Scaling Mindfulness Interventions and Moving to San Francisco

    10:07

    Working at Monash University and Commercialising Research

    11:44

    The Importance of Purpose and Mental Health in Startups

    13:16

    Increasing Awareness and Mindfulness in the Tech Industry

    14:24

    The Importance of Self-Awareness and Making Choices

    18:23

    Reevaluating Success and Finding Personal Fulfilment

    19:01

    The Journey of Failure and Learning from It

    21:14

    The Impact of Algorithms and Social Media on Mental Health

    25:14

    Increasing Self-Awareness and Making Choices in Tech Use

    28:15

    The Role of Women in the Startup Industry

    39:46

    Gender Inequality and Power Dynamics

    40:46

    Tokenism and Thanklessness in Startups

    41:43

    Emotional Labor and Mental Health in Startup Culture

    42:43

    Success in Startups: Women and Older Entrepreneurs

    43:41

    The Value of Networks and Connections

    44:49

    Diverse Perspectives in Problem Solving

    45:34

    The Therapeutic Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

    46:31

    Unasked Questions and Identity

    47:47

    Navigating Cultural Identity and Exclusion

    49:11

    Creating Inclusive Spaces for Diverse Backgrounds

    52:48

    The Need for Diversity and Inclusion in Startup Communities

    54:02

    Turning Frustration into Action

    55:23

    The Value of Pricing and Skin in the Game

    57:36

    The Importance of Pain Points and Commitment

    58:27

    Paving the Way for a New Generation of Founders

  • Summary

    Matthew Johnstone, a former creative director in the advertising industry, shares his journey from the high-pressure world of advertising to becoming a mental health and wellbeing advocate. He discusses the stresses and traumas of the advertising industry and the impact it had on his mental health.

    After experiencing the 9/11 attacks in New York, he realised the need for change in his life and began writing and illustrating books on mental health. Matthew emphasises the power of imagery in communication and the importance of authenticity in storytelling.

    He also discusses the potential impact of AI on the field of illustration.

    In this conversation, Matthew Johnstone discusses the challenges of mental health work, particularly in relation to burnout and compassion fatigue. He shares his experiences working with schizophrenia and emphasises the importance of education and providing hope.

    Matthew also talks about his venture, Here's a Thought (HAT), which aims to deliver simple and concise well-being messages to schools. He reflects on failures and setbacks and offers advice for early startup founders. Throughout the conversation, Matthew highlights the significance of creativity, collaboration, and continuous learning.

    Takeaways

    The advertising industry can be highly stressful and can have a negative impact on mental health. Authenticity and storytelling are key in advocating for mental health and wellbeing. Imagery is a powerful tool in communication and can convey complex ideas more effectively than written words. The rise of AI in illustration may have both positive and negative implications for the field. Working in different environments and listening to diverse perspectives can provide valuable insights and inspiration. Mental health work can be challenging and may lead to burnout and compassion fatigue. It is important to recognise the signs and symptoms and take steps to address them. Education and providing hope are crucial in supporting individuals with schizophrenia. Simplifying complex information and promoting conversations can help reduce stigma and improve understanding. Burnout is a significant issue in the healthcare industry, and it is essential to prioritise self-care and work-life balance to prevent it. Having a well-being toolbox that includes strategies like regular breaks, good sleep, exercise, and meditation can contribute to mental and physical well-being. Failures and setbacks are part of the entrepreneurial journey. It is important to learn from them, seek advice, and adapt to new opportunities. Ideas and intuition play a vital role in entrepreneurship. Trusting your instincts and being open to collaboration can lead to innovative solutions and success.

    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Background

    02:14

    Experience in the Advertising Industry

    04:11

    Mental Health Issues in the Advertising Industry

    07:57

    Transition to Mental Health and Wellbeing Advocacy

    09:55

    Impact of 9/11 on Personal Life

    11:42

    Writing the Book 'I Had a Black Dog'

    13:27

    Reception and Impact of the Book

    14:37

    Using Illustrations for Mental Health Advocacy

    18:16

    Finding Beauty in Unconventional Places

    19:49

    Homelessness and Authenticity

    22:54

    Work with Mental Health Organisations

    26:43

    Using Imagery in Pitch Decks

    33:05

    Impact of AI on Illustration

    34:02

    Working in Different Environments

    35:01

    The Challenges of Mental Health Work

    36:00

    Educating and Providing Hope for Schizophrenia

    36:39

    Burnout in the Healthcare Industry

    37:37

    Recognising and Addressing Burnout

    38:34

    The Importance of Work-Life Balance

    39:02

    The Wellbeing Toolbox

    40:26

    Lessons from Failures and Setbacks

    41:27

    Creating Here's a Thought

    42:53

    Pivoting to the Education Sector

    44:10

    Simplifying the HAT Wellbeing Program

    45:09

    Collaboration and Mentors

    46:10

    Lessons Learned and Advice for Startups

    56:03

    The Importance of Ideas and Intuition

    LINKS

    www.hatwellbeing.com

    Matt’s LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-johnstone-97b87b2a/

  • Summary

    In this episode, Dritton Jemmalay discusses the importance of embracing failure and learning from it in the startup journey. He shares his background and the challenges he faced in transitioning from a corporate job to running his own startup.

    Dritton emphasises the need for work-life balance and strategies to maintain it. He also highlights the pitfalls of perfectionism and the importance of being flexible in startup strategies. Dritton shares insights on finding meaning in rejection and failure and the role of resilience in startup success.

    He discusses the impact of AI in the industry and the need to lean into technological change. Dritton discusses the power of technology and automation, the limitless potential of AI, concerns and regulation of AI, harnessing the power of AI, defining experiences and prioritising life, overcoming adversity and finding meaning, the importance of health and work-life balance, the value of giving and sharing, and the impact of greed and the unicorn mentality.

    Takeaways

    Embrace failure and learn from it, as it is an essential part of the startup journey. Maintain a work-life balance and prioritise personal well-being. Avoid perfectionism and focus on progress rather than perfection. Find meaning in rejection and failure, and use them as opportunities for growth. Be flexible in startup strategies and adapt to changing circumstances. Embrace technological change and leverage it to add value in your industry. Technology and automation can greatly improve efficiency and productivity in the workplace. AI has the potential to revolutionise various industries and create innovative solutions. There are concerns about the ethical implications and regulation of AI. It is important to prioritise personal well-being and find meaning in life. Greed and the pursuit of wealth should not overshadow the importance of helping others and making a positive impact.

    Chapters

    00:00

    Introduction and Podcast Name Change

    01:13

    Embracing Failure and Learning from It

    03:08

    The Importance of Failure in Storytelling

    04:18

    Background and Journey to Running a Startup

    06:36

    Transitioning from Corporate to Startup Life

    08:40

    Balancing Work and Personal Life in a Startup

    10:08

    Strategies for Maintaining Work-Life Balance

    12:42

    The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

    14:45

    Overcoming Challenges in Starting a Startup

    16:40

    Finding Meaning in Rejection and Failure

    20:43

    Balancing Analytical Thinking and Intuition

    23:32

    Taking Calculated Risks in a Startup

    26:22

    The Importance of Being Genuine and Authentic

    29:31

    Differentiating from Established Players in the Market

    33:43

    The Role of Resilience in Startup Success

    41:36

    Embracing Technological Change in the Industry

    43:35

    The Power of Technology and Automation

    45:03

    The Limitless Potential of AI

    46:46

    Concerns and Regulation of AI

    48:59

    Harnessing the Power of AI

    49:22

    Defining Experiences and Prioritising Life

    51:49

    Overcoming Adversity and Finding Meaning

    53:40

    Importance of Health and Work-Life Balance

    56:25

    The Value of Giving and Sharing

    57:02

    The Impact of Greed and the Unicorn Mentality

    58:35

    Finding Happiness and Success

    BOOKS MENTIONED

    Viktor Frankl, Man’s search for meaning Walter Isaacson, Elon Musk.
  • Summary

    Usman Iftikhar, was named 2018 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year amongst 1.4 billion young people living in 53 Commonwealth Nations. Usman shares his journey as a migrant entrepreneur and the challenges he faced in starting a business. He founded Catalyser, a startup incubator empowering over 900 Migrapreneurs to build Australia 2.0. Usman highlights the need to support migrant entrepreneurs and shares his plans for growing and scaling up his organisation.

    He discusses the importance of mentors and the support he received along the way. Usman also highlights the need for a more inclusive startup ecosystem and shares his involvement in the space industry and the Obama Foundation. He emphasises the importance of maintaining mental health and provides strategies for coping with the pressures of entrepreneurship.

    He also talks about the future of his work and the impact of migration and climate change.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background

    04:10 Challenges Faced as a Migrant

    08:45 Motivation to Start a Social Enterprise

    10:55 Defining Success in the Social Enterprise Space1

    3:55 Overcoming Challenges in the Startup Journey

    15:56 The Importance of Mentors

    20:57 Becoming the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year

    24:07 Supporting Migrants and Refugees in Starting a Business

    30:12 Involvement in the Space Industry

    35:12 Involvement with the Obama Foundation

    38:09 Strategies for Maintaining Mental Health

    41:32 Supporting Mental Health

    43:48 Looking Towards the Future

    46:23 Supporting Migrant Entrepreneurs

    47:01 Time Management Tips

    51:41 The Importance of Marketing and Sales

    57:23 Building Trust and Telling Your Story

  • Summary

    In this episode, David Carbines, co-founder of Red Hat Impact, Green Collect, and part-time co-founder of Lend for Good, shares his journey and experiences in the startup world.

    He discusses his motivation to help others and create positive impact, as well as the challenges of balancing financial sustainability and social impact.

    David also reflects on the lessons he has learned from failure and the personal toll of running a business. He emphasises the importance of building connections and seeking support from other founders, and advises early stage startup founders to write down their goals and aspirations.

    David shares insights and advice for startup founders. He emphasises that every startup is unique and encourages founders to enjoy the journey rather than focusing solely on achieving specific goals.

    David also discusses the role of startups as a vehicle for change and highlights the importance of addressing mental health challenges in the entrepreneurial community.

    He explains Cogsflow's financial model, which helps e-commerce businesses with inventory funding, and shares success stories of startups that have benefited from their support.

    David concludes by discussing the challenges and rewards of startup life and the importance of building a strong team.

    Takeaways

    Every startup is unique and should embrace its individuality.

    Enjoying the journey is important, as success does not guarantee happiness.

    Startups have the potential to drive positive change in the world.

    Cogsflow's financial model provides inventory funding for e-commerce businesses.

    Building a strong team and empowering them is crucial for startup success.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background

    02:05 Motivation to Help Others

    06:03 Creating Positive Impact

    09:39 Filling the Funding Gap

    14:35 Balancing Financial Sustainability and Social Impact

    18:11 Learning from Failure

    20:08 The Personal Toll of Running a Business

    25:09 The Innate and Acquired Traits of Startup Founders

    30:08 Building Connections and Seeking Support

    42:55 The Importance of Writing Down Goals

    43:48 Reflection and Progress

    44:15 Resonating Answers

    45:12 Every Startup is Unique

    46:21 Enjoying the Journey

    47:24 Startups as a Vehicle for Change

    48:13 Defining Startups

    49:30 Cogsflow's Financial Model

    50:34 Enabling Business Progression

    51:13 The Future of Launching Businesses

    52:42 Success Stories with Cogsflow

    56:03 The Role of Founders

    57:43 Empowering Entrepreneurs

    59:27 Building a Large Organisation

    01:00:44 The Challenges of Startup Life

    01:01:24 Appreciation for Cogsflow's Impact

    LINKS

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-carbines
    https://www.cogsflow.com/

  • Embark on a journey into the dynamic world of startups with Alan Jones, a seasoned tech entrepreneur, investor, and pitch coach. Join us as Alan shares his wealth of experience, guiding founders through the complexities of entrepreneurship. Discover the secrets to crafting compelling stories, securing investments, and navigating the challenges of the startup landscape. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, this episode provides invaluable insights for anyone looking to thrive in the startup ecosystem.

    TIMECODE

    Introduction and Early Career - 00:00

    Entering the Startup Industry - 03:00

    Disrupt Radio and Entrepreneurship - 08:00

    Growing Up and Moving Around - 14:00

    Investing in Startups - 19:00

    Key Factors for Investors - 27:00

    Lessons from Startup Failures - 33:00

    The Importance of Storytelling - 45:00

    Dealing with Aggressive Pitch Feedback - 55:34

    The Four Things Investors Look For - 01:06:15

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