Justin Ryan is one of Australia’s most respected and successful private equity investors and is now chairman of four leading online businesses; Adore Beauty, Grays Online, Quad Lock and ModiBodi. This episode is not just about the world of private equity, it’s about how good character can live in a world of defined performance. It’s about identity, work-ethic and luck, both good and bad.
Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon-Valley based author, speaker, entrepreneur, and evangelist. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing their Macintosh computer line in 1984 and is now the Chief Evangelist at Canva and host of the podcast series, Remarkable People. In this episode we discuss everything from Steve Jobs’ personality and leadership style to Guy’s advice for parents.
If there’s one man we can thank for the quality and adoration of the Australian coffee culture, it’s Will Young from Campos. Will founded Campos in 1997 and today is the most iconic brand in Australian coffee, and one of the most recognisable brands in the country. In this discussion we talk about: scaling and maintaining quality, building a brand (by accident), the changing competitive landscape, and the importance of integrity and purpose.
Stevan Premutico founded Dimmi, a restaurant reservation technology which was acquired by Tripadvisor for $25m in 2015 and is now the founder and CEO of Me&U, which seeks to entirely change the way we order and pay for food and drinks at venues. Me&U has raised over $8m from investors such as Justin Hemmes of Merivale. This episode is about leadership, it’s about taking risks, it’s about fear, it’s about winning and it’s about losing. But most of all, it’s about living a life in the pursuit of ones full potential, a life without regret.
Michelle helped found the field of professional coaching in Australia in 1997 and became a leading voice forging developmental and transformational coaching worldwide; working with leaders of billion dollar companies like Canva to Bathurst race car drivers, helping them discover their path forward. Now Michelle is the founder and CEO of Fingerprint For Success (F4S), a people analytics and coaching platform that assists startups, scale-ups and enterprise teams to map and develop innovative and entrepreneurial talent – based on 20 years of scientific study.
On this episode we discuss how Michelle has not only navigated her career as one of Australia’s pioneering and leading executive & entrepreneur coaches, but how she’s finding the transition away from running a service based company to a tech startup. We dive into themes that Michelle’s discovered about the worlds highest achievers, and dissect my results from the Fingerprint For Success report.
Mark Fisher is a former stage actor turned fitness nerd; he is the co-founder of Mark Fisher Fitness, a boutique fitness centre which has two physical locations in New York and was recognised on the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies in America list. Mark is also a sort after international speaker and consultant, where he’s worked with clients from Sony Music to Anytime Fitness, helping them change the way they think about culture and leadership. This conversation has very little to do with fitness or growing a gym, rather, this is a conversation about identity, self-awareness, pursuit and personal development. Enjoy the show.
Matthew Browne is a serial entrepreneur, he’s the CEO & Co-Founder of Donesafe, the Co-Founder of Whispli, Venture Partner at Antler and the Chief Investor at Black Nova Group. In this episode we get a more exposed look into the mind and story of one of Australia’s best and fastest rising entrepreneurs.
Jason is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, and host of three podcasts: Pessimists Archive, Problem Solvers and Hush Money. In this episode we cover the do’s and don’ts of getting media coverage, and the best way to start podcasting.
Meet Paul Cale. He is a former Sergeant from the Second Commando Regiment; an elite branch of the Australian Defense Force who suffered more casualties than any other military unit through several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also strangled a Taliban leader with his bare hands, has 8 black belts and runs his own successful company. Paul’s life is a labyrinth and in this episode, we open many doors from Martial Arts to PTSD to leadership. Enjoy the show.
Cameron Adams is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Canva. In this episode, Cameron talks about the mistakes and lessons he’s learned as he’s grown, and grown with, a company that started in an old shared office with three people into one now worth $3.6 Billion with over 15 million active users worldwide. This is a story of risk and fairy-tale reward, rife with nightmares along the way.
Stephen M. R. Covey is the bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his management, became the largest leadership development company in the world worth over $160m. Stephen personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. In this episode, we talk about the importance of trust for leaders and people who lead.
Professor Iain McGregor is a graduate of Oxford University and is currently the NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Psychopharmacology and Director of the Psychopharmacology laboratory at the University of Sydney. Iain is also the Academic Director at The Lambert initiative, which is an Australian first in the field of medicinal cannabinoids and whose aim is to optimise safe and effective cannabinoid therapeutics into mainstream medicine in Australia and beyond to deliver long overdue benefits for patients and to alleviate suffering for conditions such as paediatric epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain.