At any given point more than 10% of adult Australians are considering ‘an innovative idea that could be the next big thing’…. Do you have an idea you think might have potential? Perhaps something people would spend their hard-earned cash on? If you could just get started. In Ready to Soar, Naomi show you how to develop your brilliant idea into a thriving business. She wrote Ready to Soar because she want people to start their businesses with their eyes wide open - so they don’t get blindsided. Whether you want to make oodles of money, help create a better world, or simply become your own boss, Ready to Soar and Naomi can help. You will learn how to avoid the pitfalls that many start-up businesses make, formulate your ideas, make plans and develop your individual roadmap for success. You’ll be challenged to think through things that might never have occurred to you when Naomi reveal the questions she wish people had asked me all those years ago. Q and A with Naomi and Ready to Soar will help you turn your dream into a reality. Secure your signed copy and ticket to this Startup Grind event now.
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With more than 2.8 million LinkedIn followers, I believe my gift is my ability to share insights, experience and observations about business, innovation and success. I’m passionate about shifting the way people experience life and we do that at the Big Red Group by delivering experiences. This purpose flows to our suppliers, distribution partners and the communities and people we come in conta…
With more than 2.8 million LinkedIn followers, I believe my gift is my ability to share insights, experience and observations about business, innovation and success. I’m passionate about shifting the way people experience life and we do that at the Big Red Group by delivering experiences. This purpose flows to our suppliers, distribution partners and the communities and people we come in contact with. I want people to create truly vivid memories and live lives worth remembering – and I believe that shared experiences are at the very heart of this. On Shark Tank Australia I am an investor and supporter of the startup community. I am also the author of two best selling books, ‘Live What You Love’, and ‘Ready to Soar’.
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Brad Feld is an American entrepreneur, author, blogger, and venture capitalist at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado, a firm he started with partners Seth Levine, Ryan McIntyre, and Jason Mendelson.
He began financing technology startups in the early 1990s, first as an angel and later an institutional investor. Feld was an early investor in Harmonix, Zynga, MakerBot, and Fitbit.
In 1987, Brad co-founded Feld Technologies, a custom software development startup which catered mostly to small and medium sized businesses, while he was a student at MIT. In 1993, the company was acquired by AmeriData for around $2 million, where Feld took the role of chief technology officer. Prior to the acquisition, Feld Technologies had grown to a headcount of 20 employees and was doing just under $2 million in annual revenue.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he helped operate Interliant, an application service and hosting provider. Interliant failed in 2002, following the collapse of the dot-com bubble. Brad openly talks about his experience at Interliant, using it as an example of entrepreneurial failure.
In 2006, he co-founded Techstars, an early-stage venture fund and startup accelerator.
Before co-founding Foundry Group in 2007, Brad co-founded VC firms Intensity Ventures and Mobius Venture Capital. After its inaugural $225 million fund, Foundry Group has raised four more early-stage funds of $225 million each — in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2016.
Foundry Group also raised a $225 million Select Fund in 2013 that invests in later stage opportunities of their earlier stage funds. In 2016, they raised Foundry Next which is a $500 million fund investing in later stage opportunities as well as investing in other venture firms. Brad serves on the boards of nonprofits National Center for Women & Information Technology, Startup Colorado, Global EIR Program, and UP Global.
Brad is the author and co-author of a series of books focused on entrepreneurship, technology venture capital, startup community building, and startups in general
Justin Dry is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Co-Founder + CEO of Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies.
Launched in April 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide, Vinomofo now operates in Australia, NZ and Singapore where it has grown quickly to over $50m in annual revenue, 500,000 members, and a team of 100.
Winners of Fastest Growing Company at the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 Awards 2013, Online Business of the Year at the Australian Startup Awards 2014, Best Startup at the SmartCompany Startup Awards 2014, Online Retailer of the Year 2015 at the ORIA’s, Telstra Business of the Year - Victorian Telstra Business Awards 2016, Hot Innovator 2017 at the Power Retail awards and Hottest Aussie Online Retailer and the StartCon E-commerce Company of the Year 2018, Vinomofo is focused on expanding globally in 2018.
Justin is a proven game-changer in the wine industry, taking on retail giants and challenging the ‘Bowties and BS’ attitudes of elitist wine snobs.
Awarded Spotify Young Entrepreneur of the Year at The Australian Startup Awards and has been named one of the Top 50 People in E-Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Internet Retailing.
Justin is a regular on TV and radio shows which have included Squawk Box - CNBC Asia, Bloomberg Asia, Sky News Business, The Business - ABC, Channel 9 News, Insight – SBS, The Entrepreneurs Show – Sky Business and was one of the stars of the film ‘The New Hustle’ – a feature-length documentary that follows the personal journey of three of Australia's most successful startups.
Outside of his business endeavours, Justin is a self-confessed wine nerd and islomaniac.
Sally-Ann is an experienced strategist and executive program manager with a strong track record of creating and driving strategy and implementation nationally and internationally.
At Google Australia she leads efforts in CS/STEM education (K-12); research collaborations with universities; entrepreneurship and startup engagement.
Her work leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement is focused on scalable and sustainable change in curriculum and teacher professional development to support national priorities in STEM education in Australia and New Zealand. Managing over 65 partnerships and programs she has created innovative platforms to deliver training to teachers on the Digital Technologies curriculum at scale and created new partnership models with equity and a goal of bridging the digital divide. She currently serves as a member of the COAG STEM Partnership Forum advising on Australia’s National STEM School Education Strategy.
In working with the startup community Sally-Ann has helped create and drive national engagement strategies on innovation and entrepreneurship including contributing to the foundation of StartupAUS, a non-profit working to transform Australia through tech entrepreneurship. She currently serves on the board of Fishburners, a non-profit co-working space in Sydney, the advisory board of Inspiring Rare Birds, and as a mentor in the Startmate program. She also works with a range of incubators, accelerators, universities and the public sector to grow and develop the startup ecosystem.
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Initially trained as an Engineer and starting his own ventures he learned through his own ventures "Life is too short to build something nobody wants!"
With a passion for the perfect elevator pitch and problems worth solving he is always on the lookout for likeminded people.
Tony has a gift for connecting with people from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about making an impact through entrepreneurship.
Topics he’s curious about: Entrepreneurship, Education and Health.
People he’d love to meet: Curious individuals from all fields who believe the world is full of opportunities.
I’m a city girl turned country photographer, marketer and business lover who believes anything is possible. Obsessed with Creativity, the word YES and building Dreams. Challenging NO since 1975!
I have been a small business owner for 7 years now, turning a rundown motel into an overnight success, cutting my teeth on a start-up photography business and now combine my experience and passion as Butterfly Media to work with small business owners helping them build the business of their dreams.
It is my goal for you to be supported, empowered and inspired to realise your potential and turn that small business goal into a reality. I do this through complete absorption in the digital and online world.