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Many of you listening to this podcast probably have Solar Panels on your roofs – well, here’s the story of a company who was at the very beginning of the Solar industry, and who has ridden the roller-coaster of this industry over the past 10 years.

Jenny, co-founder and CEO, is very candid about the building of her business. Some of the key takeaways from our interview includes:

1.Making sure you understand the potential impacts of GOVERNMENT POLICY on your industry
2.The impacts on your business when you have EXCESSIVE GROWTH (from $250k in Year 1 to $7.3M in Year 2)
3.Founders can’t be the only ones driving Culture, you need to HIRE CULTURAL CHAMPIONS
4.DON'T IGNORE other people (either your network or a coach) who can provide you advice and support during your journey

It’s also interesting that there is a bit of a theme developing over the past few podcasts about making sure you have the right sales structure and people, otherwise you can’t be successful.

A couple of Business Networks you can checkout include E.O. (https://www.eonetwork.org) and ChooksSA (www.chookssa.com)

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

Contact details for Suntrix
Web: http://www.suntrix.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suntrixsolar/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suntrix_solar/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/suntrixsolar
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/suntrix

 

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There’s something about technology in the Healthcare industry that really resonates with me.  But, let’s be honest, no one really likes spending time in hospital.  Today my guest today is Ken, founder & CEO of Personify Care.  What Personify Care are out to achieve, amongst other things, is to reduce the re-admission rates of patients back into hospital after surgery.  And that’s a great thing for the patient, for the hospital, for the clinicians and for our healthcare industry in general.

In our interview Ken covers a lot of ground about building a tech company, including:

1.If there any greater purpose in your work than helping SAVE LIVES

2.When building a new product, DECISION-MAKER engagement is good, but designing anything without the ultimate end-users having their input will see your product sit on the shelf  

3.The process of getting well doesn’t stop when you LEAVE hospital  

4.How perceived RISK in a complex industry like Healthcare can hold back innovation  

5.Technology companies AND service don’t have to be mutually exclusive  

 

Keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

www.theselfmadetheory.com

 

Contact details for Personify Care

Web:            https://www.personifycare.com/ 
Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/personifycare/ 
Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/personifycareau/ 
Twitter:         https://twitter.com/personifycare 
Linkedin:       https://www.linkedin.com/company/personify-care

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#southaustralia #adelaide #innovation #entrepreneur #StartupAus #businessgrowth  #theselfmadetheory #softwarestartup #healthcare #techstars #techstartup #software #softwaredeveloper #startupADL #personifycare #healthcaremanagement #healthtech #thinclab

 

 

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Boom-bust-boom-bust-boom!!  This interview is about a 3-generation family business that has had to build and rebuild itself 3 times

Simtrack manufacture horse racing start gates and running rails, and ship all over the world.  Even if you’re not into horse racing, you HAVE to listen to this episode because the lessons in here about business in general are amazing.  We cover

  1. The RISKS associated with expanding too far away from your core business
  2. How the BANK can be your friend when things are going well….but not so when you face tough times.
  3. How THROWING AWAY your existing designs to build an entirely new product leads to greatness
  4. A quality product will ALWAYS WIN in the end
  5. FAMILY businesses CAN successfully span multiple generations successfully

 

Contact details for Simtrack

Web:            https://www.simtrack.com.au/ 
Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/Simtrack.australia/
Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/simtrack.australia/  
Twitter:         https://www.twitter/Simtrack_AUS 

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A wonderful interview with Noelle Smit, Co-Founder of software company Teamgage.  Teamgage are a software company who are helping companies & their staff drive positive culture and staff engagement.  Some of you may be thinking that culture is that fluffy stuff the HR department talk about….but I challenge you to listen to this episode and not do something about it in your business afterwards.

Noelle shares some great insights into building a company, including:

1. The enormous negative impacts a BAD CULTURE has on employee wellbeing,

2. Understanding YOUR WHY will drive you through challenges to success,

3. FAILURE isn’t the end, it’s just a blip in the road,

4. Why it’s important to start your business with a PROBLEM, not a PRODUCT,

5. A great product is important, but knowing HOW TO SELL is critical

 

What continually fascinates me about founders of great companies is that they don’t do it for the money.  Almost every founder I meet or work with, there’s an underlying reason why they’re on their journey that doesn’t relate to earning money.  It’s either about solving a problem they’ve experienced in their own life, providing a product/service that taps into a greater social good or just good ol’ plain helping people. 

Don’t forget to subscribe to us on your favorite Podcast platform…and you have no idea how much it means to us if you rate or comment (or ideally both) us…or drop an email to us at podcast@theselfmadetheory.com

Keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

www.theselfmadetheory.com

 

Contact details for Teamgage

Web:              https://www.teamgage.com 

LinkedIn:        https://www.linkedin.com/company/teamgage/

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/teamgage 

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/noellesuze 

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From Garage Startup to Multi-Million dollar business, our next story is one that highlights that if you believe in that idea you have in your head you CAN bring it to life.  I interview David from Ryderwear, a global clothing brand based out of Adelaide.  Some great themes resonate with me (and hopefully you too) in this episode:

1.As founder/owner, you risk being the BOTTLENECK for growth and what do to about it.

2.The importance of INFLUENCE MARKETING in building your brand

3.Sometimes your GUT is the best compass in determining the direction of your business.

4.TRIAL and ERROR can be two of your best friends in business

5.Don’t focus on the SHORT GAME.

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Until next time, keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

www.theselfmadetheory.com

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Contact details for Ryderwear

Web:            https://www.ryderwear.com.au/

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/Ryderwear/

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/ryderwear

Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/ryderwear/

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr0oeUNVXDE-Q-r-wDhfacg

@ryderwear #southaustralia #adelaide #businessgrowth #innovation #entrepreneur #theselfmadetheory #garagestartup #ryderwear #bodybuilding #fitness #fitnesswear #kaigreene #ulisses @ulissesworld #laurensimpson @laurensimpson #leepriest @leeapriest @kaigreene #ronniecoleman @ronniecoleman8

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My guest in this episode is the highly awarded thought leader and global expert on entrepreneurial leadership & business growth, Dr Jana Matthews.  Dr Jana shares with us some fantastic insights, including:

 

-How leaders need to be careful not to LEAVE THEIR STAFF BEHIND

-BEING READY for when you are presented with opportunity

-The difference between “GROWTH” and “START-UP” businesses

-How a bottle of “PENDFOLD’s GRANGE” brought one of the world’s great business minds to live in Adelaide

-“Sales” is not a DIRTY WORD

 

If you’re in business and are keen to grow, this is a must listen episode for you.

Keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

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Contact the Australian Centre for Business Growth

Web:            https://centreforbusinessgrowth.com/

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/centreforbusinessgrowth/

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/unisa_cbg

LinkedIn:      https://www.linkedin.com/company/centreforbusinessgrowth/

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/user/CentreBusinessGrowth

 

#southaustralia #adelaide #businessgrowth #innovation #entrepreneur #theselfmadetheory #Unisa #mostliveablecity #startupADL

 

 

 

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This episode is about the rise and rise of (in my opinion) the best podcast app available - and it was built right here in Adelaide!  It's a story of how a couple of Adelaide guys who quit their day jobs, developed a killer-app and ended up winning a Google design award against billion-dollar competition.

 

We cover lot of topics through their journey.  Some of my favourites include:

-Just because you're RISK ADVERSE doesn't mean you can't be a successful Entrepreneur.

-Why an advertising campaign without STRATEGY is a waste of time and money.

-When to move your business from "side-hack while working full time" to "make the leap to BACK YOURSELF and your business idea".

-The challenges (& late nights) of negotiating a contract with an OVERSEAS BUYER.

 

You can find Pocket Casts on Twitter @pocketcasts.  If you're not listening to this podcast using Pocket Casts, download it today on Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think of the podcast – rate us or provide comments in your Podcast app, via Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, or send us an email podcast@theselfmadetheory.com

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

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Today I have a classic “David & Goliath” story for you.  It’s about an Adelaide-based food distribution company that has been in business for 30 years, but decided to re-invent itself with a new brand & product to take on a market dominated by a very large competitor.   “The Good Crisp Company” are now selling their “world first” product in over 4,000 stores in the US !

Some great learnings in here for all you Entrepreneurs out there, including:

 

-The question all entrepreneurs ask themselves – why hasn’t anyone else done this? AM I WACKY OR AM I GENIUS?

-The importance of LOCAL CONNECTION TO YOUR BRAND when entering new markets

-How FAILURE AT LAUNCH doesn’t mean it’s time to give up

 

It’s a great story and well worth the listen.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think of the podcast – rate us or provide comments in your Podcast app, via Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, or send us an email podcast@theselfmadetheory.com

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

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My guest on this episode Dr Alex Grant, CEO of Myriota.  Myriota are an Adelaide-based tech startup developing technology for the Space/IoT industry and have recently attracted US$15M in Series-A Venture Capital.!

In this episode Dr Alex and I cover:

1. Why Myriota's technology & IoT is going to CHANGE THE WORLD

2. The most VALUABLE intellectual property you have in your company is your PEOPLE

3. How Government funding into RESEARCH can help deliver great innovation

4. Why it’s important for Universities & the Commercial Sectors to WORK TOGETHER in early stages of the innovation-cycle

5. Just because you're an expert in one part of your business doesn't make you an EXPERT IN EVERYTHING

It's such an exciting time in Adelaide & South Australia and examples like Myriota show us that we have a great future in the technology sector.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think of the podcast – rate us or provide comments in your Podcast app, via Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, or send us an email podcast@theselfmadetheory.com

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING.

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#theselfmadetheory #myriota #adelaide #southaustralia #iot #internetofthings #spaceindustry @myriotaglobal #myriotaglobal #SASpaceIndustry

 

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If you’ve run a small business, or are running a small business, the story my next guest has to tell is probably all too familiar to you.

I interview Daniels Langeberg, the CEO and founder of the Adelaide based personal transportation business EcoCaddy

Daniels shares a lot of his success and a lot of the challenges he has faced in building his business.  In this episode you are going to hear about:

1. The importance of having a MENTOR, early on and during your business journey

2. How constantly testing the market helps you ITERATE your idea as you bring it to life

3. Why launching your business with a minimal viable product (MVP) helps you gain momentum early

4. Why not to have all your EGGS in one basket

5. Why it’s important to get your agreements in WRITING

6. Having a great product is not enough, you have to get out there and SELL IT !

 

There are a LOT of gems in here for you.  Enjoy.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think of the podcast – either by rating us or providing comments in your Podcast app, via Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, or send us an email podcast@theselfmadetheory.com

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING.

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#theselfmadetheory #ecocaddy #adelaide #southaustralia

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