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Oh my goodness - you are going to love this episode! 

 

I met up recently with Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall, co-founders of TABOO Sanitary Products.  And BEFORE you decide that this isn’t a topic of interest for you, especially you fellas out there, you HAVE to listen to this.

 

Why?

 

This episode is all about business models, social impact, making a difference, overcoming hurdles, the process from business idea through to business launch and ultimately, it’s about changing the World. 

 

Isobel and Eloise are super driven, super passionate – and the language they use when they describe business is way, way beyond the few years of experience they’ve had.   And I love that they have decided that TABOO should be a Social Enterprise, which is a different business model than your usual Not-For-Profit.

 

I was so inspired by what they’re doing that I went home after our interview and signed up for their product subscription – not for me personally, obviously, but as a donation to women in need. 

 

Now – here’s my Call to Action for you personally (whether you are a bloke, a woman who’s reached menopause, a parent or whetheryou want to use their product personally) – jump on their website below and subscribe.  You can make a difference in a young woman’s life for less than the price of 2 cups of coffee a month. 

 

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR TABOO

 

Web:

https://tabooau.co/

 

Stockists:

https://tabooau.co/stockists/

 

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/taboosanitaryproducts/

 

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/taboo-sanitary-products 

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/taboosanitaryproducts

 

REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE

One Girl https://www.onegirl.org.au/

 

 

If you’re an entrepreneur, or business leader, and are faced with challenges in your startup, scale-up, or established business that you’re not sure how to solve for, then contact us to discuss how our Executive Coaching / Advisory practice can help you.  Email us on coach@theselfmadetheory.com

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Serial entrepreneurs are so much fun – and the honesty and openness of my next guests is refreshing……and enlightening.

 

Leah Itsines and Mitch Caon co-founded BARE - the Balanced And Realistic Eating Guide – a “realistic’ way of looking at food.  They have a big following, including over half a million Instagram followers.

 

But the BARE Guide isn’t the only thing they’ve launched – they have had a lot, and I mean a lot of business ideas, and many failures along the way….and it’s this piece that is so important for you to listen to. 

 

It’s all great when we hear stories of success, but listening to people’s failures is even more important – because it’s from this much learning comes.

 

We cover a lot of ground, including:

 

  1. The critical importance of staying true to your Vision and your Brand, and what happens when you stray from this
  2. Are all entrepreneurs control freaks?
  3. How being a “couple” can work really well in business (if you define your roles well)
  4. How important it is to not to be scared to fail. You will only get better and better.
  5. The importance of true customer feedback, not just the feedback from biased friends and family

 

If you want to find out more about Leah, Mitch or BARE Guide, head to our website www.theselfmadetheory.com/podcast where we have our show notes, plus all the ways you can engage with them.  PLUS, we have some great photos of them & their business in there as well.

 

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

 

REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE

YouTube Failure Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsv0_9Q2-Ds&t=903s

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

Web:

www.leahitsines.com

 

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/leahitsines/

https://www.instagram.com/mitchcaon/

https://www.instagram.com/bareguide/

 

 

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitch-caon-123572121/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/leah-itsines-b89b93166/

 

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/l.itsines/

  

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1f8i05q9u7fTMCkJxjhfTQ

 

If you’re an entrepreneur, or business leader, and are faced with challenges in your startup, scale up or established business that you’re not sure how to solve for, then contact us to discuss how our Executive Coaching / Advisory practice can help you.  Email us on coaching@theselfmadetheory.com

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How do you move from being an aerospace engineer working on missile systems to running your own video game development company?

 

That’s part of the story of Dineth Abeynayake, founder of Foxie Games.  Foxie produces mobile-based games that sell across the world, some which lead their category.

 

It’s a pretty fascinating story, and we cover a lot in this interview on how to start and build a company. If you’ve got a side hack going on, this is well worth the listen.

 

Some key themes that come out in this interview include:

 

  1. How to leave a stable career to pursue your passion
  2. How an entrepreneur moves from doing it all themselves to relying on their team
  3. What’s involved in the game development cycle

 

If you have a creative itch that needs to be scratched, I’m sure you will enjoy Dineth’s story.

 

If you want to find out more about Dineth, how to connect on social media and where to download Foxie apps, head to our website www.theselfmadetheory.com/podcast.

 

Until next time - keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR FOXIE GAMES

 

Web:

https://www.foxieventures.com/

 

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/foxieventures/

 

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/foxie-games/

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/FoxieVentures/

 

Twitter:

https://www.twitter.com/FoxieVentures

 

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC2lLTJeegBn1Tax8A14FAw

 

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I’ve been a little tardy on getting you some new episodes (of course, I could blame Covid, the editing team, lots of consulting work etc etc…), but mostly I’ve been diverting my attention to some new business ideas I’m working on.

 

So, in this episode, I’ve done a role reversal – this is an interview, not that I conducted, but that was conducted on me!

 

Landell, from PlaceOS, asked me last year if I would come on her podcast…and this is the result.  We talk tech, changing business practices, relationships…it’s a pretty diverse conversation.

 

I must tell you; I LOVE asking the questions – way more than I enjoy answering them.

 

I have to apologise in advance for the audio quality…it was conducted remotely over the good ol’ internet, so it’s a far cry from the quality that we normally put out on this podcast.

 

Hope you enjoy it.

 

If you want to find out more about The Self Made Theory, what we do, how we can help you, and your business…head to our website www.theselfmadetheory.com.

 

Until next time - keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

Thanks to:

Landell Archer from Place OS

www.place.technology

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What do you do when you discover you’re getting an Apple Watch as a present for Christmas?  For most of us, we’d probably brag about it on social media but for our 17-year-old genius Will Bishop, he decided to do what the likes of Twitter, Reddit and Wikipedia hadn’t done – create apps that actually work well for the Apple Watch.

 

Fast forward, he has successfully created 3 apps that are currently being used by Apple Watch users all around the world!  In this episode, we speak to him about his journey and what it’s like being an entrepreneur achieving amazing feats at such a young age.

 

Listen on and be inspired to follow your dream as Will talks about passion, education, and innovation.

 

In this Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How solving problems really is at the heart of entrepreneurship
  • Passion matters just as much as education (or maybe it matters more?)
  • His experience in winning a competition to attend the Apple Worldwide Conference in California
  • Advice to young aspiring developers and entrepreneurs
  • How different age brackets balance between Ideas, Risk and Responsibility

 

Until next time - keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

 

Contact Will Bishop

 

Website:

www.willbish.com

 

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/WillRBishop

 

Blog:

https://blog.willbish.com/

 

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/willrbishop/

 

Email:

contact@willbish.com

 

Will’s Apple Watch apps:

Chirp for Twitter

Nano for Reddit

MiniWiki

 

NEED HELP WITH YOUR BUSINESS? If you’re an entrepreneur, or business leader, and are faced with challenges in your startup, scale up or established business that you’re not sure how to solve for, then contact us to discuss how our Executive Coaching / Advisory practice can help you. Email us on coach@theselfmadetheory.com

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Today our guest is Phil, who runs a great business in Adelaide.  If you’re in business, or thinking about going into business, you HAVE to listen to this episode.  There is something in here for everyone:

 

-Why staying true to your vision pays off

-The importance of doing what you love

-The most cost effective thing you can do to differentiate yourself from your competition

-Realising there are really tough times that business owners can go through

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Just a warning, there is a part of our conversation where suicide is referenced.  If this is a trigger for you, skip from around the 24 min mark to 26 min mark.   If you need help regarding suicide or mental health, please contact the BeyondBlue Support Service on 1300 22 4636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au. Or call LifeLine on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au

 

Hope you enjoy the episode….and don’t forget to keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING & PROSPERING. 

 

You can find Phil at:

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caparezzaespresso/

-Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CaparezzaEspressoBar/

-Web:         http://www.caparezza.com.au/

-Physical:    26 James Place, Adelaide SA 5000

 

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I love the intersection of technology and healthcare – the potential impacts on a person’s life if you do it right are amazing.

And that’s where my next guest comes in. Michelle Perugini, Co-Founder of Presagen and Life Whisperer, who shares her story of creating a platform that helps people with one of the most challenging and emotional medical procedures – IVF.

IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) is used to overcome a range of fertility issues that many couples experience. Basically, eggs are taken from the woman and fertilised outside of the womb in a specialised laboratory. The fertilised eggs (now embryos) are allowed to grow, usually for 5 days, before being analysed by an embryologist – at which point, based on their experience and what they see in a microscope, they choose the best embryo to be transferred into the woman's uterus to increase the chance that a pregnancy will occur.

Life Whisperer provides significant help in this process. Michelle and her team have developed an AI (artificial intelligence) engine that has analysed thousands and thousands of embryos from around the world (& their success rates of pregnancy), and use this analysis to improve the selection success rate for embryologists.
It’s amazing stuff.

From a business & product viewpoint, they have had to deal with some interesting challenges along the way (including regulatory approval, despite it not being an invasive medical procedure). It’s rare in most businesses & product development cycles that you have to convince 3 different customer groups before you can successfully sell your product. In this case, Life Whisperer need to convince the medical regulatory authorities, the end consumer (the woman/couple who are going through IVF) and the fertility clinic. Any one of those that don’t believe in what you are doing, and no sale.

There are heaps of other great things you can learn in this episode, so buckle up for a great conversation.

 

If you want to find out more, head to our website www.theselfmadetheory.com/podcast where you can find out more about Michelle, Presagen, Life Whisperer and IVF.

 

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE
https://www.ivf.com.au/treatments/fertility-treatments/ivf-treatment
https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/australian-company-sets-plan-to-gather-diverse-clinical-data-for-ai

 

Web:
https://www.lifewhisperer.co/ 
https://www.presagen.com/ 

Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleperugini/ 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/16164642 
https://www.linkedin.com/company/17921411 

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/DrMPerugini 
https://twitter.com/Life_Whisperer_ 
https://twitter.com/Presagen_ 

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

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An interesting, “under-the-radar” story in this episode.

 

I first met Milorad Zecevic when I presented at the CEO Institute a few months ago. We got talking about Energy Exemplar (where he’s the VP of Sales and a shareholder) about their extraordinary success and growth.

 

They’ve been in business 20 years and they’ve enjoyed consistent year on year growth of around 30%.

 

What do they do? They’re a software company, providing the global leading Economic Modeling and Market Simulation Software for the Energy Industry, based out of Adelaide.

 

It’s a classic living room / University project start-up by the founder Glenn Drayton. They now have offices all over the world including London, 4 offices in USA, Singapore and Dubai.

 

We also talk about the need to look after yourself if you’re going to be involved in running a global business – Milorad had been to 20 countries and visited 41 cities in the 9 months up to when we recorded!

 

It’s an interesting company, with an interesting product – in an industry we rarely think about. But when you power up your phone to listen to this podcast, sitting behind that power is a WORLD of complexity which the average person has no idea about.

 

If you’re an entrepreneur, or business leader, and are faced with challenges in your startup, scale up or established business that you’re not sure how to solve for, then contact us to discuss how our Executive Coaching / Advisory practice can help you. Email us on coaching@theselfmadetheory.com

 

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

HOW TO CONTACT ENERGY EXEMPLAR:

Web:
https://energyexemplar.com/ 

Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/energy-exemplar 

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFzHcB1gfSyfAT9M8sknoA/ 

 

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A great interview with husband and wife duo, Mel and Dean Flintoft.  In 2007, they founded Australia Fashion Labels, a business that now has 5 fashion labels sold throughout the world, both online and through 1700 stockists in 26 countries.

 

As you can imagine, the fashion world has changed dramatically since 2007.  In our conversation, we discuss:

 

  • Starting a business in the Global Financial Crisis with no money
  • Disrupting an industry that was doing seasonal collections (4 per year), by producing 12 collections per year (500+ new products every month!)
  • The change in retailing, including bricks & mortar, online and department stores
  • How to succeed in an industry that is “low barrier to entry”, but “high barrier” to success

 

It’s a great story – I LOVE the fact, as a husband and wife team, they work so well together.  I hear plenty of stories from businesses that are family-based where being related isn’t a good thing.

 

If you’re an entrepreneur, or business leader, and are faced with challenges in your startup, scale up or established business that you’re not sure how to solve for, then contact us to discuss how our Executive Coaching / Advisory practice can help you.  Email us on coach@theselfmadetheory.com

 

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR MEL, DEAN & AUST FASHION LABELS

 

Web:   

https://www.australianfashionlabels.com.au/

https://fashionbunker.com/

 

Linkedin:

https://au.linkedin.com/in/dean-flintoft-4335b893

https://au.linkedin.com/in/melanie-flintoft-39276094

https://au.linkedin.com/company/australian-fashion-labels-pty-ltd

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/thefashionbunker/

 

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/fshnbnkr/

https://www.instagram.com/finderskeepersthelabel/

https://www.instagram.com/keepsakethelabel/

https://www.instagram.com/thefifthlabel/

https://www.instagram.com/cmeocollective/

https://www.instagram.com/jaggarthelabel/

 

CREDITS

Audio Post Production by S.Byrne, in collaboration with the SAE Creative Media Institute, Adelaide, Australia

 

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I trust your learning some great stuff from all the great entrepreneurs and leaders we feature here on the podcast.    If you are and feel like the podcast is adding value to your business, your career, your ideas or your life, and you would like to help fund the ongoing costs of producing the podcast, then head to

www.patreon.com/theselfmadetheory.

Even if you can donate the cost of a cup of coffee per month, that would be immensely helpful - check with your accountant, you might even be able to claim it as a tax deduction.  Thanks for your support

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If you want to get inside the head of a serial entrepreneur, then this is the episode for you.  I interview Anton Andreacchio, who has founded multiple companies including Convergen & JumpgateVR

 

We discuss a lot of the amazing things that he’s doing in the Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality space including his collaboration with AFL football teams using VR/AR to train footballers, how using this tech with traditional landowners can help them visualise the impacts of major projects on their environment along with how he brought the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra experience into people’s homes in a world first.

 

If you thought that was a lot, wait, there’s more!  We also discuss data science, solutions looking for problems ~v~ real-world value propositions, building sustainable startups, under-promising and over-delivering, how telling the brutal truth when pitching for business might not pay off in the short term, but it does in the end.

 

There’s a lot to digest here….so, hang on, you’re in for a ride.

 

The life of an entrepreneur isn’t easy.  But I can tell you from experience, that it certainly is exciting and can be very rewarding. 

 

If you’re an entrepreneur, or business leader, and are faced with challenges in your startup, scale up or established business that you’re not sure how to solve for, then contact us to discuss how our Executive Coaching / Advisory practice can help you.  Email us on coach@theselfmadetheory.com

 

Until next time….keep INNOVATING, OVERCOMING and PROSPERING

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR ANTON

 

Web:              

http://convergen.com.au/ https://jumpgatevr.com/

 

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anton-andreacchio-8b206713/  https://www.linkedin.com/company/jumpgate/  

 

Twitter:          

https://twitter.com/JumpgateVR

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/JumpgateVR

https://www.facebook.com/Convergen

 

REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZlNCAGWtwE (click & hold on the screen and then drag around to change your view)

http://theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/industries/technology/australian-vr-tech-at-venice-biennale/

http://theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/industries/technology/australian-vr-tech-at-venice-biennale/

 

I trust your learning some great stuff from all the great entrepreneurs and leaders we feature here on the podcast.    If you are, and feel like the podcast is adding value to your business, your career, your ideas or your life, and you would like to help fund the ongoing costs of producing the podcast, then head to

www.patreon.com/theselfmadetheory.

 

Even if you can donate the cost of a cup of coffee per month, that would be immensely helpful - check with your accountant, you might even be able to claim it as a tax deduction.  Thanks for your support!

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