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In the recent Business News corporate finance report for calendar year 2018, I added up over $9.58B worth of equity capital raisings for WA companies, across 548 deals. That’s $17M+ per deal. And this does not count another $41B+ in M&A (merger and acquisition) activity. How much of the capital raising money went to early...
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I was speaking with an American CEO a few years ago, just after he had been in Perth a few months. “What’s the biggest difference between doing business in the States and here?” I asked him. “You guys sure love your coffee meetings,” he remarked, “Everyone just rings me up or emails and says ‘Let’s...
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Every year since the mid 1990s, Mary Meeker has presented the latest internet trends in the US and globally. You can view her here delivering the latest trends for 2018 (she speaks for 33 minutes). In typical style, she speed clicks through no less than 294 slides at a rate of 1 every 6 seconds. Don’t blink, as it’s...
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I attended a public lecture from Dr Paul Arthur last week, on the topic of ‘the Tyranny of Digital‘. Dr Arthur, you may imagine from his lecture title, is not a fan of digital. Well, he kinda is, but he was there to warn us of the perils we are ‘sleep walking’ towards. Talking Points We...
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If you build it, they will come. Nonsense. If they come, build it. That’s pretty much the message I try to ram into new startups, imploring them to use the lean canvas, or some such method, to ‘just get out there’ and be nimble and responsive to customers’ needs, building up their business along the...
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With Australian companies feeling the pressure of digital disruption – a ‘damburst‘ if you will – new research has found three key areas that companies successful at digital marketing have in common. The research indicates that a clear strategy, team-wide digital literacy, and using data to shape narratives inside a company correlated strongly with the...
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20+ years ago my wife and I moved to Perth, and, although the locals would still regard me as a b$#@ding Pom, we are well and truly settled. Perth’s been great to us. We love the place. We now have 2 Aussie kids, who are privileged to be able to grow up in paradise. 20...
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The romance of cycling into a co working space, armed with a skinny latte, tight jeans and hipster looks can draw many to the promise of giving a startup a go. It could have been precipitated by being chucked out of that corporate job you always hated. Maybe you’ve struggled with an itch you just...
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On holiday we gorge ourselves at the hotel buffet breakfast, something we do not partake of in our normal daily routine back home. You can learn a lot about human nature, other people and perhaps yourself at the buffet table. Or rather tables, because arranged across 3 rooms are tables of food of all types...
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Dear reader, before we forge headlong into another new year with all its promises and possibilities, let us extend the space and perspective gifted to us this time of year to ponder an unpleasant fact. Your typical Year 11 and 12 in WA may not take a Maths or a Science subject. Not only that,...
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For the past two decades, I have driven digital transformation and led change at various innovative companies, obtaining strong results.

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