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Ever since COVID-19 hit, with its ensuing lock downs, shut downs and stand downs, people have been yearning for a time when we will ‘get back to normal‘. Walking around the shops, restaurants and bars these past few weeks, and seeing the increased traffic on the roads, one might suspect, that in our little corner...
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'It was 20 years ago today' the Beatles famously sang on Sergeant Pepper in 1967. Well, more than half a century later I'm reminiscing and musing about 1999, 20 years ago...
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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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Last week I visited an old watering hole with a former real estate client. He’d been one of the first to give our fledgling online business a go back in our first year (1999/2000), when it was far from certain that we had a valuable service, or that we’d even survive. [Our early clients gave...
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Smart leaders are no longer casting themselves as solo visionaries, but are rather rewriting the rules of innovation, so claims Harvard Business Professor Linda Hall. Together with a few other CEO-types, I was privileged to spend a half day with her recently in Perth courtesy of the RAC. She writes on leadership of innovation, and...
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This week it was revealed that local tech business, HealthEngine, had raised $26 million from global venture capitalist Sequoia Capital. This is notable for a few reasons: it’s the largest private sector investment in a local tech startup the first such investment from this Silicon Valley VC in Western Australia, and their second in Australia...
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7 years ago I visited a New York real estate technology conference, and one of the main themes was the emergence of the mobile economy, and how important smartphones were becoming. On returning, I wrote one of my first blog posts (‘It’s mobile, stoopid‘) on the Business2 website, the first comment of which still reads:...
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When we set up our tech startup back in 1999, we looked to angel investment to get our business off the ground. Some new business ideas just need to be tried in the marketplace in order to see if they will work, and they cannot be launched without some financial support. Often the idea is...
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Here’s an amazing statistic – last year (2015) Facebook and Google, combined, took an extra $1 billion in advertising revenue from the Australian market. An extra billion. Not a billion in total, an extra billion, than the year before. The thing is, the total ad market in Australia only grew by $300 million in 2015, which means every...
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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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