Profiles

Smoke, lasers & storytelling: Vanessa Stoykov on her business success in the finance sector

Over the past two decades, Vanessa Stoykov has carved out a successful career in the finance industry as a storyteller, TV host and entrepreneur....

“It’s harder to understand digital tech, new business models at 10,000 feet” says Flare MD

What do Flare (HR tech/fintech), Mad Paws (an online pet care marketplace) and Hilti (power tools) – three very different companies – have in...

Power to the people: Phil Livingston of Redback Technologies on leading an energy revolution

It was while strapped to a gigantic wind turbine that Phil Livingston, the serial entrepreneur behind Redback Technologies, realised his ambition in life –...

Ditch conventions, boost output: The CEO of FlexCareers on the power of flexible working

Employers who resist the tide of change – i.e. refuse to embrace flexible working –  not only miss out on the advantages of greater...

From ‘garage fantasy’ to global reality: The rise of Carl Krumins’ SMS technology company

When Carl Krumins was fired from a job cleaning floors, twenty years ago, the aspiring tech entrepreneur realised he would never achieve success unless...

From ‘glorified lawn business’ to tech-centric market leader: a chat with Hire A Hubby’s CEO

With more than 330 active franchisees nationally, Hire A Hubby (HAH) is today the third largest player in Australia’s tradesman and handyman industry, claiming...

Expert360’s Bridget Loudon on leading a digital revolution in the global consulting sector

By digitising the conventional consulting model and stripping it of its inefficiencies, the brains behind Expert360 have made waves in the $600 billon global...

Stay hungry, stay humble: SafetyCulture’s Luke Anear on future-proofing his tech company

Although SafetyCulture’s technology has put safety into the hands of workers worldwide, earning it an enviable pool of clients and investors in the process,...

Authenticity, disclosure and discipline: How Jules Lund built a tribe of 20,000 influencers

When influencer marketplace TRIBE launched with a requirement for social media influencers to own, or be willing to buy, the products they’d be recommending,...

‘Until now, the amusement industry has been starved of tech advancements’, says ROLLER CEO

Despite being a $50 billion industry, the amusement and leisure sector has been ‘starved of advancements’, according to Luke Finn, the CEO of Melbourne-based...

UrbanYou’s co-founder on the ‘game-changing’ moments in her startup’s ‘rollercoaster’ story

Networking with influential door-openers, eager to help female-led startups, helped the brains behind UrbanYou – an on-demand platform for household services – fast-track business...

“Before us, esport content providers operated out of college dorm rooms,” says GAMURS CEO

Esports, also known as competitive video gaming, is – in the words of GAMURS co-founder and CEO Riad Chikhani – a “ridiculously big industry…...

Risk, rigour & hard work: the mix that ensured a high school dropout ascended to the C-Suite

If Dr Stephen Snowdy had listened to the sceptics who told him “it can’t – or shouldn’t – be done”, he wouldn’t have made...

“I’d like for us to become part of pop culture”, says the co-founder of 3D tech startup mPort

For the uninitiated, the term ‘3D body-mapping’ might conjure up images of futuristic cartographers (which, to be fair, isn’t entirely off the mark). It’s...

“We’d lost our voice”: STM Goods’ CEO on the ‘scary’, albeit necessary decision to rebrand

Heading into 2017, STM – a Sydney-based maker of laptop bags and other tech accessories – had enjoyed three years of record growth, fuelled...

Before they had global reach, Qwilr’s founders had to ‘murder’ their online document startup

Since Qwilr launched in June 2014, co-founders Mark Tanner and Dylan Baskind have raised $2 million in funding for their SaaS web-document builder, which has...

Energy startups have to be ‘very smart’ in how they challenge the big retailers: Evergen’s CEO

Evergen is taking advantage of a “once-in-a-hundred-years” opportunity for startups to gain ground against Australia’s legacy energy retailers, its CEO told Dynamic Business.  Launched in...

“We have a huge way to go”: Why Sleeping Duck declined to share their mattress with a shark

The engineers behind rapid-growth mattress startup Sleeping Duck dived into the Shark Tank this week, but surfaced without a deal, after knocking back offers,...

Build a better mousetrap, be obsessive: Found’s co-founder on the key to challenging Seek

Despite being in the online job market for just one-tenth the time of SEEK, Found has begun nipping at the heels of the incumbent...

Scooter Tutor’s software is driving efficiencies in other sectors, says edutech start-up’s co-CEO

In the course of developing technology to generate efficiencies in their own ‘fragmented” sector, the co-CEOs of Scooter Tutor, Cameron Schmidt and Sam Robertson,...