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• Inside Retail, Top 50 People in Ecommerce 2015, 2016 • Non- Executive Director, NORA (National Online Retailers Association) • Telstra Business Women's Award Winner, 2010 + 2014 I’m Founder & CEO of Adore Beauty, Australia’s leading online shopping destination for skincare, haircare and makeup. In 1999, with just $12,000 and two little known cosmetic companies on board, I started Adore Beauty from a garage in Melbourne at the age of 21. Since then it has grown to 160+ brands, 12,000+ products, and $25m+ in annual revenue. In 2015 I sold a 25% share of my business to Woolworths, then bought it back in 2017. With over 17 years experience in beauty e-commerce, I can provide advice about online retailing, supplier/partner/investor negotiations, people management, stock management, digital marketing, financial management and scaling. 100% of my call fee from Top Expert will be donated to Oxfam's Women's Empowerment projects. I'm mostly available for calls on Fridays.
I’m a serial entrepreneur. I started 16 businesses before founding Caradvice.com.au, which I recently sold for $35M to Nine Entertainment. I initially started CarAdvice as a blog and in ten years grew it into a nationwide car advice, review and news site, employing 40 people and turning over $15M a year. We’ve built CarAdvice through creating genius content that people want to watch and share, owning SEO and selling targeted advertising on the site. I’m interested in providing advice to businesses and startups, but be warned – I’m very honest, and won’t hold back from telling you my honest opinion.
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Dear fellow Entrepreneurs, ••• I offer a "No Questions Asked" money back guarantee service. Read more. ••• I have been running my own companies since 1996. My brother, sister and brother-in-law joined me in 1998. Although ownership is mostly family-owned we run the company like any corporation and have a stellar executive who hold key posts in the business. The leadership of the family, management and responsibilities ultimately rest with me but it is most definitely a collaborative approach that is extremely effective and successful. Booktopia was started on 4th February 2004 (the same day as Facebook - we didn't know that until we celebrated our 10th birthday together). It began as a side project with a budget of $10 per day while my family and I were doing internet marketing. It took 3 days to sell the first book. One book was the total sales for the day. By the end of the first year we were doing $100K per month. Before starting Booktopia in 2004 we owned a recruitment agency, a chat software business, and an internet marketing consultancy. I started my career as a computer programmer and then a computer salesman. Today, Booktopia employs 150 people and sells one item every 7.8 seconds. We ship 18,000 books per day or around 4 million books per year. We operate from a 13,000 sqm Headquarters and Distribution Centre in Homebush, Sydney stocking 130,000 titles across 700,000 units that are ready-to-ship. Revenues for 2017 are $100+ million up from $80m in 2016 and $50m in 2015. We have had no external investment. All of our success has been organic growth. We simply sold more books and used that money to hire more people, write more software, invest in automation, move to bigger premises and hold more stock. It would have to be one of the biggest bootstrapped online store success stories in Australia as many of our peers have received significant funding to grow. Booktopia has won many business awards including the Telstra Business Awards for NSW Medium Sized Businesses in 2014, Book Retailer of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Power Retail's Top 100 websites, Deloitte's Technology Fast 50, the Top 20 for Smart Company's list of top Australian online retailers and ranked in the BRW Fast 100 companies for the 7 years, the only to ever accomplish this feat. My strengths are in sales, marketing, running family companies, bootstrapped businesses, creating value in a business, product logistics and distribution, as well as e-commerce, leadership, and business management. Personal Guarantee: It is true, I can access decades of business experience and that will most likely be helpful when we talk, but more importantly when I meet people I have access to an unending fountain of ideas and within a few minutes can come up with strategies, concepts, or initiatives that will focus, motivate and inspire you. Therefore I have every confidence that you (and as many members of your team) and I, can have a super brainstorming session and the time we spend together will be extremely profitable. To give you a sense of comfort around the investment you will make with me I can offer a "No Questions Asked" money back guarantee on my service. Remember... be prepared to write everything down and preferably record our session so you can review it later! Looking forward to hearing what you are about to accomplish. All the best, Tony
• Winner, Telstra Business Women's NSW Entrepreneur Award, 2016 • Winner ORIAS (Online Retail Industry Awards) – best online marketing, 2016 • Finalist, 2016 Telstra Business Awards I’m the CEO and owner of Nourished Life, an online store that sources and sells sustainable, eco-friendly, and natural personal care, beauty & lifestyle products. I started Nourished Life four years ago with only $100 and no investment. In our first year we turned over $400,000 and this year we are on track for reaching $20 million in revenue. I’m passionate about providing women with toxin-free beauty and eco-friendly products and have advisory positions with several industry bodies including the Global GreenTag National Advisory Committee. As the CEO and 100% owner of Nourished Life, I can provide advice about how to start, run and grow an e-commerce business.
Hardtofind was born out of the belief that customers want products that are more thoughtful, special and personal and that, through technology, we could connect thousands of small creative businesses with customers around the world. Hardtofind is now one of Australia’s leading, award-winning curated marketplaces. We employ 26 people, with offices in Sydney and Manila. We’ve bootstrapped our growth to this point and have no outside investment. We’re passionate about supporting small creative businesses and providing them with a platform that allows them – and their products – to reach a far bigger audience than they otherwise might on their own. Hardtofind connects more than 2,500 independent designers and artisans from around the world with a rapidly growing customer base eager for a genuinely different shopping experience. I have close to 10 years’ experience in building a successful, sustainable, profitable e-commerce business from the ground up. I’ll be straightforward and open with my advice and I won’t waste your time if I don't think I can help you. I can offer advice on: • Business strategy • Digital marketing • Branding • Outsourcing • Product development as a non-tech founder • Entrepreneurship • Co-founding – pros and cons • Shareholder agreements • Bootstrapping • Building a powerhouse team • Managing cash flow • Planning and forecasting • Setting up an advisory board • AI
Founder & CEO of Babyology 2007-2017 Babyology is the number one media company for Australian parents. The business was acquired in 2017 and at the time had a Facebook following of over 1.2 million and 1 million visitors to the website each month with a staff of 16 people. Mandi is an experienced entrepreneur, starting her first business at the age of 25 and a finalist in the Australian Telstra Business Awards in 2016. With a BCom from UNSW and 10 years entrepreneurial experience, building and running a digital media publishing company which started as a blog, Mandi is mentoring many start ups in the Australian ecosystem. Mandi is a business consultant working with small and medium business owners to grow their businesses to become more entrepreneurial, focusing on digital, social media, growth and marketing strategy.
Winner of the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year 2016 and Founder of Kester Black - Australia's fastest growing ethical beauty brand. Our products are the first in the world to obtain a vast suite of accreditations such as Choose Cruelty Free, International Cruelty Free, Vegan Society, Australian Made and B Corporation. We believe that through creative and ethical business, everyone can experience beautiful, quality cosmetic and skincare products, without adverse environmental or social effects. As founder, CEO and Creative Director, over the past 5 years I've: - Adapted products to meet Halal certifications - Grown revenue by 600%, with no outside investment - Secured over 400 stockists worldwide, including Myer, David Jones Eastland, SABA, Gorman, and Anthropologie - Secured six international distributors - Fostered amazing collaborative partnerships, including Pantone, SABA, Toni Maticevski, Audi, Original & Mineral, mud ceramics, Trophy Wife Nail Art, Bellabox, and Beauty EDU.
Natural and Organic Skincare Pioneer. Entrepreneur. Founder - Aromababy. Product Development. Exporter of 20 years. In 1994 I developed Aromababy - the world’s first specialist baby and mother skincare brand to combine the use of natural and organic ingredients with research. The launch of Aromababy created a new category in the Australian retail space and offered 'choice' in the type of baby care offered across maternity hospitals. In Australia Aromababy is sold online including with Myer and in retail stores including airport duty free chains and pharmacy groups such as National Pharmacies. The brand is also sold online and in stores across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Aromababy is also used in select hospitals and sold to hotels and resorts, carving a niche for itself as a boutique, specialist brand for mother and baby with a 25 year heritage. I have worked on several external brands and independent product projects in the natural sector. I am a regular presenter and MC at events in China, Hong Kong and Australia in relation to accomplishing business across the Asian region. I have over 25 years experience in product development, exporting and building an award-winning brand. I hold a Diploma in Aromatherapy and am a trained Infant Massage Instructor. I regularly travel to Asia providing mother and baby wellness workshops to health professionals and consumers. I am a published freelance writer including on business, baby, beauty and travel and co-host a Melbourne breakfast radio show.
Over 15 years experience taking ideas off the back of a napkin to launching them globally. In 2003, I took a $20,000 loan turned it into a global business. The brand I built was called PetLoo & we manufactured and distributed a range of pet products globally. In 2013 the brand and company was acquired by PetSafe. You can read all about the story by Googling "Tobi Skovron, PetLoo, Inc Magazine", but it's your quintessential entrepreneur journey and with a happy ending to boot: researching an idea, taking out a loan, 2 years spent on R&D, scaling to the US, hustling, growing, eating cereal for dinner and negotiating a sale. After the sale, I stayed in the US and worked for the now parent company, as well as founding ZingyPet – a marketplace app for dog walking. The app won Silicon Beach 2015 Best Overall App, has 800+ dog walkers and 23,000 customers through out southern California. I came back to Australia end of 2016 and have since Co-Foundered CreativeCubes.Co with plans to scale it nationally. I'm passionate about the thriving community and want to positively impact the ecosystem. I invest in other startups, sit on a couple of Boards and love providing advice to other entrepreneurs who have the drive and determination to succeed. I can provide advice about business planning, strategy, user-experience design and delivery, go-to-market strategy, product dev and commercialisation, exporting, fund raising – the whole end-to-end business process. Here are just some of my experience and achievements: • Winner of Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Under the Age of 30 (2008) • Winner of Australian Pet Product of the Year (2006) • Winner of New Inventors, People’s Choice Award (2006) • Australian Institute of Export - TOP 50 (2007) • International Design Award (2008)
Prior to founding a VC firm, Bondi Born – a luxury swimwear label, and being on the leadership team of FairFax, I started my career 25 years ago in global ad agencies where I ran the advertising for household brands like Coca-Cola, Weet-Bix, Pantene and IBM. I discovered I have a brain wired for strategic thinking and excelled at brand strategy. How do consumers think about brands? How do you differentiate a brand and develop a unique positioning with distinct values and personality so that consumers come to you, transact and stay loyal? In 1996 I set up one of the first dedicated Digital Marketing agencies, Expanded Media (XM), for Australia’s then largest ad agency, George Patterson Bates. I was responsible for growing revenue from zero to $3m within 12 months for blue-chip clients like Optus, Ninemsn, David Jones and St. George helping them create their very first websites and online advertising campaigns. I joined Fairfax in 1998 and in the subsequent twelve years, I sat on the Leadership Team reporting to the various CEOs and the business grew to having 450 staff and $110m EBITDA per annum. Some of my highlights of these 12 amazing years include: • I convinced Fairfax management and Board in 1999 to break up “Fairfax Classifieds Online” and launch their sections as separate brands online. Domain is now valued at $2b. Strategic decisions like these can seem small, but they can actually determine the future success or failure of your business if you don’t get them right in the beginning. • Named “Internet Pioneer of the Year” in 2000 for developing and writing Australia’s first University accredited course in Internet Advertising for UTS and in 2002 was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential people in e-Marketing. • In 2003 I established from start-up, Fairfax Enterprises, a print and digital direct-selling and book publishing business that bridges the newspapers and Fairfax Digital. It grew from nothing to 10 staff and $2m profit in 2 years and remains to this day a significant part of Fairfax’s revenue. • Not long after we acquired RSVP.com.au in 2006 I was put in to get it in shape for integration into Fairfax Digital. We took the brand mainstream and set up better digital marketing KPIs and staffing and within 6 months we’d halved the cost of customer acquisition, while accelerating member numbers and revenue growth. • In 2007 I set up an SEO/SEM taskforce and mentored a team of search experts to share knowledge and optimise Fairfax’s multi-million dollar spend in this area. In my last 3 years at Fairfax Digital I ran Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions - scouting for companies for Fairfax Digital to build, invest in or acquire, meeting with literally hundreds of entrepreneurs in a multitude of different sectors learning something from each one as to how they started and grew their businesses, understanding and assessing their businesses models and studying their future growth strategies. It resulted in a number of mergers, acquisitions and start-ups for Fairfax and was an exhilarating experience. I then set up Foundry, a boutique VC that invested in pre-revenue ecommerce start-ups. After looking at dozens of pitches including sitting on the selection committee for Innovation Bay, we did four investments (2 failed, 1 we sold and 1 is still growing nicely) before I realised I wasn’t having any fun sitting on the sidelines. I needed to be in the driver’s seat of my own business. This brings me to Bondi Born. Bondi Born is a luxury swimwear brand that I started with my business partner, Glenn Parks (highly experienced in global sourcing, production and logistics), in 2015. In our first full year of operation, targeting the European market, we turned over $500k+ and the brand was hung on the racks of prestige retailers like Selfridges and Harrods. We are now in premium Department Stores and boutiques from Munich, Mykonos and Milan to Croatia, Cayman Islands and Cote d’Azur. Right now we are selling our yet to be released 2018 collection to retailers in 5 continents through 14 contracted agents. We have a website in three currencies, third party logistic warehouses on 4 continents and we are targeting $4m in revenue for the coming 12 months. The countless lessons I learned and training I received in my 20 years in corporate life have helped me to do this. I’m building a brand based on a distinct market position, we are using social media and sophisticated digital marketing techniques, I raised capital to accelerate our growth, I surrounded myself with experts in areas I had no knowledge of and have listened and learned from them. I have made mistakes and gone down wrong paths and quickly pivoted and optimised the direction. I have also learned an incredible amount in the past 2 ½ years about fashion (which I absolutely LOVE). Global sourcing of fabrics and trims, designing and manufacturing locally and in Asia and penetrating global retail markets along with the boring stuff like tax, logistics and trademarks. When I was asked by Belinda to join Top Expert I was reluctant given how long my days are now (and I have to find time for my two gorgeous children and long-suffering husband). But I thought about my own experience and how challenging the entrepreneurs journey can be and how valuable it would be to have someone you can reach out to for sage advice to help you cut through mistakes and save time and money. So here I am. And if I can help someone on their journey it would be an honour. What can the key things I think I can best help my fellow entrepreneurs with? • Brand Strategy • Brand Building (online + offline marketing) • Business Strategy • Business Planning • Starting-up • Start-up/Seed Funding • Growth Funding/Mergers / Acquisitions • Exits • Making the switch to being an entrepreneur • Entrepreneur mentoring • Female entrepreneurship • Global and local fashion sourcing and production • Global fashion retail (online + bricks and mortar) • Global fashion logistics for retail and ecommerce Complete confidentiality and integrity assured. I will give you honest, straight-shooting answers and advice and if I don’t think I can help you or I’m not the best person for what you need, I won’t proceed or waste either of our time.
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Forbes 30 under 30, Telstra Young Business Women's Award 2017 In 2012, I launched OneShift on the back of a free blog, some posters, duck tap and an ipad. After the first month of it being live, it had 300 university students and several clubs using it. Within 6 months OneShift had over 10k users. OneShift received an investment of $5 million for 27.5% equity from Programmed (ASX: PRG) and who subsequently purchased it in 2016. More recently, I've launched Skilld.com, a dynamic online marketplace that instantly connects local talent to local businesses and also tamme.io an analytics and advertising platform for marketplaces. I'm heavily involved in the start-up and business community in Australia. I mentor for several schools, co-working spaces etc. and lead several women in bus/tech initiatives, including: 'Women In Tech Australia' and ‘LMBDW', which has over 50,000 members. I also work with City and State Government to increase awareness of start-ups, and to connect corporate companies for mentoring and investing initiatives with the wider aim to help Australian start-ups to think and grow globally. This is achieved through partnerships with Boston Consulting Group, Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) and I was recently named the youngest Sydney Chair for the Young Presidents Org (YPO).
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I am an experienced CEO, business founder, author and business mentor with over 20 years’ experience in the private and corporate sector. I led small, medium and multinational companies, with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to more than $250 million. I was recognised twice by the Telstra Business Women's Awards for my achievements in business. Some of my achievements include turning around a declining business to achieve the company’s highest profit in more than five years. The business grew by 28% in the global financial crisis, resulting in more than $14 million dollars of additional revenue. I also tripled one business revenue stream from $1.3M to $3.9M in 7 months.
Food developer, FMCG wholesaler and marketer, and small business mentor - over the past 10 years I’ve grown Slim Secrets from a small, family-run FMCG business into a global brand with world-wide distribution and brand recognition. Sold online and stocked in major Australian retailers including Coles, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, 7Eleven and IGA. We also export to 15 countries around the world, are stocked in over 4,000 outlets and recently signed a distribution deal for China. The thing I've loved most about building our brand is being innovative with our marketing on a smaller budget than some of our larger competitors and building great relationships. I’m a big believer in influencer marketing and we’ve recently signed an ambassador deal with current world number one tennis champion Angelique Kerber, as well as Avril Lavigne targeted for the China market. Slim Secrets has a range of 21 healthy snacks including protein bars, cookies, low carb fit balls, RTD protein indulgence shakes, and a Protein Puds with chia dessert range. Each product is carefully developed to include the right balance of fats, carbohydrates, protein and fibre without compromising on taste, as well as ensuring they meet food regulations for our export markets. Whether you have an idea and need some guidance on where to start, or are a more established business looking for growth, I'm more than happy to chat and provide you with advice. Looking forward to hearing about your business.
I've run a number of business initiatives gravitating around new media and film including the launch of Australia's biggest action sports film festival Yew.tv. In early 2015 I joined Australia's biggest crowdfunding platform Pozible as their dedicated project advisor, offering advice & creating content for crowdfunding campaigners. During this time Pozible saw it's highest ever monthly success rate at 64%
Pawan Lalwani is the Founder and CEO of Language Your Way(LYW), a platform that makes English language learning fun for students in China via gamification of content, game based learning, online tutoring and study tours to Australia. Despite not being able to speak Chinese nor having any per-existing connections in China, Pawan's exceptional grit got the start-up where it is today. Pawan built a team and navigated his way from the ground up in the Chinese market by connecting with several schools, distributors and government officials in South Western China. One of LYW's distributors include the Top 25 e-learning company in China. Pawan's understanding of gamification (using game-design elements and principles in non-game contexts) and understanding of the Chinese market enabled him establish him to raise investment from a some private investors. Highlights * Invited to join the first cohort of the Landing Pad program in Shanghai supported by Australian Trade and Investment Commission. * Featured on TechNode (TechCrunch China), Beijing Business Today, Startup Daily etc * Winner at number of local and international competitions most recent being the Nanjing OCP (Australia & New Zealand division). * Presented at a number of local and international events such as EdTechAsia Summit (Bangkok), GIE (Beijing), RMIT, Monash university etc Feel free to reach out if - * You want to use Gamification as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service. * Interested to enter the Chinese market with your product/service.
hi, i'm sam bell. i coach entrepreneurs, small business owners, consultants and executives on growing their business, getting over obstacles and business opportunities from new technology (such as blockchain tech and AI/Artificial Intelligence). i'm a connector too keen to introduce relevant people so they can quickly progress great ideas and ventures. I also coach people to have impressive online profiles (website, LinkedIn, LinkedIn business, and other relevant social media). my background is in building and hustling to grow new ventures, accelerating business & technology projects through clever planning & strategy, empowered people, great customer connections and uplifting business environments. i most recently co-founded & led the world-class Do Lectures experience in Australia for high performers & entrepreneurs. before all that i refined business ideas, wrote business plans & ran business change programs at top consulting houses Deloitte and KPMG as well as a bunch of other large organisations. i've enjoyed coaching entrepreneurs & not for profit CEO's for over 20 years. i write an email about business opportunities & emerging technology twice a month. it also spotlights exceptional brands & people with impressive online presence. i like guiding people so they learn relevant things fast, reduce their business & personal risks, as well as take advantage of their opportunities. I was lucky enough to start investigating cryptocurrencies & blockchain tech in 2013, social media & digital in 2006 & work in the fun dotcom time from 2001. i like seeing things ahead of time. what do you want to progress? Let's meet!