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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.
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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
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We sell a packet of Moxie product every thirty seconds. Curious yet? With the crazy idea to put tampons in recyclable tins so that they would stop rolling around in my handbag, my business partner and I took on a stagnant, mature FMCG category dominated by large multi-nationals, and launched a true makret disruptor. For the last (almost!) 14 years, I’ve seen our Moxie brand of women’s personal care through every step of its life cycle, from conceptualisation right through to commercialisation and have sunk my teeth into anything from packaging and product design, to ad campaign development to customer relationship management with some of the world’s biggest retailers. I understand every element of what it takes to not only bring a brand to life, but to insulate it from tough competition and secure it for future business growth and success. Moxie products have sold millions upon millions of products in various markets around the world; I’ve made a heap of bad decisions and mistakes, but just as many good ones, too. I’ve done it for myself and I can help you do it, too (the good stuff, that is!). Contact me if you’re keen to learn more about: - How to get started (How do you know if it’s a good idea or not? Where do you get help?) - What it takes to build a brand from scratch - How to launch your product into major retail or online - Brand strategy - Marketing strategy (I’m a Marketer by trade!) - Entrepreneurship - New product development - Exporting, operations and logistics - Corporate Social Responsibility - Leadership - Life/work balance Some other cool stuff I’ve done/do that might be of help... - Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year 2014, VIC - Westpac/AFR ‘100 Women of Influence’ 2014 - Entrepreneur’s Organisation Board member 2015 – 2018 (inclusive) - Co-founder and champion of the ‘Pads for Pads’ initiative - RMIT Student Mentor - Regular public speaker
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I was a corporate lawyer at Freehills before starting our first ‘real’ business with my co-founder, Jeremy, back in 2004 (back when we were only 24). Since then, we’ve created Australia’s largest bootstrapped e-commerce business, the Lux Group. We have more than 350 team members around the world, turnover more than $300 million annually and have just been named No.1 on the Financial Review's Fast Starters list. We’ve been profitable virtually since founding and are very focused on delivering value to clients, customers, team members and shareholders. We’ve grown from a tiny room in St.Kilda to offices in four continents and built what we think is Australia’s best eCommerce team, from the ground up without raising any external funding. We recently completed Australia's biggest e-commerce deal with The Catch Group, with the Lux Group now including Luxury Escapes (Australia’s favourite travel website with a net promoter score of 73), Scoopon Travel, and BonVoyage. We’re passionate about the customer experience and building truly great teams. In addition to Lux Group, I’m an investor and the non-executive Chairman of Bluethumb.com.au, Australia’s largest and fastest growing art marketplace, and have been a non-executive director of the Myeloma Foundation since 2009. I co-founded MyTable.com.au which later became part of Menulog, and was a shareholder in Menulog when it was sold to JustEat in 2015 for $855 million. Awards: AFR #1 Fast Starters 2017; BRW #1 Fastest Growing Company in 2013; Men’s Style Man of Influence 2014; CEO Magazine Young CEO of the Year in 2015; Deloitte Leadership Award Winner, Australia in 2015.
Founder of Naked Wines Australia, created a movement that disrupted the Australian Wine Industry and grew to a $50million business while getting producers and customers a better deal. Consistently recognised in the top 50 people of e-commerce and received special recognition in 2017 for innovation. Spent the last 2 years growing the US version of Naked Wines while remaining based in Australia.I passionately believe that Australia needs entrepreneurs who innovate to grow our country and having taken a company from my kitchen to success I am keen to share the many lessons I learnt on the way.
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.
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)
Ben has 25 years of experience in the technology space and is passionate about delivering technology-based solutions to problems. He has extensive expertise in evaluating and building technology stacks, first in the film industry and then in his own company which he grew to a successful exit in 2017. He has also designed and managed technology across a range of projects including Hollywood blockbusters like Happy Feet and The Matrix. With a Computer Science background, Ben provides insights into the risks and opportunities surrounding workflows and the software they rely upon. As an entrepreneur, he is uniquely positioned to evaluate not just the technology itself, but its business impact as well. Key areas of expertise include: * Evaluating and building technology-based solutions * Product management * Business and customer analytics * Data-driven decision making * Growth hacking * Maximising personal & team effectiveness
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.
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.
++ Bridging the gap between Chinese and Australian businesses ++ I’m a highly experienced, China business guru that specialises in all aspects of doing business in China, such as, strategic planning, negotiations, overcoming the cultural gap, business development and marketing to Chinese consumers. However most critically to first overcome the cultural gap! With population over 1.3 billion, doing business in China is not for the faint hearted. I’m both bi-lingual and bi-cultural, so I know how to short-circuit processes and produce results that increase efficiency by between 70% and 50%. If you’re thinking of doing any business in China I’m your go-to specialist. I’m commercially aware with an excellent track record of business development in China, with consideration of complex international law, trade and political trends. I’ve consulted to Australian businesses doing business in China and Chinese businesses in Australia across a number of industries including commerce, professional services, financial services, manufacturing, food and agriculture, education, property development, aged care, and mining. I’m often a guest speaker, as well as a widely published author on international trade and investments with a strong focus on China. I’ve written for over 80 publications and authored 4 books: • ‘Shanghaied: Why Foster’s Could Not Survive China’ • 'Doing Business Successfully in China' • ‘Doing business with China: getting ready for the Asia century’ • ‘Dancing with the Dragon: doing business with China’ I’m on the board of the Victoria branch of the Australia China Business Council, the School Council of Victoria School of Languages and the boards of private companies.
$4.17 / min
(Hourly rate $250)
- Founder and CEO at The Physio Co - 9 x Australia’s Best Places to Work - Author of Amazon Best-Selling Book Culture Is Everything Tristan White is a lot of things, but what he’s passionate about is inspiring others to do things they never imagined possible. Tristan’s story started like many others. He had a dream to work in a job that inspired him. He didn’t find that job, so he created it. In 2004, The Physio Co (TPC) was born with one team member: Tristan White. In the thirteen years since, TPC has become a remarkable healthcare success story with over 100 team memebers and 1,000,000 physio consultations delivered to Australian seniors. Tristan’s obsession with creating an inspiring place to work for himself and others has resulted in more than a decade of learning, testing and refining. If you’ve ever wondered how to build and sustain a thriving company culture, the Culture Is Everything system developed by Tristan White and The Physio Co team is your answer.
$3.33 / min
(Hourly rate $200)
Internationally renowned user interface and experience designer, I’m one of the leading web designers in Australia. I’ve worked closely with Y-Combinator startups, Australian startups and leading businesses, including Adobe, Westpac, Snappr, Lantern, Freelancer, Hipages, Oneflare, Spaceship and more. I’m a freelance designer and consultant and specialise in reviewing website interfaces and user experiences and transforming these to increase site conversion, improve navigation and drive user satisfaction across the site. My work has featured across TechCrunch, Business Insider, TNW, The Australian, and Sydney Morning Herald. I also write for Shopify about UX and e-commerce, as well as my own weekly UX Design newsletter, with over 6,000 readers. On the side, I’ve also co-founded Product Hunt’s #1 Product of the Day UI Garage and Bukket. UI Garage has over 20,000 visits a month and delivers weekly design inspiration and patterns for product designers. Bukket is an all-in-one screen capture and recording Chrome Extension – try it out! Call request me if you need advice on how to improve your website interface and usability, or building a website or tech product.
Globally regarded digital marketing strategist with experience advising companies including: Emirates, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Castrol, ANZ, Coles and MYOB. I'm a digital marketing strategist whose role is to deliver long-term growth for my partners and clients. My expertise has allowed me to found my own companies, be a strategic advisor to businesses and Governments around the world and become non-executive director of various businesses and organisations. I have held regional and global leadership positions at Edelman Digital, Aegis / Dentsu Media (Mitchells), DDB and Ogilvy in Australia & Asia. Over 29 years, I have created successful marketing, communications and digital transformation initiatives for some of the world's biggest brands, including Emirates, dnata, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Diageo, BP/Castrol, ANZ, Coles, iag, CUB (Foster's Group), GlaxoSmithKline, Hilton Worldwide, Business Council of Australia and Toyota, among others. In late 2012 I founded PENSO, a technology-enabled marketing business. The firm was founded on the basis that marketing science, data and technology have provided us with powerful tools to grow and transform businesses. We grow businesses with strategy, personalised advertising and content, digital channels and marketing technology. PENSO has grown to have offices in Australia, Silicon Valley and the UAE, and a presence in New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. PENSO has been nominated Australia / NZ Agency of the Year by Campaign Asia-Pacific, and one of the "Fast 100" fastest growing businesses in Australia. My work in digital transformation and in growing businesses was recognised, when in early 2016 I was appointed to the board of LaunchVic, a Victorian Government-owned company that aims to make Victoria, Australia one of the world’s top destinations for entrepreneurs, startups, and scaleups. I am also the Australian presenting Partner of The Future Laboratory, one of the world’s most renowned foresight consultancies.