$33.33 / min
(Hourly rate $2,000)
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
$16.67 / min
(Hourly rate $1,000)
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.
I work across the Australian startup ecosystem, as the Chair of the Board of StartupAus, a mentor and investor with Startmate Accelerator, and a strategic advisor to a number of early and growth stage startups. Over my career, I’ve worked for and advised some of the most category leading and category killing companies across Australia and the US. I was recently an innovation expert at Inventium and prior to this the founding Managing Director of Eventbrite Australia, where I built and lead the team to grow the Australian market of event organisers and passionate event attendees. Before coming to Australia, I worked at Bain & Company in Silicon Valley advising the world's largest FMCG, technology, consumer products and retail businesses about international growth, customer experience / loyalty and organisational effectiveness strategies. I’m passionate about helping businesses scale and increase their impact through ‘wow' customer experiences, new market entry and product development.
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)
$10.00 / min
(Hourly rate $600)
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.