$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
$5.00 / min
(Hourly rate $300)
I can help you with • Website and Mobile Site Reviews • Advice around technology selections and system implementations • User Experience • Advice on building killer tech and product teams • Managing growth in your business • Pricing strategies • eCommerce Business Strategies • Distribution Centre design and automation • Review of Existing System Implementation At Booktopia, as CTO I design and lead the technology and product teams that design and build all internal systems and integrate with external systems. As Deputy CEO I oversee all Strategy in the business and work with the COO to oversee all operations from Customer Service through to the Distribution Centre. I formulate Booktopia's vision and strategy across all areas of the business and sit on Booktopia's Board. In my time at Booktopia I have personally built Booktopia's website and designed and developed our custom built Warehouse Management System which integrates into our fully automated Distribution Centre. I have also specified, designed and managed the implementation of our custom built Customer, Order and Content Management System. I also lead the design and implementation of the Booktopia mobile site which won the 2016 ORIA award for best Mobile Commerce Site. I was recently a finalist for the Online Retail Industry Recognition Award, named as one of Inside Retail’s Top 50 People in E-Commerce for 2016 and in was finalist for the BRW’s Best Rising Star Award. I am also an advisor to a number of tech and online companies and am a Non-Executive Director for Car Next Door.
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.
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
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.
I'm an entrepreneur, cheerleader of New Retail, and a top 50 online retail expert with over thirty five years’ experience in retail, technology and entrepreneurship. I'm also a registered psychologist with a keen interest in consumer psychology. I'm highly regarded as the ‘pioneer of online retail in Australia’, having co-founded DealsDirect.com.au in 2004, which grew to become the single largest online retailer in Australia. After the business was sold to private equity, I went on to establish NORA, a leading not-for-profit retail association. As the founder and Executive Director of NORA, I'm passionate about uplifting the spirits of retailers nationwide and try to provide a more holistic and optimistic approach to retail in Australia. All fees from our session will go to NORA.
I am the CEO of Flora & Fauna, Australia's largest vegan beauty and lifestyle store. We are a Finalist in the Telstra Business Awards 2018 and won Best Online Retailer at the Gala Awards. I also won Business Person of the Year. We have also been shortlisted as Responsible Retailer of the Year 2017 at the World Retail Awards. I have worked in retail for 20+ years in operations, consulting and private equity. I have sat on boards in the UK including Whittards of Chelsea and Storevision. I have worked in the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia. In Australia I have worked at Coles, Apparel Group and Masters, part of Woolworths at GM level managing IT and Multichannel.
Social media keynote speaker, Telstra Young Business Woman of the year NSW 2016 and B&T 30 under 30. As the Founder and CEO of L&A Social Media, one of Australia’s leading digital agencies, I love helping people grow their businesses, brands and market share through social media. For over 7 years, we’ve delivered wildly creative and hugely successful social media strategies, content and campaigns for both start-ups and global brands. Some of the brands we’ve worked with include nudie juice, Champagne Taittinger, Sol Beer, Black Swan Dips, Samsung, Foxtel, Sol Beer, Stoli Vodka, and many more. I’d love to give you advice about how to get started with your brand or social media strategy, through to upping the ante by developing content and campaigns that truly deliver ROI and brand value. As an agency founder, I also love helping and supporting other entrepreneurs and devising ways for creative collaboration and partnerships.
$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.
Passionate about helping individuals and businesses affect change through simplification, innovation and strategy. As Group Digital Manager for the Super Retail Group brands including Supercheap Auto, Rebel, BCF, Ray's Outdoors and Amart Sports, Nathan focuses on leading the digital and omnichannel strategy across all brands through customer solutions, scalable technology, e-Commerce optimization and multichannel integration. Nathan is currently involved in leading digital transformation across the Group which includes strategic, operational and cultural change. Nathan has experience as a client, agency and supplier across digital and traditional media. Recent projects of note include digital and omnichannel transformation, web and eCommerce re-platforming, implementation of "buy now, pay later" solutions, online fulfillment strategy and establishment of design thinking, prototyping and UX capabilties.
$3.33 / min
(Hourly rate $200)
I understand the stress and pressure of building a business. I've experienced the massive highs, deep lows and made many mistakes along the way. But we've built something really successful and I'd love to share my experience to help others. I'm a Law graduate and I have been in business for 10 years. Highlights include designing, developing and launching an award winning line of hair care products. Custom tooling and packaging design. Securing world-wide distribution with luxury department stores including Neiman Marcus, Harvey Nichols, Mr Porter and David Jones (plus many others). Raising over $2 million of capital ourselves including writing the IM, pitching our idea and securing Advisory Board members with international business experience. Successfully applying for Australian grants including EMDG and R&D Tax Concessions. Exit strategy planning. Lease negotiations. Securing free PR in over 50 leading publications. Managing and motivating employees. Working with a spouse.
I am passionate about creating and growing digital businesses. Today, along with my 2 co-founders I run Costumes.com.au and ReadyToShip.com.au. I am currently a Non-Executive Director of the National Online Retailers Association (NORA) and also advisor to a number of businesses, including Retail Global, and Chunky Media I authored of the Australian version of 'Making Money on eBay for Dummies'. In 2015 and 2016 I was included in "Inside Retail's Top 50 People in e-Commerce" and in 2016 awarded the individual Excellence Award at the RetailGlobal Internet Conference.
$3.33 / min
(Hourly rate $200)
20 years' experience including Virgin Money head of PR & Communications and Origin Energy Snr External Affairs Manager. Michelle's business experience spans major multi-national PR agency and in-house roles, including several years in San Francisco, USA representing established and start-up technology companies. Michelle can provide counsel on all aspects of PR & Communications from publicity, social media and events to corporate & internal communications, issues & crisis management.
$1.67 / min
(Hourly rate $100)
Protecting Brand Names™ in Australia and International Markets. Brian is a qualified Trade Mark Attorney, Member of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA), Ten Year Member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and is on the committee of the International Trademarks Association (INTA). He is the Founder of Trademark.Ventures International, a firm protecting the next generation of leading global brands. Based in Melbourne, Trademark Ventures can assist with any domestic and international trademark and IP matters, with strong alliances with trade mark attorneys from around the world. Brian is also the Co-Founder of Investors’ Org, an investor only community aimed at creating more investor interest in technology start-ups.
++ 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.
I founded Flaunt Marketing in 1998 after being PR Manager at Coles Supermarkets. I am a PR, marketing and digital specialist with over 25 years consulting to some of Australia’s best known companies. My specialist expertise is communicating to the world’s largest and fastest growing consumer segments - the 50-75 year old demographic. If you don't have a strategy to attract and retain this group (who hold 50% of all consumer expenditure in almost every category), perhaps it's time to speak with me.
$2.50 / min
(Hourly rate $150)
Approaching tough data-centric questions and losing the forest for the trees? I have over 12 years’ experience in digital, focussing on digital analytics, insights, optimisation, digital strategy and data-driven digital marketing. I’ve helped numerous companies achieve huge return on investment by making well informed decisions based on data. I’ve worked for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways and currently run my own digital consulting company. Clients include Origin Energy, Renault and Telstra. I’m the lead instructor for data analytics at General Assembly and am I’m especially passionate about leading and empowering high performing teams. Happy to talk all things digital, data, consulting, career, leadership (especially cross-border team leadership) and more.
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.