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Startup meets Corporate Podcast
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 28 - Mirvac
On this episode, we chat about office space with Paul Edwards, General Manager of Workplace Experiences at Mirvac. In this role, Paul is looking at the future of work and how Mirvac, as a developer building Australia’s workspaces, can build “smart precincts” and spaces that accommodate and cater to the shifting nature and needs of businesses and their employees. With tech companies and collaboration between startups and corporates a part of this shift, Mirvac in 2017 opened a startup hub called Hoist, at Sydney’s Australian Technology Park. A second Hoist location was launched last month in Ultimo. Gina had a chat with Paul about the future of work, what Mirvac learned from the development and running of the first Hoist space, and what makes a ‘smart precinct’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 27 - Daisee
On this episode, we chat about AI with Richard Kimber, cofounder and CEO of artificial intelligence startup Daisee. Richard has had an interesting career: he started out with a psychology degree at university before studying for an MBA and taking on strategy and tech roles for the likes of Macquarie Bank and HSBC. He’s also been regional managing director in Southeast Asia for Google, and was CEO of foreign exchange company OFX. Now he’s focused on Daisee, or Deep Artificial Intelligence for Enterprise Ecosystems, which develops and deploys AI solutions for clients. Gina had a chat with Richard a week before Christmas to talk about Daisee’s development and growth, and how it’s been helped along by corporate relationships. From its tech partnership with Deakin University to finding an enterprise to run a proof of concept with, and determining which corporate innovation challenges and accelerators are worthwhile, Richard talked us through what Daisee looks for and how it makes the most of its relationships.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 26 - NAB Ventures
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about corporate venture capital. We sat down to chat with Melissa Widner, general partner at NAB Ventures, the venture capital arm of National Australia Bank. Launched in 2016 with $100 million committed through to 2020, NAB Ventures has invested in over a dozen startups both in Australia and abroad so far. It invests in enterprises that “can leverage the bank’s expertise, assets and market position to drive growth in investee companies”. We spoke to Melissa about the development of NAB Ventures and its investment themes, its relationship and how it works with the bank, and what it looks for in startups.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 25 - ANZ
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about women in tech and workplace transformation. We sat down to chat with Leigh Gibson, Tech Area Lead in the Customer Self Service tribe at ANZ. She’s had a long career in tech, having started out more than 20 years ago, but more recently she was responsible for procuring and implementing IT systems for the 2012 Olympics in London, she launched her own startup, and then joined ANZ, where she led the team who built the bank’s mobile payments platform. We had a chat about life at ANZ, which has been undergoing a transformation in the way it works and in its approach to innovation over the last year, along with her work mentoring other women in tech through initiatives such as the SheStarts accelerator program.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 24 - OnTheGo Sports
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about customised apparel. We sat down to talk with Mick Spencer, founder and CEO of OnTheGo. A mass customisation platform for apparel and accessories, OnTheGo is used by everyone from local businesses through to the likes of Microsoft and professional sports teams for the design, development, and production of sports uniforms and custom clothing. The business was founded by Spencer in 2012, as he puts it, in the back of a university lecture theatre. Six years on and the startup in June brought on funding from and launched a joint venture with Wesfarmers’s Workwear Group, which owns brands including Hard Yakka and King Gee. We spoke to Mick about the origins of the business, its approach to finding and working with customers, and how the partnership with Wesfarmers came about and what it entails.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 23 - Amaysim
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about telcos. We sat down to talk with Peter O'Connell, cofounder and CEO of Amaysim. Peter has had a long career in telecommunications. He has held senior executive and board roles at companies including Optus, US company BellSouth, and Irish company Meteor. He was also involved in the setting up of Optus, and was previously a partner at Minter Ellison and Gilbert & Tobin. Founded in 2010, Amaysim now has over 1 million mobile customers, has been listed on the ASX for three years, and has diversified, expanding into the energy sector. We had a chat with Peter about his experience in the telco sector, and the process of setting up and launching Amaysim.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 22 - Square
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about card payments. We sat down to talk with Ben Pfisterer, country manager for Square Australia. Ben has been with Square since its local launch, when it brought its original card reader down under in 2016. Having started out targeting the likes of market stalls, Square revealed last year that it had more than 60,000 businesses using one or more of its products. Pfisterer said earlier this year that the number of local businesses using Square has since then increased 150 percent. It is pursuing further growth through a couple of interesting avenues, including a new partnership with Bank of Queensland. The partnership will see new Bank of Queensland customers signing up for business banking services receive a free Square reader, giving them instant access to the Square platform. We had a chat with Ben about the growth of Square in Australia, how it has gone about forming its partnerships, and its place in the local fintech landscape.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 21 - The Iconic
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about online retail. We had a chat to Anna Lee, the chief operating officer at online fashion retailer, The Iconic. The business was launched in Australia in 2011 through Rocket Internet and is now a giant locally, with CEO Patrick Schmidt saying earlier this year that the company expects to start reaching $1 billion in sales within 3 years. We spoke to Anna about the growth of the company, the importance of the customer, and how The Iconic stays agile now it’s grown to more than 500 staff.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 20 - Investec
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about startup investment. We had a chat to Hein Vogel, the managing director of the Emerging Companies division at Investec, an “entrepreneurial-focused” investment bank. The bank is global, founded and headquartered in South Africa, but its emerging companies division was founded in Australia two years ago to look at developing the Investec's startup investment arm and strategy. It’s invested in over a dozen companies so far, and they’re quite varied - among its first investments, for example, was H2 Ventures, the fintech-focused accelerator program. It’s also invested in Splend, a service which allows drivers to easily rent vehicles for rideshare driving, and one of its most recent investments was glasses company Dresden. We spoke to Hein about the development of the Emerging Companies division, what it's looking for in portfolio companies and what, in turn, it can offer them, and the Australian startup landscape. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 19 - MYOB
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about training new recruits. We had a chat to Hugh Fahy, the GM of Engineering at MYOB, who works to ensure MYOB are producing the best products possible. To do so, MYOB needs to be able to recruit the top tech talent in Australia and New Zealand. The company looks to do this through the Future Makers program, a concept based on the maker philosophy with an emphasis on people who take pride in their craft and seek out mastery will be happier and more productive at work. We spoke to Hugh about the growth of MYOB, the development of the Future Makers program and its DevelopHER initiative, and the company's culture.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 18 - Girl Geek Academy
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about women in tech. We had a chat with Sarah Moran, cofounder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, an organisation which works to encourage girls and women into tech. The organisation runs various initiatives, from workshops to hackathons, and works with teachers, schools, corporates and startups to increase the number of women with professional technical and entrepreneurial skills. We talked about the organisation’s work and in particular its partnership with National Australia Bank, where Sarah spent a year as a Girl Geek in Residence.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 17 - REA Group
On this episode, Gina and Tricia chat about the business of real estate listings. We have a chat REA Group's chief inventor Nigel Dalton about the lessons he learned about disruption while working at Lonely Planet, where he said the company ignored the rise of the internet and "convinced ourselves out of jobs", what innovation looks like at a 23 year old startup that's now an ASX-listed giant worth billions, and why REA Group can't just rely on the clicks coming to realestate.com.au and needs to keep reinventing itself.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 16 - TwoSpace
On this episode of Startup meet Corporate, Gina and Tricia chat about coworking. They have a chat with Tashi Dorjee, the cofounder and chief space officer at TwoSpace, a startup that transforms restaurants closed during the day into a network of coworking spaces, about how it went about getting partners on board and why hotels are interested in working with the business.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 15 - Groupon
On this episode of Startup meet Corporate, Gina and Tricia chat about online marketplaces. They have a chat with Steve Traplin, the head of Groupon in APAC, to chat about the company's growth in Australia over the years and how it has evolved its approach as it looks to become a daily habit for consumers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 14 - inkl
On this episode of Startup Meet Corporate, Gina is joined by new cohost Tricia to chat about the news media industry. They have a chat with Gautam Mishra, CEO of Australian platform inkl, a digital news marketplace that unlocks the world’s best news publishers, a bit like a Spotify or Netflix for news. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 13 - Credit Union Australia
On this episode of Startup meet Corporate, we explore innovation in the financial services space, sitting down for a chat with Melissa Witheriff, head of digital innovation at Credit Union Australia.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 12 - Deputy
On this episode of Startup meet Corporate, we explore innovation in the workforce planning and management space, sitting down for a chat with Global President of Deputy, Steve Power.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 11 - Interactive
On this episode of Startup meet Corporate, we explore innovation in the IT industry. We learn about a new partnership between French startup Open Classrooms and IT service company Cap Gemini, and hear about Toyota’s newest self-driving vehicle. Gina then sits down with Rachel Armstrong, software program manager at Interactive, to learn how the business transitioned from selling hardware in the dial-up era to launching its new software-as-a-service marketplace, Alliance. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 10 - HMB Global
On this episode of Startup meet Corporate, we explore innovation with the smartphone industry. Mat sits down with HMB Global CEO, Florian Seiche, as he prepares to launch the new range of Nokia smartphones into the Australian market. Gina tells us about a new partnership between Mertion and Deliveroo, and we try to answer the question - is an Inmoji just a modern-day hieroglyph?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 09 - NORA Network
In this episode of Startup meet Corporate we explore innovation in the retail sector. We learn about a new partnership between Coles and Deliveroo, and we head over to the Perth fintech space and learn about Welfies. Gina finds finds out what innovation means for retail businesses both online and off when she sits down with Paul Greenberg, founder of NORA Network, and he shares why he’s teamed up with Slingshot to launch an accelerator program. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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