Walter.g Fabrics – how Genevieve Hewson & Lauren Emerson fell in love with artisanal, hand-printed fabrics in India, & on a whim turned it into a boutique business empire.
Sydney-based high school besties Genevieve Hewson and Lauren Emerson say they are two peas in a pod, both cut from the same cloth, which is an apt, because when this pair fell head over heels in love with hand-blocked silks, cottons and linens, hand-printed by local village artisans in India, they followed their passion & created a startup. So obsessed with the look, feel & process of these hand-printed textiles, based on designs by the girls, but using centuries-old Indian craft techniques handed down from one generation of artisan to the next, that when the idea hit Genevieve and Lauren to turn their passion into a commercial business in Australia, this dynamic duo just went for it. No business plan, no market research! After living in Rajasthan India, learning all things hand-blocked fabric making, they started Walter.g Textiles in 2012. These days their fabrics grace such glamour interiors as the global Soho House hotel chain, among others.
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Not every budding entrepreneur wants to start a new bank. Banking is risky, highly regulated, and in this country dominated by the big 4 banks that could squash any little minnow that tries to challenge them. But my guest Joseph Healy has been a career banker, in fact a successful senior executive in 2 of those […]
Kismet – why former soldier turned healthcare entrepreneur Mark Woodland says obsessing over others and getting internal culture right is key to startup success. 2/2
Soldier-turned-entrepreneur Mark Woodland reckons he learned some tough lessons in the Army. The most fundamental that he brought with him into the startup world was how to be resilient. This self-confessed university dropout draws on his internal resilience he reckons every day, while scaling up his Kismet healthcare platform. Resilience, coupled with setting in stone […]
Kismet – former soldier Mark Woodland built healthtech startup Kismet to help NDIS participants & reduce overcharging. And why raising funds is a yucky startup job!
Serially successful entrepreneur Mark Woodland, co-created and built the Kismet platform to provide digital tools to help NDIS participants easily link up with approved providers, hopefully reducing fraud and overcharging & improving compliance along the way. Kismet only began life as a business in August 2022, after Mark had kept the idea in his bottom […]
Chemist Warehouse – co-founder Jack Gance’s next venture, Optometrist Warehouse, coming to a suburb near you; and how to scale-up using debt then getting rid of it. 2/2.
What’s next in Jack Gance’s Chemist Warehouse journey, is Optometrist Warehouse, yes indeed, his latest venture to disrupt the Optometry landscape is coming to a suburb near you. And could an IPO still be on the table? Plus, he explains how hocking everything in the early days was crucial to build up his retail and […]
Chemist Warehouse – Jack Gance revolutionises retailing in Australia, upending the traditional Pharmacy model. And why he can’t stop!
An immigrant child of Polish Jewish parents, Jack Gance ended up disrupting several entire industries with HIS model of shopkeeping. The pharmacist turned into an entrepreneur by chance really. After university he and his brother started with just 1 pharmacy in the early 1970’s, which they slowly built on. Along the journey, Jack Gance totally […]
LoungeBuddy – Zac Altman says “overnight success” is really a myth; most startups need years of work & deserve many product iterations to get right. 2/2
When you sell your small successful travel startup to one of the world’s biggest companies, isn’t that when the champagne pops and you sit back to revel in your success? Well no, according to serial entrepreneur Zac Altman, that’s when you effectively take on 2 full-time jobs. Navigating the transition presents a whole new set […]
LoungeBuddy – teen Zac Altman co-founds an App that disrupts the global airport lounge bookings space. 1/2
Sydney-sider Zac Altman’s first legit startup was a taxi booking app called Taxi Pro that Zac developed and built in his final year of high school. Before Uber had hit the ground running in Australia. Greater success was to come with his 2nd venture. Still in his teens Zac moved to San Francisco and created […]
George Vicino learnt from boyhood the value of family and a strong work ethic. In Part 2, George reveals how these drivers have been key in his entrepreneurial journey with SYPAQ, and why they underpin his ambition to be a world-leading engineering systems integrator. How his love of science and physics helped he and his […]
SYPAQ Group– George Vicino makes clever cardboard drones, a secret weapon helping Ukraine fight the Russian invasion. 1/2
Systems engineer George Vicino started a small advanced engineering consultancy some 30 years ago, with experience and training from his years in the Australian Air Force under his belt. But he always had big ideas for his little company, SYPAQ. Not only has SYPAQ grown to help major Federal Government departments and large corporates integrate […]