Vibewire http://vibewire.org Vibewire believes young people should create the future, not just inherit it. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:40:52 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 Startups for Good Meet Social Change Central http://vibewire.org/business-entrepreneurship/2016/11/startups-good-meet-social-change-central/ http://vibewire.org/business-entrepreneurship/2016/11/startups-good-meet-social-change-central/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:42:27 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537336 Promise or Pay founder, Jay Booklin, has recently launched a new initiative – Social Change Central. Realising that many social enterprises take longer to...

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Promise or Pay founder, Jay Booklin, has recently launched a new initiative – Social Change Central. Realising that many social enterprises take longer to reach a stage where they are ready to take investment, Jay and co-founder, Anne Lennon have focused on creating an easier way for social enterprises and change makers to connect with funding opportunities.
With more than 20,000 social enterprises in Australia, there will be significant interest in a hub dedicated to the sector. But the platform already has global ambitions – collating funding and mentorship information from all around the world.
The basic membership is free, and allows members to receive a fortnightly newsletter. The premium membership is $50 per year and allows members to track opportunities via the platform, while gold membership opens the door to VIP support and exclusive deals and discounts.
But it’s not just about funding. Social enterprises also need exposure and other forms of support. Social Change Central offers this too.
We look forward to a more vibrant and supported social change sector.

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To Make a Difference, You’ve Got to Show Up http://vibewire.org/blog/2016/11/make-difference-youve-got-show/ http://vibewire.org/blog/2016/11/make-difference-youve-got-show/#respond Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:08:32 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537320 We all dream of the overnight success. We dream of waking one morning to find that the time has finally arrived and all our...

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We all dream of the overnight success. We dream of waking one morning to find that the time has finally arrived and all our prayers have been answered. But the hard truth – and the clear reality – is that making change takes time. And persistence.

I was reminded of this after reading a message from the CEO of social media analytics platform, Digivizer, Emma Lo Russo. She was reflecting on a post by Seth Godin, encouraging his readers to “hang in there”. Godin explains it this way:

Is there anything more difficult?

Showing up day after day, week after week, sometimes for years, as your movement slowly gains steam, as your organization hits speed bumps, as the news goes from bad to worse…

Showing up, it turns out, is the hardest part of making a difference.

Make a list of the organizations and voices and movements that have made a difference. How old are they? How long have they been at it?

Creating impact, building something of substance, changing the culture… this is the work of a lifetime, not merely a fun project.

It’s not easy, but I have a feeling you’re up for it. Because it matters.

When we think about Vibewire and of the hundreds of startups and freelance businesses that have kicked off, grown and moved on, it’s something that rings true. There is something about the grind of innovation and ambition. There is something about the tenacity of purpose. And there is something about commitment that truly turns a good idea into a force that can change the world.

So as you look to the week ahead, remember you matter. You’re making a difference. You’re changing the world, one hour at a time. And you do that by showing up.

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The Power of Mentors at StartupSundays http://vibewire.org/events-2/startup-sundays/2016/10/power-mentors-startupsundays/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:22:17 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537296 When we think of successful startups or fast growing businesses, we often think of the star CEO. Or the amount of money raised. But...

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When we think of successful startups or fast growing businesses, we often think of the star CEO. Or the amount of money raised. But the data driven truth when it comes to startup success is quite different. It comes down to mentoring relationships.

When analysing the top performing New York startups, Rhett Morris found that 33% of founders who are mentored by successful entrepreneurs go on to become top performers in their own right.  Drawing upon interviews with over 1000 entrepreneurs from 20 countries, Endeavor Insight revealed important lessons for creative, social and tech entrepreneurs:

  • Mentor quality matters: We work with leading entrepreneurs and business mentors who have a particular interest in seeing the next generation of young entrepreneurs succeed
  • Good mentorship requires a sustained relationship: You don’t need to meet all the time – after all some plans and activities take time to rollout. But once a quarter is a good cadence
  • Focus on critical business issues: The best mentors are busy people. Founders should ask mentors to focus on the most challenging of business areas – rather than just general business banter.

Over the last month, our StartupSundays pilot program has brought together dozens of young entrepreneurs with our team of mentors to help them solidify their ideas, flesh out their business models and drive forward their business activities. It has been a stimulating and rewarding way to start a Sunday morning – and the feedback has been fantastic.

Like any good minimum viable product (MVP), we’ll be recalibrating and refining StartupSundays in order to make it even better. Be sure to join our Young Entrepreneurs Sydney meetup  or our Facebook page to find out when the next StartupSunday is scheduled.

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#StartupSundays – Meet the Mentors: Claudia Barriga-Larriviere http://vibewire.org/meet-the-mentors/2016/10/startupsundays-meet-mentors-claudia-barriga-larriviere/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:25:56 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537288 Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 23 October 2016...

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Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 23 October 2016 from 9:30am-midday, one of our mentors is Claudia Barriga-Larriviere.

A little about Claudia:

Vibewire mentor Claudia Barriga-Larriviere

“Startups are businesses at their most vulnerable and uncertain stage. We all forget that a startup is run by people who are invested in an outcome broader than their roles, broader than themselves. They have taken an enormous risk that needs to pay off, one way or another. My job is to make sure that we see them through the changes and that founders don’t lose sight of the final destination.”

A Pollenizer alumni, Claudia Barriga-Larriviere is a surgeon when it comes to startup strategy and getting the right team in the early stages of a business. She is an innovation strategist and change management expert and works with startup founders, primarily in the B2B space.

Named one of Sydney’s top ten startup mentors, Claudia is a growth advisor with a passion for innovative collaboration. Claudia specialises in taking companies through change, helping them grow, and making sure they come out stronger on the other end.

CBL is also a huge supporter of the Social Enterprise space having been heavily involved in Project Futures and TedX Sydney. She is the Dean of the Awesome Foundation in Sydney and is a pro bono business mentor for startups and emerging businesses across Australia. Claudia is an innovation columnist for the Startup Daily with a focus on the human side of startups and innovation.

Currently, Claudia is the Entrepreneur in Residence for the ABC (Technology).

Be sure to book in for a session with Claudia.

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#StartupSundays – Meet the Mentors: Parth Mehta http://vibewire.org/meet-the-mentors/2016/10/startupsundays-meet-mentors-parth-mehta/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:04:06 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537282 Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 23 October 2016...

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Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 23 October 2016 from 9:30am-midday, one of our mentors is Parth Mehta.

A little about Parth:

Vibewire mentor, Parth Mehta

My name is Parth Mehta and my friends call me Pash.

I am primarily a UI/UX Designer with budding development skills. This means I mostly deal with pretty user interfaces in Sketch and user flows in OmniGraffle, though I have a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Swift and Java. As for Python and Ruby, they are black boxes to me 😋

Designing for well-rounded user experiences, I make sure that systems, interfaces, language and graphics are human-friendly, emotive, aesthetically pleasing, lucid and most importantly, usable. I love every minute of my work and enjoy each new project as I get it. Feel free to have a look at my portfolio and don’t hesitate to contact me if you think we can work together.

Be sure to book in for a session with Parth.

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Kickstarting Creative Startups @ StartupSundays http://vibewire.org/events-2/2016/10/creative-startups-startupsundays/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:42:10 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537277 The bright, early summer sun was streaming through the front windows while Harris Street woke itself from its inner city slumber. Out on the...

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The bright, early summer sun was streaming through the front windows while Harris Street woke itself from its inner city slumber. Out on the street, families seek out breakfast and coffee. Spotify cranks out some weekend tunes, and our startup mentors rock up to share their expertise and insights with budding young entrepreneurs.

Markus Hafner, Eliot Redelman and Jessica Marcellienus were kept on their toes, adapting their knowledge and pre-prepared material for the young entrepreneurs who joined us. There’s always a mix of entrepreneurial maturity on offer – but this week the mentors are working with very early stage businesses. There are basic ideas. More mature concepts. Great passion. But very little in the way of business modelling. And the focus is resolutely creative rather than technical.

Over in one part of the Vibewire Common Room, Markus and Eliot are firing questions at the entrepreneurs. It’s rapid and active. They are seeking bedrock in a sea of ideas, and challenging questions are par for the course. Jessica, meanwhile is teasing out the trail of dollars in a creative endeavour. She’s stepping Naomi through a lean canvas, helping her to get her ideas and concepts out of her mind and onto a single page.

After a couple of rounds we wrap up. The entrepreneurs write up their notes and scribble down last minute pitch ideas. We finish our coffees and head out into the bright sunlight to take on the rest of a summer Sunday.

If you have a creative, social or tech idea you’d like to turn into a business, come along to Startup Sundays. You can sign up here. It’s the best way for an entrepreneur to spend a Sunday morning.

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Startups with a Difference @ StartupSundays http://vibewire.org/events-2/2016/10/startups-difference-startupsundays/ Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:14:00 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537267 When you kick off a new program, you never know how it is going to go. And when they are event based, you don’t...

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When you kick off a new program, you never know how it is going to go. And when they are event based, you don’t even know if people will turn up – after all, events in Sydney are notoriously difficult to predict.

So this morning, we turned up to our first #StartupSundays event with low expectations.

While the coffee was pouring and the croissants were warming up, we busied ourselves with various tasks around the Common Room – Vibewire’s coworking space for young people. As I was moving some boxes, I stumbled upon some DVDs of the Reelife, Vibewire’s short film festival from 2006. It was a reminder of Vibewire’s distant past – a time before YouTube, social media and Facebook dominated. A time when young people struggled to find the support and spaces to participate in the creative future of Australia.

A decade on, these challenges continue. While the media landscape has been disrupted, young people still face significant barriers to establishing their social, creative or tech careers. It’s one of the reasons that StartupSundays has been established. We need to:

  • Build capacity of young people to use, engage and activate new and innovative approaches to problem solving – think design thinking, startup methodologies and social impact
  • Inspire young people with an entrepreneurial mindset to create and cope with the change in their chosen profession
  • Create the space in which young entrepreneurs can meet, connect and support each other.

Over the next three hours, we were joined by young entrepreneurs with a wide variety of business ideas. We developed lean canvases, worked through positioning statements and even saw some early prototypes of new products. One was so new, we weren’t allowed to take photos … yet. The mentors collaborated, cajoled and challenged the entrepreneurs in all areas. These nascent startup entrepreneurs even challenged each other.

Next week, with a great mentoring team of Markus Hafner, Eliot Redelman and Jessica Marcellienus on offer, most will be back. You too can sign up here. It’s the best way for an entrepreneur to spend a Sunday morning.

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Serendipity with Paul Wallbank http://vibewire.org/events-2/2016/10/serendipity-paul-wallbank/ Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:13:49 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537261 It all began with a broken computer. ―Paul Wallbank You never know where one serendipitous situation will lead you. Not only did a broken...

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It all began with a broken computer.
―Paul Wallbank

You never know where one serendipitous situation will lead you. Not only did a broken computer lead business commentator and speaker, Paul Wallbank, into a new career, it set him on a path has twisted and turned year after year.

 

As a well-known public speaker on the topic of business, innovation and technology, Paul’s career has spanned the hands-on world of computer repairs, computer training and writing, (if you’ve ever read a PCs for Dummies book, then you’ve read Paul’s work), project management, policy advice and journalism. But it’s not just the depth of experience that makes Paul an entertaining speaker – it is his willingness to tell the underlying stories complete with a cast of characters drawn larger than life.

Taking a deep breath, Paul would launch into a story, explaining how an event triggered a chance meeting. Or opportunity. At the next breath, his voice would change and he’d lean forward, leering at the audience. This wasn’t just a recounting of a story. It was a performance. A one-man show.

Skipping through decades of entrepreneurial ups-and-downs, Paul left no stone unturned. There was the small business opportunity. The phase of unexpected growth. The double dealing and the collapse.

He touched on his time working with the State Government and planning out the Digital Sydney initiative, bringing the topic of government policy to life with classic Australian characterisations. Sweeping his arm from left to right, he showcased not the Vibewire Common Room coworking space, but the vast expanse of Sydney Harbour as seen from the top of Sydney’s towering MLC Centre.

The small crowd were at times mesmerised. Amused. Horrified. But always entertained.

And thankful for a compelling blast of serendipitous storytelling.

Serendipity is a storytelling series reflecting an entrepreneurial life and the chance encounters that change our lives for better or for worse. Serendipity happens each Wednesday evening from 6pm at the Vibewire Common Room. All are welcome.

Register for next week’s Serendipity with Cafe Dave.

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#StartupSundays – Meet the Mentors: Gavin Heaton http://vibewire.org/meet-the-mentors/2016/10/startupsundays-meet-mentors-gavin-heaton/ Sat, 08 Oct 2016 03:40:48 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537254 Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 9 October 2016 from...

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Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 9 October 2016 from 9:30am-midday, one of our mentors is Gavin Heaton.

A little about Gavin:

gavinheatonGavin is a marketing technologist, strategist and advisor.

He is the founder of the Disruptor’s Handbook – a strategy and innovation firm that helps organisations design and create a collaborative future for a digital world. Gavin has worked at the intersection of marketing and technology for over 20 years for companies and clients including SAP, IBM, McDonald’s and PwC, has co-authored five books and is a regular speaker on marketing, technology, startups and innovation. He is a mentor at Telstra’s Muru-D accelerator and serves as president of youth organisation, Vibewire.

Be sure to book in for a session with Gavin.

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#StartupSundays – Meet the Mentors: Markus Hafner http://vibewire.org/meet-the-mentors/2016/10/startupsundays-meet-mentors-markus-hafner/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:02:08 +0000 http://vibewire.org/?p=537268 Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 16 October 2016 from...

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Running as a pilot program through October 2016, #StartupSundays is an open networking and mentoring event hosted by Vibewire. For Sunday, 16 October 2016 from 9:30am-midday, one of our mentors is Markus Hafner.

A little about Markus:

Markus Hafner

Markus Hafner is a commercially astute senior executive with proven success across a range of sectors. He has been involved with the Australian digital industry for over 17 years, holding leadership positions across technology, marketing, and strategy. He has a successful track record working in startups, agencies, corporates, and the public sector. Titles he has held include Chief Information Officer, Director, Social Media Director, and Strategic Consultant.
Within the world of technology startups, Markus rode the original dot com boom, as well as the subsequent dot bomb. He has been part of leadership teams that have grown businesses from five to staff to several hundred, and was involved in the growth of Adstream and sale of its Australian operations to Telstra at a valuation of $40MM. Markus has also experienced businesses that did not succeed, and believes that failure is overrated.

Be sure to book in for an amazing Sunday morning with Markus.

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