Innovation in professional services presentation

This is my most epic presentation to date on “Innovation In Professional Services”. I was invited to present it to an international professional services firm to their management team. It was a talk I was really looking forward to because I have previously worked in professional services at Deloitte and I could also apply my technology/startup lens to what has happened in that industry.

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Launch of the Australian Mobile Learning Machine

If Australia is to be competitive in the technology industry, we need to share more information and help each other. In the industry that we are in which is technology startups, there are a lot of conversations happening outside of where I live in Sydney, Australia. These are happening in the Bay area, Europe and Asia which we don’t have access to. Whether we are online or on mobile, we have to be able to compete against all comers in the digital age. In the face of global competition, Australian technology companies need to become world class. We need to be the best at what we do.

Whilst we have some density of tech startups where I work in Fishburners and around Ultimo, we still don’t have the density that exist in places like San Francisco. Rather than lament “oh we are missing out” or “we need to be over there to build a company”, we need to build more bridges amongst each other. We need to collaborate on best practices, the conversations that we are having, and what we are learning.

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Does your business need a mobile app? Upcoming talk

I’m speaking at this event on 20 April 2015. Its a breakfast seminar event called “Mobile Opportunities“. I’ll be speaking on “Should Your Organisation Have A Mobile App?”. You can RSVP here.

Its a question that I’m asked a lot by new clients. In fact, many businesses approach me and usually start by asking the “How” and the “What”. But rarely do they ask “Why” as in “Why should we have an app?”. This is the most important question and the first one you should be asking! So I’m usually the one bringing this up :)

There’s other talks on mobile as well on mobile opportunities, google’s mobile web friendly update and mobile opportunities. Here’s the list of speakers & topics in the image below. You can see more details about the event here.

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I’m really keen to hear the talk from Sophie Hirst (Google) on the mobile web update. This is because of the update on google mobile search results page for mobile friendly websites. Read this awesome in depth article from Moz.

The cost of the event is $15. All proceeds go to the 2037 Glebe Youth Service. RSVP here. Thanks to Melon Media for organising the event.

If you are interested in attending other events I’m speaking at or attending, please go to my event schedule.

Developing Australia’s fintech ecosystem at Tyro Payments

Earlier today I went on a tour of a new co-working space called Tyro FinTech Hub in the Sydney CBD. Its backed by Tyro Payments. Tyro is a startup but has since grown now to 200 staff.

They’ve moved into a new space with multiple levels. Its still under some construction, but I got a sneak peak at their office and what they are doing.

Here’s some office shots. They’re exclusive shots that I took on my visit from my exclusive iphone 6.

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15 things that happened in the last 12 months in Australian FinTech

We’re seeing a lot of innovation happening in the FinTech (Financial Technology) space. In the past 12 months, I’ve noticed these developments in Australian FinTech industry. I wanted to separate my visit to Tyro’s fintech hub today and the latest news in FinTech. I’ve gathered my insights and news from speaking to industry participants, friends, contacts, startups, banks, reading up about it and just being on the ground. This is from the period of March 2014 to April 2015.

I have a special interest in this space. In my earlier career, before I worked in tech I was a tax accountant at Deloitte specialising in FSI (Financial Services Industry). I worked with banks including the big end of town – Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, and Deustche Bank. I also worked with insurance companies, fund management, private equity, venture capital, mezzanine finance, securitisation, and mortgage companies.

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21 tips On How To Use Instagram Like A Pro

I attended the Sydney Food, Travel and Lifestyle bloggers meetup and there was a great discussion on “Lets use Instagram”. I’ve had an Instagram account for years but I’ve been using it infrequently. In the last 4 months I have been using it more since I started the wheresmysauce food blog.

Instagram is an awesome social network for photos. It now has 300 million monthly active users as of December 2014. I have a food blog and I find that its a great way to post photos of food. It also allows me to connect with other food bloggers and foodies. I use it everyday now. I probably check it at least 6 times a day! Here’s what I learned at the meetup combined with my own experience and thoughts. Hat tip to Keren Natalia from Little Green Habits for organising the meetup and John Kapos from Perfection Chocolates for leading the discussion. I’ve taken some notes from Keren and also combined it with my thoughts.

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