Business has changed. While traditional listed businesses may still be worth investing in, start-ups run by the world’s next billionaire entrepreneurs are turning heads, gathering high amounts of capital and changing the world. These are the companies we now look to for innovation, guidance and oftentimes just some really cool services and gadgets to play with. So who is the next Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel (PayPal), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) or Janus Friis? For those who don’t know that last name, Friis is the founder of Skype, now owned by Microsoft but originally sold by Friis to e-Bay for $US2.6 billion.
Con Georgiou was led to believe that getting a degree and a lifetime job was the secret to happiness. But Con did not find this to be true; his attitude to life and business is different – disruptive. In essence he challenges the way things are done after a series of dissatisfied jobs in some of Australia’s largest technology companies. He no longer believes the hype and now helps others to disrupt and lead from their current position. Con is the founder and former CEO of one of Australia’s biggest IT success stories, Velteo. He is now an angel and mentor while running Flow Engine and One Million Acts of Innovation. He explains to Jonathan Jackson why it’s important to see things differently and seek improvement in all aspects of life.
With the freehold of an entire tropical atoll in his possession, Ian Gowrie-Smith is looking for partners to develop this idyllic location. But as Jonathan Green discovers, this entrepreneur has a history of conservation and preservation to ensure it will be done correctly.