Ross and David Fastuca: a family (partnership) that works

Working with family is something that one must avoid at all cost, some people warned this duo. But for cousins Ross Fastuca and David Fastuca, Locomote’s Chief Information Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, respectively, it is something that has thrived very well for them. For 16 years of working together in various ventures and businesses, Ross and David have shown that they are a formidable figure when it comes to building a company and steering it to success.

“David and I have always done business together since we were kids,” Ross remarked. “But I think we did it at such a young age that we probably learned through the years how to completely argue and be very candid and then not take offence to it. That’s how we work together. We banter so much because we know it comes from a place of care. It doesn’t come from ego.”

As business partners, they have established how to make the partnership work. There is no question when it comes to the delineation of roles. As David puts it, “that’s pretty easy because we both have different skill sets. My skill set is design and marketing, whereas Ross is more on the product management and technical side. I mean, we do give each other advice and give each other opinions on what each person is doing. So, we never had that issue of who does what.”

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Nick Clift got a plan

“You need to start thinking of where you want to be in five year’s time.” These are the words of DWM Solutions owner Nick Clift that he imparts to his staff, especially to his sons.

Nick Clift

Having a vision, a purpose and then a plan is the foremost thing that Nick realised is important in setting out in one’s entrepreneurial journey. “Do that one to three-year plan right before you start,” is his number one advice. That’s because he learned it the hard way. The way it turned out for him was that he hit the road running without knowing what was ahead of him.

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10 things about superheroes that you can relate to entrepreneurship

By now, you have probably read the stories of our EO Melbourne members on how they traversed their respective entrepreneurial paths. Many, if not all of them, went through arduous experiences to get to where they are today. If before, you would have probably asked, “how did they do that?” now, you might have exclaimed, “wow, they did all that!” Thus, it comes as no surprise if some people regard these entrepreneurs as a kind of hero, drawing inspiration from them.

We love great stories. We like to hear exploits of heroes who emerged as winners against all odds. Based on the stories we’ve read on business owners, there is something about superheroes that we can link back to entrepreneurship. They may not be entirely similar but there are certainly parallelisms between the two.

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Foundr: Nathan Chan’s hobby turned into a business

What started out as a side project for fun has become a flourishing business. Now, with tens of millions of people consuming Nathan’s magazines and his other products, he is working his way towards making Foundr as a household entrepreneur brand that impacts lives and shapes the world.

Nathan started his career doing IT support, but he found that it wasn’t making his heart beat any faster. Rather, his passion lies in marketing, and he wanted to work along those lines. That fixation made him decide to take up a Masters in Marketing degree, so he juggled his studies and work until he graduated. And if he thought that would already clinch him a job in marketing, he was mistaken because no one hired him for a marketing position.

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