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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Simon Chamaa on the philosophy of the moso tree

Strata Plan founder Simon Chamaa learned an interesting lesson when he was young and novice. His father’s friend told him about the philosophy of the moso tree, a Chinese bamboo tree, which taught him about hard work, patience, resilience, perseverance and consistency.

The way the moso tree grows is that it doesn’t exhibit any growth during its first five years. But underneath the ground, it is growing its roots and laying its foundation. Still, it needs constant nurturing and watering despite the seeming lack of growth. Then after five years, it will grow from one foot to about 90 feet in only four weeks. The strong wind will come and blow on it. But the wind will not be able to topple the moso tree.

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Matt Butterworth makes wedding planning easy

Staying close to the customers and understanding their needs is how Easy Weddings CEO Matt Butterworth keeps himself abreast of the trends and the demands of the market. While he makes wedding planning a breeze for couples, his journey to building his business was not without challenges and obstacles.

When the internet gained popularity among the public, Matt became so interested in it that he bought a book called “Learn HTML in 24 Hours” to see if he could build a website. He started playing around the HTML codes and eventually cracked it after three weeks. “But the book was lying to me. It wasn’t 24 hours,” Matt jokingly said as he narrated the early beginnings of his business. Serious on his pursuit of learning to build a website, Matt went back to university to study computer programming.

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Jason Bertalli integrates work into life

Accountant, author, speaker, husband, father and Director of Franchise & Business Services of BNR Partners Jason Bertalli believes that there’s no such thing as work-life balance. Instead, it is more about integrating work into life better. He has learned to bring together his varying interests and enjoy them in their entirety throughout his entrepreneurial journey.

Jason Bertalli

Jason grew up doing odd jobs. He sold cars and other products, drove trucks, worked for a dry cleaner and did several other roles. With little opportunity in his small town, he moved to Melbourne to study and work. Even when he went to university, he still worked full-time to earn some reasonably good cash to support him. Because of his love for money, he eventually decided to take up accounting.

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Mark Calabro’s Double D: Determination and Discipline

Determined to take control of his destiny and to create something meaningful to the world, Mark Calabro went into business straight out of university, taught himself the ropes of running it, learned from the real world and helped establish one of the biggest Point of Sale providers in the food and beverage industry.

Mark Calabro

Ordermate Co-founder and Director of Sales Mark Calabro has the best job in the world. He gets to enjoy two of the things he loves: technology and food. As an engineer, he has a knack for technology and innovation. His affinity for food, on the other hand, can be traced way back from his childhood with his family. Surrounded by his grandpa and adults in the family, Mark loved watching them cook and share a meal as he was always very curious as a kid.

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Ben Cashman’s quest for sustainability and social good

Ben’s simple action from an extraordinary experience created a huge impact on people’s lives. It pushed the button of his fervour to take the journey towards creating something good and powerful. From a high-energy point that propelled him forward on his entrepreneurial voyage, he moves towards a high-passion position where he can strengthen the social enterprise element of his business.

Ben Cashman

Describing himself as a tech geek, Project Lab owner and Managing Director Ben Cashman admits that what defines him, which frustrates a lot of people, is his desire to challenge archaic things that are present in societies. But what he truly wants is to make a positive influence in communities through the things he does, and that includes injecting social good into his endeavours.

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The creator and problem-solver in Damian Blumenkranc

How do you solve a problem like Damian Blumenkranc? The CEO of Creativa Videos loves solving problems and enjoys creating new concepts. Having a solution mind comes naturally to him.

Since the age of 15 years old, he has built various businesses, from IT to several other industries, which he grew and then eventually sold. So, why did he retain a creative business out of all the ventures he has put up? “I’m a creator. I always need to do new things,” he simply quips.

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Zooming through Socrates Capouleas’ entrepreneurial lane

Socrates Capouleas loves three things: he reads business books that give him continuous learning; he bikes 4 to 6 times a week that pushes him through challenges and keeps him focused on his goals; and he collects timepieces that remind him of his wins, as well as inculcate a sense of urgency. Continuous learning, focus on goals, and sense of urgency are also some of the key takeaways he picked along his entrepreneurial path.

Anthony Iannarino’s book, “The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need”, was sitting on Socrates Capouleas’ desk, Director of PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants, at the time of the interview. It’s a book he has been reading recently, and he found in it some wonderful techniques that his sales team can use for the business.

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Malcolm Bean finds his perfect space in entrepreneurship

“Entrepreneur.” This is a word that Malcolm Bean, Director at Beanmkrgy Pty Ltd, probably never used 20 years ago. But as he lives and breathes the essence of being an entrepreneur for more than a decade now, he recognizes how he perfectly fits into what the word connotes.

The hotel professional professes, “Being an entrepreneur is being what I like. It is who I am. I didn’t know that until I’m into the journey and it makes me really, really happy. And that’s the simplest equation for me.”

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Mia Klitsas takes the extra mile and more for women’s care

A crazy idea that gave birth to a purpose started with just a simple question: “What are the things you carry around?”

This was a question that Mia Klitsas, a marketing intern at that time, tossed to her then colleague, Jeff Gore, who was her senior in the company where she worked before, as they were talking about packaging designs. It was a lighthearted conversation, even bordering to bantering and exchanging jokes, but out of that discussion, a business partnership was born that became the foundation of Millie and More, the venture that Mia and Jeff later built.

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