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Campaign Monitor Raise $250m

Big news; Australian Tech Company Campaign Monitor raise $250m from Insight Ventures That’s a huge effort for the guys and a well deserved milestone. It’s a great result for them and also a wonderful recognition of what is possible in Australia. Not just the size of the success, but the way they were albe to do it it while maintaining a balanced life.I’ve known the guys for years, though they typically keep their heads down working and are wonderfully humble about their results. A few things I take from this: Big success is absolutely possible from Australia. It takes time. Ten years for these guys. You can do it anywhere. They’ve done in 99% in Sutherland about 45 mins from the centre of Sydney. You can do it without raising capital along the way. Yes, you need tech co-founders, but it’s possible. You can do it with balance. They still surf regularly, are raising families and are (very good) table tennis players. You don’t need a crazy vision, but you do need to play in a big market. Deliver one product well and keep making that product great. They have barely stretched outside of email marketing but do it insanely well. Hats off to you guys! http://www.campaignmonitor.com/ Image from Shoestring – http://www.shoestring.com.au/2014/03/email-wars-chimp-chasing-cronulla-style/  

Focus + Ambition = Flearn

One of the hardest things to do as an entrepreneur is to hold both laser focus and huge ambition in their heads, hearts and hands at the same time. It’s not just a challenge, it’s actually an important part of making it a success. I found a great video by legendary radio broadcaster Ira Glass about his lessons around living with the gap between your current ability and your ambition. A comment he makes which is absolutely true for entrepreneurs is that you must complete a volume of work to get the full lesson and close the gap between your focus and your ambition. You can’t just whiteboard it, business plan it, forecast it. You have to do it. You have to put a proposition in front of a customer, get them to say yes, try to deliver the value of your ambition and then evaluate whether you did. Then you can learn a tiny slither of the wisdom you need to bridge the gap. Then you can go and test again. This flearning at it’s best. Yes there will be a gap. There has to be. Stop quoting Steve Jobs about insanely great every time. Yes he got there some times, but he never go there first time. Even […]

My Entrepreneurial Journey

Yep, I’m blogging again… hopefully more regularly. I loved this post about the paths of successful entrepreneurs. The Wild And Crazy Careers of 5 Self Made Millionaires  with this awesome infographic; It tells the reality of 10 year overnight successes, many failures on the road to success and that everyone is different. Here is my journey: 18 years old – Dynamic Realm: Sold computers and coax cable computer networks to local businesses. Profitable. 23 years old – Dynamic Realm: Sold websites to Australian companies. Profitable. 24 years old – eCoast.com.au: Built business databases for governments. Went bust in dot com crash. 27 years old – worked for Kazaa. Left when it became a lawsuit. 33 years old – started Pollenizer with Phil. 24 years old – Pollenizer starts Mogeneration (now called Oomph) with Keith Ahern and Tom Adams. Going strong. 35 years old – Pollenizer starts Spreets with Dean McEvoy. Sold to Yahoo for ~$40m in 13 months. 36 years old – Pollenizer starts Wooboard.  Going strong. OK, so I’m no billionaire but I’m really really OK with that. I’m loving my journey. What’s yours?