The Spotlight Series - Don’t just survive, thrive!

The Spotlight Series - Don’t just survive, thrive!

Welcome to "The Spotlight Series – Don’t Just Survive, Thrive”. Season 1 was launched to help people through the pandemic by talking to a variety of experts about topics such as psychology, finance and health. Season 2 focused on more work related issues including HR, marketing and leadership. Now it is time for Season 3! Season 3 is centred on the IT industry, specifically tech startups. There are also Career Spotlights from senior IT people revealing the secrets to their impressive career trajectories.Your host is Nicola Steel, founder of JJP Talent Solutions, an Australian IT recruitment company. For over 20 years, she has helped tech startups and innovative SMEs to attract, recruit and retain technical talent.

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January 18, 2022 32 min

Colin Goudie and Charles Connell

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That’s a wrap for Season 3 of “The Spotlight Series – Don’t Just Survive, Thrive” podcast for 2021.  Here are podcast mashup highlights from this year talking to startup founders and senior tech leaders.  

Maree Beare, Founder of Wanngi (and more recently Clinials) talking about disrupting health tech and her purpose behind Wanngi (0:33- 2:58)

Tony Ryan, Education Futurist, talking about the future of work and if there is a 50% cha...

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Mary Callaghan, Senior Director of Product Management at Hitachi Energy, talks about her career and the secrets to her success.

Mary was born in Dublin and was the youngest of 7 children! She visited Australia for a year of adventure and has been here ever since. One of the key highlights of her career was being awarded Global Product Manager of the year in 2019. 

She believes that the secrets to her success are:

⭐ Having a strong fou...

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Would you be bold enough to leave a small suburb north of Wellington, New Zealand, borrow some money from your mum to fly to San Francisco and then contact VPs of leading software companies to introduce yourself over a coffee?! 

This is the bold (and successful) move Evan Cummack made at the end of 2010.  He moved from a small team at NEC creating fingerprint identification technology for the New Zealand police department to then jo...

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“Saying yes to the weird things” has been one of the highlights of Eli Harrell’s career.  Eli explains that realising that the things we tend to shy away from because they are unknown or scary is really where the growth is. 
 

Eli Harrell is the Co-Founder and Chief of Strategy at Valhalla.team, a company which helps tech companies build high performing teams which create products with purpose. 

 

In the latest episode of “The Spotligh...

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“Don’t take life too seriously and make sure you have fun” is the advice Miriam van Heusden would tell her 16 year old self in the latest podcast episode of the “The Spotlight Series – Don’t Just Survive, Thrive”.


Miriam is the founder of Maralytics, a software startup which has created a marketing performance program that provides accurate results for sales revenue and customer acquisition. Miriam has many years’ previous experienc...

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“Time is a valuable commodity and taking too long to make any sort of decision comes at a really significant but invisible cost” are the wise words Yaniv Bernstein would tell himself if he could turn back time. In the latest podcast episode of “The Spotlight Series – Don’t Just Survive, Thrive”, Yaniv advises that you should act early, act quickly, be courageous and don’t look back!

 

Yaniv Bernstein has extensive experience as a Sof...

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“You can’t do the hours of a 28-year-old but the wisdom you have as a founder over 50 is the counterbalance” are the sage words from Vijay Solanki.
 

Vijay is the co-founder of ParentalEQ, an app which helps parents manage their children’s emotional & social development.  Vijay has had a diverse career that traverses marketing, digital and innovation, delivering a succession of major marketing and digital transformations at a glo...

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 “Be stubborn on the vision and flexible on the details…. the “why” is what drives you to keep fighting the good fight” is some key advice from Leanne Kemp.

 
Leanne is the Founder and CEO of Everledger and until recently was Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.  Originally from Brisbane, Leanne describes herself as unemployable and a serial entrepreneur.  She is a self taught engineer who loves to solve problems and scale and grow compani...

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“Learning is the main skill of the future” is my favourite quote from the latest episode of the “Don’t just Survive, Thrive” podcast with Madhu Sundararajan and Abhinav Raje.  In this episode, we talk about their journeys from humble beginnings in India to successful careers in Australia. 

 

Every couple of years, Madhu asks himself if he is learning and if he is being useful.  His role model is himself in 10 years so he looks forwar...

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Adam Amos is Director of Robotic Systems, an engineering consultancy that specialises in accelerating the journey from initial idea to manufactured device.  Robotic Systems brings together electronics, software and hardware to turn customers’ practical experience into game changing new products.  Robotic Systems have also been ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500.  

 

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Nicola Steel, Founder of JJP Talent Solutions, talks to Justin Falk, Founder of TalentVine about how hard graft, hustle, pivots and a sprinkling of luck have led to the success of his start up.

TalentVine is a marketplace which connects employers to specialist recruiters with key data & performance metrics. Justin talks about a series of mistakes he made with regards to what he thought employers actually wanted. One of these mis...

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"Don't be afraid to succeed" is the advice that tech leader Simon Keefe would give his 15 year old self.

Nicola Steel talks to Simon, a highly experienced software engineering lead who has worked for Atlassian & various organisations in the UK & Australia.


Simon talks about his life growing up in a poor area of Liverpool where his headmaster told him that he would "amount to nothing"! He was fortunate enou...

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Ken Auer is the Founder of Role Model Software in North Carolina in the US.  Since the mid-1980s, Ken’s passion and commitment to software craftsmanship has made him a respected leader in the creation of sustainable software and high performance teams. He was introduced as "the father of software craftsmanship" at the inaugural Software Craftsmanship North America conference in 2009.

As a teenager, Ken’s main passions were b...

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In the latest "The Spotlight Series - Don't Just Survive, Thrive" podcast, Nicola Steel speaks to David Davies. David is the Founder of AgUnity & has a fascinating story! He grew up in Outback Australia & his interest in tech took him to Hong Kong & the UK, time in West Africa & 12 years working in investment banks in Japan & Singapore. During his adventures on a UNESCO project in Africa, he came to ...

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Mike Seidle is Co-Founder of PivotCX, a company based in Indiana in the US which delivers awesome candidate experiences & saves recruiters time with live, human-to-human communication.

Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has founded 6 businesses. Last year, he had to reinvent his company very quickly when his revenue dropped by 85% & PivotCX was born.

Mike and Nicola talk about the importance of human to human interaction in th...

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How can you transition from a career in art to a career in AI?

 

In the latest podcast episode, Nicola Steel talks to Rosie Attwell.  Until recently, Rosie was Artificial Intelligence Delivery Lead at CUA. Rosie puts the pivot into pivoting! She studied a degree in Fine Art then moved to marketing in digital agencies followed by innovation & AI. 

 

They talk about how Rosie applied for over 60 roles at the start of her career. Even...

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In the latest episode of “The Spotlight Series – Don’t just survive, thrive”, Nicola Steel talks to Jeff Jaraved & Taryn Syratt.  Jeff & Taryn are Co-Founders of a startup called CAASie. CAASie stands for Contextually Aware Advertising System and is an online pay for click advertising model which is revolutionising the billboard industry.

 In this episode, they discuss Jeff & Taryn’s non-linear journeys into the world of...

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Did you know that 90% of SaaS startups fail within the first 3 years?

In the latest episode of “The Spotlight Series – Don’t Just Survive, Thrive”, Nicola Steel speaks to Stewart Marshall about the reason behind this extremely high failure rate.

Stewart AKA “Mr SaaS” is a Commercial Software Strategist and bestselling author.  He describes SaaS as the modern gold rush however many SaaS companies waste vast sums of money which leads t...

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What will the future of work look like in 2051?  Nicola Steel speaks to Tony Ryan who predicts that there will be more change in the next 30 years than in human civilisation!

Tony is an Education Futurist who helps education systems prepare for the future. He is also the author of 8 books on innovative thinking & lifelong learning, his latest being “The Next Generation”.

Tony believes that capabilities will be more important than...

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