10 episodes

When things go wrong, duct tape can hold just about anything together. And when you're starting and growing a business, a lot of things can go wrong.

A collaboration between Startup Victoria and Victoria University, this mini-series explores how Victorian founders tackle unexpected problems. We call them 'duct tape moments' – those make-or-break situations where a founder must think quick and act quicker to keep the show on the road. And the truth is, every founder has them. Meet 10 founders from all across Victoria’s startup landscape and the ingenious ways they got things back on track.

Duct Tape Startup Victoria & Victoria University

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

When things go wrong, duct tape can hold just about anything together. And when you're starting and growing a business, a lot of things can go wrong.

A collaboration between Startup Victoria and Victoria University, this mini-series explores how Victorian founders tackle unexpected problems. We call them 'duct tape moments' – those make-or-break situations where a founder must think quick and act quicker to keep the show on the road. And the truth is, every founder has them. Meet 10 founders from all across Victoria’s startup landscape and the ingenious ways they got things back on track.

    10. Swoop Aero with Eric Peck (and final series wrap up!)

    10. Swoop Aero with Eric Peck (and final series wrap up!)

    Meet Eric Peck – the CEO and Co-Founder of Swoop Aero, a company that delivers essential health supplies (like vaccines, medications, pathology samples and PPE equipment) to the world's hardest to reach areas by drone. A former Air Force Pilot, Eric now leads Swoop's operations in five countries, across three continents, as they tackle the massive issue of global health inequality. Since 2017, they've delivered more than 500,000 items, including COVID vaccines. Eric sat down with Jordan Gianfrancesco from Victoria University to chat through his biggest Duct Tape moments, like dealing with village prophecies of white witches in the Congo. Stick around after the interview for our wrap up on the biggest takeaways from this series.

    To learn more about Swoop Aero visit: https://swoop.aero/
    To learn more about their latest fundraising campaign, visit: https://www.villagereach.org/2021/03/25/drones-for-health-deliver-fundraising-campaign-with-focusing-philanthropy-takes-flight/

    Brought to you by Startup Victoria and Victoria University.

    For full episode transcripts and more content visit ducttaped.co

    • 43 min
    09. Pory with Samantha Wong

    09. Pory with Samantha Wong

    Meet Samantha Wong – the Co-Founder of Pory. A platform that lets you quickly and cheaply turn your Airtable spreadsheets into beautiful and fully functioning websites and web apps without writing a single line of code. She launched the business last year in just 34 days and Pory is now used by over 10,000 creators and businesses around the world. Sam sat down with Judy Anderson from Startup Victoria to chat through her biggest Duct Tape moments, like abandoning the other project they'd been working on for several years to build Pory.

    To learn more about Pory visit: https://pory.io/

    Brought to you by Startup Victoria and Victoria University.

    For full episode transcripts and more content visit ducttaped.co

    • 42 min
    08. Seer Medical with George Kenley

    08. Seer Medical with George Kenley

    Meet George Kenley – one of the Co-Founders of Seer Medical. Through state of the art wearable technology, Seer empower people to undergo long-term brain, heart and respiratory monitoring from the comfort of their own homes, rather than in the hospital, which makes diagnosing and managing conditions like epilepsy much faster and easier. As the Chief of Strategic Projects and Shared Services, George keeps everything running like a well-oiled machine. George sat down with Hannah Gee from Victoria University to chat through her biggest Duct Tape moments, like trying to manage the company's growth from 3 to 160 employees.

    To learn more about Seer Medical visit: https://seermedical.com/

    Brought to you by Startup Victoria and Victoria University.

    For full episode transcripts and more content visit ducttaped.co

    • 31 min
    07. Peach Pack with Sage Mellet & Alyssa Carp

    07. Peach Pack with Sage Mellet & Alyssa Carp

    Meet Sage Mellet and Alyssa Carp – long-time besties and Co-founders of Peach Pack. Peach Pack is first and foremost an online community that aims to empower all women by de-stigmatising traditionally taboo topics like periods, sex, masturbation, and so much more. Originally, the business was centred on a monthly subscription pack, filled with organic menstrual and self-care products, but when Covid hit they pivoted to focusing on building their community and a podcast of their own, Preach The Peach.

    Sage and Alyssa sat down with Poppy Trewhella from Startup Victoria to chat through their biggest Duct Tape moments, like trying to keep a company alive when the product dies.

    To learn more about Peach Pack visit: www.instagram.com/peachpack/

    Brought to you by Startup Victoria and Victoria University.

    For full episode transcripts and more content visit ducttaped.co

    • 42 min
    06. Black.ai with Keaton Okkonen

    06. Black.ai with Keaton Okkonen

    Meet Keaton Okkonen – Co-founder and CEO of Black.ai. Black.ai build advanced systems of computer vision and specialised sensors to help make sense of human behaviour within complex physical spaces, allowing us to do all sorts of things from preventing theft at supermarket check-outs to providing better aged care. Keaton sat down with Jordan Gianfrancesco from Victoria University to chat through his biggest Duct Tape moments, like the first time he had to fire a client.

    To learn more about Black.ai visit: https://black.ai/

    Brought to you by Startup Victoria and Victoria University.

    For full episode transcripts and more content visit ducttaped.co

    • 39 min
    05. Earthli with Hiranga Goonawardena & Ashini de Alwis

    05. Earthli with Hiranga Goonawardena & Ashini de Alwis

    Meet Hiranga Goonawardena and Ashini de Alwis – the co-founders of Earthli. Through technology, education and community, Earthli are making it easier for people to grow their own food at home, diverting waste from landfill and cutting emissions in the process. The two of them sat down with Judy Anderson from Startup Victoria to chat through their biggest Duct Tape moments, from coding to couriering.

    To learn more about Earthli visit: www.earthli.world

    Brought to you by Startup Victoria and Victoria University.

    For full episode transcripts and more content visit ducttaped.co

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

ThePonny ,

Very real content

A must-listen if you’re based in Australia and involved in the startup scene in any way. The community is pretty small so you’re probably going to meet these people! Excellent startup stories that are worth a listen regardless of your location.

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