24 episodes

Luxury Escapes co-founder and financial journalist Adam Schwab speaks with business founders to get the real stories behind their successes and setbacks.

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From Zero with Adam Schwab LiSTNR

    • Business
    • 4.3 • 21 Ratings

Luxury Escapes co-founder and financial journalist Adam Schwab speaks with business founders to get the real stories behind their successes and setbacks.

For more episodes download the free LiSTNR app.

    Ask Adam Anything: choosing a co-founder, investing in start-ups and the ideal payback period

    Ask Adam Anything: choosing a co-founder, investing in start-ups and the ideal payback period

    In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions:
    When you're bringing on a co-founder, should you choose someone you know or someone you don't know but whose skillset aligns with yours? (00:47)
    What do you look for in an early stage start-up that you're investing in? (8:30)
    Do you look out for different things when the start-up is pre or post revenue? (8:43)
    How do you determine what payback period is most optimal for a new customer? (20:39)
    What's the right amount of cash for a growth stage company to have on a balance sheet? (21:08)

    If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to info@fromzeropodcast.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    How Dr. Julio Ribeiro is using 3-D printers to revolutionise cancer treatment

    How Dr. Julio Ribeiro is using 3-D printers to revolutionise cancer treatment

    From Brazil to Sydney, Dr. Julio Ribeiro has totally revolutionised two industries and created hundreds of millions of dollars of value, while potentially saving thousands of lives.

    Hear how Julio founded Inventia Life Sciences, a game-changing product that allows drug companies to massively speed up treatments for cancer.

    Host Adam Schwab speaks with Julio to hear what brought him to Australia, how he went from working with cattle to cancer cells and how he has built Inventia Life Sciences into a business that is changing the game for hospitals and patients. 

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    • 42 min
    Ask Adam Anything: How To Sell Your Vision, Investor Pitch Must-Haves and Building the Perfect Team

    Ask Adam Anything: How To Sell Your Vision, Investor Pitch Must-Haves and Building the Perfect Team

    In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions:
    Should I try to get a warm introduction to an investor or is it worth reaching out cold? (00:50)
    Once you land the meeting with the investor, what's the most important thing to convey in your pitch?(1:03)
    How did you identified what your team needed in the early days of Luxury Escapes? (7:58)
    How did you sell your vision to your team? (8:07)
    Do you sell your vision differently now vs when you first started? (8:13)
    How do I best plan for a software transformation? (15:22)

    If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to info@fromzeropodcast.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min
    The Grittiest Guy in Tech: How Domm Holland fell and rose and fell again

    The Grittiest Guy in Tech: How Domm Holland fell and rose and fell again

    What do you do when your business folds? Domm Holland picks up and starts again.

    Domm burst onto the scene with his marketplace called Tow, which became the 'Uber of towing'. After a dispute with the Queensland Government, the business wasn’t able to survive but incredibly, Dom had a second act, when he moved to Silicon Valley to launch his next business: the one-stop online checkout solution Fast.

    Despite raising more than $100 million and briefly becoming a unicorn, Fast was not able to survive and was forced to shut its doors.

    In this episode, which was recorded just weeks before Tow collapsed, Domm speaks with host Adam Schwab about building resilience as a kid, why his ideas were always too big for Australian VCs and his grand plans for Fast.

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    • 42 min
    Ask Adam Anything: When Should I Raise Capital?, Overrated Traits in Founders & Healthy Habits for Success

    Ask Adam Anything: When Should I Raise Capital?, Overrated Traits in Founders & Healthy Habits for Success

    In this 'Ask Adam Anything' episode, hear host and Luxury Escapes founder Adam Schwab answer your business questions:
    What is the most overrated trait that's valued by investors? (00:48)
    Advice for Aussie start up with a direct competitor in the US (00:57)
    My business is expanding quickly. Should I continue bootstrapping it or raise capital? (8:24)
    What do I need to consider when I'm thinking about making an acquisition? (8:56)
    What are some healthy habits that make you a successful founder? (17:24)

    If you have a business question you'd like Adam's help with, send a voice note to info@fromzeropodcast.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min
    Paul Bassat transformed job seeking and venture capital in Australia

    Paul Bassat transformed job seeking and venture capital in Australia

    Seek and Square Peg Capital are just a few of the credits to Paul Bassat's name...and he's not done yet.

    Paul was a lawyer before he made the first big pivot of his career: he took a bet that the internet would replace newspaper classifieds...and the bet paid off. Paul built Australia's largest job-seeking site, Seek, from a St Kilda office with his brother Andrew in the 1990s. When he was at the top of his game at Seek, he made his next big pivot and founded the venture capital firm Square Peg Capital.

    In this episode, Paul speaks with host Adam Schwab about leaving a safe career in law to start his own business before start-ups were cool, learning James Packer wanted to invest in Seek and what drew him to invest in Canva and ROKT.

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Mikebird75 ,

My favourite business podcast

I had been listening to 🇺🇸based business podcasts for the past five years or so before discovering From Zero.

I was stoked to find a podcast that interviews people who founded and operated start ups/scale ups from Australia 🇦🇺

I find the content a lot more relatable/actionable given the AU market context 🚀🎉

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Such a great podcast - so many incredible stories and very easy to listen to.

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