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An Australian podcast getting to know the real people behind the digital! Freeform conversations with marketing professionals and business owners making an impact in the world.

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An Australian podcast getting to know the real people behind the digital! Freeform conversations with marketing professionals and business owners making an impact in the world.

    From Adelaide to the heart of Silicon Valley - Devin Mancuso

    From Adelaide to the heart of Silicon Valley - Devin Mancuso

    Adelaide local, Devin Mancuso (now based in California) has worked for Google for almost 4 years, initially as a Senior Interaction Designer and now in Design Strategy, Platforms and Ecosystems.

    I had a really interesting chat with him about so many different topics. We discussed how he got into the design space, recounting the exact moment he really fell in love with it (while studying computer science and business management). As well as the struggles of teaching himself UX at a time when there really wasn’t a lot of information available.

    We talked about the importance of having a great user experience in apps, how people made decisions before designers were really a thing, and what human-centred design means to him.

    We also dive into how design strategy became something he wanted to pursue, and where he got a chance to do this at Google initially. He really paints a picture of the energy that people in Silicon Valley feel, and how exhausting it can sometimes be! Showing the importance of aligning yourself with what you want to do and who you want to be.

    This is a great chat to check out for anyone working or with an interest in the design space. Enjoy!

    • 42 min
    Is Being A Digital Master All It's Cracked Up To Be? - Ben Lee

    Is Being A Digital Master All It's Cracked Up To Be? - Ben Lee

    In our last PauseFest podcast from 2019 we chat with Ben Lee, Founder and Chief Revenue Office at Rootstrap. If you’ve never heard of these guys before, you should really check them out - they're known as globally-recognised digital masters and have worked with Google, Master Class and heaps of other exciting businesses.

    In our chat we discuss how Ben is taking a different approach to the usual 'entrepreneur thing'. He’s stopped posting as much, stopped vlogging, stopped doing eternal podcasting and is focusing more on his work and his team.

    Ben and I also touched on the short term success that exists in the current climate; brands with so much exposure and thousands of followers can be forgotten about the next day. People’s attention span is so short these days, it can be hard for businesses to stay afloat. We also got into a discussion about distributed teams, offshoring, and the importance of having as much 'in-person' time as possible.

    Ben also shares his insight into how the Australian start-up market is different to what he’s used to in America, and what surprised him most!

    This was another exciting chat that I’m excited to share. Enjoy!

    • 32 min
    Why Your Business Needs A Clear Vision - Elaine Stead

    Why Your Business Needs A Clear Vision - Elaine Stead

    Sitting down with Elaine Stead again was exciting. Since our last chat, Elaine has been working with the South Australian Venture Capital Fund, doing some great things here in Adelaide.

    We got into the importance of having a purpose. Knowing the “why” of your business will keep you on track and focused, whether you’re doing great or s**t’s hitting the fan.

    Elaine also gave us some insight to what the SAVCF are looking for when entrepreneurs and founders come to them with their ideas. As well as give us some tips on approaching and meeting with venture capitalists; what makes people stand out, how you should act and how to get on their radar.

    This is a great chat to listen to if you’re starting a business or thinking of taking your current business to the next level! Enjoy.

    • 43 min
    How Busy Is A Barrier In The Way Of Happiness

    How Busy Is A Barrier In The Way Of Happiness

    It was exciting sitting down with Penny Locaso again, if you’ve been listening to our podcasts for a while, you’ll remember we talked to her at _southstart last year.

    Penny founded Bkindred and calls herself a “happiness hacker”. She teaches people how to slow down, think more, and make decisions to adapt, coining the term Intentional Adaptability Quotient (IAQ) – a means of measuring how skilled someone is at making an intentional change in a complex environment that’s evolving at speed.

    We dove into the theme of penny’s talk at _southstart, discussing the busy epidemic. How as a society, people are forced to cram as much stuff into their day as possible leading to bad mental health, especially anxiety. Penny spills some of her hacks for productivity and managing her work into a small portion of her day.

    This is an inspiring conversation that challenges people to think differently, enjoy!

    • 41 min
    Keeping Wellbeing At The Core Of Design - Laura Ryan

    Keeping Wellbeing At The Core Of Design - Laura Ryan

    As our world is taken over by more products and services than ever before, it’s the job of people like Laura Ryan to ensure that these will assist and benefit people’s wellbeing. I sat down to discuss this with her at PauseFest last year.

    Laura is the Strategy Director at Mentally Friendly, an exciting design and innovation studio with a human-centred approach.  

    We talked about what wellbeing (really) is and where it can come from - especially in the workplace. A feeling of wellbeing stemming from a sense of purpose, by doing something that matters to you, by being empathetic.

    Laura refers to herself as a designer, even though she says she can't draw, she works as part of the design team using research and strategy to help the process, rather than designing in the traditional sense. 

    We both believe that designers have a responsibility when it comes to marrying profit with empathy and ensuring that what they produce doesn’t cause distress or concern to the user.

    We chatted about all this and more. Another very fitting podcast for our Humans Aren’t Robots series. Enjoy.

    • 26 min
    Wearable Technology That's Out Of This World - Alex Moss

    Wearable Technology That's Out Of This World - Alex Moss

    Sitting down at SouthStart with Alex Moss over some wine sparked an exciting conversation. She is the CEO and Head designer of Canaria Technologies, a cutting edge tech company that brings together the space, mining and medicine industries into one little wearable that can monitor and track the wearers vital signs.

    Alex has not always worked in this space though, she comes from a fashion, design, and art background. After reflection, she decided she wanted to do something different. Something that would make a difference. For nine months, she taught herself medical device engineering in a garage and in 2016 won the NASA Hackathon Best Use of Hardware. This hardware has been altered since then, making it more appropriate for use in the mining industry.

    We got to discuss where the inspiration for the device came from and how she managed to keep her idea alive for long enough to see it launch. She also tells us what she has in store for the future of the company.

    This is a chat I’m excited to share, enjoy.

    • 46 min

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