Work on three horizons

McKinsey consultants have shown that high success businesses set objectives, create innovations, and act, over three time horizons. Concurrently. And collaboratively…

  1. Horizon one – your managers and operators initiate and grow your core business
  2. Horizon two – your intra-preneurs and business builders build your new emerging businesses
  3. Horizon three – your visionaries create viable options for your future.

Collaborate to fast-track your innovations

Why innovate incrementally and radically? Well, there’s growing evidence, any business that remains the same over the next five years, will not be here. For example, the prestigious Committee of Economic Development of Australia, CEDA, predicts the high likelihood that over the coming decade, technological innovation, automation and global competition, will wipe away almost 40% of all existing Australian jobs – necessitating the creation of quite new ones. And quite new businesses! And, IbisWorld predicts by 2050, 13 of Australia's 19 industry sectors will be either transformed or gain significant benefit from information and communications technology.

Why innovate over three different time horizons concurrently?

orh Because research and organization practice clearly validates this three-horizon approach is vital to keep your corporation vital and growing and adding new value in the global market place. So…As an innovator or CEO of a small to medium-sized corporation, you accept you need to keep innovating to survive and thrive. And you want to… But it’s not easy. And so far, maybe your innovations are not gaining internal commitment. Or getting to market fast enough. Or even at all. Time to collaborate with a team who can assist get you there. Faster.
logo-page img4 Specialist venture bank - New Enterprise Services – partners with you to uncover, create, develop, and get your new innovations, opportunities and businesses successfully to market – over each of horizon one, two and three.

You gotta have both soul and gold mines

Our starting point is to find your company’s essence or ‘soul’: What drives your company? What’s your BIG Purpose? What are your real strengths? What gives you stand out? And what is you vision for creating a new future? Next we uncover the hidden gold mines of talent and potential as yet unrecognized within your business.
Then we use a method of ‘adjacent possibilities’ to tease out a list of possible ventures and adventures that have strong appeal to select markets. Before acting to implement the top 2-3. See also: Neville Christie: How we create far more innovation – part two – the adjacent possible.

Innovation & Collaborative Entrepreneuring - An overview from Neville Christie


New Enterprise Services – an Australian Venture Bank

Partnering with you as fellow innovators

Horizon One.

As an inventor, innovator, or small business entrepreneur, you’ve already kick-started your market-focused ideas into software, information products, smart machines, transformative technologies, digital products, or whatever. But, somehow, you’ve got stuck on the way to market. Maybe you’ve run out of money, or time, or know-how, or resources. Monetizing your innovation seems too hard, too complex, too multi-faceted.

Collaborative Entrepreneuring

img5 So…at your invitation, we join with you to provide all that’s needed. Even together, we don’t go it alone. We collaborate. To fund, resource and develop the monetizing of your new opportunities, we link with other existing corporations. These provide needed resources, scarce talent, a network of customers, and a sales team. In this way, we fast track your innovation to market. And we share the risks and returns of getting your core, Horizon One, business established, growing, and profitable. See: Do you sit in our sweet spot?

Partnering with Medium-sized Corporations

Horizons Two and Three.

img6 As the CEO of an established medium-sized corporation, you know guaranteed growth, guaranteed profits and a sustainable competitive advantage are now rare commodities in an ever-changing business world. So you set out to innovate in all three time horizons – concurrently. You continue to innovate and expand your current business. But you know to survive and thrive, you must also build horizon two - emerging business opportunities. Plus create viable future options- for time horizon three.

Size matters

Research into diffusion of innovation suggests that around 2.5% of most communities are innovators. And that innovation is strongly enhanced by a change agent! Yet, in Australia, we appear to be more a nation of idea creators and inventors, than innovators. That is we are far better at dreaming up ideas, and tinkering with inventions, than we are at getting them profitably to market… Instead we are very rapid first adaptors of technologies invented overseas. Partly this is because, until very recently, we have lacked the start-up and innovative eco-systems of places like London, Silicon Valley, and Tel Aviv. But this is rapidly changing with Melbourne and Sydney listed in top 20 cities with an effective start-up ecology. Partly it’s been because of our small population. Australia is roughly the size of continental USA, or twice the size of the European Union. But with a domestic market at February 2016, of just over 24 million, only the size of Greater New York, or 4.7% the size of the EU.
But now in the digital age, we have far easier access to global markets. Partly it’s been because most Australian industries are dominated by two or three major players. With most other businesses being relatively small. As at June 2014, of the 2.1 million tax-paying businesses and trusts in Australia, 61% had no employees. 27% had 1-4. 10% had 5-19. 2% had 20-199. And less than 1% had 200 or more. However, there is increasing evidence that Australia’s oligopoly structure is breaking down.

Caught in a squeeze

img12 Size does impact. And the 88% of small team inventors and innovators often lack all the money, resources, know-how and Talent to get their ideas profitably to global market. And many of the 12% of medium-sized businesses – with 5-199 team members - are also caught in a squeeze: Too big to have the flexibility and innovative capacity of their smaller competitor; too small to have the resources and market grunt of the Big Boys. So, from necessity, your company Talent gravitates towards Horizon One – defending and extending your Core Business. With perhaps a nod to building a few emerging business opportunities.

Together we change the equation

“Only 10% of 1% of the intellectual property [‘gold’] of medium to large corporations is ever mined…”

So here’s where the Venture Bank steps in to become your innovation arm. With you we set up the embryo of a joint venture, and a Strategic Innovation Board. We examine your internal ‘gold’. With you, we mine it and turn it into ‘nuggets’. Then together we create the added value ‘jewelry’ that specific markets really want.
img13 How we work together is always tailored to your Purposes and needs. We focus on actively adding value. Apart from a retainer, we get paid only from outcomes actually achieved, And we use processes where after an initial seed investment, your innovations are largely self-funded, or developed within your existing Talent and resources. Best of all, we initially share the risk and returns with you. And after the innovation is proven in the market place, we sell our share back to you, too early, and too cheap. Or we go to a trade sale, or an IPO.

An example: Keaz

See as one example, Keaz, a ground-breaking technology for both b2b markets and for the rapidly-growing sharing economy.

Incremental and big jump innovations

img8 As a growth-oriented company you innovate at every phase of your evolution – building a staircase of measurable and actionable steps within your core business: This staircase is made up of operational, management and product-service innovations that make you more effective, efficient, productive and profitable. Plus, to avoid the incremental innovation trap, every now and then, you take a new big jump forward – by creating strategic and revolutionary innovations like new business models, new value chain architecture, disruptive technologies, new allied businesses that enhance your position in the Australian and global marketplaces. To make sure your internal and external innovations don’t bog down, you need a facilitator-change agent in the form of a committed innovation arm– made up of internal and external talent.

Create your innovation arm

At your invitation, the Venture Bank team works collaboratively with you, as this innovation arm. Initially through a Strategic Innovation Board made up of your key talent and ours. And eventually through alliances, collaborative entrepreneuring, co-operative innovating, and joint ventures.
img9 Together we focus on uncovering, then enhancing, the hidden ‘gold’ within your core business, as we rapidly grow your second horizon emerging businesses. And as we create viable opportunities, innovations and businesses as part of your third horizon. Along the way, we see a surge in your horizon one core business. In essence, collaboratively, we take the best route to predicting your future – by creating it, and making it happen!

The gold we collectively mine

For examples of the gold we collectively mine to form much needed market innovations, click here

What are innovations?

For more on the many different types of innovation, click here

15 areas of innovation

Here’s a quirky list of 15 different areas of innovation to consider. Quite innovative in its own way!   The gentle art of smart stealing

3 phases of innovation

“I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There’s vision, patience, and execution.”   Steve Ballmer Intimidating and high-performing former CEO […]

3 types of innovation

Empowering innovations turns costly, complicated products for the few; into simpler, cheaper products available to the many.  These create jobs and take capital.   Sustaining innovations replace old products with […]

3 ways plus

“You don’t understand anything unless you understand there are at least 3 ways.”   Marvin Minsky Cognitive scientist and artificial intelligence specialist

A word from a former PM

“Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity… and these in turn rely on the education of our people.”   Julia Gillard Australia’s 27th Prime Minister


“The wellspring of our creativity and innovation is gratitude for the prolific abundance that surrounds us.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Accidental innovation

“Thousands of people were producing new Web sites every day. We were just trying to take all that stuff and organize it to make it useful.”   David Filo Cofounder, […]

Action needed

“[Innovation involves] the actions required to create new ideas, processes or products which – when implemented – lead to positive effective change. While invention requires the creation of new ideas, […]

Activating the third eye

“The source of innovation and creativity lies in the pineal gland or the third eye which is said to be active only during the childhood. It is not surprising at […]

Acts of conversion

“You remove heavy metals out of the ground and you turn that into tables, and houses and bridges and dreams for people in the developing world. I love doing that. […]


“Deal-making is like a drug: once you taste it, you want more.”   Janine Allis Australian Founder of the highly successful Boost Juice Bars which are now in 13 countries […]

Adding new value

“Innovation is creating new value and/or capturing value in a new way. Value is the key word, stressing the difference between innovation and invention. The definition is simple, easy to […]

Adding value

“Something new is not innovation if it does not add to value addition.”   Albert Einstein Hugely influential physicist


“Your business not an adventure yet?  Foster creativity and innovation, and you make it one!”   Neville Christie Serial entrepreneur and venture banker

Alive and well

“Australia’s an independent country where people can grow and develop a business. There’s a positive attitude here that pervades society. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, as opposed to […]

All in the mind

“An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an […]

All in the mind

“Stingy, mingy, mean minds horde, collect, hold things tight; bountiful, generous, open-hearted minds create, expand, innovate.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

All should be rich

“The more I study the wealthy… in an effort to learn how to help more people around the world become one of them… I’m stunned by how many people are […]

Always scared

“In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.”   Bill Gates Co-Founder, […]


“Don’t think about what the cheapest way to do it, or what’s the fastest way to do it… think, ‘what’s the most amazing way to do it’.”   Richard Branson […]

Ambiguity’s okay

“The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity.  He doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.”   Abe Tannenbaum Pioneer of a […]

Ambiguous future

“We face an extraordinarily ambiguous future. Technology can be used to promote greater economic equity, more freedom of choice, and participatory democracy. Conversely, it can be used to intensify the […]

Angel Funding

“It’s embarrassing when Auckland, New Zealand, have a higher angel funding rate than anywhere in Australia. That is because of direct government intervention.”   Steve Baxter Highly successful Australian tech […]

Angels wanted

“I think you need to have a very strong angel community that is committed to mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs.”   Jason Calacanis American internet entrepreneur and blogger

Another innovation killer

“Video won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” […]

Antonyms for innovation

Antonyms for ‘innovation’ include:   stagnation, custom, old, rut, old hat, tradition…

Argue away

“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.”   Margaret Heffernan Entrepreneur, CEO and author who has run, bought and sold many internet businesses

Asset poor

“[As the Australian dollar continues to decline in value] asset-poor Australians have a choice: accept that you are not going to drive a Mercedes, travel abroad or shop on the […]

Assets over liabilities

“I swore I was going to exclusively collect assets and not liabilities for the rest of my life. I swore never to take gambles I couldn’t back up, or that […]

At the centre

“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.”   Bob Iger Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney

At the edge of risk

“Well, when you’re trying to create things that are new, you have to be prepared to be on the edge of risk.”   Michael Eisner   CEO of The Walt […]

Auckland’s trumps

“In Brisbane there are three co-working spaces/incubators – in Auckland there are six. In the same year, Auckland recorded 45 Angel Investments per annum, while Brisbane had two. Auckland’s 40 […]

Australia bang in the middle

“For the first time in 400 years, Asia doesn’t just have half the world’s people, it has half the world’s GDP. The population growth and the economic growth. We are […]

Australia versus USA

“The number of startup incubators in the US is 1400, compared to 30 in Australia.  The number of angel investors in Australia is 500, compared to 300,000 in the US.   […]

Australian innovation receding

Compared to the digital direction and progress of 50 countries, Australia’s innovation is stalling.   Based on our performance from 2008 to 2013, we’re losing momentum and ‘slowly receding’ in […]

Baa baa black sheep

“Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you putfences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.” […]

Bad investment

“The horse is here today, but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.”   President of Michigan Savings Bank, advising against investing in the Ford Motor Company

Bankable creativity

“As we make our creativity bankable – we’re innovating!”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Be where you are

“I regularly take my entrepreneurship students out walking because I want to get them in the habit of noticing and thinking about what they notice. They have to leave their […]


“I think entrepreneurship is a beautiful thing.”   Jason Calacanis Internet entrepreneur and blogger

Benefit of information technology

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It […]

Best and worst

“A business with soul is one of humankind’s best innovations; a soul-less business, one of our worst.”   Neville Christie Innovator and advocate of business with soul

Best insurance

“Innovation is enormously important. It’s the only insurance against irrelevance. It’s the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It’s the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy.”   Gary Hamel […]

Best time for start-ups

“There has never been a better time to be a tech entrepreneur, as entrepreneurs are now blessed with the tools, resources, and market conditions to scale a company to billion […]

Betrayal of trust

Only 13% of all Americans trust [big] business – and it’s not much higher for other mature consumer societies. That’s 87% of Americans who DON’T trust business   Only 39% […]

Big and exciting

“We’d love to be involved with the creation of something very special, something quite large and something quite exciting.”   Richard Branson Serial Virgin and serious innovator

Big beaten by disruptive small

“The past five to ten years or so have shown us that companies with incredibly significant capital reserves can and are being beaten by nimble start-ups operating on a shoestring […]

Big brother

“Having a partnership or a business relationship with a larger company gives you credibility.  It is an immediate tick in the box under the trust factor.”   Julie Hall Woman […]

Big vision

“I never had the intention of opening just one store… I wanted to have something that could grow to 100 stores or 1,000 stores… “   Janine Allis Founder of Boost […]

Big with small

“Big businesses who’ve tried organic growth and acquisitions, are now partnering with disruptive, smaller, innovative companies.”   Neville Christie Australian serial entrepreneur and venture banker

Biggest-ever start-up fund

“Leading entrepreneurs and two major superannuation funds will combine forces to launch Australia’s biggest-ever technology start-up venture capital fund, with more than $200 million set aside to back growing companies.   The new […]

Biggest-ever start-up fund

“Leading entrepreneurs and two major superannuation funds will combine forces to launch Australia’s biggest-ever technology start-up venture capital fund, with more than $200 million set aside to back growing companies.   The new […]

Biggest innovation

“Our biggest-ever innovation is us as a person, and us as a business, recreating ourselves.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Billionaire walks

“I still walk to work and if it’s raining I catch the bus – it is what it is. I might buy higher-class Havaianas.”   Mike Cannon Brookes Atlassian co-founder […]

Billionaires at 34

“Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, [both aged 34]… co-founders and co-chief executives of software company Atlassian… became billionaires for the first time on this year’s BRW Rich List. The company they founded with […]

Billions of emails

“Friends since the age of five, Dave Greiner and Ben Richardson started a web consultancy business in 1999 while still at the University of Wollongong. Five years later it had […]

Body and mind

“I admit that thoughts influence the body.”   Albert Einstein A Talk with Einstein, October 1943  

Born or made?

“With the right achievement motivation – which can be taught and caught – anyone can learn to be an entrepreneur!”   Neville Christie Australian serial entrepreneur and innovator


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”   Maya Angelou Poet, author, civil rights activist

Brains amputated?

“Even the scholars in various lands have been acting as if their brains had been amputated.”   Albert Einstein March 22, 1915

Brand as reputation

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”   Jeff Bezos Entrepreneur and investor who founded […]

Breakthrough innovations

“We are always saying to our self… we have to innovate. We got to come up with that breakthrough. In fact, the way software long as you are using […]

Bucking the system

“I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.” Sam Walton Founder of Wal-Mart,  one of the world’s largest businesses

Build, not destroy

“Some people use things; they destroy.  You’re a creator, a builder.”   Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Fantasy novelist

Business and information technology

“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.”   Bill Gates Co-Founder with Paul Allen […]

Business before pleasure

“There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause […]

Business philanthropy

“Philanthropy is about finding a need, and filling it – and that’s precisely what innovative businesses do.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Call in the experts

“There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.”   Robert Andrew Millikan Nobel Prize Winner, in Physics, 1923

Can be learnt

“Innovation is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practised.”   Peter FDrucker Innovative US management consultant and author

Can’t be done

“My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.”   Richard Branson Serial Virgin

Capitalism and social capital

“Capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of disease of the world at large, it’s really let us […]

Capturing new value

“ ‘Business innovation’ (as distinct from general innovation) is the ‘creation and capture of new value in new ways.’  This definition has made innovation more actionable and measurable in business […]

Cash flow is king

“Cash flow is king. You really need to know your financial model and make sure it’s profitable. If you can and if you are with a husband/life partner, try to […]

Catalyst for change

“I’m a catalyst for change … You can’t be an outsider and be successful over 30 years without leaving a certain amount of scar tissue around the place.”   Rupert […]

Change agents

“Every human is, or has the capacity to be, an agent of change for the better – that is, an entrepreneur or innovator.”   Neville Christie Australian chairman of Strategic […]

Change it!

“That’s one of the things I love about entrepreneurship:  If you see something you don’t like – and you have a better idea – you can pursue your model.”   […]

Change of clothes

“Entrepreneurial opportunities come dressed as problems, waiting for us to redress them.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Changed course

“We started Yahoo in about April 1994. It started out as a way for us to keep track of things that we were interested in.”   David Filo Now an […]

Changes go unnoticed

“Surprisingly, none of the new developments in travel publishing came from established companies. The changes in the air seemed to completely bypass them and when they did wake up to […]

Changing the world

“The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change theworld, are the ones who do.”   Steve Jobs Billionaire innovator

Chase inspiriration

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”   Jack London C19th journalist and author


“Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.”   Mencius (Meng-Tse), Chinese philosopher, 4th century BCE

Clear choice

“Let’s admit the truth – our business makes a real difference in and to the world, or it doesn’t.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Clueless but confident

“Often we entrepreneurs march forward confidently, knowing where we’re headed, but clueless about how to get there.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Co-working space

“Queensland has been lagging in this [co-working] area. We’re trying to create a  place where a person with a good idea can come down and experiment and not send themselves […]


“Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get […]


“You can’t know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide ranging your experience, there is simply no way to […]

Competitive advantage

“How well am I using my inborn talents – the unfair advantages I was born with?”   Neville Christie Chairman of Strategic Innovation Boards

Conservative entrepreneurs

“I often do find conservative entrepreneurs. When you are in the online world, you don’t have time to be conservative. Businesses are built so fast. At our board, we say […]

Constant adaptation

“An adaptable company is one that captures more than its fair share of new opportunities. It’s always redefining its ‘core business’ in ways that open up new avenues for growth.” […]

Continuous transformation

“The only way you survive is you continuously transform into something else. It’s this idea of continuous transformation that makes you an innovation company.”   GinniRometty Chairman, President and CEO […]

Cooking the books

“Traditional Boards often see scarcity in their quarterly accounts. Strategic Innovation Boards see abundance, no limits, and scalability!”   Dean Homicki Australian designer Strategic Innovation Boards

Crazy, crazy, crazy

“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”   Larry Ellison Founder and CEO, Oracle

Create and organize

“I like that combination between creativity and the creative process and the organization needed to make a business like this successful worldwide.”   Bernard Arnault France’s richest man

Creating customers

“The joy of entrepreneuring lies in innovatively creating 10,000 customers, one customer at a time.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Creating opportunities

“It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.”   Michael Dell Founder […]

Creativity ain’t innovation

“Business leaders frequently interchange creativity and innovation, without understanding what separates the two… Creativity is the capability or act of conceiving something original or unusual.   While innovation is the implementation […]

Crippling beliefs

“The biggest barriers to strategic renewal are almost always top management’s unexamined beliefs.”   Gary Hamel Innovation guru

Culture of innovation

“While leaders can foster innovation, the organization as a whole must also support innovation through the makeup of its culture and the way it designs its processes.  Sometimes the best […]

Customer’s the boss

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”   Sam Walton […]

Damaged goods

“The meek inherit the earth, but the greedy kick its head in first.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Daring do!

“Do we dare help shape a better world?  Well!  Do we?”   Neville Christie Dare to disturb your universe!

Dead end

“There’s a word for people and businesses who aren’t learning, growing and innovating: dead.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Defining the next 5 years

“I think the most important CEO task is defining the course that the business will take over the next five or so years. You have to have the ability to […]


“A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer lives are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert […]

Developing talent

“My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.” […]

Dictators needed?

“Successful enterprises are usually led by a proven chief executive who is a competent benevolent dictator.”   Richard Pratt Forceful Australian businessman and philanthropist

Different direction

“I watch where the cosmetics industry is going and then walk in the opposite direction.”   Anita Roddick Founder of the Body Shop

Digital economy booming

IT spending in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region is set to hit $767 billion in 2106, ushering in the era of the ‘digital industrial economy’.   “This results in every […]

Digital work transformed

“It’s pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft was starting and realize how work has been transformed. We’re finally getting close to what I call the digital […]


“The achievement of excellence can only occur if the organization promotes a culture of creative dissatisfaction.”   Lawrence Miller Brewer and business advisor


“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”   Albert von Szent-Gyorgy Nobel Prize Laureate

Disruptive innovation

“A disruptive product, technology, service or innovation, creates a new market and value network, and significantly destroys, weakens or transforms and existing product market or industry.”   Examples include refrigerators […]


“You and I beinginnovatorsis as individual as our fingerprints”.   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Don’t ask the customers

“If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’.”   Henry Ford Billionaire, pioneer car manufacturer

Do the never done

“When you want something which you have never had, you have to do something you have never done”.   Steve Jobs Mantras of Innovation and Success

Dollars not worth it!

“Dollars can be a useful measure in the ‘game of life’ but they are not a symbol of an individual’s worth.”   Bruce Thompson Speech to Shepparton Business Achievers Awards […]

Doubly crazy

“There’s a world of difference between crazy inventors, and crazy innovators.  Inventors create things.  Innovators make creativity bankable.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Easy experience

“In business, one of the challenges is making sure that your product is the easiest to experience and complete a sale.”   Mark Cuban American businessman, film producer, and television […]


“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.”   Steven Johnson Leader in collaborative and […]

Educating entrepreneurs

“The Australian education system is geared towards preparing students for the workforce, not towards equipping them with the skills, knowledge and encouragement to start their own business. We need to […]

Empowering tools

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be […]

Entrepreneurial tactics

“I turned on the voice recording on my phone. When I got back to my hotel room, I uploaded the audio file to a freelancing site and soon got an […]

Entrepreneuring early

“As a young kid, I sold Christmas cards, delivered newspapers and I had a business cutting people’s lawns in the summer and shovelling snow in winter. I learnt a little […]

Entrepreneurs defined

“We entrepreneurs are so crazy we don’t know some things can’t be done, so while accountants do their numbers to prove it’s impossible, we go ahead and do it.”   […]

Entrepreneur’s tool

“Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service.”   Peter FDrucker The ‘man […]

Experts agree

“All the experts pointed out that innovation must (a) deliver some positive outcome whether it is tangible value, creation of a new market or a competitive advantage and (b) that […]

Eyes front

“[Innovation is] Having a view of the future landscape of consumer wants and needs – whether known or unarticulated – and developing solutions that grow your business while fulfilling or […]

Fail away

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, […]

Failure essential

“If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are not doing anything very innovative.”   Woody Allen Creative comedian, screenwriter and film director

Failure rates

In 2011, 96% of the 2.1 million active business in Australia were small businesses  – with less than 20 staff – and accounted for nearly half of all employment…   […]

Failure to success

“I tackled failure positively – again and again until I succeeded. ”   Wolf Blass Outspoken Australian winemaker

Fantastic customer experience

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a […]

Far or fast?

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”   African proverb Cited at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which, despite a […]

Fast, fast innovation

“We don’t have a traditional strategy process, planning process like you’d find in traditional technical companies. It allows Google to innovate very, very quickly, which I think is a real […]

Feasibility study

“On our first night in Sydney, we had a few beers and decided to eat at a Chinese restaurant. There were about 50 people waiting impatiently for their food, so […]

Feeding well

“Innovation is the daily meal of both social and business entrepreneurs.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms


“It’s a hoot!  Start-up business plans are the best works of business fiction anyone creates. With so many unknown unknowns – and learning as you go – how can they […]

Filling a need

“Innovation is something new to your business that fills an untapped customer need. Ideally, the innovation builds a new market.”   Jonathan Rowe Gene Express Inc

Follow your talent

“Being clever is very good. But you must like what you do, and it’s impossible to like everything. So if you have one thing that you like – then stick […]

Following the wrong investment rules

“Successful companies can fail by making the “right” decisions in the wrong situations. We are in the capitalist’s dilemma today. Investors continue applying doctrines that were appropriate when capital was […]

For the bang not the bucks

“We’re not in this for the fast money. Really, what we want is to be part of this industry.”   David Filo Internet billionaire as a result of co-founding Yahoo!


“Innovation and creativity give us a vision which is not possessed by every human being. Innovation enables us to view things which lie in separate dimension and prepare a mental […]

Freedom to act

“If I could give a message to young Australians, it would be that success comes from being able to place yourself in a position where you have the freedom to […]

Friction free capitalism

“The Internet will help achieve ‘friction free capitalism’ by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other.”   Bill Gates Co-Founder with […]

From getting to giving

“I resolved to stop accumulating [wealth] and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.”   Andrew Carnegie Scottish-American steel magnate, whose immense fortune went to cultural, […]

From nothing to something

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”   Nikos Kazantzakis Important C20th Greek writer, poet […]

From palm to first step

“Held in the palms of thousands of disgruntled people over the centuries have been ideas worth millions – if they only had taken the first step and then followed through.” […]

Fulcrums of change

“Hey, entrepreneurs exist,as fulcrums of change, in big businesses too, you know.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Future focus

“Boards who only focus on what happened last month will only inform them on what happened last month. Strategic Innovation boards, focus on the future so the past is never […]

Future of coal

“Carbon capture and storage, its commercial development is going to be the key to the future of coal. If it is successful commercially, then the Australian coal sector will be […]

Get on with it!

“The innovative role of governments is to create the environment that grows investment, jobs and new, start-up businesses.  Wish they’d get on with it!”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Getting better

“Every year, every block [of units we build] has to be a little bit better than the block before. Otherwise what happens the people who bought before from me will […]

Getting lucky

“With the casino and the beds, our passengers will have at least two ways to get lucky on one of our flights.” Richard Branson Brilliant British entrepreneur and marketer of […]

Getting tougher

“It’s tough when markets change and your people within the company don’t.”   Harvard Business Review Articles

Giant impact

“With an innovative business with soul, we don’t have to build a giant business to have a giant impact.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Give up the fear

“The more we lose our fear of being wrong and failing, the more we innovate and learn.”   Neville Christie Chair, Strategic Innovation Boards

Global entrepreneuring

“Twenty years ago, almost all tech startups were created in startup ecosystems like Silicon Valley and Boston. Today, technology entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon, with startup ecosystems similar to Silicon […]

Global startup ecosystems

“The rise of the startup ecosystems all around the world should also be seen in the context of the larger socioeconomic structural shift taking place. Information Era businesses have become […]

Go it alone?

“You can’t build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on […]

Gods of the past

“Large organizations don’t worship shareholders or customers, they worship the past. If it were otherwise, it wouldn’t take a crisis to set a company on a new path.”   Gary […]

Going renewable

“Renewable energy is proven technology, the price is dropping, the rest of the world is going that way, that’s where our investment should be going as well.”   Bob Brown […]

Good karma

“If you just make money, but do nothing for the community, I think that’s negative karma. You have to give something back. I think it’s good human nature. I feel […]

Great ideas from every one

“Great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them. You never know who’s going to have a great idea.”   Sam Walton American founder of Wal-Mart

Grew like Topsy

“First of all we had very few users. We might have had a hundred accesses a day. So there was really no demand from the users to add their own […]

Growth trend

An important growth trend is the rise and rise of social entrepreneurs – applying business principles and practices to resolving the world’s social issues – like clean water, sewerage, health, […]

Hand in glove

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”   William Pollard English clergyman

Hard work

“Innovation – any new idea – by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals, before innovation can be accepted and internalized by […]

Hard work’s hard work

“Many older Australian business chiefs and entrepreneurs still push not innovation, but hard work, as the universal formula for personal and economic salvation.  Once it was; now it no longer […]

Hare beats the Tortoise

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.”   Rupert Murdoch Australian-born media magnate

Have more showers

“Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of theshower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.”   […]

Having fun

“Boost isn’t just about a store or a smoothie; it’s about living a lifestyle, loving life, and having fun.”   Janine Allis Australia Founder of the highly successful Boost Juice […]

Having fun

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”   Mary Lou Cook Polymath, activist, artist, innovator

Helping Nature

“We need help Nature by looking after the planet’s ecosystems. We must do something about the three major things that affect our demand on our planet: what we consume, how […]

Hey Ho, exploring we go

“Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.”   Edith Widder Marine biologist and technological innovator

Hey Ho Malcolm Turnbull

“Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who […]

Hide your sources

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”   Albert Einstein The most influential physicist of the C20th

High impact

“How, on earth, can we build a business that ignores our planet and our impact on our wider world!”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

High margins

“Fiber optic:  you can probably make more money in fiber than by selling drugs. It’s got just a fantastically high margin.”   Steve Baxter Entrepreneur, investor, and ‘Shark’ on Shark […]

Highly skilled jobs disappearing

“A recent Committee for Economic Development of Australia report, launched by [now Prime Minister Malcolm] Turnbull, warned that 40 per cent of Australia’s workforce, more than five million people, could […]

Horribly wrong

“When innovation arises from out-of-control, cynical greed, it goes horribly, horribly wrong.”   Neville Christie See:  The great American bubble machine

How irresponsible!

“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.”   Grover Cleveland, 1905 22nd and 24th US President

Huge canvass

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”   Henry David Thoreau Essayist, poet and practical philosopher

Hugely important

“Innovation is enormously important. It’s the only insurance against irrelevance. It’s the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It’s the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy.”   Gary Hamel […]

I knew that!

“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.”   Arthur Koestler Hungarian-born British journalist and novelist

I know you

“Ever wondered why there are so many look-a-likes on the paths well-travelled?”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Ideas are easy-peasy

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date.”   […]

Ideas into invoices

“Innovation converts ideas into ideal possibilities, then into intellectual properties and invoices.”   Neville Christie Co-Founder, Venture Bank, New Enterprise Services

Ideas plus execution

“Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless.”   Tim Blixseth Controversial song writer, record producer, real estate developer, and […]

Ideas the main asset

“Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset […]

Ideas to the table

“What’s wonderful about Google is that as long as you bring ideas to the table, it doesn’t matter what else is going on.”   Vinton Cerf Chief Internet Evangelist for […]

If at first…

“I never thought I was smart – I just kept trying to get smarter. ”   Wolf Blass Major Australian winemaker

Ignore them

“Why let the no-sayers and brain-washers get to you!  You can be your own style of entrepreneur, starting now.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Imagination vital

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”   Albert Einstein October 26,1929


“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory […]

Imagine that!

“Imagine a more innovative business… and we start to make it happen.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Impact of falls in $A

“[If the $A continues to fall back towards the pre-2002 level of 50cents against the $US] for retirees and asset-rich baby-boomers, the options include getting your assets out of the […]

Improve to innovate

“There’s no good idea that can’t be improved on.”   Michael Eisner CEO who revived an ailing Walt Disney Company and produced many new blockbusters

In love with life

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to […]

In with the new

“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.”   James Bertrand French painter and lithographer

Incremental innovation

“Microsoft has had its success by doing low-cost products and constantly improving those products and we’ve really redefined the IT industry to be something that’s about a tool for individuals.” […]


“Growing and evolving our business, demands we grow and evolve us, and others.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Individual innovators

“Businesses are made by people. We’ve proven time and time again that you can have wonderful shop, and put a bloke in there who’s no good, and he’ll stuff it […]

Infinite innovations

“Just as Western music’s 12 notes result in infinite unique compositions, so innovation’s 12 processes yield infinite business innovations.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Initiating change

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”   William Pollard […]


“Get with it!  There are at least 15 different types of innovation – other than product innovation – you know!”   Neville Christie 15 types of innovation

Innovate free of control

“The Internet is based on a layered, end-to-end model that allows people at each level of the network to innovate free of any central control. By placing intelligence at the […]

Innovation creates performance

“Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance.”   Peter Drucker Big-time management guru

Innovation defined

“Innovation is the process of turning ideas into manufacturable and marketable form.”   Watts Humprey The ‘Father of Software Quality’

Innovation from outside the industry

“Just as the travel book explosion was led by travellers who got into publishing rather than publishers getting into travel, so the computer book explosion was led by computer geeks […]

Innovation killer

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”   From ‘Punch,’ 1899 wrongly attributed to Charles H Duell, Commissioner of US Patent Office, 1899

Innovation not invention’s the game

“Invention is not enough. Tesla invented the electric power we use, but he struggled to get it out to people. You have to combine both things: invention and innovation focus, […]

Innovation plus being in touch

“We can believe that we know where the world should go. But unless we’re in touch with our customers, our model of the world can diverge from reality. There’s no […]

Innovation prime

“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.”   Peter Drucker High impact writer, professor and management consultant

Innovation replicable and scalable

“Innovation isn’t a mysterious black box.  It can be simple small tweaks to existing processes, products or interactions. And by focusing on the process [of innovation], and not the heroically […]

Innovation rules

M. A. Rosanoff: “Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe.”   Thomas Edison: “There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!”

Innovation symbol

“The Hindu goddess Kali is associated with time, change, creation, destruction, preservation, empowerment and the liberation of souls.  Not a bad symbol for innovation – where as we create, we […]

Innovation training

“You have to train people how to be business innovators. If you don’t train them, the quality of the ideas that you get in an innovation marketplace is not likely […]

Innovations forever

“I always look for innovations.”   Harry Triguboff Born in China to Russian parents, multi-billionaire Harry came to Australia as a teenager, and is Australia’s largest builder of apartment buildings

Innovative copy cat

“Most everything I’ve done I’ve copied from somebody else.”   Sam Walton American businessman who founded Wal-Mart and turned it into one of the world’s largest businesses

Innovative mind

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”   F. Scott […]

Innovative models

“Past success stories are generally not applicable to new situations. We must continually reinvent ourselves, responding to changing times with innovative new business models.”   Edward de Bono The world’s […]

Instant fame

“Anyone who has invented a better mousetrap, or the contemporary equivalent, can expect to be harassed by strangers demanding that you read their unpublished manuscripts or undergo the humiliation of […]

Intangible capital

“A well-educated population and a stable investment-friendly environment, produce greater national wealth than [is] possible in under-educated and unstable societies.”   World Bank Measuring Capital for the 21st Century.

Intellectual property millions

“Intellectual property is the real estate of the C21st.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Inventing the future

“Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do… The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”   Alan Kay, 1971 Computer programmer and inventor of […]

Inventive but not always innovative

Check it out, Australia’s list of inventors and inventions is impressive.   Yet our recent track record for innovation is less so…   List of Australian inventions

It’s a kind of magic

“You need to find your own magic to stay in the world of creative play.”   Sonia Gernes Teacher of creative writing

It’s a mystery!

“The most beautiful experience we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science…”   Albert Einstein The World As I See It, 1930

It’s a steal

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”   Howard Aiken Inventor and pioneer of modern computing […]

It’s our business

“We entrepreneurs are in the opportunity-creating business.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

It’s the execution

“Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation, but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.” […]

It’s the execution Jill of all trades

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because […]

Keep ‘em coming

“Why create and act on lots and lots of bankable ideas?  ‘Cause less than 1 in a 1,000 survives in the market place.”   Neville Christie Chair of new-style Strategic […]

Killed by a sneer

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a […]

King of disruption

“I’ve had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and […]

Knowledge the core currency

“There is no substitute for knowledge. To this day, I read three newspapers a day. It is impossible to read a paper without being exposed to ideas. And ideas… more […]

Launch too early

“If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”   Reid Hoffman Co-Founder of LinkedIn

Lead or follow?

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”.   Steve Jobs Mantras of Innovation and Success

Leaders tell stories

“One of the most important responsibilities of leaders in any setting – including business organizations – is to tell us our own story; to explain us to ourselves; to help […]

Learning and acting organization

“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”   Jack Welch Controversial Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric  

Learning from the masters

“Young entrepreneurs are a rising tide globally. My generation is fed up with the old way of doing things and what is being taught in universities and so on.   […]

Learning on the job

“As entrepreneurs we invite others to do new things, while we’re learning how to do them ourselves.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Leave it to the birds

“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.”   Lord Kelvin Eminent physicist renowned for solving many practical problems President, Royal Society, 1895

Let me go

“Please release me!  I’m surrounded by problems, and all I can see are opportunities!”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Life as art

“Every day is an opportunity to be creative – the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colours are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete […]

Life as it ought to be

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness To surrender dreams  – this may be madness; to seek treasure where there […]

Life force

“Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them […]

Lifestyle innovators

“Ralph Lauren has always stood for providing quality products, creating worlds and inviting people to take part in our dream. We were the innovators of lifestyle advertisements that tell a […]

Lifetime productivity

“The lifetime productivity of a child that gets a computer at age 5 is much greater than one who starts to use a computer at a later age.”   John […]

Little by little

“In the Internet industry, it’s not about grand innovation, it’s about a lot of little innovations: every day, every week, every month, making something a little bit better.”   Jason […]

Loose reins

“To create an organization that’s adaptable and innovative, people need the freedom to challenge precedent, to ‘waste’ time, to go outside of channels, to experiment, to take risks and to […]

Luxury margins

“Luxury goods are the only area in which it is possible to make luxury margins.”   Bernard Arnault Chairman of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton which owns major luxury good brands

Maintaining your brand

“From the start we wanted not just a business but a brand that would be able to carry whatever we wished. We started with juice and then carefully expanded across […]

Major shift needed

“We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of our people and our ecological systems” […]

Make a positive difference

“Leveraging what someone else has done is a perfectly legitimate innovation strategy. We need to always keep the end-game in mind and that’s competitive advantage. Don’t rule it out because […]

Make a positive difference

“Leveraging what someone else has done is a perfectly legitimate innovation strategy. We need to always keep the end-game in mind and that’s competitive advantage. Don’t rule it out because […]

Make ‘em easier

“Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” Mark Cuban Internet Entrepreneur who sold his site for […]

Make it fun and innovative

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”   Richard Branson Serial entrepreneur, yet always a Virgin

Making a better world

“No-one can do everything for the environment, but every-one can do something to make a better world. ”   Arron Wood Australian environmental activist

Making a big difference

“Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the […]

Making beauty beautiful

“I started Poppy Industries for the same reason I do anything today – to make a difference in the beauty industry. The only reason I’m in it is to fight […]

Making India independent

“I think the Tata Group’s greatest contribution to the growth of the Indian economy and Indian industry probably happened in the pre-independence era. The Group’s investments in industries such as […]

Making millions

“Last century most self-made Australian entrepreneurs made their millions through property; this century our young entrepreneurs are making their multi-millions on-line, through intellectual property.”   Neville Christie Chair of new-style […]

Making money

“I made a lot of investments in the mobile, internet and telecommunications space. I found more investable businesses outside of Brisbane, than in.”   Steve Baxter Australian Angel Investor after founding […]

Making the transitition

“Australia is at a crossroads. We have an unprecedented opportunity to transition from an economy based on resources, primary industries and domestically focused businesses to one based on high-growth knowledge-intensive businesses that can compete […]

Making things happen

“It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen.”   Advertisement of Accenture Business management consultants

Managing the New Economy

“People ask me, how is managing in the New Economy different from managing in the Old Economy? Actually, it’s a lot the same. It’s about the financial discipline of the […]

Manifest the manifesto

“Is it time to for you to sign, and commit to, the Entrepreneur’s Manifesto?”   Neville Christie Entrepreneur’s Manifesto

Many possibilities

“Entrepreneurial business favours the open mind.  It favours people whose optimism drives them for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so.”   Richard Branson Billionaire […]

Market disrupters

“Executives in boardrooms are thinking, worrying and talking about the new factor that’s changing everything in their world – the growth, innovation, and market power of small and start-up companies…[that […]

Mildly retarded

“[In Australia] in the area of understanding, thinking and responding, as a nation, we appear to be mildly retarded.”   Barry Jones Sleepers, Wake! 1982


“Innovative businesses always have a Purpose a lot higher than being millionaire-making machines.”   Neville Christie Chair of new-style Strategic Innovation Boards

Mindset change

“What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities, disguised as insoluble problems.”   John Gardner US Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Speech 1965

Mission possible

“Soul-full businesses incubate and grow the human spirit, while soul-less businesses bruise or destroy that same spirit.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Mistakes teach

“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”   Jack Welch Ultra high-performing former Chairman and CEO of General Electric

More innovations ahead

“As we transition from one screen to multi-screens, Google has enormous opportunities to innovate and drive ever higher monetization. Just like Search in 2000.”   Larry Page Internet entrepreneur who […]

More luckier!

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”   Ray Kroc You want fries with that?

More money

“I have more money today than I had yesterday.”   Matt Gilmour Founder ofOzforex– an Australian online foreign exchange and payments company – after selling 51% of his company to […]

More on the way

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”   Richard Branson Serial entrepreneur, yet always a virgin

More please…

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”   Dr. Linus Pauling Winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1954

More than technology

“Our business is about technology, yes. But it’s also about operations and customer relationships.”   Michael Dell Founder and Chairman of Dell Computers.  Starting with $1000 Michael created a net […]

More venture funding

“[To increase Australia’s venture funding] we will need to encourage new domestic and international sources of private funding, teach skills in technology assessment, and give further consideration to the rules […]

Multiplier effect

“When a small business grows like eBay did, it has a multiplier effect. It creates other small businesses that supply it with intellectual capital, goods and services.”   Meg Whitman […]

Nah, won’t happen

“It’s the experts inside industries who say Nah, we’re too big and powerful.  Our products and company’ll last forever. Wrong!”   Neville Christie Chair of new-style Strategic Innovation Boards

Needs fixing

“Any business model not based on ongoing innovation and adding value, is badly broken.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

New capabilities

“We all have to expand our capabilities to encompass the changing world, its growing diversity and, indeed, its complexity.”   Lachlan Murdoch Heir-apparent to his father Rupert at News Corporation

New creates new

“The good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.”   Jeff Bezos Founder of

New economy businesses

“New economy digital businesses require less funds and hard assets, have close to zero product costs and therefore high margins once developed, and with first-class marketing have access to global […]

New jobs, new billions

“The Australian tech startup sector has the potential to contribute $109 billion or 4% of GDP to the Australian economy and 540,000 jobs by 2033 with a concerted effort from […]

New technology scary

“I’m a great believer in new technology and I think new technology is very scary for newspaper companies.”   James Packer Australian billionaire business tycoon

New theory of value

“The economists will have to revise their theories of value.”   Albert Einstein J. Sayen, Einstein in America  

No blank slate

“Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today – it matters.”   Innerspace

No capital gains on start-ups?

“The Turnbull government is considering abolishing capital gains tax on start-ups to encourage entrepreneurs without risking direct government investment in the notoriously fickle tech industry.   “A proposal… to abolish […]

No clear end line

“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”   Bill Gates Co-Founder of Microsoft, now as one of […]

No compete clauses

“If we are not careful, capitalism will self-destruct. We will destroy it as the companies have no conscience and do not really compete. They are so big they can’t go […]

No failure

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”   Thomas Edison Serial inventor and innovator

No future young man

“It was quite tough, not many opportunities. I remember in primary school, one of my teachers said, ‘As for you young man, you haven’t got much of a future’.”   […]

No gatekeepers

“The remarkable social impact and economic success of the Internet is in many ways directly attributable to the architectural characteristics that were part of its design. The Internet was designed […]

No go for venture funds

“Why hate your job to build for the future? Why not just enjoy every day of your life?”   Jane Lu Australian founder of Showpofashion empire – on not selling […]

No innovation

“The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost.”   Steve Jobs Founder of Apple

No limits

“Why limit innovation to business?  When innovators are at work in every field of human endeavour – from the arts to technology, from anti-ageing to wellness, from education to science, […]

No road map

“When I was coming up as an entrepreneur, I had to fight for everything I got, and there was no clear roadmap of how to be successful.”   Jason Calacanis […]

No stage

“It’s important to remember that innovators in business don’t always get a platform.”   Gary Hamel Innovation guru and author

No style

“God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.”   Pablo Picasso One […]

No threat

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity – not a threat…”   Albert Einstein Unlocker of mysteries of the Universe

No violation

“Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn’t violate too many of Newton’s Laws!”   Alan Kay, 1971 Computer programmer and inventor of the ground-breaking […]


“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other’s people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural […]

Not for the money

“Above all, you want to create something you’re proud of. This has always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business […]

Not the best

“One of the hardest things about innovation is getting people to accept that the way they work just might not be the best.”   Albert Einstein Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Nothing to fear

“The things we fear most in organizations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.”   Margaret J Wheatley A polymath who sees the world through new […]

Nought but money

“There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.”   Andrew Carnegie Captain of Industry in the C19th

Now the time

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”   Victor Hugo French romantic poet and author

Old methods the killer

“I believe the dependence on conventional wisdom – on old ideas and antiquated methods – is the biggest problem with business today.”   Mark H McCormack Pioneer of the Sports […]

Older entrepreneurs

“In Australia a large proportion of our first-time entrepreneurs are in their thirties and forties. Relatively few younger Australians engaging in creation of high-growth startups, compared to other countries and […]

One size fits all

“Australians always want everyone to be average, as if the best thing you can do is fit in. ”   Poppy King High-flying Melbourne entrepreneur and brand advisor

Online enabler

“eBay had two main things that really spoke to me. It enabled individuals to do things that they could not have done without the Web. The second thing was what […]

Online retail juggernaut

“The online retail juggernaut continues, with brash [Melbourne] entrepreneur RuslanKogan continuing his challenge to the traditional bricks-and-mortar retail giants by expanding into new private label brands…Kogan started his online […]

Opportunities galore

“I find it impossible to stop my brain from churning through all the ideas and possibilities facing me at any given moment.” Richard Branson Fun-loving, billionaire British entrepreneur who’s made […]

Out with the old

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”   John Cage Avante-gardecomposer profoundly impacted C20th music


“Businesses fail when they over-invest in what is, at the expense of what could be.”   Gary Hamel Leading expert on business innovation


“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”   George Lois Masterful advertising guru

Part of everyday

“Most companies don’t have the luxury of focusing exclusively on innovation. They have to innovate while stamping out zillions of widgets or processing billions of transactions.”   Gary Hamel Strategic […]

Passionately curious

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”   Albert Einstein March 11,1952

Paths to the future

“Strategic Innovation boards focus on what do with the past and present, as pathways to create the future.”   Dean Homicki Australian product and business designer Tell four stories often

Pay by results

Time to stop paying Directors and consultants fees for their time and services.  Pay only for results, and watch them innovate.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

People over capital

“It doesn’t matter what business you’re in. It is the people who achieve things, not capital, and the great advantage for us is that I think women have always known […]

Personal experience

“I knew from my own experience how difficult it could be to find a healthy, tasty snack – especially when I was in a rush or had my sons with […]

Planning for performance

“You can’t overestimate the need to plan and prepare. In most of the mistakes I’ve made, there has been this common theme of inadequate planning beforehand. You really can’t over-prepare […]

Playmates with God

“Creativity is… seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how youcan bring it into being, and that way be a playmate with God.”   Michele Shea

Please change

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”   Albert Einstein Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Poorer Melbourne

“Three [startup] ecosystems fell out of the top 20 completely since 2012 [and 2015]: Santiago, Melbourne, and Waterloo… The growth of Melbourne likely took a hit due to its close […]

Positive outcomes

“Innovation implies a value system which seeks to derive a positive outcome from the inventive act. For example, actions which lead to a negative performance metric would not be considered […]

Power of economic development

“Economic development over the past two centuries has taken most of humanity from lives that were brutal, ignorant and short, to personal health and security, material comfort and knowledge that […]

Power of purpose

“By activating an achingly, meaningful purpose, even the smallest business becomes an innovation powerhouse.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Practical idea

“An innovation is an idea that has been transformed into practical reality. For a business, this is a product, process, or business concept, or combinations that have been activated in […]

Pressure to build

“By 2050, the Australian population is expected to grow from 22 million to 36 million. That increase alone will put huge pressure on our towns and our cities. We will […]

Private sector investment in start-ups

“In the US and Israel, more than 10% of GDP derives from venture-capital backed companies. In Australia it is 0.2%.   “If we could increase the contribution to the economy by […]

Problems to opportunities

“The divide between managers and entrepreneurs is clear:  managers solve problems; entrepreneurs create opportunities.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms


“Changes call for innovation, and innovation leads to progress.”   Li Keqiang Head of government, China

Push and pull

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed.  The vision pulls you.”   Steve Jobs Mantras of Innovation and Success

Pushing the self-destruct button

“The human race is environmentally suicidal. Driven by greed and out of touch with the natural world, we are oblivious to the path of self-destruction we are taking.”   Dr […]

Quality innovation

“We started our foundation because we believe we have a real opportunity to help advance equity around the world… to help make sure that, no matter where a person is […]

Question, question, question

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”   Albert Einstein Quoted in Life Magazine, May 2,1955

Quitting on the job

“The moment any Founder quits growing personally, her-his business quits innovating.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

R&D the lifeblood

“The lifeblood of our business is that R&D spend. There’s nothing that flows through a pipe or down a wire or anything else. We have to continuously create new innovation […]

Real gold

“If monthly board meetings are the norm today, Strategic Innovation Boards are the golden geese of tomorrow’s revenue streams.”   Dean Homicki Australian designer of products and businesses Strategic Innovation […]

Real source of wealth and capital

“The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things…  It is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in […]

Real wealth

“Human capital and the value of institutions (as measured by rule of law) constitute the largest share of wealth in virtually all countries.”   World Bank Where is the Wealth […]

Recognizing patterns

“A great deal of creativity is about pattern recognition, and what you need to discern is patternsin tons of data. Your mind collects that data by taking note of random […]

Reducing costs

“On April 1, 1998, I launched, and I remember that date specifically because it was the date that the price of a two-year domain name registration dropped from $100 […]

Reinvent as we fly

“Our job as entrepreneurs is continuously to redesign and reinvent our plane, while piloting it, mid-air.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Remaking the world

“Any ‘great’ innovative business remakes the world better.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Resource shifters

“Entrepreneurs, by definition, shift resources from areas of low productivity and yield to areas of higher productivity and yield. Of course, there is a risk they may not succeed. But […]

Returns falling

“Our future rates of gain will fall far short of those achieved in the past. Berkshire’s capital base is now simply too large to allow us to earn truly outsized […]

Rich get richer

“Rich countries are largely rich because of the skills of their populations and the quality of the institutions supporting economic activity.”   World Bank Where is the Wealth of Nations?

Right question

“We are framing this whole planet issue wrongly.  It’s not about whether or not our planet will survive.  It definitely will – regardless.  The real question is will we?  And how?”   […]


“Risk-taking is not the unique brand of entrepreneurs – just a mark of breed.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Risky business

“Entrepreneurship is “risky” mainly because so few of the so-called entrepreneurs know what they are doing.”   Peter FDrucker Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Robot helpers

“Robots will play an important role in providing physical assistance and even companionship for the elderly.”   Bill Gates Co-Founder of Microsoft

Roles yet to be invented

“Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30. Many of today’s students will work in roles that have not yet been invented.”   Andrew Banks Investor, talent expert and […]

Roll over Beethoven

I share a gift with you.  Take an afternoon to play Beethoven’s 1st and 2nd Symphonies. Then his 3rd, the Eroica, and be amazed at his innovative jump.   As […]

Search for sources

“Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation, the changes and their symptoms that indicate opportunities for successful innovation. And they need to know and to apply the […]

Secrets don’t work

“Great innovators freely share their secrets – which don’t work for different individuals, or different companies, in different environments.  The essence of innovation is its uniqueness.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Seduction of success

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”   Bill Gates Co-Founder of Microsoft, and now one of the world’s most generous philanthropists, through […]

Seek and you’ll find

“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”   Thomas Edison Savvy businessman inventor and innovator who held over 1,000 patents

Self-funded growth

“First and foremost, we’d been profitable and didn’t need the money. We could fund the launch of BigCommerce using our profits. Also, the timing wasn’t quite right – we had […]

Selling to China

“What we do in our group is the opposite of the bad effects of globalization. We produce in Italy and in France and we sell to China, when usually it’s […]

Seven bottom lines

“Innovators with soul’ measure seven ‘bottom lines’: purpose, people, potential, performance, profit, planet and philanthropy.”   Neville Christie Business with soul

Sharing economy maturing

The sharing economy is a fast-growing movement with many different sets of innovations.  Is 2015 the year it matures?   2015 will be the year the sharing economy grows up

Shifting the furniture

“Innovation is the creation of the new or the re-arranging of the old in a new way.”   Michael Vance Speaker on ‘out of the box thinking’

Silence please!

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”   Harry M. Warner Co-Founder of Warner Bros Pictures, 1927

Simple idea

“The idea was as simple as recognizing that online would perhaps be a more effective mechanism for classifieds. We spent six months doing the business plan, but it was more […]

Smart brains

“Two mottos of the innovative, digital generation are:  “Brains not hands,’ and ‘Work smart, not hard’. They’ve got something!”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Smoother sailing

“If you have a good relationship with your customer, the business process flows that much more smoothly.”   Richard Pratt Billionaire Australian box-maker and philanthropist

So crazy

“Non-innovative business logic and practice is now driving the world crazy.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Social activists all

“84 percent of [USA] corporate executives and small business owners believe society as a whole expects corporations to take an active role in social, political and environmental issues.  Consumers expect […]

Socially transmitted dis-ease

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”   Albert Einstein Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Some commitment

“Entrepreneurs with soul commit to turn problems into innovative opportunities, and make the world a far better place.”   Neville Christie Business with soul

Something comes from something

“Invention strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come from nothing.”   Sir […]

Something new, something different

“To be creative you have to contribute something different from what you’ve done before. Your results need not be original to the world; few results truly meet that criterion. In […]

Something old, something new

“We humans are amazingly paradoxical in our innovative capacity.  We cling tenaciously to tradition, the tried and true, and at the same time yearn for what’s different, fresh, new…”   […]

Source of innovation

“Innovation comes from the producer, not from the customer”.   W Edward Deming Father of the quality evolution

Source of innovation

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”   Bill Gates Co-Founder of Microsoft

Start with the familiar

“It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.”   George F Kneller American […]

Stick to the knitting

“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”   Andrew Carnegie Billionaire businessman and philanthropist

Still in the rock age

“Our economic miracle of GDP growth comes from digging rocks out of the ground, shipping the byproducts of dead fossils and stuff we grow. This is great while commodities are […]

Strategic Innovation Boards

“In the past, corporate boards met to discuss the past. Today, Strategic Innovation Boards meet to discuss the future”   Dean Homicki Australian designer of new business opportunities Strategic Innovation […]

Stubborn denial

“Only stubborn denial of the changing dynamics of one’s industry would induce management to keep pouring money into unprofitable areas.:   Kerr Neilson Australian co-founder and majority shareholder of Platinum […]

Success and failure

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”   Bill Gates Co-Founder with Paul Allen of Microsoft

Survival rates of social enterprises

Across the industrialized world, social enterprises are on the rise.  These enterprises claim ethics and business are part of the same whole.  And they use business principles to address significant […]

Sydney slipping

“The startup ecosystems which made the biggest falls [from 2102 to 2015] are Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, and Seattle… Sydney dropped from #12 to #16… All of these ecosystems did grow […]

Synonyms for innovation

Synonyms for ‘innovation’ include:  leading edge, latest thing, cutting edge, variation, shift, permutation, change, novelty, newness, mutation, modernism, modernization…

Talent and capital needed

“StartupAUS has consulted broadly, including with the top 20 companies in the Australian Securities Exchange, the Australian start-up and investor communities, and governments and businesses from around the world, to […]

Talent Pool

“An enterprise that is constantly exploring new horizons is likely to have a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent.” Gary Hamel Highly-respected innovation expert

Talent society dependent

“I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I’d been born […]

Teaching the past

“Business demands innovation.  There is a constant need to feel around the fringes, to test the edges, but business schools, out of necessity, are condemned to teach the past.”   […]

Technology difference

“As we go forward, I hope we’re going to continue to use technology to make really big differences in how people live and work.”   Sergey Brin Co-Founder with Larry […]

Teeming with goodies

“I’m an abundant-ist? Why not! When our inner and outer worlds teem with such goodies?”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

That’s absurd

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.   Albert Einstein Nobel Prize-winning physicist

That’s impossible

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”   Walt Disney Entrepreneur, movie producer, and creator of Disneyland

That’s ridiculous

“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”   Albert Camus Author, playwright, journalist

The evolving door

“Evolving an innovative business is as important as growing a business.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

The mind trap

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”   John Maynard Keynes Iconoclastic economist, journalist and financier

There go our mobiles

“What use could the company make of an electric toy?”   Western Union In 1878, when it turned down rights to the telephone offered it by Alexander Graham Bell

Think, or damn you

“As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough todo the same thing better . . . no longer enough to be efficient and solve […]

Think then act

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”   Edward de Bono World-leading authority on lateral thinking […]

Thinking and doing

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”   Theodore Levitt German-born American economist

Thinking big

“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.”   Donald Trump Larger-the-life real estate developer and US Republican presidential nominee


“While one should never underestimate the ability of risk-besotted financiers to wreak havoc, the real threat to capitalism isn’t unfettered financial cunning. It is, instead, the unwillingness of executives to […]

Thumbs down

“Three boos to businesses into wealth distribution only – transferring cash from our pockets, into theirs.”   Neville Christie Where’s the trust gone?

Thumbs up

“Three cheers to innovators who make the world better for all of us.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Too lonesome

“The path of the lone entrepreneur is unnecessarily lonesome; today’ssmart entrepreneurs entrepreneur collaboratively.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Top of the heap

“There is no substitute for innovation. Original ideas will always rise to the top”.   Richard Branson Serial entrepreneur, yet always a virgin

Total confusion

“Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.”   Jack Welch Former CEO of General Electric which […]


“There are no old roads to new directions.”   The Boston Consulting Group

Treasure galore

“Innovators find new treasures and take as much as they can carry. Others follow and compete for whatever is left.”   VadimKotelnikov Business e-coach


“Innovators are inevitably controversial.”   Eva Le Gallienne English-born American stage actress, producer and director

True innovation

“I differentiate radical and disruptive innovation from the incremental kind, since the latter can happen if the company is simply great at what it already does. True innovation is far […]

True understanding

“I’m a firm believer that to really understand a business takes years, not months. As an investment analyst you think you understand a business from the outside, but the reality […]

Two in one

“Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”   Arthur Koestler Hungarian-born British author and adventurer


“Let’s be honest, if I didn’t have my own business, then I would never have been chief executive of an enterprise of this size… I would not even get an […]

Unlocking opportunities

“Information and communications technology unlocks the value of time, allowing and enabling multi-tasking, multi-channels, multi-this and multi-that.”   Li KaShing East Asia’s richest business man and philanthropist

Ups and downs of $A

“Before the resources boom in 2002, when the Australian dollar was trading at US 50 cents the Australian economy was less relevant for global investors. We risk a return to […]

Use existing ideas

“Grab an existing idea and apply it somewhere else… It’s simple maths: 99% of new ideas fail. The alternative is taking an idea that has already been proven and plugging […]

Using Other People’s Money

“To start Boost Juice we raised about $200,000 from a circle of friends.”   Janine Allis Australian Founder of the highly successful Boost Juice Bars which are now in 13 […]

Value for money

“At a time when all the other builders were selling homes with basements but without carports, we would sell homes without basements and with carports. This allowed us to provide […]

Victims of experience

We’re all victims of our own experience – even if we’re innovation consultants.  Doblin consultants list 10 types of innovation.  But they are at least 5 types shy.  What have […]

Viral marketing

“Google actually relies on our users to help with our marketing. We have a very high percentage of our users who often tell others about our search engine.”   Sergey […]

Vision for the North

“My father’s vision was to see the Pilbara developed in a way that would benefit his beloved north, and West Australia and he wanted to see Australia become a stronger […]

Vision is strength

“Vision is perhaps our greatest strength… it has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends […]

Vital spark

“Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.”   Edward […]

Wealth of Nations

“It is intangible capital—the combination of human capital and social capital – that … constitute the largest share of wealth in virtually all countries and that is true on a […]

Well fed, well bred

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”   John Steinbeck Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist


“In our DNA, we’ve all get entrepreneurial seeds – but will we grow them?”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

What a bummer

“No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet. But it did not […]

What competitors?

“Competitors? What competitors? – If you focus on what your competition is doing, you lose focus on what you’re doing. The key for any business is to concentrate on it’s […]

What makes sense

“I’ve never really considered myself an entrepreneur to be honest. I’m just a guy that does things that make’s sense at the time.”   Steve Baxter Highly-successful Australian tech entrepreneur, […]

What’s that smell?

“What innovative talents of ours, and our team, are we letting go mildew?”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

Women having a go

“I think women who are willing to ‘have a go’ are much more widely accepted now than ever before. I think if the opportunities aren’t obvious, then women who wish […]

Word of mouth

“If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.”   Jeff Bezos Entrepreneur and investor who founded, the world’s […]

You can!

“Don’t let anyone say you can’t do it.”   John Ilhan Founder and face and the Crazy John’s mobile retail chain

You’ll never know

“You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.”   Richard Branson Serial entrepreneur, yet always a virgin

Young risk-takers

“When you’re young you are far more willing to take the risks you need to succeed.”   Steve Baxter One of Australia’s must successful, and wealthy tech entrepreneurs, who at […]

Youngest billionaire

Probably the world’s youngest mulri-billionaire is 25 year-old Snapchat co-founder Evan SpiegelAs at June 2015, his company launched in September 2011 is valued at an incredible  $19bn (£12bn) and attracts […]

You’re so mean!

“I have a mean business until it provides meaning to me and others.”   Neville Christie Nevilleisms

You’re wrong!

“When you’re the first person whose beliefs are different from what everyone else believes, you’re basically saying, “I’m right, and everyone else is wrong.” That’s a very unpleasant position to […]

Youthful ideas

“Truly novel ideas emerge only in one’s youth. Later on one becomes more experienced, famous—and foolish.”   Albert Einstein December 6, 1917, when he was 38

Zero base

“I gain great satisfaction from the fact that I started from zero, put the initial base together and built a business that employs thousands of people and has an annual […]